Qui Nhon, or Quy Nhon, is located in central Vietnam in the Binh Dinh Province. The coastal city with more than 650,000 in population specializes in fishing and agriculture. Quite recently, it’s making a shift towards tourism, which seemed effective especially among rich Vietnamese couples who choose Qui Nhon as a place for them to retire.
This city, which is surrounded by green mountains and the ocean, is a little undiscovered part of Vietnam. It was founded some time in the late 18th century but according to history, the small coastal town used to be the host for Portuguese Jesuits in the 1620’s. They used to call Qui Nhon “Pulo Cambi”.
Qui Nhon has an important place in history because it’s the birthplace of 18th century emperor, Nguyen Hue. He is considered one of the most successful military commanders that ever lived in Vietnam. It’s notable that the city also had a large American military base during the Vietnam War.
Today, Qui Nhon is considered one of the major industrial centers in the South Central Coast, which also includes Nha Trang and Da Nang.
Thap Banh It – This attraction is 20 km away from Qui Nhon but it’s definitely a sight to see if you can spare a day trip. Travelers can rent motorbikes to travel north and see the ancient Banh It Cham Towers.
Long Khang Pagoda – It would be hard to pass by this pagoda and not notice the 17 meters high Buddha nearby. The pagoda was said to be founded by a Chinese merchant in 1715. Today, it’s where Buddhist monks reside and where some religious affairs are held.
Municipal Beach – It’s a nice stretch of beach that is as nice as Nha Trang but less crowded. By the northern end you can find a charming section where coconut trees grow. It’s also a spot where locals practice tai chi at dawn or in the evening.
Queen’s Beach – Named after Emperor Bao Dai’s wife, the Queen’s Beach surely deserves a visit. Even if it’s not ideal for swimming or sunbathing, the beach is full of beautiful egg-shaped stones that give it a unique character. This is why the beach is also known as the “Egg Stone Beach”.
Enjoy the beaches – South Central Vietnam is often visited by locals and tourists because of its beaches. There are many variations for any traveler to choose from. Whether you are looking for a more developed area or some place secluded, you won’t be disappointed.
Backpack – Go for an adventure via the Cu Mong Pass. It has many sharp curves and steep stretches but probably one of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam. It’s a short pass but it would probably be more advisable to go with a local tour guide who are better experienced conquering this pass.
Summer Sea Festival – This event aims to promote the beautiful beaches in the Binh Dinh Province and showcase some popular destinations that locals and foreigners would be interested in visiting. The festival features many cultural and sporting events for the adults and children.