Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh

Binh Dinh is a coastal province in south central Vietnam, with a total area of 6.025 km2 and a population of about 284.000 people (2015). The Province has 01 City (Quy nhon), and 10 Districts.

Quy Nhon city is located in the southeast of the province of Binh Dinh, with 42 km long coastline. Quy Nhon has great diverse landscapes such as mountains, beaches, lakes, rivers, islands,…

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ICISE centre between mountains and sea

International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE)

Based on the success of “Rencontres de Moriond” (since 1966) and “Rencontres de Blois” (since1989), in 1993, Professor Tran Thanh Van has established Rencontres du Vietnam, allowing young Asian researchers to meet with world-class scientists.

ICISE, designed by famous architect Francois Milou, was inaugurated in August 2013. It locates on a site of 20-hectares (50 acres) between mountains and sea, provides an unique inspirational and energizing atmosphere.

ExploraScience Quy Nhơn

ExploraScience

The success of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE) opened the way to the creation of ExploraScience, in accordance with the objectives of the Rencontres du Vietnam. These are: to bring science to a larger public, to develop a love of science among the younger generation, and to contribute to consolidate the bases for the future development of the sciences in Vietnam.

The conception of ExploraScience is a result of a close collaboration with scientists from scientific centres in Europe.

Located across from ICISE, ExploraScience is a 12,000 square-meter elliptical building designed by Jean-Francois Milou, the architect of the ICISE centre. It consists of a 90-seat planetarium and rooms for scientific exhibitions. These allow the younger generation to play with and explore the various scientific phenomena and the laws of Nature. A future Children’s City (Cité des Enfants) for children from one to five years old will be added to ExploraScience.

LANDSCAPES OF BINH DINH


One side of Binh Dinh is mountainous territory while the other is the vast sea. Lying between these mountains and the sea are the rich plain green color of rice paddles and coconut groves. The harmony of mountains, rives and the sea makes it amongst famous landscapes! The famous scenic spots of Binh Dinh province stretch all over the province, including; Ghenh Rang, Thi Nai Lagoon – Phuong Mai Peninsula, Yen Island, Quy Hoa beach (Quy Nhon); Ham Ho (Tay Son); Nui Mot Lake(An Nhon); Nui Ba – Vong Phu Hill(Ba Mountain), Hoi Van hots spring (Phu Cat); Tra O Pond(Phu My), coconut groves (Tam Quan – Hoai Nhon) etc. Each fo these landscapes has its own captivating beauty.

Ghenh Rang

Ghềnh Ráng - Tiên Sa

Located at the center of Quy Nhon City, about 3 km to the southeast, Ghenh Rang is one of the most scenic region of Binh Dinh.

Visiting Ghenh Rang, visitors will enjoy hills Thi Nhan, Yard Eggs, Queen Beach, Hon Vong Phu, Tien Sa beach …

The great poet of Vietnam, Han Mac Tu, wrote his most famous poems during the years he lived in Ghenh Rang.

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Thi Nai Bridge

Thi Nai Bridge connects Qui Nhon city to the Phuong Mai peninsula. It is the longest sea bridge in Vietnam with a length of 2477 meters, and width of 14.5 meters. The bridge was opened on December 22, 2006. Thi Nai Bridge spanning the Thi Nai Lagoon, where the natural view is very beautiful and magnificent.

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Fishing village Nhon Ly

Nhon Ly village is impressive with imposing natural scenery, infinitive sea, pine forests, and sand dunes.
On tranquil sea days, we will take “a sort of boat” during 10’, with lifebuoy jacket and googles, to plunge into the sea, discover the fanciful beauty of underwater world, nice various species of coral. Drive 10’ more, and you’ll arrive to a fabulous beach for swimming.

The excursion includes a nice lunch at local restaurant with fresh seafood and local specials.

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“Hon Seo” Island

As a beautiful uninhabited island, Hon Seo Island in Binh Dinh Province is an ideal destination for those who want to explore the sea and island, see colorful pebbles on the beach, cross large rocks, take a dive, go fishing, and enjoy freshly-caught seafood.

In order to explore Hon Seo, you can use boat services from tour companies or hire fishing boats from fishermen in Nhon Ly.

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RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE


Thap Thap Pagoda (Pagoda of 10 Towers)

Located in Nhon Thanh Commune, An Nhon, 27km north-west of Quy Nhon, the pagoda was built by founder Nguyen Thieu of Lam Te sect in 1668 with materials such as red bricks taken from the ruins of 10 surrounding Cham towers. This made the name of Thap Thap Pagoda (or pagoda of 10 towers) and were given the name of “Tu Thap Thap Di Da” by Lord Nguyyen Phuc Chu. To date, after over 340 years of history on, Thap Thap Di Da has became a Buddhist architecture monument of great scale; it is also the proofs of the development of Buddhism in Đàng Trong. This is also the ancestral home of the Lâm Tế group.

Quy Nhon Church

Quy Nhon Church, also known as the sharp top church, ic located in the city center on Tran Hung Dao street (opposite to Le Thanh Ton to the sea). It is the cathedral of the Diocese of Quy Nhon built in 1938 in the French and European Gothic combined style with cruciform layout. This church can accommodate up to 1,500 people. Especially, the church has a 47.2 meter pinnacle soaring to the sky. This explains why local people often address it as pointy top church. Today, this chapal is a not only religious architecture associated with spiritual life of parishioners in Binh Dinh, but it is also a tourist attraction.

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Long Khanh Pagoda

This pagoda founded in the 18th century, rebuilt in 1946 and is being restored.

