Quy Nhon, aka Qui Nhon, Quy Nhơn, Qui Nom etc. is an important city in the South Central region of Vietnam.
Circular fishing boats on Qui Nhon Beach
Quy Nhon is a lively and pleasant city virtually half way between the popular cities of Nha Trang and Hoi An. The city is known for its beautiful surroundings, Cham temples, and nearby beaches. Whilst tourism is increasing in Quy Nhon, this tends to be local tourism, and for the majority of travellers it remains relatively off the beaten track. The city is perfect for those who want to break up a journey between Nha Trang and Hoi An, being about 6 hours from each.
The fact that this little corner of Viet Nam has been undiscovered by the majority of travelers means an authentic experience awaits those who come here. We've found that there are very few vendors walking around peddling their wares and they're almost never seen on the beach, at bars, restaurants and cafes. Unlike in the larger cities, the locals aren't jaded and, instead, are genuinely glad to see you and everyone says 'hello'. Many people want to practice their English, are interested in where you are from, and want to make your visit to their city pleasant.
The population is about 300,000 but, compared to other coastal cities (Da Nang 900,000; Nha Trang 300,000; Hoi An 121,000) feels much smaller because of the lack of heavy industry and heavy traffic. The vast majority of traffic on the road is made up of scooters and motorcycles with the occasional car, truck and bus. The city's dependence on fisheries, agriculture and its sea port provides for clean air even on the hottest days.
Quy Nhon is surrounded by green mountains on three sides and the ocean on the fourth. Nestled in a bay, the city is protected from the effects of the worst hurricanes that batter the coast further north. The bay also provides for the livelihood of many as witnessed by fishermen bringing their catch, women cleaning and selling the product of their work, and patrons enjoying some of the freshest and tastiest seafood in restaurants.
Being a coastal city, the sea promenade is the easiest way to orientate yourself. The city itself is quite spread out but most of what interest travelers is concentrated on the waterfront--as spread out as it is. Hotels, restaurants, cafes, the fishermen, the promenade are all on the beach while markets, supermarkets and other shopping as well as many restaurants and cafes are just a few blocks in land from the water.
The bus station is in the south west, just a bit too far to walk to most of the hotels. Highway 1 passes around 10km west of Quy Nhon.
Phu Cat Airport (UIH), built on the grounds of an old American airbase in 1966, is located north of the city and serves only domestic destinations. There are daily early morning flights to Ho Chi Minh City and 3 flights a week to Hanoi on Vietnam airlines.
Flying in is the easiest and fastest way to get here but you can only do so from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, and the resort islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao. The airport is located about 35 kilometers outside of town.
Vietnam Airlines offers two flights daily from Saigon, and one flight daily from Hanoi except for Wednesday when it has none. Air Mekong offers flights from HCMC and the two resort cities.(Air Mekong appears to have suspended flights to and from Qui Nhon since around March 2013)
The airlines provide a shuttle between the airport and their city offices (located in the same building on Nguyễn Tất Thành Street). It cost the equivalent of $2.50 US (VNĐ 50,000) but hurry out of the airport after you’ve gotten your bags and jump on the large coach/buses or small beige mini buses right away as they tend to leave quickly. You pay on board. Taxis are always waiting at the gate of the city office to take travelers to their final destinations.
A taxi from the airport to the city will take you directly to your hotel but will set you back around $20 US (VN Đ $400,000). Check with your hotel to see whether it provides shuttle service and compare its prices with those of the airline shuttle.
A number of minibus companies ply the routes from Nha Trang, Da Nang and Pleiku in the Central Highlands. The sleeper buses such as Sinh Cafe DO NOT stop in Quy Nhon.
To Da Nang/ Hoi An: Mai Linh has two buses per day. Occasionally minibuses will come and go direct from Hoi An, but most of the time you will need to connect via Xe Om to the main Highway (50,000-65,000 dong). Around 150,000 dong, 6 to 7 hours.
Mini buses to Hoi An can be arranged through the hotels around Barbara's they depart at 6.30am and 3.30pm daily and cost 160,000 dong.
You can also take buses heading to Da Nang to go to Quang Ngai.
Prices from Nha Trang are 100 to 110,000 dong (July 2012). Journey time 4 to 6 hours. This route can be quite dangerous, so make sure you take a bus during daylight. The scenery along the way is spectacular. Travel agents in Nha Trang will quote you a travel time of 23-28 hours for the Nha Trang-Quy Nhon trip, and charge 300,000-400,000 dong (confirmed in writing at 6 travel agencies and 4 bus companies in Nha Trang, March 2012)-- be warned.
