The capital of Bình Thuáºn Province, Phan Thiet, is a bustling and vibrant city on Vietnam’s stunning south east coast. With a number of picturesque beaches within easy reach of the city, and a vibrant culinary and cultural scene to explore, Phan Thiet is the perfect choice for backpackers, families and couples looking for an unforgettable holiday in the sun.
Thanks to the miles and miles of coastline that stretch out either side of Phan Thiet, fishing and fish sauce production have long been the cornerstones of the economy in this part of Vietnam. Today, visitors can still see the colourful boats that pack Phan Thiet harbour and holidaymakers can tour the factories where the region’s high quality fish sauce is produced.
Many of the Phan Thiet’s hotels and resorts are located close to the bustling city centre. These are ideal for visitors who want to experience life in a vibrant Vietnamese city, try authentic local cuisine, shop in markets and haggle with stallholders. These central hotels and resorts offer easy access to several nearby beaches, ensuring visitors get plenty of time to enjoy the tropical sun during their stay.
Holidaymakers looking for a quieter and more laid back experience should head to the nearby settlement of Mui Ne. A picturesque fishing village not far from central Phan Thiet, Mui Ne has two beautiful beaches, a welcoming population and a less touristy feel than other parts of Phan Thiet.
As well as its colourful harbour and characterful centre, the other main attractions in the area are the orange sand dunes that lie between Mui Ne and Hon Rom. Larger white dunes can also be found around 23km north of the city.
Like the rest of Vietnam, Phan Thiet boasts outstanding cuisine and the city is home to several great restaurants. Unsurprisingly, seafood is one of the city’s specialities and a number of excellent seafood restaurants can be found in and around Phan Thiet’s seafront promenade. Holidaymakers can enjoy an evening stroll along the water before sitting down to a mouth watering feast of freshly caught fish and other sea dwelling critters.
A fantastic destination for anyone who wants to experience the real Vietnam, Phan Thiet offers great food, fantastic beaches and a unique character all of its own.
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