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Best things to do & to see in Dalat – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Dalat?

Dalat is such a romantic and peaceful city. Each visit to Dalat to me just feels like being so lost in Europe. The poetic scenes of immense endless pine forests calm me down. Let’s visit the spectacular Dalat and enjoy the nature or simply to live a bit more slowly.
Based on my personal experiences together with some other reference sources, I will share with you my valuable tips, experiences and top things to do in Dalat, Vietnam. Hope you will also have a great time in this beautiful city.

Top things to do in Dalat - Vietnam
Top things to do in Dalat – Vietnam

How to get to Dalat?

There are two most common ways that people often choose to get to Dalat: by air and high quality buses.

Travel guide: Binh Ba Island – Cam Ranh Bay

Binh Ba island (Đảo Bình Ba) is a beautiful island not far from mainland, about 20 km (13 miles), located in Cam Ranh bay, Cam Binh ward – Cam Ranh city – Khanh Hoa province (60 km or 39 miles from Nha Trang and 15km or 10 miles from Cam Ranh airport). 

The island is also known under the name Lobster island (đảo Tôm Hùm), because this place is famous for big and tasty lobsters. Unlike its noisy, bustling and urbanized neighbors (Nha Trang, Mui Ne – Phan Thiet), Binh Ba’s sea is pristine with two long and beautiful beaches.

Binh Ba island - Cam Ranh bay travel guide
Binh Ba island – Cam Ranh bay travel guide

Travelling to Binh Ba is quite easy and convenient. Following informations will help you have a perfect trip.

In the article: How to get the island | Hotes | Attractions | Specialties 

How to get to Binh Ba island

You have to get to Cam Ranh first, then take a boat to Binh Ba island. There’re 2 ways to get Cam Ranh. 

By plane: 

There’re many fights from Hanoi, Sai Gon to Nha Trang. You can consult the route and time of flights on websites of VietnamAirlines or VietJetair. 

By bus: 

* From Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city), it takes around 10 hours for a 540km (340 miles) trip.

There’re many bus firms to Cam Ranh, fares about $11 for a bed or $8 for a seat. You can consult some reputed bus firms such as: 

– Ha Linh bus. I think this firm is best. Add: 217 Pham Ngu Lao street – 1 district – Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +8483.920.9470

– Phuong Trang. 292 Dinh Bo Linh street – Binh Thanh – Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +8483.8309.309

– Hanh cafe. 229 Pham Ngu Lao street – 1 district. Tel: +848.3920.5679 or +848.3837.6429

– Sinh Cafe. 246-248 De Tham street – 1 district. Tel: +848.3838.9597

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* From Hanoi. The distance is 1400km (880 miles), which takes under 30 hours. Fare of buses from Hanoi is about $40 to $45. Some reliable firms are:

– Hoang Long bus. Add: Giap Bat bus station – Km 6 Giai Phong street – Hoang Mai district, Tel: +844.3664.6617 or My Dinh bus station – 20 Pham Hung – My Dinh, tel: +844.3795.1776

– Sinh Cafe (open tour). 38 Ly Nam De street – Hoan Kiem district – Hanoi. Tel:+8498.8757.689

If go by bus, you need to tell driver to drop you at Cam Ranh post office or Cam Ranh bus station. These are close to Ba Ngoi port (cảng Ba Ngòi) where you will take boat to Binh Ba island. There’s only one trip from mainland to the island at 10a.m everyday, and 2 trip back from island to mainland at 5a.m and 12a.m. 

Binh Ba isalnd travel guide
Residential area Binh Ba island

Hotels and motels on Binh Ba island

There are not so many choice, and no luxury hotels on Binh Ba island too. Here are a few recommendations:

1. Mrs. Dung’s motel, tel +84972.332.202, about $4/night, and $4/meal. 

2. Mrs. Tuyen’s motel, +84914.493.793, cool and spacious motel, comparable to Mrs. Dung’s motel. Additionally, you can buy seafood (lobster, snail,…) to eat in hotel with affordable price. 

3. For homestay, you can contact Mr. Tu +8494.2016.958, who offers spacious, clean and comfortable house, close to market and beaches, suitable for big group of 20 people. 

bai nom beach on Binh Ba island vietnam
Nom beach (bãi Nồm)

Where to visit and play on Binh Ba island

You are advised to spend 2 days for the attractive sites and interesting activities on Binh Ba: 

1. Nom beach (bãi Nồm) is a sandy beach with clean and blue water. Most of locals and tourists choose this place to entertain. 

