Located in Southern Central Vietnam, Phu Yen has been very famous for its sensational landscape, along with white sandy beaches. 9Vietnam’s guide to Phu Yen provides to travelers and backpackers all-you-need-to-know for traveling to Phu yen: foods, travel destinations, transportations, and tips.
The ideal time to visit Phu Yen
There are 2 distinct seasons in the climate of Phu Yen. Rainy season is from September to December. Thus, to make favorable conditions for your trip, you should come here in dry seasons from January to April. Besides, you can come on the occasion of festivals, listen to “bai choi” – a national intangible cultural heritage.
You can come to Phu Yen by trains, airplanes or by bus.
– Bus: Tickets are sold at Mien Dong station of Saigon, which cost from 180.000 to 300.000 VND for each.
– Train: From Hanoi, you can catch the Hanoi – Phu Yen train. To save time for visiting Phu Yen, you should take SE3 train running at 10 PM and about 8.30 PM the next day, to arrive at Phu Yen train station.
– Airplane: There are planes from Hanoi or Saigon to Tuy Hoa. The fare is from 1 to 1.5 million VND. The airport is 10 kilometers from the city so you had better catch a motorbike taxi or a taxi.
Transportation in Phu Yen
When you’re in Phu Yen already, you can catch a bus, a taxi or a motorbike to go around. But to be in control of the time and places that you want to go and to save more money, you should use motorbikes. Renting a motorbike is about 80.000 to 120.000 VND based on the brand. When renting motorbikes, you have to pay a deposit or leave your ID at the shop.
Where to go in Phu Yen
Tuy Hoa is not a popular spot like Da Nang or Nha Trang, so the rent is not expensive. For each room, the rent is from 150.000 to 300.000 VND/day. You should book your hotel room in the city center on Hung Vuong, Nguyen Hue, Tran Hung Dao, Tran Phu, Doc Lap streets.
Famous sightseeing in Phu Yen that can’t be missed
Dong Cam dam
Dong Cam dam is on the West of Phu Hoa district, which is 688 meters long with more than 2500 large and small items. The two main canals, which are North and South channels, irrigate Tuy Hoa rice field of 220 km square.
Vung Ro is a small bay in Hoa Xuan Nam commune, Dong Hoa district, Phu Yen province, near the edge of Deo Ca. The bay is also a natural border between Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa. From the top of Deo Ca to the East, Vung Ro bay will enchant visitors with poetic and mighty landscapes.
Mang Lang church
Built in 1892, Mang Lang church is considered the most ancient church in Phu Yen and one of the oldest churches in Vietnam. This is Phu Yen’s popular tourist attraction. In the past, this church was once where Bishop Alexandre de Rhodes (Dac Lo father) gave lessons and also a place to store the country’s first script book.
Van Hoa plateau
Described as Da Lat of Phu Yen, Van Hoa plateau is in Son Hoa district including Son Xuan, Son Long and Son Dinh district. Located above 400 meters high, the plateau is full of sun, wind, and haze.
Ganh Da Dia, Ganh Den
The most famous in Phu Yen is the unique Ganh Da Dia which is one of a kind in Vietnam. From afar, this looks like a huge beehive which is about 50 meters wide and 200 meters long with arranged prismatic stones stretching out to the sea.
Nhan tower is a Cham tower on Nhan mountain, in which Cham people dwelled in the basin on Ba river basin constructed around the 12th century. The church has 4 quadrangular floors. The higher the floor is, the smaller it is but it is still the same style as the downstairs. The church is about 23.5 meters high.
Bai Xep is situated in the North of Tuy Hoa about 500 meters long with two beautiful wild black rocks covering its double ends. After the success of movie “Yellow flowers on the green grass”, the movie’s tremendous scenery in the kite section child actors has caught tourists’ attention.
Da Bia mountain
Da Bia mountain which is called Thach Bi Son and common people call Ong mountain, is the highest mountain of Dai Lanh mountain in Deo Ca mountain range. The mountain is famous because of its gigantic stone about 80 meters tall on the top of the mountain and can be seen from far away.
Dam O Loan
Located at the foot of Quan Cau pass of National Highway 1A, Dam O Long is described as a flying phoenix. This is a beautiful spot for tourists to enjoy it by climbing to the top of Quan Cau pass with a panoramic view of the lake and the waves rippling, gentle hills with green sugar cane fields.
Xuan Dai bay
Xuan Dai bay is a small bay under Gang foot-slope in Song Cau town. There are many beaches and beautiful resorts such as Vung La, Vung Su, Vung Chao… in the bay.
Dai Lanh lighthouse
Bai Mon – Mui Dai is situated in Dong Be hamlet, Hoa Tam commune, Dong Hoa district, which is about 35 kilometers to the Southeast of Tuy Hoa. Dai Lanh passionates people with transparent Bai Mon and swaying sand-bars. The most interesting thing is to go along the trail, climb the lighthouse, contemplate the vast blue sea and queer style of stones or become one of the earliest people to welcome a new day at “ the East lighthouse” of the nation.
Deo Ca is one of the most rugged and biggest passes in the Central with the mighty scenery. The name “Deo Ca” was when France was building the National Highway 1A. The weather here is rainy and cloudy, which creates many special plants. Once, this area was famous for producing incense and aloe.
Vuc Phun is in the Da Den mountain range between vast forests and hills and mountains, which make it a poetic place. Especially there is a lot of vertical uprightness from the basin to the cliff.
Hon Nua is at the foot of Deo Ca, in the boundary between Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa, which has a 105-meter high peak above the sea level. If you are a crowded group going to Hon Nua, you should spend a night camping, eating grilled seafood and enjoy the peaceful air of night sea.
Traditional festivals in Phu Yen
O Loan lagoon racing is held on 7/1 of the lunar month in An Cu commune, Tuy An district. The festival is to wish for a peaceful new year so that people can catch more fishes. Horse racing is held in An Xuan commune on 6/1 of the lunar month. This festival is to remind people of a land’s chivalry, showing willpower and extraordinary strength of men in front of immense nature.
Blood Cockle of Dam O Loan
Dam O Loan’s blood cockle is much bigger than anywhere else, which appears every year and is easy to catch. When being caught, it can be processed into many things such as grilled with onions, roasted or fried.
Soft thin vermicelli noodles with pig’s stripes
This cake is so connected to people that they say “come here without eating it is considered not yet”. It is “Banh hoi long heo” of Phu Yen. In Phu Yen, this cake is made of rice powder and has a special meticulous process.
Tuna-eye is a dish to be mentioned for which anyone will think of Phu Yen right away. Although it is a typical dish, many times tuna-eye makes diners scared of the reason “too big too scary”. However, once you have tried, it is certain that you will miss its taste when leaving Phu Yen.
Dong Patty (Cha Dong)
It is “cha dong” in Phu Lam district, Tuy Hoa when talking about Phu Yen’s special food made of an iguana. After being cleaned, dong meat is chopped or applied spices such as chili powder, onion, pepper, garlic, pig grease or oil.
Phu Yen’s chicken rice
Nearly everyone coming to Tuy Hoa tells each other about Mrs. Tuyet Nhung’s chicken rice on Le Thanh Tong Street. The restaurant has a long history of a few decades, always crowded with guests. During rush hours in the morning or at noon, travelers usually have to line up to get a seat.
Besides dried seafood, fish sauce, half dried cuttle beef… you can also buy art products made of shells as a gift for relatives and friends.