Quy Nhon is a Vietnam’s mid-sized city virtually half way between the popular cities of Nha Trang and Hoi An. The city is perfect for those who want to break up a journey between 2 cities, being about 6 hours from each.
The population is about 300,000 but, compared to other coastal cities (Da Nang 900,000; Nha Trang 300,000;) Quy Nhon feels much smaller because of the lack of heavy industry and heavy traffic.
Quy Nhon is surrounded by green mountains on three sides and the ocean on the other. Nestled in a bay, the city is protected from the effects of the worst hurricanes that batter the coast further north. The bay also provides for the livelihood of many as witnessed by fishermen bringing their catch, women cleaning and selling the product of their work, and patrons enjoying some of the freshest and tastiest seafood in restaurants.
On the north end of town, at the Fisherman’s Port, you can watch the fishing boats come in and the catch be unloaded and put on ice, etc. Nearby is the lot where they build the large wooden boats.
The city is renowned for its beautiful surroundings, Cham temples, and nearby beaches. Note that the sand is not really white and water in Quy Nhon is not crystal clear and this is far from a beach paradise like other places in Vietnam: Phu Quoc Island, Nha Trang…. However the beaches in the villages around Quy Nhon are beautiful and clean – in particular Bai Xep beach some 10km south of the city.
October 1st, 2015, Roughguides – a leading travel guidebook and reference publisher has listed Quy Nhon in Top 9 places in Southeast Asia to get off the tourist trail.
“Few tourists stop in Quy Nhon, where the main industry remains fishing and the long sandy beaches remain (largely) the preserve of the Vietnamese. During Cham rule this was an important commercial centre (and during the American War a US supply centre) and evidence of this remains in the imposing Banh It towers on a hilltop just north of town. Head up here by xe om (motorcycle taxi) for sweeping views over the unspoiled countryside before returning to town for a seafood supper.” said RoughGuides.
Especially, FLC – the owner of the well-known FLC Samson Golf Links in the central province of Thanh Hoa is constructing their second complex of golf-resort in Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh Province. Located in an area of nearly 300 ha that is adjacent to Eo Gio (Windy Strait) where is said to be the best place to see the sunrise in Vietnam, the FLC Quy Nhon will boast the Vietnam’s first seven-star beach villa cluster, luxury resorts, golf course, hotels, five-star restaurants, as well as a 1,500 seat-international convention center, a lavish entertainment area and other facilities. The investment promotion center said the complex would be put into service in April 2016.