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Tuy Hoa

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Country rank: 8 out of 30 Places To Visit In Vietnam

Sub-Region: Central Vietnam


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Ideal duration: 1 - 2 Days

Best time: January to April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Tuy Hòa (Check Flights)

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Tuy Hoa Tourism

Flanked by the highway, the ocean and the Da Rang River, Tuy Hoa is a sleepy and nondescript city that does not see many tourists. This quiet Vietnamese city is the perfect place to relax, catch some waves or intent with friendly locals who are more than welcoming of tourists. The miles and miles of undeveloped beach make you feel as though you've left the city behind, and moved away to a quieter atmosphere.

Tuy Hoa is not 'touristy' in the broad sense. In fact, you may find yourself to be the only foreign tourist, but that in itself makes Tuy Hoa memorable. Amidst the vast plains, the single Chop Chai mountain of Tuy Hoa rises. Chop Chai mountain offers the best view of the city, the river and the surrounding beach. The Nhan Tower is a living testament to the expertise of the Cham Dynasty. This skating tower was once a place of worship but is now in ruins, due to the destruction of the Tower caused during the French conquer of Vietnam. The Da Bia mountain is a tiring but worthy upward trek. The top of the mountain has numerous pagodas. It also has a jagged rock, and because of which it is called Gravestone Mountain. The Dai Lan lighthouse is the perfect place to camp out overnight and watch with bated breaths as the sun rises over the horizon, bathing the area in shades of red, orange and yellow. The Gahn Da Dia is a geological anomaly that will leave you feeling shocked. The Mang Lang Church is an ancient Catholic Church, and it makes for a pleasant visit. Overall, Tuy Hoa is relaxed and a great place to let your hair lose and have some fun.

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Customs of Tuy Hoa is largely similar to the rest of Vietnam

The language commonly spoken in Tuy Hoa is Vietnamese. English is rarely spoken or understood.

Tuy Hoa has a rich history. It was ruled by the Cham Dynasty, before it was captured by French invaders in the 15th century. Tuy Hoa also played an integral role in the Vietnam War. The American Army identified it as a strategic location and built an air base at Tuy Hoa. However, in April 1975, it was seizure by the People's Army of Vietnam and was abandoned for several decades. Today, it serves as an airport.

Tuy Hoa has a culture rich past of communal housing. These houses served as temples for worshipping historical men who had performed great deeds. The houses were modelled according to classic Vietnamese Architecture, with two chambers, three patios and four columns called 'tu trus'. The crafting details of unicorns, peacocks and dragons were made of wood. Next to the main house is a House of Sacrifice. The houses face southeast, as an indicator of origin and life. To enter the house, one has to go through a stone dome-shaped gate, sculpted with the embossed dragon, two kanji rows mounted along the gate’s two pillars, followed by the limestone altar inside the gate called the front. Sacrificial ceremonies were held annually and worship and prayers took place for three days and two nights after that.

Tuy Hoa does not have a particularly active nightlife, and has very few scattered places that are active after the sun sets. One of the swankiest and most happening places is the Sky Lounge, located on top of the CenDelux Hotel. You can grab an iced cocktail or a beer here as you relax with friends. The street opposite the hotel also has a number of places that serve beer. Apart from this, the Kaya cafe is a coffee shop located on the beach where you can sip a coffee while enjoying the gentle sounds of the waves.

Tuy Hoa does not have any particular shopping destinations. You will find the usual supermarkets and department stores but nothing special.

Religion followed in Tuy Hoa is largely similar to the rest of Vietnam

One of the most prominent festivals of the minorities in Tuy Hoa is the buffalo sacrifice festival. Buffaloes are considered as an indication of great wealth and prosperity in the family. For this ceremony, the largest and healthiest buffalo is chosen and the most prominent male patriarch is also chosen. The villagers make a circle around then buffalo and the male. The male is armed with a spear and dances around the buffalo while the villagers beat drums and dance. Dancing is indicative of the myth of Dam San protecting his village. Finally the buffalo yields to the male's spear. It is believed that this ceremony pleases the gods and in turn gives good harvests.

Tuy Hoa is primarily known for farming and fishing, so it plays host to some of the best seafood in Vietnam. The riverfront area is lined with numerous stalls that serve a variety of steamed, fried and sautéed seafood, including various kinds of fish, clams, crab, lobster, etc. You may even find the occasional stall selling chicken or pork. The town has a plethora of restaurants to choose from. Most of the restaurants are small and nondescript and have been around for ages, managed by the same family for generations, and have perfected the dishes. The best Bo Ne can be found at Thinh Phat on Tran Binh Trong. Exquisite Pho and Bun Bo Hue can be found at Tan 'Viet Hoa', 17 Tran Binh Trong.


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Beautiful Scenery, peaceful environment, not many tourists

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Remote Location, population does not understand English

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How to Reach Tuy Hoa

Tuy Hoa has great connectivity and is very easy to reach. It has its own airport, located seven kilometres from the city centre. There are regular flights to and from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Tu... (Read More)

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