2. Chuong beach (bãi Chướng) has many rock and reef, more for sightseeing and seafood.

Besides Nom and Chuong beaches, if you can rent a boat to visit other distant beaches then very amazing. 

3. Historic sites from wartime (over 1 century ago) such as blockhouses, cannon, tunnel through mountain,…

Several interesting activities that you can’t miss: 

Diving in Binh Ba island cam ranh bay
Diving in Binh Ba

4. Get up early to watch sunrise, as Binh Ba is among the first place in Vietnam to welcome sunrise. Not a bad idea!

5. Fishing and squidding. You can contact boat owners to enjoy this service. Fishing is usually in the early morning while squidding is at night. 

6. Diving to watch reef. If you don’t have much time, you can dive at Nha Cu beach (bãi Nhà Cũ – on the island).

7. Travelling around island. You can rent a motorbike to take a tour around island, visit historic sites from wartime, go to the peak of hill to have the entire island in your view and a part of Cam Ranh bay. 

8. Catch Cong (Còng – a kind of crab) in the evening. There’re many Cong on Binh Ba beaches. When the night falls, you will hold a lamp, find and chase after them, very interesting. What’s even more interesting is when you get to fry and try them!

Tour guide service on Binh Ba island

You can contact Mr. Quy +8493.2536.997 (or +8497.2000.784) or Mr. Hau +84123.3157.654 (owner of a fish boat) for a guide and information on the island. 

Lobster - The most famous specialty of Binh Ba island
Lobster – The most famous specialty of Binh Ba island

Specialties of Binh Ba island

Don’t miss Binh Ba’s lobster (tôm hùm), which is fresh for 30%-60% cheaper than restaurants on mainland. There’re 2 types of lobster: alive and dead. Alive lobster is from $70-$90. Dead lobster is from $20-$30, which is also still very fresh and tasty coz they only just die anyway.

Additionally, there’re many fresh seafood on the island: many kinds of fish and snail, squid, sea ​​urchin. Indulge yourself generously!

Best things to do & to see in Mui Ne Phan Thiet. What & where to eat in Mui Ne?

I was fortunate to visit Mui Ne, Phan Thiet twice. Both times left very deep impressions in me. The most attractive thing in South-Central of Vietnam is the long beaches with a very charming and picturesque beauty. In this post, I will share my experiences, tips and top things to do in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet to those who are planning to explore this city. 

Things to do in Mui Ne - Phan Thiet
Things to do in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

Best period to visit Mui Ne. Any time! Just avoid Jul and Aug, season of seaweeds, which makes the sea not clean and blue. Best time is Jun, with a lot of sunshine.

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How to get to Mui Ne – Phan Thiet?

Assuming you are in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city, there are two ways to go Mui Ne: by bus and train. By bus, you can get straight to Mui Ne, a little more convenient. By train, you will stop in Phan Thiet city, then go to Mui Ne from Phan Thiet, about 22km. 

By bus

* From Ho Chi Minh city to Mui Ne

– Sinh Cafe has seat car and bed car. 

Times: 07:30 – 15:00 and 20:30 

Add: 246 – 248 De Tham, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +84.8.38 38 9593 – Fax: +84.8.38 36 9322

or 

24 -26 Pho Ðuc Chinh , District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +84.8.38 222 892 – Fax: +84.8.38 217 416

– Phuong Trang 

Times: 7:30, 08:30 and 14:30

Address: 272-274-276 De Tham, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +84. 83. 837 5570 

Office in Mui Ne: +84 62 3743 113 or +84 62 3743 040 

– Tam Hanh

Times: 08:00, 09:00, 15:00 and 20:00

Address: 272 – De Tham – District 1 – Ho Chi Minh City. Near Sinh Cafe and Phuong Trang offices

Tel: +848 9205 653 

* From Hanoi to Mui Ne

Hoang Long has 2 offices in Hanoi:

– 1A Nam Dong, Dong Da district, Hanoi. Tel: 8494 321 19 00

– 19 Thuoc Bac, Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi. Tel: 844 6295 5565

Things to do in Mui Ne - Phan Thiet
Mui Ne Vietnam – The land of sea and sand

By train

*From Ho Chi Minh city to Phan Thiet

Everyday, there is 1 trip from Sai Gon station to Phan Thiet at 7:05 am. Saturday and Sunday have 1 more train in the afternoon. From Phan Thiet station, you can catch a bus to Mui Ne. 

