You have a morning to explore Binh Thuan, where you should go and what to do to have enjoyable experiences? Here are the detailed suggestions from Wanderlust Tips for you to have a perfect journey in Binh Thuan.
1. KE GA LIGHTHOUSE – THE OLDEST LIGHTHOUSE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Ke Ga Lighthouse is located on Ke Ga Island in Tan Thanh Commune Ham Thuan Nam District, Binh Thuan Province, 100 metres from the mainland. Ke Ga Island is located in a beautiful sea, crystal clear blue water, pure white sand beach, coconut forest, lush green weeping willows, and sharp, pink and white marble cliffs shaped like spikes. In the distance, visitors can see the soaring lighthouse on the island, made primarily of marble. This the lighthouse that has the highest tower in Vietnam and is 41 metres tall.
♦ Top tips: You can get to Ke Ga Island by canoe, basket boat or motor canoe (ticket price: VND40,000 per person). If you go by canoe, you should request it go around the island for a panoramic view. Lighthouse ticket price: VND10,000 per person.
♦ Must see: The pristine beach of Thuan Quy is about 5 kilometres from Ke Ga Sea.
♦ Cuisine: In Ke Ga Village, there are restaurants such as Cay Dua Restaurant, Trong Tam Restaurant or dining at Golden Rock Beach Resort.
2. TA CU MOUNTAIN PAGODA – ANCIENT SIGHT IN COASTAL BINH THUAN
Ta Cu Mountain Pagoda is located on Ta Cu Mountain, Tan Lap Commune, Ham Thuan District, Phan Thiet about 30 kilometres Southeast of Binh Thuan. Mount Ta Cu is 649 metres high and Ta Cu Mountain Pagoda is located halfway up the mountain at a height of over 400 metres. The pagoda was built in 1879 and has an architectural structure that includes: the Three Entrance Gate, temples, Buddha statues, tomb towers and caves, nestling in a year-round green forest. Ta Cu Mountain Pagoda and the forests in the Nature Reserve were ranked a National Landmark by the State in 1993.
♦ Top tips: The ticket price includes lunch and is VND20,000 per person. To visit Ta Cu Mountain Pagoda, visitors can climb hundreds of zigzag steps in the middle of the jungle, or take the cable car (round trip ticket fare and entrance fee: VND160,000 per person) and a tram to admire the whole impressive scene below.
♦ Cuisine: Thien Thai Restaurant, Tako Restaurant, Lim Garden Coffee that belongs to Ta Cu Tourist Area.
3. THAC BA ECO TOURISM SITE – A WHITE WATERFALL AMIDST THOUSANDS OF GREEN TREES
Thac Ba Tourist Site is located in Tanh Linh District, Binh Thuan Province about 100 kilometres from Phan Thiet’s centre. Thac Ba has two waterfalls, one that is over 10 metres high and one where the water plummets from 5-7 metres along the length of a 1.5 kilometres stream formed by the ravines of the Ong Mountain. The water cheerfully falls year round. The waterfall is deep in the thick forest, under the shadow of hundred-year old trees and amidst birds’ singing.
♦ Top tips: Adventurous people can climb up to the top of the waterfall to admire the panoramic view of one of the oldest forests and then swim in the lake at the top of the falls.
♦ Must see: Visitors can visit many famous sites in Tanh Linh District such as: La Nga River, Ham Thuan – Da Mi Hydropower Plant, Lac Rong Sea Lake.
♦ Cuisine: Food service at Thac Ba Eco Tourist Site.
4. COCO BEACH CAMP – A DREAMLIKE CAMP
Coco Beach Camp is located in Lagi Town, Binh Thuan Province, over 70 kilometres from Phan Thiet City, about 160 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City. Coco Beach Camp has only one large beach, a small villa by the beach, a Hawaiian-style round bar and colourful tents.
♦ Top tips: Here you can camp right on the beach, take part in beach games, enjoy swimming, have a BBQ party or sing karaoke or dance with friends at eventful dinner parties. The best time to travel here is from January to May, when Binh Thuan is in the dry season, which is when the blue sea becomes less turbulent with no rain. From September through December, it does not always rain, so it is recommended to check the weather to avoid hazards.
