Travel to Binh Thuan in the evening, where to go and what to do to have the most enjoyable experiences? Here are eight suggestions from Wanderlust Tips.
1. STROLLING DOWN TRAVELLERS’ STREET – VIBRANT AND SAFE SERVICE AREA
Although Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street (Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet City) is small, on its right side, there is a clear blue beach with resorts and luxury hotels close together. On the left, there are plenty of food business establishments, mini supermarkets, souvenir shops, fashion boutiques, art galleries, manicure parlours, massage spas, laundrettes and bicycle, motorbike rentals and sports equipment renal.
♦ Top tips: The later the night, the busier Travellers’ Street. The stores are crowded, there are places even opening both day and night. The price here are very reasonable, there is no scamming. Besides security is also very good, visitors can comfortably play without worrying to be disturbed by beggars or people selling lottery tickets.
♦ Cuisine: Nha Toi Restaurant (81 Dien Bien Phu), Nau BBQ (394 Hung Vuong), Bob’s Cafe American (43 Nguyen Dinh Chieu), and Bolero Coffee (99 Ly Tu Trong).
2. ROM ISLAND – SEE THE FOREST LIGHT SHIMMERING ON THE SEA
Rom Island is located in Mui Ne Ward, 26 kilometres to the Northeast of the centre of Phan Thiet City. It has a beautiful coastline, calm blue water, cool coconut palms and undulating white and golden sand dunes. In particular, visiting Rom Island on moonlit nights, walking along the beach, bathing under the moon in a space filled with wind, and watching the sparkling forest lights on the fishing boats from a far distance, will make you feel the poetry of the place.
♦ Top tips: On Rom Island, there are many places for visitors to choose to stay such as comfortable accommodations in resorts or guesthouses made of bamboo on the sand dunes. Besides, exciting entertainment activities take place all day such as sandboarding, sea bathing, campfire and squid fishing.
♦ Cuisine: Along 706 Street there are many restaurants and cafés: Hon Rom 2, Sandunes Beach Resort & Spa, Surf Club Café Rids and Bi Ti Coffee.
3. MUI NE NIGHT SQUID FISHING – EXPERIENCE BEING A FISHERMAN
Instead of enjoying squid dishes cooked at the restaurants, you can get involved in the whole process from fishing to cooking and, of course, then enjoying the freshest hot squid on the spot. Night squid fishing not only helps you train your patience but also brings interesting experiences as you are sitting in a canoe or wooden basket boat casting the fishing rod and then wait for the squid. Above your head is the night sky lit with thousands of sparkling stars, the atmosphere is fresh, and sometimes you will hear the voices of people cheering when catching new spoils.
♦ Top tips: You can book a night squid fishing tour at a travel agency or visit fishing villages along Mui Ne Beach, floating restaurants or fishing families to be able to experience an exciting night squid fishing trip.
♦ Cuisine: Freshly caught squid will be processed at the spot for you to enjoy fresh and hot immediately.
4. FISHERMAN SHOW – LEGEND OF FISHING VILLAGE ON A MAJESTIC STAGE OF WATER MUSIC
The Fisherman Show is a special entertainment show which not only bares bold features of the fishing village culture but also combines contemporary dance and drama with sparkling effects of light and hi-tech water music. The show’s script shows the culture of Phan Thiet Fishing Village with fishermen, basket boats and Nam Hai Ceremonial Prayers and includes many elements of entertainment and legends which are easily absorbed by the vast majority of Vietnamese and international audiences.
♦ Top tips: Address: Lang Chai Theatre, Nguyen Thong Roundabout, Phan Thiet City. The show is at 8pm from Wednesdays to Sundays. Duration: 1 hour. Ticket price: VND150,000 per person. Also at 7pm there is a music program for 30 minutes with ticket prices of VND50,000 per person.
♦ Cuisine: Eat at restaurants in nearby resorts or head to Bo Ke with a myriad of seafood restaurants.
5. PHAN THIET NIGHT MARKET – INTERESTING SHOPPING AND SIGHTSEEING DESTINATION
Phan Thiet Night Market has 174 stalls, mainly selling souvenirs, handicrafts, fashion products, food and Binh Thuan specialties. It also serves the shopping and sightseeing needs for local people. The night market is also a new tourist attraction, a shopping and entertainment destination for domestic and foreign visitors visiting the coastal city of Phan Thiet.
♦ Top tips: Phan Thiet Night Market is located on Nguyen Phuc Nguyen Street and Nguyen Gia Tu Street (Phu Thuy Ward, Phan Thiet City). Opening time: 5pm – 11pm daily.
♦ Cuisine: Eat at food stalls in the market or some nearby restaurants: Phuong Vy Restaurant (Tu Van Tu Street), Vuon Cau Restaurant (19th April Street), Me Trang Café (Vo Van Kiet Street).
6. PHAN THIET WATER TOWER – ROMANTIC BEAUTY BY CA TY RIVER
Phan Thiet Water Tower is located on Ba Trieu Street (Binh Hung Ward), in Phan Thiet’s green park by Ca Ty River. This is also considered one of the symbols of Phan Thiet Coastal City. The tower is 32 metres high and divided into two parts: the floor (the water tank) and the lower part of the tower is octagonal. Phan Thiet Water Tower is abbreviated and inscribed with U.E.P.T (Unise Des Eaux de Phan Thiet) surrounding the tower, made up of porcelain pieces written in circular style.
♦ Top tips: When the light is on all over the streets, visitors to the water tower by Ca Ty River will feel the poetic beauty of Phan Thiet City, immersed in the cool breeze blowing away all sorrow and tiredness.
♦ Cuisine: Kim Son Lau (34 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai), Lan Nguyet Banh Can (a southern specialty consisting of small pancakes made with quail eggs, cooked in small clay pans) (8 Hai Thuong Lan Ong), Saigon Cuisine (2 Ly Tu Trong).
7. VISITING THE CAFÉS – IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE HARMONIC RHYTHM OF THE CITY
In Phan Thiet City, there are many impressive cafés and interesting music programs to serve visitors every night. Coming here, you can feel the airy sea air at night, admire the lapping waves, or harmonise the soul with a sweet melodious song. And, some cafés also have jam sessions, where the performers themselves are the visitors who have registered to sing.
♦ Top tips: There are many choices of cafés: Binh Minh Café, Duong Doi Café on Le Loi Street with an impressive sea view; Giai Dieu Café (National Highway 1A, Phu Long Town), Lam Kieu Café (255 Tran Hung Dao), Do Café (63 Thu Khoa Huan) with a music stage for customers, Pho Da Café (70 Thu Khoa Huan) and Win Café (178 Ton Duc Thang) with live music in the evening.
♦ Cuisine: The cafés have rich menus full of coffee, fruit juices, smoothies and ice cream.
8. VISITING THE BARS – FIRE UP WITH VIBRANT MUSIC AND DANCE
A nightlife activity that is popular with visitors is bar hopping to celebrate together in spaces full of music and excitement. Of course, the coastal city of Phan Thiet is also an ideal place for those who want to fully immerse themselves in the joys of day and night.
♦ Top tips: Along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street there are many interesting bars such as Super Bar (117a Nguyen Dinh Chieu), Dragon Beach Bar & Lounge (120/1 Nguyen Dinh Chieu), Line Up Bar (122 Nguyen Dinh Chieu) and Pogo Beach Bar (138 Nguyen Dinh Chieu).
♦ Cuisine: The bars have menus full of drinks such as beer, wine, soft drinks, cocktails and mocktails.
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