In Vietnam there is one place that deserves to be visited by more people: Quy Nhon. Even though it is not considered a tourist destination, this medium-sized city is bordered by beautiful beaches and the surrounding landscape is also breathtaking. Life here also feels much more authentic.

5 reasons to visit Quy Nhon

  1. Visit local fishing villages
  2. Beach hopping to secluded beaches
  3. Snorkel and swim around the islands
  4. Explore Champa architecture at Cham temples
  5. Enjoy the sunset at Eo Gio

Practical information

In short

Region

Central Vietnam, Binh Dinh province

Number of residents

685.000

Recommended travel days

2 days

Vietnamese name

Qui Nhơn

Best travel time

  • Best travel time: From January to March. In the 20 degrees and little chance of rain.

Money

There are banks and ATM machines scattered throughout the city. When you stay at Xep Beach it is convenient to bring enough cash. Hotels accept credit cards, but most local restaurants do not.

What to see and do in Quy Nhon

Best things to do

Quy Nhon’s beach has a vast stretch of coastline that is no less than 42 kilometers long. Along this coastline you will find many restaurants where you can eat fresh fish. There are also more and more hotels and resorts along the coastline. But because the coastline is so long, there are still plenty of places to relax without crowds of people around you. Many travelers visiting the beach at Quy Nhon for the first time describe it as a small paradise.

1. Bai Xep
This beautiful sandy bay attracts more and more travelers. Stay right on the beach overlooking the ocean. Bai Xep is also a fishing village, so it is also a good place to communicate with the locals.

2. Beaches
Quy Nhon has a number of beautiful beaches that are often very deserted. The best known beaches are Municipal Beach and Queen’s Beach.

3. Eo Gio
Also known as the Windy Pass, is a naturally rocky structure in the sea. It is a beautiful landscape of rough cliffs that fall straight into the water and is fun to explore, especially before sunset.

4. Phuong Mai dunes
The huge sand dunes right next to Nhon Ly beach are not only beautiful, but also a great place to try sand boarding.

5. Ky Co Island
This remote island has a beautiful beach and crystal clear water that is so inviting that you have to go swimming.

6. Cham towers
Sitting on often high, you will find different Cham towers. The best known from this region are Thap Banh It and Thap Doi.

7. Fishing villages
Quy Nhon feels very authentic and what you need to do is explore the local life. Stop in one of the fishing villages to see how the fishermen earn their living.

8. Phu Yen
You will find even more authentic and fewer tourists in nearby Phu Yen. This place is for the time being only visited by some local tourists. You will find many beautiful beaches here.

9. Snorkeling
There are a number of places where you can also enjoy snorkeling. Snorkeling sets can be rented at most hotels and hostels.

10. Kho Island
This Island is a good place to see coral reefs. Hon Kho is also a turtle conservation center.

Most popular activities in Quy Nhon

Favorited experiences, day trips and tours in Quy Nhon booked by fellow travellers.

Accommodation in Quy Nhon

Where to stay

Bai Xep – A charming place 10 km south of the city, not so long ago what made this just a simple fishing village. It is the favorite place for backpackers to stay in Quy Nhon, but for other travelers this village is more advisable than in the city of Quy Nhon.

Quy Nhon city – Accommodation in the city is spread over a four-kilometer beach. There is enough choice of resorts, hotels and other small to medium sized accommodations, depending on the budget.

Secluded beaches – On more secluded beaches you will find backpacker hostels such as Bai Bau, Bai Rang and Nhon Hai. It doesn’t get much more authentic here.

Best hotels & hostels in Quy Nhon

Budget hotels & hostels

  • Life’s A Beach
  • Big Tree Backpackers
  • John & Paul Inn

Mid range hotel

  • Life’s a Beach Apartments
  • Seagull Hotel

High end hotel & resort

  • AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa

Food & drinking

Restaurants

Quy Nhon a surprisingly good city to eat. The local seafood along the beach are cheap and delicious. And some of the local specialties are also worth seeing. There are numerous small seafood restaurants along the beach north of the large statue of Ho Chi Minh with his father.

Nightlife

The nightlife in Quy Nhon is small but growing. There are no night clubs, but there are places where you can have a drink. Locals often gather around the beach in the evenings to enjoy a cold beer.

In Bai Xep all hotels and hostels have a bar, so you certainly won’t get thirsty. Go to Life’s a Beach Backpackers for wild nights and drinking games.

Transportation

How to get there?

Plane

Quy Nhon has an airport. There are daily domestic flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The airport is called Phu Cat and is 30 kilometers from the city of Quy Nhon. A taxi or shuttle bus will take you from the airport to the city.

Bus

Quy Nhon is located between Nha Trang and Hoi An. The bus ride from Hoi An takes approximately 9 hours with the bus from Nha Trang 4 hours. There are also direct buses to and from Dalat (8 hours) and Pleiku (3 hours).

Train

Quy Nhon train station is located in Dieu Tri, about 10 kilometers outside the city. From the train station you can take a bus or taxi to Quy Nhon.

How to get around?

The wide and flat boulevard along the water is excellent for cycling. Hotels rent motorbikes and scooters, perfect for exploring the area. The city is relatively small and a Mai Linh meter taxi can take you everywhere cheaply. If you do not want to explore the area by motorbike, you can rent a private car with driver.

Itinerary 2 days Quy Nhon

Day 1

  • Explore the surroundings of Quy Nhon.
  • Climb over the dunes of Quy Nhon: Phuong Mai sand hill.
  • Visit a fishing village: Hai Min.
  • Take a cultural trip to Thap Banh It Cham towers.

Day 2

  • Stay on Xep Beach. From here you make a trip to Ky Co island.
  • A tour to this island includes lunch and snorkeling.
  • In the afternoon you go with a scooter or car to Eo Gio to see the sunset.
  • In the evening you eat bbq on the beach of Xep Beach.