Located in the sunny and windy coastal area of South Central Vietnam, Binh Thuan boasts some of the most diverse and spectacular landscapes which have not yet suffered from the negative effects of tourism.
Here are the things you will only find in Binh Thuan, the pride of the land and people here.
Mui Ne and coastal routes
Located only about 22 km from the centre of Phan Thiet city, Mui Ne is the most popular tourist destination in Binh Thuan, which is also home to more than 70% of the resorts nationwide. Dubbed the "resort capital", Mui Ne attracts many international tourists looking for relaxation every year. To most people Mui Ne means straight roads lined with coconut trees, as well as stretching beaches, deep blue sea, white sand and delicious seafood.
Mui Ne is the name given to the land protruding into the sea, where in the past, Binh Thuan fishermen moored their boats to avoid storms. Nowadays, its centre is Nguyen Dinh Chieu street, which is considered a key tourism destination of the whole province.
Nature has graced the land of Binh Thuan - Ninh Thuan with a range of the largest and most beautiful sand dunes in the country, and most of them concentrate in Mui Ne area with the two outstanding names Bau Trang and Flying Sand Dunes. This is the most popular attraction to Binh Thuan after its sea and resort system. With stunning wild landscapes like remote African deserts, these sand hills have been recorded by many tourists and photographers, making them the “typical” images of Binh Thuan.
Not far from the centre of Mui Ne, Mui Ne Sand Hill as it’s also known the Flying Sand Dune, welcomes thousands of visitors every day. It is a unique sand hill in Vietnam, with bright yellow colour in the sun, always changing its shape following the winds from the sea.
Kingdom of dragon fruit
If the neighbouring province of Ninh Thuan is famous for grapes and sheep, Binh Thuan is well-known for its dragon fruits and is dubbed “the kingdom of dragon fruit” with nearly 20,000 hectares. As a drought resistant easy to grow fruit, the crop is suitable to the South Central climate, especially the arid areas of Binh Thuan. In recent years, dragon fruit garnered special attention by the province to become one of the key export commodities to many markets around the world, helping boost the province’s economy and creating jobs for local people.
Binh Thuan dragon fruit has a brilliant red colour, not too big in shape but has a typical cool taste. It would be enjoyable when visiting La Gi town on dragon fruit season, to be immersed in the green and red colours of prosperity, and visiting dragon fruit gardens to choose the best fruit.
Greated to warm smiles by gentle Binh Thuan farmers growing their homeland’s specialty.
Stunning roads like in Western USA
Due to the climate and landscape, Binh Thuan possesses a lot of barren land without people. There are even places in which you must travel through "desert sub-regions" to reach. It inadvertently forms beautiful roads like in the distant western United States, attracting passionate travellers to come there to satisfy their desire for the open road.
In this picture is the vast steppe in Bac Binh district with grass hills on both sides, on the road leading to Luong Son town. This is also the main route from Mui Ne to the National Highway No. 1A in previous years, now it is more pristine after the new coastal road DT 716B is put into use.
DT716B is also known as Bau Trang - Phan Ri Cua route, which was completed in 2016, connecting Bac Binh district with Phan Ri Cua town. It is now considered the most beautiful coastal road in Vietnam.
Driving on roads without people and through "deserts" is a great experience here.
The “windmill” field in Tuy Phong, Binh Thuan, bordering Ninh Thuan, has the deepest sea and is considered the best place in Vietnam for squid. These giant wind turbines are built to transform wind power into electricity.
Ke Ga Lighthouse
This article would not be complete without mentioning this famous lighthouse in the list of destinations that should not to be skipped in Binh Thuan. Ke Ga Cape is located in Ham Thuan Nam district, about 30 km from Phan Thiet’s centre. After half an hour of driving, you can reach the lighthouse which is considered the most beautiful in Vietnam. Not only the oldest in Southeast Asia, Ke Ga Lighthouse is also the highest lighthouse in the region with 200 spiralling terraces with a total height of up to 35m.
Completed in 1899, it is Southeast Asia's oldest lighthouse, located on a 500m-stretched promontory that resembles a chicken head, which is its namesake today. To get to the lighthouse, visitors can rent a motorboat or a basket boat from local fishermen.
It also functions as a navigation light for boats to travel safely with a sweep range of up to 40 km, Ke Ga Lighthouse is also a beautiful architectural work stretching out to the sea, a wild landscape that attracts visitors come to discover.
Endowed with pristine beauty, Binh Thuan province has worked to make tourism a economic spearhead.
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Located about 30km away from Phan Rang city, Bai Trang beach in the southern central province of Ninh Thuan is a popular attraction for visitors due to the beach’s pristine and unspoiled quality.