VIETNAM TRAVEL

 

South Central Coast

Quang Ngai - Around Quang Ngai - Sa Huynh - Quy Nhon - Around Quy Nhon - Song Cau - Tuy Hoa - Beaches North Of Nha Trang - Nha Trang - Around Nha Trang - Phan Rang Thap Cham - Ninh Chu Beach - Ca Na - Vinh Hao - Mui Ne Beach - Phan Thiet - Ta Cu Mountain

PHAN THIET

IDD Code:(+84) 62
Phan Thiet is traditionally known for its nuoc mam (fish sauce), producing 16 to 17 million litres of the stinky stuff per annum. The population includes descendants of the Cham, who controlled this area until 1692. During the colonial period the Europeans lived in their own segregated ghetto stretching along the northern bank of the Phan Thiet River, while the Vietnamese, Cham, Southern Chinese, Malays and Indonesians lived along the southern bank. The river flowing through the centre of town creates a small fishing harbour, which is always chock-a-block with boats, making for interesting photos. To get to Pnan Thiet's beachfront, turn off Đ Tran Hung Dao (Hwy 1A) into Đ Nguyen Tat Thanh - the road opposite the Victory Monument, an arrow-shaped concrete tower with victorious cement people at the base. The main attraction of Phan Thiet is the Ocean Dunes Golf Club (1Đ Ton Due Thang, per round US$65), a top-notch 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Nick Faldo, near the beachfront,at the Novotel. Very reasonably priced golf package tours are available if you book from HCMC - contact the resort's HCMC marketing office (
New World Hotel, 76 Đ Le lai).
Orientation & Information
Phan Thiet is built along both banks of the Phan Thiet River (also known as the Ca Ty and the Muong Man River). Hwy 1A becomes D Tran Hung Dao as it runs through town. Binh Thuan Tourist ( 82 Đ Trung Trac, 7-11am & 1.30-5pm Mon-Fri, 8-10.30am Sat & Sun) Tourist maps and Information.
Sleeping & Eating
Unless you're here for the golf, you're much better off staying in nearby Mui Ne. Binh Minh Hotel (Tell: 823 344; fax 823 354; Đ Le Loi; r 240,000-300,000d; It's ugly and the karaoke can be noisy, but this state-owned dinosaur is right by the beach.
Novotel Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort ( 1 D Ton Duc Thang; r US$66-124, ste US$161; In a beautiful spot between the golf course and a private stretch of beach, the main Novotel building is looking a little tired - although at the time of research new villas had been built near the golf club. The hotel's Seahorse Restaurant is the Hashest eatery in town, serving up local seafood (dishes US$5 to US$15).
Getting There & Around
Phan Thiet bus station (Ben Xe Binh Thuan; tell: 821361;Đ Tu Van Tu; 5.30 am-3.30pm) is on the northern outskirts of town. Phan Thiet is on Hwy 1A, 198km east of HCMC, 250km from Nha Trang and 247km from Dalat. The nearest train station to Phan Thiet is 12km west of town in dusty little Muong Man.