Located in the Binh Thuan province. 200kilometers from Saigon, Phan Thiet is on the southern most tip of Central Vietnam. The major industry in Phan Thiet is fishing. The proximity of the Ca Ty river and the ocean make it a perfect place for the development of fishing industry.
The most famous tourist attraction in Phan Thiet is the Mui Ne. Mui Ne has long been considered the “Hawaii” of Vietnam. It boasts shady roads under coconut trees, a beautiful beach and cliffs battered by the waves of the sea. The typical scenery of Mui Ne lies in the moving lines of golden sand caused by the wind and when they are seen from afar they look like moving waves. Mui Ne is an ideal place for rest and relaxation. Visitors can certainly enjoy swimming in the blue water of the sea, climbing the sand dunes or relaxing by a swimming pool. The weather in Phan Thiet is roughly the same all year – hot and dry with an average temperature of around 27 degrees, so Mui Ne can be reach all year round.
Bau Trang ( Bau Sen) Sand Dunes
Bau Trang ( Bau Sen) Sand Dunes are perhaps the biggest drawing card in Mui Ne, 65km northeast of Phan Thiet. The dunes range from gold to pure white. A small stand of pine trees sits on the southern end of the lake offering a perfect spot for a picnic and afternoon nap. Tourists can reach the dunes by motorbike, Jeep or even on foot. Trips to the dunes typically include a stop-off at Fairy Springs. The best times to visit are early morning or at sunset. These times offer the best lighting for photography. As for the name of Bau Trang, this is a fresh-water lake in the middle of the vast sand dunes. Among the dunes are groups of short trees. The lake water is very fresh and clear. From the distance, you see a cool green color covering the white sand dunes. A dune divides Bau Trang into two, Bau Ong and Bau Ba. Bau Trang is not only the place to enjoy fresh water but it is also a beautiful sight, and it is worth traveling from Phan Thiet to experience it. With year-round fresh water, it relieves the scorching air of the immense sand dunes. The place has such scenic beauty that everyone visiting the area must visit there.
Co Thach Pagoda Hang Pagoda, also called Co Thach Pagoda was rebuilt more majestically by Ho Cong Diem and named it Co Thach. The path and stairs that lead up to the pagoda are made of stone, and the two sides of the balcony are decorated with dragons. On the small rock mountain by the sea is a statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, and the pagoda contains a statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. Next to the pagoda is the Ca Duoc multicoloured rocky expanse that stretches for nearly 1km along the coast. Recently, a new Co Thach tourism village was constructed with many attractive stilt-houses available to both pilgrims and to those who come to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Ke Ga Lighthouse
Ke Ga light house was completed in February 1897 by French architect Snavat. It is 65m above the sea level and has 184 steel spiral steps leading to the top of the tower. The signal light for ships is 2,000W in capacity. The length of each tower base is more than 20 m, and the side of the square house is 40 m wide. The light house on Ke Ga Island, together with the surrounding scenery, makes up a magnificent landscape and impresses many visitors.
Po Sha Nu Tower
Poshanu Towers, 7 km to the North–East of Phan Thiet City, are located on Ong Hoang (Mr. Heaven) Hill. Built by the Cham people in the late 8th century, this group of towers worships the Shiva Genie, who is highly respected by the Cham. Beside these three towers, there was once a temple, but it has been buried in the ground for more than 300 years. Inside the main tower, there is an altar, on which a couple of Liga-Yoni, a symbol of the existence of the Shiva Genie, is worshipped.
Ta Cu pagoda
Ta Cu Pagoda, also called Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda, is perched at 400m on Ta Cu Mountain Behind the pagoda is the Lying Sakiyamuni Buddha, a 49m long, 6m high concrete Buddha. Here, the scenery is enchanting with a long coast, diverse rocks, and surrounding forest, which make Ta Cu Pagoda appear great and imposing.
Van Thuy Tu temple
Van Thuy Tu temple offers a chance to learn about the tradition of worshipping whales, respectfully called by the local fishermen as Ca Ong (Lord Whale). Built in 1762, Van Thuy Tu is the oldest temple for whales in Binh Thuan Province. Besides being a sacred place for fishermen, the temple, which was classified by the government as a national heritage site a decade ago, also has the country’s biggest whale skeletons, which draws scores of visitors.