There is one direct bus to Da Lat per day. Thuan Thao buses depart Quy Nhon at 6am and Da Lat at 7am, taking around eight hours and charging 210,000 dong (July 2012). The buses are reasonably comfortable and not overcrowded, but the air-cons may be weak. Alternatively take a bus to Nha Trang and a Phuong Trang bus from there to Da Lat. Coming from Da Lat, you can also take a Phuong Trang bus to Da Nang, which will pass through Quy Nhon.
Buses to Pleiku take around 3 hours and you shod pay around 70,000 dong(March 2014)
The Quy Nhon bus station is located in the south of the town, almost 2 km from the Co-Op super market and right next to the Metro bulk super market. There is a city bus stop in front of the station. You can take a bus to the city center (3000 to 5000 dong) but you might have to wait for half an hour. There are a few small outdoor eateries at the station that serve typical Vietnamese food.
If you want to walk, turn right at the main entrance of the station, walk along Tay Son Road until you reach the intersection at the end of the road (at Royal Resort), turn left and walk along An Duong Vuong / the beach.
Quy Nhon is served by Dieu Tri train station on the main line, around 10km west of Quy Nhon. All reunification express trains stop at Dieu Tri . To get to Quy Nhon from there, walk to the main road (around 5 minutes) and take a bus (5000 dong). Most buses will bring you to the supermarket at the city center. A taxi takes around 15 minutes.
There are also trains departing from Ho Chi Minh City that arrive directly at the Quy Nhon train station. The line name is SQN. A "soft sleeper" overnight train is around $35. This train often has to wait for reunification express trains to pass by and therefore delays of 2 or 3 hours are not unusual, especially on the train from Quy Nhon to Ho Chi Minh City.
There is also a train from Quy Nhon to Vinh at the North-central coast around every other day.
Lots of xe om drivers around. You will probably get accosted at the bus station. Drivers demand outrageous prices (~60,000 dong) for small hops. The true price is 15,000-20,000 dong. Be careful of a woman on the east side of the city with very long hair riding a gray Suzuki who may offer you a ride; scams are to ensue.
A number of white and green taxis can be found around the bus station area. More expensive than Xe Om, but useful if you are in a group.
The size of the taxi may determine the price you pay. SUV taxis are bigger and charge more for the ride than smaller, compact car taxis.
The white and green taxis are MaiLinh's a well-known and trusted company in Viet Nam but there are other taxis as well. As long as they use the meter you shouldn't get ripped-off.
Qui Nhon is fantastic for cycling. The main promenade runs directly next to the beach and has very little traffic. Bicycles are also great for exploring the nearby temples and beaches, which are too far to walk to.
Some hotels will lend or rent bicycles to their guests.
If you're staying long enough, there are a few second hand shops in town that some times have bicycles for sale including one at 84 Ha Huy Tap Duong (street). Expect to bargain hard as their prices are likely to include that special tourist 'tax'.
The beach is great for a stroll, but other places are a bit far apart.
Quy Nhon Fisherman's Port
- Thap Doi Towers, (Walk or bike about 1.5km west from the train station along the main road (Tran Hung Dao) until you see them to your right. Buses 4 and 6 stop just past the towers.). Some good examples of Cham architecture: a pair of towers situated right in the city and located in a small park. Easily reachable and in very good condition. The towers are open to the sky, visit around noon to see the sun shining inside. The larger site is 25km away, with the temples situated imposingly on a hill. 8,000 dong. edit
- Beaches- Quy Nhon north beach has lots of large boats, but the south side is quieter and nice for swimming. You will probably also be the only foreign tourist around, and the local kids playing football give them a lively feel. It is nice to go along the beach on a bicycle. Note that the sand and water in Quy Nhon are quite polluted and this is far from a beach paradise. However the beaches in the villages around Quy Nhon are beautiful and clean - in particular Bai Xep beach some 10km south of the city.
- Quy Nhon Museum- Quaint little museum with a couple of interesting exhibits. Okay if you need to pass some time when its raining.
