Phan Rang is unusual only in that it is so usual. It’s not a modern metropolis like Hanoi and Saigon, but not a small fishing village either. The people are very friendly and tourism is still not developed enough to support the hawkers and vendors that make other places seem like one giant market. Go there and see nice, normal Vietnamese people exercising and gossiping on the beach at sunrise. See the local Vietnamese gather at 16 April Park and eat street food and enjoy beautiful cool evenings. If you are near the beach, go to a local fish market and watch hundreds of women buy and sell the day’s catch. You’ll neither be gawked at nor constantly approached by people trying to sell you something.

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Po Klong Garai

Po Klong Garai

Po Klong Garai is one of the most significant of Vietnam’s Cham historical sites, and with its fascinating inscriptions and beautiful brick-built structure it’s easy to understand why. These four towers were built by the Cham people at the end of the 13th century, on a bed of formidable granite rock. They stand on top of the bald Cho’k Hala ...

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Ninh Chu Bay Beach

Ninh Chu Bay Beach

One of Vietnam’s nine most beautiful beaches, Ninh Chu Bay is a 10 km crescent of white sand and clean ocean. Except for a few weeks in winter, the waves and current are not strong enough to be dangerous. In the early mornings the beach is alive with locals coming out to see the sunrise, exercise, and gossip. Late in ...

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Truc Lam Vien Ngo Temple Complex

Truc Lam Vien Ngo Temple Complex

Just behind the resorts that line the center of white-sand Ninh Chu Beach, this impressive temple complex is one of the most picturesque cultural sites in the area. The Truc Lam Vien Ngo temple complex begins at the base of a large hill and sprawls up its side in an array of delicate pagodas, temples and imposing statues. A Buddhist ...

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Bau Truc Pottery Village

Bau Truc Pottery Village

One of the oldest pottery villages in Southeast Asia, ethnic Cham people still make pots and vases using traditional techniques. It has become a popular tourist destination, but most likely will not hold your attention for long unless you are interested in this type of thing.

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Phan Rang Market

Phan Rang Market

The largest market is in the center of Phan Rang, with nearly a hundred vendors selling fruits, vegetables, locally made products and household items.

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Vinh Hy Bay and Binh Tien

Vinh Hy Bay and Binh Tien

With similar white sand stretches and magnificent rock faces to famous Ha Long Bay, Vinh Hy is one of the most beautiful yet largely unspoiled areas of Vietnam’s coastline. Protected by its proximity to the Nui Chua National Park, and a well-known eco-tourist location, Vinh Hy Bay is a beach lover’s haven. Visitors can expect clean, soft sands, striking rock ...

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16 April Park

16 April Park

A huge open park that splits a modern but empty, museum and an impressive monument to Vietnam's workers. At night the park comes alive with thousands of locals and food vendors, making for a fun people watching experience.

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Mui Dinh Lighthouse

Mui Dinh Lighthouse

About 20 km south of Phan Rang is the small fishing village of Mui Dinh. It sits at the edge of large sand dunes and coastal hills. Sitting at the top of one of those hills is the Mui Dinh Lighthouse. It is s a 15 minute walk up a steep path, but well worth it because of the great ...

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