Travel Trips

Phu Yen is a coastal province in the South Central Coast, it has border with Khanh Hoa and Binh Dinh. Phu Yen is famous for its beautiful beaches, culture and many famous tourist destinations in Phu Yen such as: Long Thuy, O Loan lagoon, Ganh Da or Nhan mountain ... If you are planning to travel to Phu Yen, we would love to share some travel experience to you all as below:

1. The best time to visit Phu Yen

Phu Yen is located in a temperate climate, so it is cool and pleasant whole year to visit and explore. Therefore, you can travel to Phu Yen at any time of the year. However, to ensure the safety and convenience of travelling, you should travel to Phu Yen in the summer to enjoy the beauty of the sea and enjoy the strange and delicious seafood, satisfy with exploring.

2. How to get to Phu Yen

You can choose a variety of vehicles to travel to Phu Yen such as airplanes, trains, buses or Phu Yen by motorcycle ...

2.1. By plane

Tuy Hoa airport is a new civil airport (upgraded from old military airport) and VietnamAirline is the only airline that offers flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh to Tuy Hoa.
If you travel from Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh city, you choose Vietnam Airlines Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh- Tuy Hoa City in Phu Yen. To reserve flight tickets with best price, please contact VIETNAM CHARM TRAVEL directly at anytime.
The city center is 10 km away from the airport, which you can move by motortaxi (we call them hugged vehicle – xe ôm) or regular taxi. In Central Vietnam, Mai Linh is very reputed taxi so I recommend grabbing one instead of lower price ones.

2.2. By train

From Hanoi you travel by train Hanoi - Phu Yen. To save time to travel to Phu Yen, you should take SE3 train runs at 23:00 from Hanoi and arrive in Phu Yen and to about 8h30 the next day to Phu Yen station.
SE2 19:30 5:21 Contact
SE6 9:00 18:26 Contact
SE1 19:30 19:30 Contact

2.3. By bus

Phu Yen is very much down south and far from Hanoi, so consider that when you choose bus to get there. It will be a long ride. Saigon is a little more convenient, but not much really. Phu Yen is like in the middle.
When you start from Sai Gon/ Hanoi by bus, you can consider some reputed bus firms below:
Binh Phuong Tuy Hoa - Phu Yen - Sai Gon 0913.477751/ (057) .3826632 - .3836767
Thuan Thao Sai Gon - Tuy Hoa - Phu Yen 0573821111 / 0573820303/ 0914140483
Hoang Long  Hanoi - Phu Yen 04.3839.8273 - 0978.600.558
Cuc Tu Tuy Hoa - Ho Chi Minh 0573.601.769/ 0914.368.079/ 0912.824.227
To rent a motorbike in Phu Yen, please contact one of the numbers: 0971945988, 0934831626 or 0918845579. You can contact us for specific instructions or delivery. Service is very professional and enthusiastic.

3. Hotels and motels in Phu Yen

Tuy Hoa is not hot tourist spot like Da Nang or Nha Trang so rates are not high at all. There’re also many choices, you should pick hotels in city center for convenient travelling. Here are some good ones.

Viet Star Resort and Spa Nui Thom, An Phu, Tuy Hoa City, Phu Yen 057 3789 999
Long Beach Hotel 17 Doc Lap, Tuy Hoa City, Phu Yen (057)3842828
Thang Long Hotel 314 Hung Vuong, Tuy Hoa City, Phu Yên 094 203 04 23
Sai Gon Phu Yen Hotel 541 Tran Hung Dao, Tuy Hoa City, Phu Yen 057 3822 999
Cendeluxe Hotel 02 Hai Duong, Tuy Hoa City, Phu Yen 057 3 818 818
Kaya Hotel 238 Hung Vuong, Tuy Hoa City, Phu Yen 057 3819 999