- Fisherman's Port, (On the north end of town). You can watch the fishing boats come in and the catch be unloaded and put on ice, etc. Nearby is the lot where they build the large wooden boats. The guys working there are most happy to show you around if you hand out some cigarettes. Be advised that this is a working port area, so it is rather filthy with fish and other effluvia. edit
- Bai Xep Village and Beach, 10km South of Quy Nhon (grab the T11 bus from outside Barbara's or opposite Metro or KFC). Traditional fishing village. A world away from the city. Grab lunch at the village well with the locals. See the villagers going about their day, haggling at the market, fixing their nets or see how they mend the boats on the left hand beach. The right hand beach is far more beautiful and the perfect place to spend your day sunbathing. There are plenty of local places to grab a coffee or an ice cold beer or chill for the day on the beach. In particular check out Life's a Beach - right on the beach front run by two friendly English Guys and their Vietnamese team. edit
- The Beach, 12km South of Quy Nhon (take the T11 bus from outside Barbara's or opposite Metro or KFC). A Backpackers paradise. Cheap accommodation, good traditional food and a lively bar with frequent events all situated on a private beach. edit
The Beaches of Quy Nhon & Environs: People come to south central Viet Nam for its phenomenal beaches—golden sands, turquoise waters and tropical palms—and you won’t be disappointed by what you find in the area. But you do need to know where to go.
Quy Nhon City beaches, like in any developed area, can be categorized by degree of cleanliness which varies based on rain (street dirt and sewage running off into the ocean) and air and water temperatures.
In Quy Nhon itself, the best swimming beaches are by the Seagull Hotel and the Royal Resort at the southern end of town along the boulevard named An Dương Vương. These two are higher-priced hotels but cheaper accommodations can be had across the boulevard if you’re coming to town specifically for the beaches.
By the way, the rusted jeep left over from the American-Vietnam War that you may have read about in older guide books and on line has been removed—so don’t expect to see it.
The beaches further north in the city are also used by some residents for swimming but the water isn’t as clear and litter and feces are often spotted on the sand (and you don’t see dogs on the beach). The closer you get to fishing boats, the worse the water is for swimming. Dead rats are among the litter.
The boardwalk provides for a long, leisurely walk—especially pleasant in the early mornings and evenings—with fishing boats of all colors and shapes bobbing on the water. It’s a very photogenic area if not great for swimming.
Other notable beaches further afield: just a little further south of the Seagull Hotel is Qui Hoa beach reached through the old Lepers’ Hospital (you’ll need to taxi here).
Of course, resorts have their own beaches as well such as the Life Resort a little further south from town. Building in 2013, the Ban Mai Beach Resort will offer one of the longest uninterrupted beaches with clear, turquoise waters approximately 35 kilometers north of Quy Nhon City.
- Bai Xep Beach, (10kms south of Quy Nhon along Hwy 1D, about 400 m before the life resort - turn left at the signpost for Life's a Beach. Go into the village,.Turn right at the well & keep going until you reach the beach (about 300m altogether from the road). On the T9 bus route.). A nice long sandy beach, with good swimming, fishing boats & traditional round boats. Plenty of places to eat and get an ice cold drink. edit
- The Beach Xuan Hai. ==Buy== There is a mall, with a supermarket (Co-op), located at Nguyen Tat Thanh street in the center. It is the Quy Nhon Market. ==Eat== There are restaurants dotted all over town, with a number of good ones situated on the waterfront near Barbara's Backpackers. *Kiwi Connection Situated on the sea shore inside Barbara's. They serve both Vietnamese and standard backpacker food: chicken pasta, ramen, carrot cake, fried rice, etc.: 20,000-50,000 dong. Beer 10,000-25,000d. Wifi. *Nha Hang C.ine, 94 Xuân Diệu, TP Qui Nhơn BÌNH ĐỊNH. Great seafood place on the sea shore. Serves fresh seafood with excellent service. edit *M&N cafe, to2, khu vuc1, Bai Xep, Quy Nhon , Binh Dinh (Take hwy 1D south 10kms from bus station. Haven is signposted on the Left about 400m before the life resort turn off.). M & N's HAS NOW CLOSED WHILE ITS OWNER HAS HER BABY. It is located in the tiny fishing village of Bai Xep. Cold beers,Ice cream, delicious lunches & dinners, great for refreshments when visiting the stunning nearby Bai Xep beach. Some great handcrafted items are also on sale to support the Nga centre which helps children with disabilities. (13 41''9 N,109 13'47'E) edit *Hai Thai (Hai Thai Goat Meat Restaurant), 351 Tran Hung Dao (https://plus.google.com/111873281549483866289/about?hl=en), . 