Quy Nhon Tour Guide
While Vietnam is becoming better known among international travelers, Quy Nhon is still not on the radar of most people. So, if you are looking for a hidden place to get to know the real Vietnam and explore a beautiful landscape and unspoiled beaches, Quy Nhon needs a place in your itinerary. Hop on a bus or plane to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy cities or beach tourist towns and prepare to be captivated by the crystal clear waters, the ancient ruins, the locals and the delicious seafood delicacies. Curious? Keep reading to discover what Quy Nhon has to offer!
Quy Nhon Then and Now – The Story
Although the Quy Nhon city was only founded in the 18th century, many signs suggest that the area was already inhabited by people of the Champa culture as early as the 11th century. Around the 14th century, the first Vietnamese settlers arrived in the area , at the beginning of the 18th century, the Tay Son dynasty developed the growing seaport of Thi Nai, both for trade and for military fortification. However, what made the city more famous is that it is said that Nguyen Hue Emperor was born in Quy Nhon.
During the Vietnam War, the city gained importance as a US military and naval based. Today, the port is used mainly for trade and Quy Nhon is slowly being discovered as a great destination for a relaxing getaway thanks to its soft sand beaches and the beautiful scenery that surrounds the city.
The best time to visit Quy Nhon – The weather
To make the most of your visit to Quy Nhon, plan to visit it between January and March. During this time, temperatures reach twenty years and there is little chance of rain. The later you come during the year, the more heat it will make. If you do not mind the heat, even the summer months are a good time to travel, as there will be fewer visitors.
If you come between September and December, you will risk ruining your plans with heavy downpours several times a day, since this is the rainy season of the area. You can still enjoy the beautiful beaches, but prepare for an occasional storm and know that you may not be able to take boat trips due to weather conditions during these months.
How to get to Quy Nhon
Depending on the place from which you are traveling, there are several ways to get to Quy Nhon. If you are coming from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, you can fly to Phu Cat Airport with any of the major airlines (Vietnam Airlines, VietJet, Jetstar Pacific). After the short 60-minute flight, take a taxi (make sure they use the meter!) Or a shuttle bus. These buses are fast and cheap, with a cost of around 50,000 VND. To take one to the airport, ask the operator where the collection stations are in the city, so you can easily find one when you leave.
Taking the train is an excellent option if you are coming from Danang, Nha Trang or Hue. There are several per day, they only take around 3,4-5, or 5 hours, and if you take a seat in the window you will have wonderful views of the countryside. Here you can find the schedule of several trains and book directly online.
You can also take the train from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, it will only take you a little longer. But if you’re not pressed for time, this is a good way to travel like local people and maybe even make new friends on the trip.
The Dieu Tri train station (where you will get off) is about 10 kilometers from the city of Quy Nhon, so you will have to take a taxi to get to the city. Again, make sure the driver uses the meter, so you do not end up paying a crazy fee. For you to have an idea, it should be around 250,000 VND.
By the coach
Another option is to go by coach. There are several from the city of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi every day, but the trip is quite long. You are looking around 15-18 hours on the bus. Apart from that, it is the most economical option to get to Quy Nhon, which costs only half as much as the train.
To make things a little more comfortable, book a bus with a bunk where you can lie down and get some sleep. It may cost a bit more than VND, but if that’s what it takes to get through an 18-hour bus ride with no problems, it’s not that bad. Go to vexere.com (the site is in English and Vietnamese) to see which buses are available.
Move in Quy Nhon
Being a small coastal city, you can move around the center of Quy Nhon and reach the nearest beach on foot. That’s practical since you do not have to worry about keeping a bike safe. However, if you plan to do some day trips, it is better to have a bicycle (if you want to exercise) or a motorbike (if you want to go faster). Many hostels and hotels offer bicycles for free, so be sure to ask when registering. To find a reliable motorcycle rental, you should also check with your hotel staff. They will know where to go to get a good bike at a fair price (around 100,000 to 120,000 VND per day).
For longer trips and if cost is not a big problem, but comfort is a priority, you can get a driver to take you to places outside of Quy Nhon. Again, the hotel can help you find someone reliable and at a good price.
Where to stay in Quy Nhon
There are many great places to stay in Quy Nhon, so do some research to find the hotel or hostel that best suits you. Whatever budget you are in, you will surely find something here.
For example, if you want to indulge yourself and pamper yourself, why not spend a night at the AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa? It offers spacious rooms, direct access to a secluded beach and a panoramic view of the ocean and nearby islands. The complex is about 20 minutes by car from the city, so it is perfect if you want to rest, relax and enjoy the beauty of its surroundings.
If you prefer to stay at a cheaper place near the city, you can try a family accommodation. This is a great solution when traveling in Vietnam, since host families offer cheap accommodation and contact with the people who rent the rooms.
Q Inn Homestay is one of the options and has always received good reviews from guests. When choosing this type of place, keep in mind that you are staying or very close to someone’s house. Respect your privacy and culture and do not be surprised if the facilities they offer are a little simpler than what you are used to from home.
These are just two examples of the many places to stay in Quy Nhon. For a more complete list and other booking tips, see our article on Quy Nhon accommodation.
What to see and do in Quy Nhon
For a small city, Quy Nhon has many things to offer. Whether you’re looking to relax by the sea or want to go exploring, there are many ways to keep yourself occupied here.
Enjoy the beaches
Quy Nhon is most famous for its beautiful beach that stretches along the eastern end of the city in a gently curved bay. This endless stretch of soft sand is calm and inviting, making it the perfect place to stay if you want to relax and tan. You’ll find some bars on the beach and restaurants, so if you need a cold beer to cool down or a quick snack, you’re ready.
Around sunset, the beach becomes a little busier when people marvel at the breathtaking sunsets. Be sure to ensure a pleasant place and the sight of the burning sun slowly sinking into the sea.
Another fun beach to visit is Queen Beach or Egg Beach. It is a few minutes from the center of Han Mac Tu Memorial Park, a site dedicated to a famous Vietnamese poet. Take a look at your memorial and head to the beach that is lined with smooth, egg-shaped stones (hence the name). While this is not the best place to design, it has a beautiful view of the ocean and some excellent opportunities to take pictures on Egg Beach.
Try local foods.
With Quy Nhon right on the coast, obviously, you will get delicious fresh seafood. Since the restaurant scene is still in its early stages here, it can be a bit difficult to know where to go for a delicious bite. The best thing you can do is ask the staff at the reception of your hotel or hostel where they like to go to get their dose of fresh lobster, scallop and crab. They will probably suggest some small places with holes in the wall that may seem a bit ramshackle from the outside, but that offer some of the best culinary and cultural experiences. It is in these places where you will find the best and freshest seafood, prepared according to family recipes and served immediately. We wrote another article about some of the best places to enjoy seafood and other local specialties in Quy Nhon, so take a look.