4. Some suggestions for tours in Phu Yen

Suggestion 1
Day 1: Visiting sites in Tuy Hoa city
If you arrive in Tuy Hoa at early morning, probably spend whole morning to find room and rest down a bit after a long trip. So, maybe you can start exploring from early afternoon. Here are some places to include on your day.
– Nhan tower (tháp Nhạn – A tower-pagoda of Cham ethnic group) on Nhan mountain (núi Nhạn): The tower is quite big, you can also see it clearly from the foot of the mountain. In the evening, the tower is beautifully lit by lots of lights. 
Da Rang river (sông Đà Rằng) or Ba river, a symbol of Tuy Hoa city. You can watch the river from Da Rang bridge or Hung Vuong Bridge. 
– Going a bit further, you can up Chop Dai mountain (núi Chóp Dài – 400m or 1300 ft high ) to see panoramic city and all of the greeny rice fields outside Tuy Hoa city. Note that, at the peak, there’s a military station, you are not allowed to take photos of this station but you can enter the station and climb up a tower to take photos of the entire city below, just politely request it. 
On Chop Dai mountain, there’re also a few pagodas: Hoa Son, Minh Son, Khanh Son while at the foot of mountain is the very big and beautiful Bao Lam pagoda. Take a look!
– Towards late afternoon, you can go to 1/4 Square for a drink and feel sea wind. There’re a lot of locals gathering in the square around this time. Not bad for making some local connections.
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Day 2: Tuy Hoa – Da Bia mountain – Vung Ro port – Dai Lanh lighthouse – Da Nong estuary
Time for hiking and tanning! Day 2 will cover the south of Phu Yen province. It’s most beautiful to drive along the coastal line to enjoy the beautiful sea up from the mountain pass during sunny day time and then ideally back to town following the 1A highway.
Morning: straight to Mount Da Bia (núi Đá Bia) in Ca mountain pass (đèo Cả). From Tuy Hoa, you can follow 1A highway southwards that leads you up the mountain pass. Keep going, you will see Da Bia eco-tourism zone on your left side. The mountain is very famous for its gigantic stone on top of the highest peak, visible from far away. This stone was put up by King Le Thanh Tong in 471 as border with Cham Kingdom after the conflict. 
You will have to trek for about 1.5 or 2 hours to get to the stone. From there, you will have an amazig broad view of Vung Ro bay and Phong Van bay (of Khanh Hoa province), a very impressive scene.
Or if you don’t have the mood for trekking, go ahead and spend some time visiting Vung Ro bay. Not a bad choice as well!
Noon. You should enjoy Dai Lanh squid (mực Đại Lãnh) at the foot of Ca mountain pass. Order a hot pot of squid at just about $10 – $13 for 4 people. Dai Lanh squid is very famous, they’re very small, just a bit bigger than finger size but very fresh and tasty. 
– Afternoon. 
+ The first stop is Vung Ro port. If possible, try to stop by Vung Ro in the early morning to watch fishing boats returning to the port from a productive fishing nigh. Such very bustling scene! Half a century ago during the Vietnam war, Vung Ro port was where legendary ships from the North with secret weapons known as “no number ships” ported.
+ Next is Dai Lanh lighthouse, a must-see in the itinerary of day 2. The lighthouse is in Dai Lanh cape (mũi Đại Lãnh), close to the easternmost point of Vietnam. You can park vehicles at the foot of lighthouse and climb up. If you want to sleep overnight at the lighthouse and watch sunrise on the next day, try asking from the guarding soldiers. 
+ The final stop is Da Nong estuary (cửa sông Đà Nông). The road from Dai Lanh to Da Nong is very beautiful and peaceful. Just stop and take photos whenever you like. 
Day 3: Tuy Hoa – Da Dia beach – Mang Lang church – O Loan swamp.
On day 3, you will go Northwards, along the coastal road, along many beautiful beaches of Phu Yen province. Unspoiled, quite and pristine. That’s what melts so many hearts, including mine. On the go, you will travel along the beaches of Long Thuy, Xep, Ganh Yen, Cu Lao Mai Nha, etc. Stop at one of them and rent boats to one of the islets is also a cool idea. 
Keep going along coastal road, you will get to Gành Đá Đĩa(The Cliff of Stone Plates), famous for its formation of unique plate-like stone layers. Very close to Da Dia is Ganh Den lighthouse, which in my opinion worth the visit even more than the Ganh Đá Đĩa. The grand structure of stone and rock at the foot of the lighthouse is thrilling! WILD ROCK ON THE EDGE OF THE FIERCE SEA!
+ On the way back, go along 1A highway to get Mang Lang church (nhà thờ Mằng Lăng) – one of oldest churches in Vietnam, built 120 years ago. Quite alike the Notre Dame in Hanoi, this one is also based on Gothic architecture with many unique patterns on the vast ground of about 5000m2.
+ Keep going along 1A highway, you will see Tuy An wooden bridge – the longest wooden bridge of Phu Yen. Make turn to O Loan swamp (đầm Ô Loan) right here! This place is famous for blood oyster. Look for Tuan restaurant (quán Tuấn), it serves cheap and tasty food, and if lucky enough, let you enjoy your treat in the sunset light on O Loan swamp.
So that’s it! Recommended itinerary for 3 days in Phu Yen! If you have more time, check out places like Hinh river dams (đập thủy điện Sông Hinh), Thi Thung tunnels (địa đạo Thì Thùng), Vuc Hom waterfall (thác Vực Hòm),… If you have any question, just leave them in the comment section. I will be more than happy to share with you my experiences. 
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