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Phan Thiet

This fishing town in southern Vietnam serves up freshly caught seafood, the country’s most famous fish sauce, fascinating temples and mile upon mile of perfect beaches.

When you arrive in Phan Thiet, you will be greeted with the sight of hundreds of colorful fishing boats bobbing in the harbour. Although it’s primarily a fishing village, and the centre of Vietnam’s fish sauce industry, Phan Thiet’s endless white beaches are now putting the town on the map as a popular beach destination.

Explore the markets of central Phan Thiet. Peruse jewellery and handicrafts and sample regional foods such as coconut candies, dried seafood and green dragon fruit. Visit the town’s numerous elegant pagodas, the star of which is the Chinese-style Ong Pagoda. Learn about the practice of whale worship at the Van Thuy Tu Temple, built in 1762 to honour a legendary whale, which was said to have saved local fishermen who were caught in bad weather. This remarkable temple contains more than 100 whale skeletons, the largest of which is over 22 metres (72.2 feet) long.

Phan Thiet’s main attraction is the beach; mile upon mile of pristine white sand lined with casuarina trees and coconut palms. Lay out a towel and relax in the sun, or take part in one of the many water sports on offer.

The neighbouring village of Mui Ne is a recent addition to the resort circuit and, despite its new developments, the pace remains slow and the beach remains gorgeous. Climb over unbelievable formations of white and red sand dunes. Try your hand at kite boarding or windsurfing. Since Mui Ne faces west, it is a perfect location for sunset walks.

Finish off a long day’s relaxation by enjoying a seafood dinner on the beach. The local cuisine is fresh, diverse and original, and draws many visitors to the area. Make sure to try the steamed rice cakes (banh bo) and the Vietnamese crepes (banh xeo).

Phan Thiet is about 5 hours by bus or car from both Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City. There is no local airport. Pack for a tropical climate with plenty of sunshine year-round.

Top hotels in Phan Thiet

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sailing Club Resort Mui Ne
Sailing Club Resort Mui Ne
4 out of 5
24, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan
The price is RM419 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Central Mui Ne Beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ham Tien Beach and Ong Dia Stone Beach. Sea Links City and Forgotten Land Sand ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (136 reviews)

"Truly impressed by the Sailing Club for its consistently excellent service, staff, food, and well maintained property. My wife and have been going for many many years and it remains one of our favorite and most reliable getaways. Our recent stay was no different, food was outstanding with new menu ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

Sailing Club Resort Mui Ne
Romana Resort & Spa
Romana Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Km 8, Phu Hai, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan
The price is RM186 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Phu Hai Beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Forgotten Land Sand Sculpture Park and Ong Dia Stone Beach. Ham Tien Beach and Sea Links ...

4/5Very Good! (162 reviews)

"Place is very nice and affordable at the time of travel. Only issue i had was with the water. Bad taste water and the food all tase bad because of the water they used. Other than that the place is very nice."…"

Reviewed on 14 May 2020

Romana Resort & Spa
Anantara Mui Ne Resort
Anantara Mui Ne Resort
5 out of 5
Mui Ne Beach, 12A Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan
The price is RM520 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Phu Hai Beach resort is within a 15-minute walk of Ham Tien Beach and Ong Dia Stone Beach. Forgotten Land Sand Sculpture Park and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (272 reviews)
Wonderful staff

"We escaped to celebrate my birthday. What an amazing staff and property! I have an injured leg and could not have anticipated how helpful and wonderful everyone treated us. Top notch staff."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Anantara Mui Ne Resort

Popular places to visit in Phan Thiet

Mui Ne Beach
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Mui Ne Beach

4/5(5 reviews)

Relax in the shade of palm trees beside pristine beaches or try surfing and kite surfing at this exciting sports center in southern Vietnam. 

Mui Ne Sand Dunes
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Mui Ne Sand Dunes

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Head out on foot or in a four-wheel drive to explore the miles of majestic sand formations carved out by strong, tropical winds.

Top things to do in Phan Thiet

Private 2-Day Beach Tour of Mui Ne
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Private 2-Day Beach Tour of Mui Ne

RM1,741
Per adult
Golf at Sea Links Golf Country Club
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Golf at Sea Links Golf Country Club

RM1,715
Per adult
Private Phan Thiet - Mui Ne 2 Days 1 Night from Saigon
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Private Phan Thiet - Mui Ne 2 Days 1 Night from Saigon

RM2,306
Per adult
MUI NE SANDUNE - DA LAT HIGHLAND MULTI DAY PRIVATE
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MUI NE SANDUNE - DA LAT HIGHLAND MULTI DAY PRIVATE

RM3,024
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Phan Thiet
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Vacation Photographer in Phan Thiet

RM1,088
Per adult
Ho Coc Beach, Fruit farm and Natural Reserve Day trip by car
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Ho Coc Beach, Fruit farm and Natural Reserve Day trip by car

RM849
Per adult

Reviews of Phan Thiet

3.5

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Jan 2020

Nice beach at Mui ne where the hotel is. Quite windy but thats nice and great to watch all the kite surfing. Lots of good choice. Found a great swiss restaurant called swisd house. Nicr for a break from vietnamese food

5/5 - Excellent

PG

24 Jul 2019

Not too far from Saigon. Great for two stop vacation

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2019

Phan Thiet is a bustling city and really not a tourist attraction.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Feb 2019

There was a good variety of places to eat covering all price ranges. It felt safe. Crossing the road can be a bit dangerous. Lots of mopeds and buses

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