♦ Cuisine: You can bring your food here to have BBQ parties or eat at the campsite’s restaurant.
5. BA ISLAND – AMIDST THE SKY AND THE VAST OCEAN OF IMMERSE WAVES
Ba Island is an island rising high up in the middle of the sea, about 2 kilometres East of Lagi (Ham Tan District, Binh Thuan Province) and 70 kilometres Southeast of Phan Thiet City. In the first half of the 17th century, Cham people erected a temple to worship the Lady Po Nagar, the holy goddess of the ancient kingdom of Champa, which is also the reason why the island was named Ba Island (lady island). However, Ba Island is admired not only for the ancient temple, but also for its impressive location amidst the sea, highlighting the majestic beauty of the ocean.
♦ Top tips: There are only four people on the island and no fresh water. The journey to the island is very hard and only suitable for those who love to explore.
♦ Cuisine: You can bring your own food to the island or return to the mainland to eat at the restaurants in La Gi Town.
6. MUI NE FISHING VILLAGE – DISCOVER THE SEA LIFE OF PHAN THIET
About 23 kilometres to the North of Phan Thiet City Centre, Mui Ne Fishing Village is located on Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Mui Ne Ward, about one kilometre along the coast. The coast here is particularly quiet and calm all around the year, and it is an ideal location for boats to shelter.
♦Top tips: The ideal time to visit the fishing village is 6-7am, the time when local fishermen are buying and selling their produce to a vibrant crowd. In addition to experiencing the simplicity of local life, you can also buy yourself a variety of fresh seafood at cheaper prices than those sold in the market or in restaurants. If you have time, it is recommended to visit the fishing village in the evening, when hundreds of boats anchor in the sea, bathing in the red sunset and the sea’s surface turns a silver colour creating a scene that is wonderful and romantic.
♦ Cuisine: In the fishing village, you can choose to buy seafood: squid, fish, shrimp, crabs and snails to bring home or hire someone to cook for you and enjoy it right away.
7. CO THACH BEACH – IMPRESSION OF A MAGIC ROCK WITH SHIMMERING COLOURS
Co Thach Beach (Binh Thanh Commune, Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province) attracts most visitors with its shimmering rocky shores. The rock was formed naturally by the action of tides, sea currents and water. The rocks are not only black or grey, but also have many colours: brown, yellow, purple, white, blue, pink and red marbled with many beautiful lines. However, the most interesting sight of the year is in the middle of March when the whole rock is covered with beautiful green moss.
♦ Top tips: From Phan Thiet City, along National Highway 1A, 90 kilometres North, to the crossroads of Lien Luong Town, turn left along the red dirt road flanked on both sides with casuarinas forest.
Must see: Seven-coloured rocky shore, Co Thach Pagoda, also known as Hang Pagoda, Son Cliff, sand dunes and Ong Nam Hai Tomb.
♦ Cuisine: Co Thach Beach area has many fresh seafood stores where you can buy seafood or hire people to cook it for you to enjoy it on the spot.
8. CAU ISLAND – MAJESTIC ROCK BATTLESHIP AMIDST THE OCEAN
Cau Island belongs to Phuoc The Commune, Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province and is about 9 kilometres from the coast. This place is beautifully gifted with nature. These are rock shores with exotic and diverse rock shapes like a fascinating piece of architecture.The island also has very pristine beaches with clear blue sea, cool water, gentle white sand and colourful coral reefs.
♦ Top Tips: From Phan Thiet City, along the National Highway 1, about 90 kilometres, tourists will come to the centre of Phuoc The Commune where Phuoc Son Fishing Village nestles on the coastal road full of coconut trees. From Phuoc The Fishing Village, tourists can hire fishing boats from the fishermen or take a boat, which brings fresh water and food to the island. It takes about 30 minutes to Cau Island. The island is very pristine, lacking fresh water and tourism services.
♦ Cuisine: You can bring food and fresh water to the island or buy seafood from local fishermen and hire someone to cook it.
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