A beautiful coastal city in Central Vietnam, Quy Nhon is an awesome destination still to be discovered by many beach lovers and travellers! Quy Nhon is often featured as one of the Best Beaches in Vietnam. Yet it is not as well established as bigger coastal cities like Nha Trang and Da Nang amongst international travellers. Therefore it still remains a hidden gem.
Prior to my visit to Quy Nhon, I thought it is a very small town in size and list of places to visit and things to do. However, to my surprise, Quy Nhon is a city with well paved wide roads and has a great list of attractions for travellers. And of course, there are fantastic beaches for those seeking for tranquil and pristine beaches. To me it was an absolutely delightful discovery of a beautiful destination in Vietnam. And I found my favourite beach in Vietnam here!
In this first post about Quy Nhon are things to do and places to visit in the city.
Quy Nhon Night Market
Quy Nhon night market located in the centre of the city is an amazing spot for both tourists and locals. This daily night market sells clothes, accessories and more at prices unheard of. Some shirts are sold for 50,000VND (2.5USD) and wallets for 30,000VND (1.5USD). What’s more is that there’s street food section at the entrance for food lovers. From meat skewers to seafood eats, this place offers delicious street food at impossibly cheap prices.
Quy Nhon Food Street
Food Street is right across Quy Nhon beach and has a good number of restaurants for local dishes. It’s most active during the evening packed with both Quy Nhon locals and domestic travellers. I observed that most popular dishes here are banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake) and grilled meat spring roll (nem thit nuong). I loved both these dishes here as well as the lively vibe.
Quy Nhon Beach
The coastline in the city centre of Quy Nhon is 4.5 KM long. In my opinion, although this beach is beautiful, there are other much more pristine beaches around town. So I enjoyed this beach with a stroll in the evening. But I think it’s a great place for a dip from city centre hotel without travelling far.
During the day, when the scorching sun is out, the beach remains pretty empty. But in the evening when the nice ocean breeze is there, this long stretch turns into a huge open door cafe. Hence, you can enjoy an awesome beach side evening with refreshing fruit drinks.
Ghenh Rang Tien Sa View Point & Queen's Beach
At the southern end of Quy Nhon beach is a fantastic view point called Ghenh Rang Tien Sa. From here, you can enjoy the entire cityscape along the coastline and visit the picturesque Queen’s Beach. Queen’s Beach or Hoang Hau Beach is named so because it was the favourite getaway beach for queen Nam Phuong, wife of Vietnam’s last king. This small rocky beach is a peaceful spot to embrace the turquoise water, city from afar and the vast horizon.
Quy Nhon Square
Quy Nhon Square is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, squares I’ve been to in Vietnam. The square is massive and the statue of Ho Chi Minh and his father is also huge. After the sun sets, the square turns into a playground for children to ride mini cars and bikes. There are street vendors setting up along the road for refreshing drinks and street snacks. I think it’s a great spot to join the locals’ evening out.
About an hour away from the city centre is Eo Gio full of photogenic spots. Rocky coastline is accessible via the well-made walkway along and down to the beach. I loved every corner of Eo Gio for it offers dramatic sceneries and especially enjoyed a nice rest on a rock by the water. My favourite part of Eo Gio is the tens (or even hundreds?) of windbells that made the heavenly breeze extra relaxing and calming.
Quy Nhon Green Square
Previously a helipad for American military purpose, Quy Nhon Green Square has now become an awesome picnic park. I saw crowds of locals out for a picnic in the evening every day. The spacious grassy ground is great for both families and couples to hang out. And there are plenty of street vendors around the square for the picnic.
Ancient towers of Cham indigenous people are scattered around southern Vietnam and some can be found in Quy Nhon. In the city centre, you can visit Twin Cham Towers where you can admire the gorgeous red shades of these towers from 12th and 13th centuries. For a more detailed read about Cham heritage and stories, you can check out The Cham Towers of Quy Nhon article.