Add of Sai Gon station:  No. 01 Nguyen Thong street, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city

Phone (automatic answer): +848 39 310 666 

For information: +848 3931 8952 or +848 3846 6091 

Ticket office: +848 38 436 524 or +848 38 468 701

Sai Gon station will bring ticket to the hotel if requested at +848 8436 528, only available for inner city from 7h to 21h everyday. 

* From Hanoi to Phan Thiet

You can buy the train tickets at:

– TSC agent (add: 114 Pho Duc Chinh street – Ba Ðinh district – Hanoi): +844-37162868

– Mua Xuan (spring) agent (add: 41 Ma May Street – Hoan Kiem district – Hanoi): +844-39263138 or +844-22109775

– Hanoi train station on Le Duan street. 

Taxis in Phan Thiet 

– Mai Linh Taxi: +84623 739 888

– Mui Ne Taxi: +84623 84 88 48

– Phan Thiet Taxi: +84623 814 814


 

Best things to do & to See in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet – Vietnam

Mui Ne beach Vietnam travel guide
Mui Ne beach

– Beach: Mui Ne sea is very nice, clean and blue water. I think it’s even more beautiful than Nha Trang beach. 

– Suoi Tien (Angel Stream ) has red water with one side is sand dunes, other side is coconuts forest. 

– Red sand dune (Đồi Cát Đỏ)About 5km from Mui Ne. 

– White sand dune (Đồi Cát Trắng )Quite distant from Mui Ne, about 25km. You can rent a motor or jeep to go. 

– Sen lake (bàu Sen), a big lake in Mui Ne. 

Sen Lake in Mui Ne vietnam
Sen Lake (Bàu Sen)

– Hon Rom beach (Bãi Hòn Rơm), a beautiful beach in Mui Ne. 

– Posanu tower (Tháp Posanu), a ancient tower of Cham ethnic. 

– Ham Thuan Nam, about 30km from Phan Thiet city. 

– Doi Duong beach, Thay Thim palace and Thay Thim beach. 

– Mui Ke Ga and Ke Ga lighthouse

– Duc Thanh school. Ho Chi Minh president, who is a great man in Vietnam history, used to teach here. 

Angel stream in Mui Ne vietnam
Angel stream

 

Best Hotels in Mui Ne Vietnam

Mui Ne has many hotels and resorts. It is even called “Resort Capital of Vietnam”. So you have many choices. Below is some hotels and resorts.

In Phan Thiet City

– Hong Hai hotel. 165 Le Loi – Phan Thiet. Tel: +84 62.3822705

– Sai Gon Phan Thiet hotel. Add: T21, Nguyen Trai, Phan Thiet. Tel: +8462. 6251229 – 3750173 – 6281602

– Truong Thinh Hotel. Add: Tuyen Quang. Tel: +8462 383 4567

Rates are about +$10/day, including breakfast. 

– Minh Hanh motel. Add: 390 – Thu Khoa Huan. Tel: +8462.3834567. Rate for normal day is about +$10/ double room. 

resort in Mui Ne Vietnam
A resort in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

In Mui Ne

– PinPon Hotels: 233 – Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Phan Thiet city. Phone: +84 43 978 5397 or +8498 454 4333.

– Su Trang motel: 3b Nguyen Dinh Chieu street. Tel: +8462 3847 344 

– Vuon Xoai motel: 5 – Nguyen Dinh Chieu street. Tel: +8462 374 1401

– Ngoc Hung motel: 45/4 Nguyen Dinh Chieu. Tel: +84905 187 541


Tent sleeping on beaches

tent sleeping on beach - Things to do in Mui Ne - Phan Thiet
Tent sleeping – An interesting thing to do in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

Also, Mui Ne has tent service on beaches. Sleeping in tents brings freedom and adventure, or simply helps you save money. You should ask about security on beaches where you will sleep. Some resorts in Mui Ne provide tent sleeping service:

– Thuy Trang resort. Tel: +84 623.849.196. 

– Hon Rom 2 resort. Tel : +84 623.848.828

– Hon Rom 1 resort. Tel : +84 623.848.539 or +84 918.186.047

These resorts are placed on one road. If you come from Phan Thiet city, you will see: Thuy Trang – Hon Rom 2 – Hon Rom 1. 

Renting motor in Mui Ne

The attractions in Mui Ne are far apart, so you should rent a motor to visit all of the sites. Most of hotels in Mui Ne has motor for rent, if not, talk to reception, they will help you. 

