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Option 1: Go Around Quy Nhon
1. Let's start from the Ghenh Rang tourist site, it has become a popular destination where people can come to visit Hoang hau Beach (Queen Beach), the tomb of Han Mac Tu, the talented and ill-fated poet as well as enjoy his romantic poems
Queen Beach is known for its famous rocks, pebbles and waves. When the waves are gentle, tourists will see millions of pebbles in diverse colors and shapes piling up together under the clear blue water. People call it Bãi Trứng (Stone Egg Beach).
2.Han Mac Tu Tomb: Tomb of the mystical poet Han Mac Tu who died in 1940. He was well-known for modern romantic poet in Vietnam literature.
3. Climb to Xuan Van Mount:
The Mount is located 242 m above sea level. Make sure that your are strong enough to climb up through 14 stages with 350 steps in order to reach the top.
City's view from the Xuan Van Mount
4. Quy Hoa Leper Colony:
The leper colony is a tidy set of buildings all fenced in, yet surrounded by the homes of former patients who now live quite full lives, the seaside promenade just in front of the leper colony is picturesque; you'll see a small grove of trees and a gallery of busts of famous scientists and great medical innovators from Greece, England, France, and Vietnam
Some typical pictures of Quy Hoa Colony:
A garden area that fronts on to the beach around the Leprosy Hospital is called Humane Park and is dedicated to great medical scientists in history including a handful of Vietnamese. It features busts of people like Hippocrates, Pasteur and many from Viet Nam.
5. Visit the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE):
Where junior and senior scientists, specialists from many different disciplines, can meet and exchange ideas in a convivial and relaxed environment.
The Panoramic view of ICISE
6. Vung Chua Mount:
It is located 1,500 m above sea level, up the mountain to get the whole view of the City at day-time and night-time as well. Quy Nhon city look like a wonderful picture from this height.
8. The main fishing port of Quy Nhon:
Visiting the fishing port, tourists have a chance to experience the fishermen’ daily life as well as the traditional culture, such as the bustle of fish selling, the noise fishing boat's engine, the scream of fish vender:"Buy one get one free, come on"
8. Hai Minh Peninsula:
9. Thap Doi Tower (Twin Tower):
Are the most easily accessed of Quy Nhon's Cham ruins. They're located in town and date from the eleventh century.The two towers are unique, in that there are two (Cham towers usually come in groups of odd numbers) and that they're in town (usually on hilltops)
10. Night coffee on the beach.
Let's imagine what can be more comfortable than enjoying the Vietnamese Coffee Style in front of the Oceon
Option 2: Religious Day
The complex of Cham towers: Binh Dinh was the capital of the Champa Kingdom from the 10th to 16th century and the proof of this golden age is the towers still standing firm, with domes covered with moss.
1. Banh It Tower (also named Silver Tower):
Built in the late 11th and the early 12th century in Phuoc Hiep hamlet, Phuoc Tuy commune, on top of a hill situated between two tributaries Tan An and Cau Ganh, next to National Highway 1A, 20 km from Quy Nhon city. This is a complex consisting of 4 towers, looking like a glutinous three- cornered rice cake (Banh It). Each tower is a distinct architecture. On the top of each tower is a stone statue of Shiva. In terms of art, among all remaining vestiges of Cham towers in Vietnam, Banh It tower reflects a varied architecture with high artistic value.
2. Duong Long Tower (Ivory Tower):
This complex consists of the ruins of three towers. located in Binh Hoa Commune, Tay Son district, 50km from Quy Nhon city, was built in the late 12th century, during the development of the most brilliant period of Cham sculpture.The tower is a complex of 3 (the central tower is 24m high, the towers on both sides are 22m high). The towers reflect a carved sculptural virtuosity.
3. Canh Tien Tower:
Built in the 16th century at Nhon Hau commune, An Nhon district. A special feature of Canh Tien Tower is part of the column wall enclosed with purple sandstone and carved with twisted rope pattern. The tower has an elegant and solemn style, all the 4 roof levels have small levels at the corners, resembling flying birds and fairies’ wings.
4. Long Song Church (River-bed Church):
A church with Gothic influences, is located among fields and rivers. Under the kingdom of Champa, their southern capital at Vijaya (present-day Thi Nai lagoon) was a large trading port in the 11th -15th centuries. Missionaries, including Portuguese ones, came to the place in the 17th century.
Cristophoro Borri, an Italian missionary, retold that he was warmly welcomed by an official in Quy Nhon district (today’s Quy Nhon city). He was permitted to build a church to carry on missionary work. No one knows when the church was built. It is said that a ceremony was held to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Long Song seminary on Jan.14, 1964. Surely, it has existed for at least 165 years.
Long Song seminary has stopped operating since 1983, but it is still taken care of. The church, therefore, shows no sign of time's devastation until now.
5. Thap Thap Pagoda: The most ancient Pagoda in Binh Dinh Province.
The lotus pond in front of the Pagoda
6. Thien Hung Pagoda:
7. King Citadel:
The former forbidden city, which changed hands several times during the late 18th century, is located in An Nhon District, on the site of the prior Do Ban Citadel in the Champa Kingdom.
