Phan Thiet travel guide
Phan Thiet, the provincial capital of Binh Thuan, one of the most arid regions of Vietnam which are dominated by rocky, roundish mountains. Phan Thiet is built along both banks of the Phan Thiet River, which is also known as the Ca Ti River and the Muong Man River. Fishing is the mainstay of Phan Thiet and the province as a whole (Just as Phu Quoc, Phan Thiet is best known for its nuoc mam – fish sauce ).
Festivals in Phan Thiet – Binh Thuan
Mbang Kate Festival
The festival takes place during the 8th and 9th lunar months and is first celebrated in towers and mausoleums and then, the celebrations move to the families. This Cham festival is also the occasion to commemorate heroes and spirits ( Po Nagar ), kings of merit, and their people ( Po Klong Garai, Po Ro Me Kings ). On this occasion, the Ra Glai ethnic group travel to the Highlands to share happiness with the Cham people.
Dinh Thay Festival
Dinh Thay Festival is celebrated on the 15th and 16th of the 10 th lunar month in Binh Thuan. According to a legend, Thay and Thim ( a virtuous man and his wife ) were making traditional medicines and lived a secluded life in the forest, where the coupled died. Dinh Thay Festival, which is in fact celebrated on the death anniversary of the couple, still contains superstitious elements. Numerous people come to the festival to pray or to get tattooed; vegetarian and meat banquets are offered on the 15th and 16th.
Phan Thiet tourism attractions
Hang Pagoda ( Co Thach )
Hang Pagoda, also called Co Thach Pagoda, is located on the beach of Binh Thanh village, Tuy Phong district, 105 km north of Phan Thiet city. The pagoda was built in a big rock cave by the Buddhist monk Bao Tang in the middle of the 19th century. The path and stairs which lead up to the pagoda are made of stones and the two sides of the balcony of the pagoda are decorated with dragons. On the small rock mountain by the seaside, there is a statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara . Inside the pagoda is a statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. Next to the pagoda is the Ca Duoc multicolored rocky expanse which is nearly 1km long and runs along the coast. Beautiful landscapes surround the pagoda. A new Co Thach tourism village was constructed recently, with many attractive stilt – houses available to welcome visitors who come on pilgrimages and to enjoy this beautiful landscape.
Mui ne is located 24km east of Phan Thiet. It is a fishing village as well as a familiar tourism area in Binh Thuan province. It is found on Route 706, and features sweeping sand dunes and beautiful rows of palm trees. The beach is shallow and sloped, the water is clean and blue and the sun rarely hides behind clouds. There are desolate and primeval beaches that have never witnessed human exploitation as well as imposing landscapes. There is also Doi cat ( Sand Hill ), which has long been a creative subject of artistic photographs and paintings. Besides beaches and sand dunes, there are also beautiful landscapes such as Suoi Tien ( Fairy Spring ), the Ong Hoang Building and the Poshanu Cham Tower ( about 5km out of Phan Thiet on the way to Mui Ne ) .
Vinh Hao – Tuy Phong
Tuy Phong is a northern district in Binh Thuan, close to Ninh Thuan in Ca Na, located on the trans-Vietnam highway. Tuy Phong famous for the Vinh Hao mineral water stream. Its coast is over 50km long, and features Vinh Hao resort, Lao Cau Islet, Ghanh Son Island, and historical vestiges such as Co Thach Pagoda and Podam Tower. Visitors from Ho Chi Minh, Dalat, Nha Trang can come to Vinh Hao resort and Lao Cau Islet to relax. There will be comfortable hotels, villas and guesthouses to welcome visitors. From this place, visitors can visit Hang Pagoda ( Co Thach Pagoda), the Cham Royal family-collection of cultural article, and Lao Cau Island for researching and observing sea creatures and to go yachting, and sea-bathing.
Po-Klong_Moh-Nai was the last Cham King at the beginning of 17th century. The temple, also called Bac Binh temple, is located on a high hill beside National Road 1A, 50km north of from Phan Thiet City. In the temple remain three statues sculpted in dark-blue stone representing Po-Klong-Moh-Nai King, his two wives, and numerous other statues; all of them meticulously and sophisticatedly sculpted.
Cham Royal Family Collection of Cultural Articles
The collection is composed of precious articles having belonged to Po-Klong-Moh-Nai King and other Champa Kings. More than 100 rare and precious original relics are displayed. The most remarkable items are gold jewellery and clothing ( royal coats and boots ) of Po-Klong-Moh-Nai King and Popia Som Queen. The collection reflects the well developed handicraft ( sculpture, carving ) of the Cham people.
Place to stay in Phan Thiet