You have a morning to explore Phu Yen, where you should go and what to do to have enjoyable experiences? Here are the detailed suggestions from Wanderlust Tips for you to have a perfect journey in Phu Yen.
1. THE CLIFF OF STONE PLATES
Located in An Ninh Dong Commune, Tuy An District, the Cliff of Stone Plates look like a huge honeycomb from a distance. It is a sparkling mysterious black light amidst a clear blue sky. Tens of thousands of hexagonal, square, or circular rock pillars are layered on top of each other, seamlessly aligned, and look as though they have been arranged by the human hand. Along with the time and waves from the sea, the rock pillars here are not separated or broken, but cling to each other, one layer after another, stretched to the sea.
♦ Top tips: From Tuy Hoa City, head along National Highway 1A to the North about 30 kilometres, then enter Chi Thanh Town (Tuy An District). Turn right (heading East) about 12 kilometres, until you see the Cliff of Stone Plates.
♦ Must see: Ganh Den Lighthouse is about 1 kilometre from the Cliff of Stone Plates; Mang Lang Church and Tam Giang Lagoon are located on the road from National Highway 1A to the Cliff of Stone Plates.
♦ Cuisine: The Cliff of Stone Plates Restaurant is located next to the entrance gate. Luc Thach Restaurant (Phu Hanh village) or food stalls at Dam Market are located about 4 kilometres away from the Cliff of Stone Plates.
2. XUAN DAI BAY
Located at the foot of Gang Slope in Xuan Tho Commune, Xuan Thinh and Song Cau Town, Xuan Dai Bay is formed by the Co Ngua mountain range that stretches to the sea about 15km form Xuan Thinh Peninsula. Xuan Dai Bay is impressive, with endless blue and green colours. The Bay is surrounded by peaceful villages, coconut trees, and white smooth sand intermixing with exotic rock formations. The Bay is about 50 kilometres long, stretching through many different terrains such as: the Lighthouse, Ong Cape, Ganh Den (Cliff of Black Rock), Ganh Do (Red Cliff), Vung Dong Bay, Om Beach, Tu Nham Beach, Ganh Tuong Cape, Hon Mom Island, Ganh Ba (Ba Cliff), Ong Xa Isle, and especially Nhat Tu Son Island with a miraculous underwater road connecting the coast and the island.
♦Top tips: The unique features of Xuan Dai Bay are white sandy beaches, smooth waves, ideal for vacation, swimming. If tourists want to explore the life of local people, they can go to the fishing village in the Bay.
♦Cuisine: Restaurants are located on the Xuan Dai Bay, overlooking Nhat Son Island. A few include: Nui Que Restaurant (Cau Cau town) and Vong Canh Coffee Shop (National Highway 1A, Xuan Thanh, Xuan Dai).
3. O LOAN LAGOON
O Loan Lagoon is located at the foot of Quan Cau Pass, in Tuy An District, Phu Yen Province, about 22 kilometres to the North of Tuy Hoa City. With an area of more than 1,500 hectares, O Loan Lagoon offers tranquil natural beauty with airy space, and fresh, cool climate. From the top of Quan Cau Pass, visitors will see Tu Bi Mountain (the mountain of compassion), where Tu Bi Stream flows through the canyons and pours into the lagoon, creating a romantic scene. Surrounding the Lagoon is Dong Chay Mountain, Cam Mountain and An Hai Dune, with rocky reefs protruding out of the Lagoon forming cliffs of various shapes. Lying along the water edge are casuarina forests and shelters of birds such as mallards, pelicans, storks, and ducks.
♦ Top tips: Visitors to O Loan Lagoon can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and countless fresh seafood dishes, which are prepared according to the typical flavour of Central Vietnam.
♦ Cuisine: Enjoy the famous seafood such as blood cockle, fish apricot, tuna eye, shrimp, squid, jellyfish, and crab at restaurants located near the lagoon
4. DAI LANH CAPE
Dai Lanh Cape is located in Dong Be Hamlet, Hoa Tam Commune, Dong Hoa District, Phu Yen Province, about 35 kilometres to the Southeast of Tuy Hoa City. This is site combines many beautiful scenes, with forests, sea, streams and mountains. Local people also call it Dien Cape, because the top has a lighthouse that shines nightly to help boats pass from the sea into Vung Ro Bay. At the foot of Dai Lanh Cape is the pristine moon-shaped beach of Bai Mon, with a coastline of about 400 metres, smooth slope, fine white sand, crystal clear water.