It was rebuilt in 1776 by the order of the ruler of Tay Son Dynasty, King Nguyen Nhac, one of the three national heroes who led a resistance against Ching invaders from China.
7. Quy Nhon Night market:
Option 3: Day of sun and wind :)
1. Thi Nai Bridge:
The longest oversea bridge in Viet Nam, connecting the city of Qui Nhơn to the Phương Mai Peninsula. The bridge was inaugurated in 2006 and is the longest sea bridge in Vietnam with a length of 2477.3 metres, and width of 14.5 metres. The bridge took three years to construct and opened on December 22, 2006. It links the city of Qui Nhon to Nhon Hoi Economic Zone and not only solely for transportation purpose but serves as an enticing tourist spot in Binh Dinh province.
2. Phuong Mai Sandy Dune:
Located about 20 km far from Quy Nhon, the sand dune is adjacent to the Phuong Mai peninsula’s Nhon Ly beach. Touring the Phuong Mai sand dune, tourists could have chances to experience the roughly 100-meter-high sand dune and a panoramic view of the vast sand dune as well as its wild beauty with veinsands changing their shape daily, even hourly due to strong wind blowing from Nhon Ly beach.
3. Eo Gió (Wind Waist):
People call that name because of the specific shape of the beach. Eo Gio Beach has a special curl like the shape of a saddle. It is also situated between two mountains, so wind always blow into the beach stronger than other places. Coming to Eo Gio, you will always feel cool and windy.
Walking along the mountain cliff, you will see nice and multi-shaped caves such as the shapes of frog, jaw or dome. In the West part, you also can see the caves where swallows build their nets inside
Looking from high mountains, Eo Gio complex is charming and stunning. Mountain embrace the sea, the sea embrace the mountain, the waves have been slapping nicely in the rocky cliff like sweet melody of nature. Along the mountain foot, there is a large rocky stretch with multiple shapes and colors. The rocks and stones have various shapes such as egg-shape, flat-shape or sharp-shape. There are a lot of huge smooth rocky flat which tourists can lie down like a bed to relax. Not far from the mountain, many small islands stand out on the water surface with plentiful beautiful shapes and figures in natural ways
4. Hon Kho (Dry Islet):
Located approximately 6km from Qui Nhon city, served as a giant screen for Nhon Hai fishing village. During rough season, Hon Kho islet is covered with tall white waves. In calm season, Hon Dry welcomes visitors on long fine sandy beaches, colorful coral reefs, green lawns and freshwater from cracked cliff. Visiting Hon Kho islet, tourists can go to Nhon Hai fishing village for diving and snorkeling. Interestingly, the sea level here is not too deep. To those who cannot swim, they will wear life jackets, and glasses to contemplate a wonderful marine world.
You will go to Dry Islet by my Canoe (picture below), it takes about 10 to 15 minutes. (I am sitting in the middle...:D)
The whole view of Dry Islet
Extra pure sea-water
Scuba-diving at Dry Islet
Option 4: Back to the King's history and God beliefs
1. Quang Trung King Museum:
50 km northwest of Quy Nhon city, at Kien My village, Binh Thanh Commune, Tay Son District. The museum was built in 1978 with an ancient architectural design. There are 9 galleries with important relics related to the Tay Son insurrection. Located in Quang Trung complex is the temple dedicated to the 3 Tay Son brothers and their generals, built on the foundation of the Tay Son old house by the people’s donations in 1958 and completed in 1960. 2 precious remaining relics are a tamarind tree and a well, dated back from the Tay Son brothers’ childhood.
The bird's eye view of the Museum
The worship area of the Museum
The Statue of Quang Trung King
2. The Altar of the Heaven and Earth:
Located on An Son mountains of Hoa Son village, Binh Tuong commune, Tay Son district. The Altaris situated on the highest peak of An Son mountains, consisting of 3 levels: circular top floor called Vien Dan, 2nd square floor called Phuong Dan, and square bottom floor protected by 4 laterite wall entrances in 4 directions. The main direction is in the south and opens to a 3-entrance gate, inside which is a stone screen; the three other directions consist of 4 triumphal arches in a straight line where rituals will take place before offering sacrifies. There is also Tien Te - Phuong Dinh altar, symbolizing the harmony between Heaven and Earth, between Yin and Yang and where the copy of Tay Son commands is placed. In a rectangular space behind is an altar dedicated to the 3 Tay Son brothers.
3. If we have much time left, i will take you to visit some Pagodas as shown in the Option 2.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON IN MY HOMETOWN.
How to get in Quy Nhơn?
+ By Air: the code of Quy Nhơn Airport is UIH;
+ By Train: There are two main Rail Stations leading to Quy Nhon, the firt one is Quy Nhon Rail Staion and the second one is Dieu Tri Rail Station;
+ By Coach: the Coach stop is Quy Nhon Coach Station;
If you are still confused about transportation or for more information,just contact me as soon as you booked the tour.
Picture source: Binh Dinh News, Võ Khắc Huấn and Internet.
- Tuyet Nguyen(11/03/2017)
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