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Phan Thiet

Introduction
Located 200 km from Saigon along Vietnam's southeastern coast, Phan Thiet is home to one of the best stretches of beach in the country. Phan Thiet is the classic example of a resort which has retained its fishing village culture. The town itself has remained untouched by tourism, whilst a collection of excellent resorts have opened up along the coast on the Mui Ne Peninsula. Well spaced and sensitively constructed, these resorts offer everything that a visitor could want from a beach destination.

Golfers will enjoy Ocean Dunes, a classic links course in a stunning setting, whilst family holidaymakers will love the bungalows and sandy beaches at the Novotel Coralia Ocean Dunes Phan Thiet, Victoria Phan Thiet or Coco Beach resorts.

Other new international standard resorts open include the Saigon Mui Ne, Bamboo Village, and Blue Ocean resorts, Phu Hai, The Beach, Seahorse, Ocean Star, Pandanus, Mui Ne Sailing Club...
(Please refer to the GOLF segment in the SPECIAL INTEREST section for further information on the Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes Golf Club)

Places of interest

Relic of Duc Thanh School
Duc Thanh School, cultural and historical relic, situated at Thanh Duc Hamlet, present-day Number 39, Trung Nhi Street, Phan Thiet City, was built in 1907 (the same year that the Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc School in Hanoi was built), by Nguyen Trong Loi and Nguyen Quy Anh, the two sons of poet Nguyen Thong.

In 1990, on his way to find a path for national salvation, teacher Nguyen Tat Thanh (later President Ho Chi Minh) stayed and taught at Duc Thanh School. In February 1911, Thanh left the school for Saigon, from where he went overseas to find a way to liberate the country. At present, the School has preserved many valuable objects that relate to the life of teacher Thanh, such as a writing table, an ink-slab, a wooden bed, etc.

Thuy Tu Temple
Van Thuy Tu (Thuy Tu Temple) is located on Ngu Ong (fisherman) Road in Duc Thang Precinct, Phan Thiet City. Thu Tu fisherman built it in 1762 to worship the Whale. Its architecture is in the shape of the Tam (third " ") letter with its front side facing East. At first, it was built near Van estuary close to the coast. There are nearly 100 whale skeletons and other species of fish of the same family are worshipped, more than half of which are 100-150 years old. In the framework of the temple, there is a large burial ground for dead whales, which sometimes get stranded on the shore. Van Thuy Tu is one of the ancient relics having many high by the Nguyen Kings.

Poshanu Towers
Poshanu Towers, 7 km to the North - East of Phan Thiet City, are located on Ong Hoang (Mr. Heaven) Hill. Built by the Cham people in the late 8th century, this group of towers worships the Shiva Genie, who is highly respected by the Cham. Beside these three towers, there was once a temple, but it has been buried in the ground for more than 300 years. Inside the main tower, there is an altar, on which a couple of Liga-Yoni, a symbol of the existence of the Shiva Genie, is worshipped.

Fairies' Stream and the Red Hill
Suoi Tien (Fairies' Stream) is a natural beauty spot with a magnificent mountain-water view, a primitive environment untouched by human beings. Standing near a small stream with clear clean water is an imposing mountain of white and red colours created by the sand and soil, and caves and cliffs, which are unique and strange-looking. This is an ideal place for picnics. The site is on the way to Mui Ne, about 15 km to the North-East Phan Thiet City.
Doi Hong (Red Hill), near Mui Ne sand dunes, is in Mui Ne Precinct, Phan Thiet City. It is a natural landscape consisting of several red-soil hills of strange different shapes due to long-time erosion.

The Lying Buddha
The Buddhist statue "Buddha joins into Nirvana", or "The lying Buddha", 49 meters long, was sculptured in 1962 on Ta Cu Mountain. It is in the cultural complex including Linh Son Truong Tho and Linh Son Long Doan Pagodas (built in the late 19th century) in Tan Lap village, South Ham Thuan District, about 30 km to the South-West of Phan Thiet City.

Bau Trang (White Lake)
Bau Trang (white lake) is a famous land-space in Hong Lam Hamlet, Hoa Thang Village, Bac Binh District, about 65 km North East of Phan Thiet City. It is a fresh-water lake formed long ago and located amid the endless sand hills. Bau Trang is divided into two parts by a sand hill, which are called Bau Ong (Mister Lake) and Bau Ba (Lady Lake). Bau Trang is large and is 19 meters deep at its deepest spot. Around the lake lotuses are growing.