11:00 - 22:00. Hai Thai restaurant located at 351 Tran Hung Dao street is the only place in the town selling goat meat including grilled and hot pot. Remember to try goat sausage and goat on sticks. The prices are reasonable. Goat on stick is $1.4; The sausage is $3.7 serving for 2. $5 - $7. edit *ENJOY, 334 Dieng Hong, ☎ 0563523315, . Pizza Seafood & more. Bar and beer garden - Cold German beers on tap! and lots more. English and German spoken. edit ===Vegetarian=== *Bo De Chay, 109 Tang Bat Ho (Next to the small pagoda). Standard vegetarian restaurant. Com dia, 15,000d. edit *Hien Nam Com Chay, 3AB Tran Thi Ky (off Nguyen T. T., N end of shopping mall, next to Chua Hien Nam pagoda). Closed in afternoon. Standard vegetarian restaurant, attached to Hien Nam pagoda. Com dia, 15,000d. Large portions. edit *Tiem Chay Thanh Minh, 151 Phan Boi Chau. edit *Com Chay 120, 120 Ngo May (Near corner of Dien Cuong). Erratic hours- is a florist when it's not a vegetarian restaurant. edit *Tinh Tam, 141D Tran Cao (Next to central pagoda). Standard food, lower quality, higher price, dirtier environs. Com dia, 16,000d. Small portions. edit ==Drink== * Barbara's Kiwi Connection, southern beach road. until 11pm. Attracts tourists and the odd local. edit * Coffee: ca phe sua (iced milk coffee) is available at any roadside stall for 6,000d, though locals will demand 10,000d from foreigners, even if the price is displayed. *M & N Cafe, to 2, khu vuc1, Bai xep, Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh ('s ''HAS NOW CLOSED WHILE ITS OWNER HAS HER BABY south of Quy Nhon along Hwy 1D, about 400 m before the life resort - turn left at the Haven sign into the village & M & N cafe is on the right), ☎ 01675495540. M & N is located in the tiny fishing village of Bai Xep. Cold beers,Ice cream, delicious lunches & dinners, great for refreshments when visiting the stunning nearby Bai Xep beach. Some great handcrafted items are also on sale to support the Nga centre which helps children with disabilities. (13 41' 9N,109 13' 47E) edit *Enjoy, 334 Dien Hong, ☎ 056 3523315. Great place for cold German draft beers and more. Great view from the rooftop bars too! edit *Surf Bar, Xuan Dieu (Opposite Saigon Quy Nhon Hotel), ☎ non. Romantic Beach bars worth explore $2. edit ==Sleep== Several hotels near the bus station have simple rooms for usually 100,000 dong. For example Minh Trang Hotel at the intersection to the left of the bus station with rooms for 100,000 or 120,000 with air-con. A unique homestay has also recently opened outside of Quy Nhon - see "Mr Happy Homestay" below. *Life's A Beach, To 2, Khu Vuc 1, Bai Xep, Quy Nhon, (10km South of QuyNhon on Highway 1D), ☎ 01629933117. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. Life's A Beach is situated on a beautiful undiscovered beach, in the small traditional fishing village of Bai Xep. Day guests are welcome to enjoy the beach and use the showers, towels for rent and ice cold drinks available throughout the day. An eclectic mix of rooms overlooking the beach with bedding towels and breakfast, Bamboo houses with outside rain showers, super kingsize bed and a balcony with stunning views across the sea for 650,000 VND. Books, board games, table tennis, darts, restaurant and bar with nightly entertainment including karaoke, live music and movie nights. Plus everything you could need for a chilled out beach escape. FROM 210,000 VND. edit *The Beach, Thon2, Xa Xuan hai, Song Cau, Quy Nhon, (12km South of QuyNhon on Highway 1D), ☎ 0868958843. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. a new hostel it has a mix of accomodation from hammocks, tents, bamboo shacks and aircon dorms. It’s set in a hillside jungle overlooking one of the best beaches around. It caters mainly for backpackers with a lively beach bar and restaurant. Acomodation starts from $4 but its a great place to spend a lively evening even if you don’t stay. FROM 88,000 VND. edit * Nha Khach 28 Nguyen, 28 Nguyen Hue. Shares the same address and is right next to the Binh Dinh museum. Has clean fan rooms for 140,000 and 160,000 dong. edit * Hai Yen Hotel, Hai Ba Trung Road (between the intersections with Tran Cao Van and Ngo Quyen). Has nice large rooms