If you had motor before going to Mui Ne, you can train from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city and send the motor on train. 

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What & Where to eat in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet?

Phan Thiet is coastal city so it’s famous for seafood. If possible, you should buy seafood on the beach from fishermen in the early morning. It’s fresh and tasty. Otherwise, you can eat seafood in restaurants. 

I like Phuong Vy restaurant, that’s spacious and dishes are very delicious. 

Add: 34 – Nguyen Tat Thanh road, Phan Thiet city. Tel: +8462 3 835668

Some other specialties: 

1. Rice paper (Bánh tráng), a dish is very tasty and popular of Phan Thiet. You can enjoy this dish at:

– Intersection of Tran Hung Dao and Thu Khoa Huan streets, near Hoa Nang cafe. 

– Tam Bien junction, near Tieng Xua cafe. 

Specialties in Mui Ne Vietnam
Rice paper

2. Bread soup (bánh canh), a dish is simple and nutritious. 

– Ba Ly restaurant at 566 Tran Hung Dao street, from 16:00

– Restaurant on Hai Thuong Lan Ong street, near SKCB central, from 16h to 19h. 

3. Raw fish (gỏi cá), a must-eat dish in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet. 

Add:

– Pubs are located next to Ca Ty river. 

– Viet Nam Home restaurant at 125 Nguyen Dinh Chieu – Mui Ne – Phan Thiet. 

4. Mi Quang Phan Thiết (Mì Quảng Phan Thiết), a noodle dish, is very “Phan Thiet”. The dish is quite sugary, so you should squeeze more lemon before eating. 

Add:

– 129 Tran Phu, serve in all day. 

– Ba Phuong restaurant lies on Trieu Quang Phuc street, opposite to Tuyen Quang school. 

– Restaurant on Le Hong Phong street, 200m from Phan Boi Chau school gate, only in the morning. 

Mi Quang Phan thiet Vietnam
Mi Quang Phan Thiet

5. Pancake (bánh xèo) is a snack that’s very cheap and tasty. There is 1 street that sells this dish. You can enjoy Pancake at 49 – Tuyen Quang or any restaurant on this street. 

6. Can cake Phan Thiet(bánh căn Phan Thiết) is a snack too that’s sold lots on streets in evening. You can ask taxis to know good places. Some restaurants that I like:

– A sidewalk restaurant near the Phan Thiet market, next to glass shop Eden, only serve in the evening. 

– No. 8 – Hai Thuong Lan Ong. 

7. Banh re (bánh rế Phan Thiết) is a specialty of Phan Thiet. You can buy Banh Re in Phan Thiet market or next to Ca Ty river. 

8. Banh quai vac (bánh quai vạc) is a popular dish that is sold a lot in Doi Duong beach and Phan Thiet market. 

9. Raw snail (gỏi ốc) is a snack sold a lot at Phan Thiet station in the afternoon, from 15h to 19h. 

Raw snail in Mui Ne Phan Thiet Vietnam
Raw snail

10. Squid teeth is a favourite dish of Phan Thiet youth. You can try this dish at Phan Thiet train station, Nguyen Tat Thanh road (the road to go Doi Duong beach) or Vo Thi Sau street.

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Travel guide: Buon Ma Thuot – the “coffee capital” of Vietnam

Buon Ma Thuot (Buôn Ma Thuột) is the heart of Dak Lak (Đắk Lắk) province and Central Highlands (Tây Nguyên) of Vietnam. Buon Ma Thuot was built over 1 century ago, when the French people were still in Vietnam and built the ruling fortress in this area. 

Before becoming a city, this land was a very big village with over 50 Long Houses (Nhà Dài – a unique house of ethnic groups in Highlands), each of which is home to 30-40 people. The entire village was led by the chief Ama Thuot (Ama Thuột) who is very reputed and powerful. Therefore, the name of village, Buon Ma Thuot, was named after the chief. The word “Buon” means village in Vietnamese, so “Buon Ma Thuot” means the village of chief Ama Thuot. 

In Vietnam, Buon Ma Thuot is very famous for coffee (origin of the tastiest coffee of Vietnam), big flocks of elephantunique houses of ethnic groups, as well as majestic nature of Central Highlands

Buon Ma Thuot city - Vietnam travel guide
Buon Ma Thuot travel guide

In the article: Best times to visit | How to get Buon Ma Thuot | Hotels | Attractions | Specialties | Itineraries 

Best things to do & to see in Da Nang – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Da Nang?

