For a small place, the Phan Thiet area has its fair share of sights. Those looking for cultural enlightenment will find it in and around the city centre at Van Thuy Tu Temple and the school where Ho Chi Minh used to teach.

In Phu Hai, the remains of the Cham civilization are on display at a series of still standing towers set against the sea. The distinctive ruins pale in comparison to My Son or Angkor Wat, but they remain impressive nonetheless.

In Ham Tien, the major destination is the Fairy Spring, a 30 minute hike up a babbling creek bed. Cut through the canyon and up to the waterfall, splashing upward progress and admiring the surrounding red clay canyon as you do.

Past Mui Ne, the area’s most famous attractions, the Red and White Sand Dunes, allow travellers to imagine the Sahara and ride down the slopes on rickety homemade sleds. Local children will be happy to assist in the fun, earning themselves a nice tip in the process.

Further out, climb Ta Cu Mountain to see the gigantic sleeping Buddha, on its side with a look of eternal contentment. 

What to See in Phan Thiet/Mui Ne

White Sand Dunes

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Red Sand Dunes

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Fairy Spring

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Mui Ne Fishing Village

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Dragon Fruit Farms

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Poshanu Cham Towers

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Phan Thiet Market

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Salt Fields

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Mui Ne Market

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Dragon Fruit Farms

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Van Thuy Tu Temple

This temple was built in 1762 to honour a legendary whale, which was believed to save fishermen caught in bad ...

Lizard Farm

These lizards, a local species of gecko called con dong, are a local speciality and quite tasty. One kilogramme is ...

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Located near Duc Thanh School, on the banks of Ca Ty River, this museum displays objects relating to Ho Chi ...

Fairy Spring

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Ta Cu Mountain

The focal point of the mountain is the spectacular statue of Buddha entering a state of paranirvana, the final nirvana ...

Duc Thanh School

This was once a regular haunt of Nguyen Tat Thanh who went on to be immortalised as Ho Chi Minh. ...

Phan Thiet Water Tower

Next to the Tran Hung Dao Bridge, this iconic symbol of Binh Thuan Province was designed by Prince Suphanouvong of ...

Red Sand Dunes

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Mui Ne Fishing Village

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Phan Thiet Market

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Phan Thiet Canyon

The red canyon in Mui Ne was opened again in 2016, and is not operated by Sea Links. This lesser ...

Hon Rom

The deserted Hon Rom beach is almost an island as it is only connected to the mainland by a narrow ...

Fish Sauce

Phan Thiet is famed for its fish sauce (nuoc mam). This overpoweringly pungent condiment is quintessential to Vietnamese cuisine. The ...

Noodle Workshops

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White Sand Dunes

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Poshanu Cham Towers

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