♦ Top tips: This is a beautiful sunrise viewpoint. In addition, visitors coming here will have the opportunity to participate in a game on the sea with fishermen, or to hunt eel – the fish known as “Jiaolong of the ocean”.
♦ Must see: Bai Goc Beach and Bai Tien Beach on the way from Tuy Hoa City to Dai Lanh Cape.
♦ Cuisine: Going to Vung Ro Bay about 6 kilometres away, is where there are many restaurants with fresh and attractive seafood.
5. VUNG RO BAY
Located 25 kilometres from Tuy Hoa City, Vung Ro Bay is in Xuan Hoa Nam Commune, Dong Hoa District, Phu Yen Province (popularly called Nau Land), and stretches about 16.4 square kilometres. It is surrounded by three majestic mountains: Ca Pass (in the North), Da Bia (in the East) Hon Ba Island (in the West), and Hon Nua Island in the South. Looking from above, Vung Ro Bay looks like a giant mirror reflecting all the majestic natural scenery.
♦ Top tips: Whether it is dawn, sunset or noon, Vung Ro always fascinates visitors with the beauty of nature. Coming here, visitors can relax on peaceful beaches such as Lach Beach, Mu U Beach, Chua Beach, Chan Trau Beach, Lau Beach, Lab Beach and Bang Beach…
♦ Must see: You can rent a boat to visit the famous sites of the Bay or to explore Hon Nua Island.
Cuisine: Rent a boat to go to floating rafts in the bay, where there is a variety of fresh seafood such as oysters, ark clam, sea urchin, shrimp, crab, squid …
6. PHUN ABYSS
Phun Abyss lies in Da Den Mountain Range in Hoa My Tay Commune, Tay Hoa District, surrounded by lush trees and rolling hills, creating a truly romantic landscape. The streams from Ca Pass have formed the confluence of Banh Lai River. From the upstream of Banh Lai River at an altitude of 50 metres above the sea level, these streams flow through the granite layer then erode into the valleys, creating a deep abyss called Phun Abyss. This name comes from the geological structure where the above abyss consists of layers of solid rock and the bottom consists of soft rock eroded gradually along with time and forming holes. The water from the upstream flows down to the abyss of white foam, as if under the water there is a huge fountain sprouting the water up high.
♦ Top Tips: Visitin Phun Abyss, visitors will enjoy a beautiful natural landscape with many exciting activities such as ecological tourism, mountain climbing, swimming, and camping.
♦ Cuisine: Got to Tuy Hoa City for lunch, as you will find a wide selection of dishes.
7. KRONG TRAI NATURAL RESERVE
Located 80 kilometres from Tuy Hoa City along National Highway 25, Krong Trai Nature Reserve is located in Krong Trai and Krong Pa Communes, Son Hoa District. This is where the ecosystems transform from the West to the East of Truong Son Range, so the fauna and flora are extremely diverse. The reserve covers 22,290 hectares, with about 236 species of plants, 50 species of mammals, 182 species of birds and 22 species of reptiles. Among them, there are many rare animal and plant species for scientific research. In addition, Krong Trai is also a place that preserves the traditional culture of ethnic minority people such as E De and Ba Na with festivals including Buffalo Sacrifice, Seasonal Festival, Khan Singing and Tomb Art.
♦ Must see: Along National Highway 25 to Krong Trai Nature Reserve, you can visit Dong Cam Dam – the largest irrigation works in Phu Yen Province.
♦ Cuisine: Along National Highway 25 to the National Reserve, there are many restaurants such as: Ben Song Restaurant, Mon Coffee and Thach Thao Coffee.
8. TU QUANG PAGODA
Located at an altitude of 100 metres above sea level, with an area of about 5,000 square metres, Tu Quang Pagoda is located on Xuan Dai Mountain in An Dan Commune, Tuy An District, about 35 kilometres to the North of Tuy Hoa City. The temple is located amidst an area full of white stones, so it is also called the White Stone Pagoda (Bach Thach Pagoda). The back of the temple leans against the Xuan Dai Mountain Range, while the front faces the South, overlooking Cai River (Ngan Son River) and Nhan My River. In a large area to the West of the temple, there are eight stupas to worship monks and the abbot of the temple, and it is considered one of the top unique architectural treasures in Central coastal provinces.
♦ Top tips: Standing in the courtyard, you can see the entire view of the river and the wonderful blue mountain. Surrounding the temple is a mango garden that appeared in Phu Yen poems as a typical product of this land: “White Rock Mango, Silk Ward Cassava”.
♦ Cuisine: On the way from Tuy Hoa City centre to Tu Quang Pagoda, you can visit O Loan Lagoon to enjoy a variety of delicious seafood.
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