Da Nang is the center of culture and tourism in Central Vietnam. From here, you can combine travelling to many other places such as Hoi An ancient town, Nha Trang beach, Ba Na hill, Hue ancient capital. But Da Nang alone already has a lot to visit. It is the most worthy place to live within Vietnam. No kidding. Check out why!

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Top things to do in Da Nang - Vietnam
Da Nang city – Vietnam

Travel guide: Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen Vietnam travel guide for 3 days

Phu Yen is a coastal province in South-Central Vietnam, located on 1A highway – the most important route from North to South of Vietnam. Bestowed with unparalleled coastline and spectacular geographic structures, Phu Yen has gain significant popularity among local travellers, especially after one of the movies was casted here. Grand, Peaceful and so many Shades of Green and Blue. Here are some things and recommended itinerary to catch up once you’re there!

Tuy Hoa city of Phu Yen - Vietnam travel guide
Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen – Vietnam travel guide

In this article: How to get Tuy Hoa | Hotels | Restaurants | Itinerary for 3 days 

Best things to do & to see in Hoi An – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Hoi An?

Hoi An ancient town was the cultural and commercial center of Central Vietnam during the 16th and 17th centuries. Now it is “an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port” (UNESCO). Following is my experiences, tips and top things to do in Hoi An citythat I collected after a few trips.

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Top things to do in Hoi An - Vietnam
Top things to do in Hoi An – Vietnam

How to get to Hoi An?

Assuming that you’re staying in Da Nang, about 30km from Hoi An, here are 3 ways to get there:

25 best hotels in Dalat, Vietnam

Dalat is such a cool getaway from the tropical heat. To make your trip even more unforgettable, here are my review for the 25 best hotels in Dalat, out of 200 hotels in the Dream City. The list includes budget to moderate and upscale options.

Here we go.

I. 1-star hotels in Dalat

1. Dalat Flower hotel

Rates from $10 – $39

The Dalat Flower’s staffs are enthusiastic and very friendly. They are willing to guide you in detail about Dalat tourism. Rooms are clean, cool and fragrant, especially cleaned many times a day, which is rare for hotels of this range. The hotel is in the city center, closed to Dalat market, Xuan Huong lake so it’s very convenient for travelling. 

Dalat Flower hotel
Dalat Flower hotel

The only con of Dalat Flower is that it’s located in a small alley so you should not go back to the hotel too late at night. 

For me, this hotel is excellent in quality for that price when compared to other 1-star hotels (even 2-star) in Dalat. 

Best things to do & to see in Hue – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Hue?

Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam. I visited Hue twice with many different emotions, but one thing never changes, the silence. Any one who visited Hue probably have had similar experiences. There seems so few people on the streets, life is passing very slow, and even a little sad. So, why go to Hue?!

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Hue ancient capital of Vietnam travel guide
Hue ancient capital of Vietnam

Hue is the capital of Vietnam’s last feudalistic dynasty, hence preserves numerous pagodas, temples, palaces and especially the magnificent citadel. And the people of this ancient capital are amazingly wonderful too. Don’t forget the local food! Definitely worth a visit! In this article, I’m happy to share with you my experiences, tips and things to do in Hue – Vietnam. 

How to get to Hue from Hanoi and Saigon?

If you’re in Hanoi or Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh city), you can travel to Hue by bus or train. While bus is generally faster and more convenient with many high quality companies offering sleeper services, train is also a good choice for those who prefer a more peaceful trip.

Top Things to Do in Hue – Vietnam. What to do in Hue for 3 days?

Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam. I visited Hue twice with many different emotions, but one thing never changes, the silence. Any one who visited Hue probably have had similar experiences. There seems so few people on the streets, life is passing very slow, and even a little sad. So, why go to Hue?!

Hue is the capital of Vietnam’s last feudalistic dynasty, hence preserves numerous pagodas, temples, palaces and especially the magnificent citadel. And the people of this ancient capital are amazingly wonderful too. Don’t forget the local food! Definitely worth a visit! In this article, I’m happy to share with you my experiences, tips and things to do in Hue – Vietnam. 

Top Things to Do in Hue - Vietnam
Top Things to Do in Hue – Vietnam

How to get to Hue

If you’re in Hanoi or Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh city), you can travel to Hue by bus or train. While bus is generally faster and more convenient with many high quality companies offering sleeper services, train is also a good choice for those who prefer a more peaceful trip.

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