Phu Yen


quare: 5,060.6 km2.
Population: 868,500 people (2010)
City: Tuy Hoa City.
Districts: Dong Xuan, Song Cau, Tuy An, Son Hoa, Tay Hoa, Dong Hoa, Song Hinh, Phu Hoa.


OVERVIEWPhu Yen

Phu Yen is naturally endowed with a nearly 200km coastline and a great many gulfs, lagoons, beaches and islets. The province also has rivers, mountains, lakes, hot spa areas and valuable tangible and intangible cultural heritage sites. These are ideal conditions for the province’s tourism industry to take off. Coming to the province, visitors will have a chance to get close to nature and discover the distinctive culture of the people of Phu Yen.

 

GEOGRAPHY

Situated in South-Central Coast, Phu Yen shares border with Binh Dinh Province on the north, Khanh Hoa Province on the south, Dak Lak and Gia Lai provinces on the west and East Sea on the east.

The terrain is divided into two main area including mountain, hill, plain and more than 100km seaside.

Phu Yen has a quite diversified resources of land, forest, sea, rivers, lagoons, bays such as Cu Mong, Xuan Dai bays, O Loan, Vung Ro lagoons, Ba, Ky Lo, and Ban Thach rivers. Phu Yen owns Da Rang Bridge, the longest one in Central Vietnam

 

CLIMATE

Influenced by ocean climate, the weather here is hot with high humid and lots of rain. Annual average temperature is 26.5ºC.

 

TOURISM

Phu Yen has beautiful landscapes following: Nhan Tower on the northern bank of the Da Rang River. This was a place of worship for the Cham people dated in the late 11th to the early 12th centuries. On the north, visitors are able to swim in My A Beach (Long Thuy), an incredibly beautiful beach with white sand and clear water under the shadows of coconut trees, or discover O Loan lagoon, Hon Chua, Hon Yen islands, Tien Beach, Da Trang Pagoda, and discover Da Dia Rapids with special 35,000 stone columns.

On the south, there are Vung Ro Port, Ro Bay and Bac Deo Ca Natural Preservation that has rich of flora and fauna. The west of Phu Yen is Krong Trai National Preservation and Go Thi Thung Vestige. The most famous seafood dish form in this area is grilled blood clam.

 

TRANSPORT

Tuy Hoa City is 120km from Nha Trang, and 561km from Ho Chi Minh City and 1,156km from Hanoi. National Highway No.1A and North-South Express Train run throw the province and stop at Tuy Hoa City. There are two flights a week from Ho Chi Minh City to Tuy Hoa Airport .

Phu Yen province plays second fiddle to Khanh Hoa to the south, with the tourist magnet of Nha Trang as its main draw. You may catch a glimpse of Phu Yen’s mountains, rice fields and wide lagoons while in transit — the views are especially good from the train (if you happen to be awake when you pass through). But what most passers-by don’t realise is that just over the horizon to the east is 189km of coastline, some incredible natural beauty, and so many gorgeous, deserted beaches the Vietnamese don’t know what to do with them all.

 

Except, of course, to develop said beaches for tourism. At least, that’s the plan. In 2002 The People’s Committee for the province outlined a 5-year plan to begin in 2005 to make tourism a main source of income for the province. Based on the extent of infrastructure development we witnessed in 2007, it looks like they’re gonna be revising the plan. Very little infrastructure exists, and the people still make their living primarily off the sea. The fish praying festival, every lunar March, is the main annual event — a three-day marathon of feasting and supplication to the ‘Gods of the Sea’ for a safe and profitable catch. In the heavily-forested interior of the province can be found 30 different ethnic minorities, including some villages that specialise in weaving and pottery, and half a million square kilometres dedicated to forestry, the profits from which, presumably, quickly leave the province after being made. The provincial capital Tuy Hoa is hardly a pleasure palace, and it’s not set up for western tourists — at all — it’s barely set up for Vietnamese tourists.

 

The major tourist development here is the Eco and Entertainment Centre, which lies 2.5km west of the beach, on highway 1A, and we’re still trying to figure out exactly what the name means, since it isn’t all that entertaining, nor in any appreciable way ecological. There are only two hotels on the beach itself, and neither is a particularly good deal — the places along the highway are a better choice, though truck noise can be a problem. But, don’t write the place off just yet. If you love to go up real high and look way down, Tuy Hoa has two great options in town and one just to the south. There’s Nui Bao Thap, a 14-th century Cham tower that sits high on a hill in the centre of town, Chop Chai Mountain along Route 1A — a steep, 300 metre ascent with some truly amazing views of the ocean, the endless patchwork of rice fields, and the mountains in the distance, and 27km outside of town to the south is Da-Bia — an unusually-shaped rock standing alone on top of a hill — most tourists only get a glimpse of it, but it’s an easy climb to get up-close-and-personal with the monolith, and be treated to the best views of all.

 

The surrounding areas provide a much more convincing reason to give this province a visit:Vung Ro Bay, which is slated for development at some point as a resort location, is breathtakingly beautiful. Da-Bia, otherwise known as Gravestone Mountain, 27km to the south, provides a good day trip — as well as a great view of the surrounding countryside and the sea. Dai Lanh Beach, ten kilometres further south, is not recommended for an overnight, but is a beautiful location nonetheless. Add to that one amazing, deserted beach after another where you’ll find hardly a footprint in the sand.

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