for 200,000 and 250,000 dong and one smaller and darker room for 160,000. Some English is spoken and the owner knows Russian as well (she used to study in Russia long ago). Wifi available but is better the closer you are to the lobby. edit * Mr. Happy Homestay, Easiest way to find the address is with Google Maps - https://goo.gl/maps/uTYteUr6txu but the family will pick you up for free, ☎ 0168 514 3137 (local) (+84)168 514 3137 (email@example.com, fax: http://mrhappyhomestay.wix.com/quy-nhon-homestay), . Is a recently-opened (2016) rural homestay located outside of Quy Nhon. Run by a local Vietnamese family. The accommodation bed rate includes pickup from the bus stop/train station, breakfast, lunch and dinner (you will have a personalized cooking lesson and learn how to make authentic Vietnamese food), clean drinking water, local beer and rice wine, a farm experience where you will assist in cultivating their rice crops, tours of the countryside, surrounding villages and beach, bicycle use, and the lovely hospitality of a real rural Vietnamese family. $15 all-inclusive. edit * Barbara's Backpackers, Main Beach Road (Old location was in town and is shut down; new location now 3km from town, on main beach road). Popular hangout for local expats, serves international food at slightly high prices (30,000-90,000d). Staff and new owners speak some English; the former owner, Barbara is sometimes around as well. 15,000 dong by motorbike from the bus station (though drivers will demand 60,000d). There is one small room with three bunk beds in it, and a shared bathroom inside the staff kitchen- a bit awkward. Free wifi. Dorm bed: 80,000 dong. edit *Life Wellness Resort- Bikes available for rent. *Lien Hoa Hotel, 139 Chuong Duong. Cozy family run hotel situated in the southern part of the city. Close to the best beaches, big comfy rooms with AC + fans, english speaking staff, very friendly and helpful. 8-15. edit *Haven (Haven guesthouse Vietnam), Haven Bai Xep Tổ 2, Khu vực 1, Bãi Xếp, Phường Ghềnh Ráng, Thành phố Quy Nhơn Binh Dinh Vietnam (Take hwy 1D south 10kms from bus station. Haven is signposted on the Left about 400m before the life resort turn off.), . Haven is a small guesthouse with 3 double ensuite a/c rooms and a pleasant six bed a/c dorm. Serves home style evening meal with a mix of western and authentic vietnamese foods. Snacks available in the day. Note Haven is currently open for guests only and not day visitors. Located on the beach, 10kms south of Quy Nhon about 400m from the Avani resort (formerly the life resort) in the tiny fishing village of Bai Xep. Please check the website for details. Booking ahead is advisable, good WiFi English speaking staff. edit Get there by Taxi, around 150,000 vnd from the bus station or 500,000vnd from the airport. Local bus T9 also stops right outside the village and costs 8000 vnd to/from Quy Nhon. Motor bike around 75,000vnd from the city but very variable! *FLC Luxury Hotel Quy Nhon, Eo Gio, Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh, . 5 star hotel located which include 900 rooms edit *FLC Luxury Resort Quy Nhon, Eo Gio, Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh, . 5 star standard resort included 96 villas edit ==Contact== ==Get out== * Banh It Towers. A group of four Cham towers around 20km from Quy Nhon. Among the several towers in Binh Dinh province, these are some of the most beautiful. You can take bus T4 and T6 (around 10,000 dong) from various places in Quy Nhon, including Quang Trung Park in front of the train station or from the Thap Doi towers. 3,000 dong, though the gatekeeper may try to overcharge you. edit * Ham Ho; According to my Hotel: About 55 km northwest of Quy Nhon City; Address: Tay Phu Village; Tay Son District, Binh Dinh. * Duong Long Tower; According to my Hotel: About 50 km of Quy Nhon City; Address: Binh Hoa Village, Tay Son district, Binh Dinh. * Hoi An, historic city 6-7 hrs north of Quy Nhon: buses to Hoi An are rare to nonexistent, mini buses can be arranged through your hotel 160,000 dong 7 hours; by bus you must take a Da Nang bus (fare to Hoi An: 140,000-150,000 dong by bus/130,000 dong by van, 6.5 hrs), which will drop you off on Highway A1, from where you must hail a motorbike (50,000-65,000 dong) to get the remaining 10km to Hoi An. Bus from Quy Nhon to Nha Trang on Mai Linh Express Bus including pickup from hotel by Mai Linh cost 110,000 dong (21/4/2012)leaving at 7.15am and 2.30pm with free pickup 1 hour before at hotel. Hotel charged us 60,000 dong to get 2 tickets for us or you can buy them yourself from the bus station.