Long Khanh Pagoda is one of the largest Buddhist center of Binh Dinh. It attracts worshiping Buddhist monks and tourists all year round.

Lang Song Church (Tuy Phuoc)

Lang Song Church was built in Gothic style the typical architectural style of Europeans in church and palace construction. This can be easily recognized as the main hall of the church is decorated with symmertrical frames, wind flower decorations, patterns and pointed archway typical of church architecture. At first glance, the facade of Lang Song Church is very similar to ancient Saint Paul Cathedral built by the Portuguese in Macao. While it is not as epic and massive as Saint Paul Cathedral, Lang Song church somehow still preserves its ancient architecture.

HANDICRAFT VILLAGES


Coming to Binh Dinh, tourists will not only have opportunity to be immersed in th beauty of natural scenery, explore the thousand year cultural beauty of the Champa relics, Tuong (dramma) art, Bai Choi, enjoy the traditional unique martial arts repertoire, but also

BAU DA WINE

NHON HAU WOOD CARVING VILLAGE

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TAY PHUONG DANH METAL FORGE VILLAGE

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BANG CHAU BRONZE CASTING VILLAGE

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VAN SON CERAMIC VILLAGE

PHU GIA CONICAL HAT MAKING VILLAGE

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SEDGE WEAVING CRAFT

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PROCESSING COCONUT FIBER AT TAM QUAN

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BINH DINH SPECIALITIES


Faraway tourists visting Binh Dinh are captivated not only by its scenic beauty, cultural relics or attractive Boi singing night but also by the special dishes with strange tastes featuring cultural characteristics of martial land such as Bau Da wine, fermented pork rolls of district market, patty wrapped in pinnate leaves, roasted fish with rice vermicelli, banh hoi long heo (thin rice flat noodle with pig’s tripes), bun Song Than (dual – thread vermicelli), etc.

SEA FOOD SPECIALITIES

134km of coastline and large inland and territorial waters not only creates for Binh Dinh the long seashores stretching with white sand, and beautiful, unspoiled, and heart-rending island, but also brings Binh Dinh a great variety of seafoods resources in a large volume and high economic value such as lobster, tiger prawns, king crab, squid, tomatoes, ocean tuna, etc. processed into attractive dishes with high nutritional value suitable for everyone’s taste.

QUY NHON ROASTED FISH WITH RICE VERMICELLI

 

TINY RICE NOODLE SHEETS SERVED WITH BOILED PIG’S INTERNAL ORGANS

FERMENTED PORK ROLLS OF DISTRICT MARKET

BUN SONG THAN (DUAL – THREAD VERMICELLI)

GIRDLE CAKES MADE WITH COCONUT JUICE

PATTY WRAPPED IN PINNATE LEAVES

JUMPING SHRIMP PANCAKES

NIEN FISH IN AN LAO

SEA URCHIN SAUCE IN MY AN

BLACK EEL IN CHAU TRUC LAGOON

SOME TYPICAL TOURS


1. BEACH ECO-TOURISM TOUR:

– Itinerary: Quy Nhơn – Phù Cát.

– Places of visit: Quy Nhơn beach, Ghenh Rang, Bai Dai (Long beach), Nhon Ly, Cat Tien, Vinh Hoi, Tan Thanh, Landscape of Phuong Mai peninsular – Thi Nai lagoon

– Duration: 1 – 2 days.

3. FORREST – LAKE ECOLOGICAL TOUR:

– Itinerary: Quy Nhơn – An Nhơn – Tây Sơn – Vĩnh Thạnh

– Places of visit: Ghềnh Ráng hill, Hầm Hô, Núi Một lake, Vĩnh Sơn hydroelectric reservoir, Định Bình lake.

– Duration: 1 – 2 days.

2. SEA – ISLAND EXPLORATION TOUR:

– Itinerary: Quy Nhơn – Hải Giang – Nhơn Châu island.

– Places of visit: Quy Nhơn beach, typical ecosystems on and around Nhơn Châu island (Green island) – Hải Giang – Yến island (Salangae island) – Hòn Khô (Kho island)

– Duration: 1 – 2 days.

4.  STUDY TOUR TO VESTIGES UNDER TÂY SƠN DYNASTY:

– Itinerary: Quy Nhơn – An Nhơn – Tây Sơn 

– Places of visit: Quang Trung museum and Tây Sơn shrine vestige, shrine of Bùi Thị Xuân, shrine of Võ Văn Dũng, Hầm Hô landscape, Imperial city, Bai Nhan – Tam Toa mountain, sacrifice offering terrace.

– Duration: 1 – 2 days.

5. STUDY TOUR OF CHAM CULTURE:

– Itinerary: Quy Nhơn – Tuy Phước – An Nhơn – Tây Sơn

– Places of visit: Twin, Bình Lâm, Bánh Ít, Cánh Tiên tower, Đồ Bàn citadel, Nhan Son pagoda, Thu Thien, Phu Loc, Duong Long towers, General museum.

– Duration: 1 – 2 days.

7. THERAPY AND CONVALESCENCE TOUR:

– Itinerary: Quy Nhơn – Phù Cát

– Places of visit: Bai Dai – Cat Hai – Cat Tien – Hoi Van hot spring

– Duration: up on customer’s demand

6. TOUR TO TRADITIONAL CRAFT VILLAGES:

– Itinerary: Quy Nhơn – Tuy Phước – An Nhơn – Phù Cát.

– Places of visit: Tay Phuong forge village, Nhan Thap pottery village, Nhon Hau wood carving village, Bai Da distitillery village, Phu Gia conical village, girdle cake bakery village, etc.

– Duration: 1 – 2 days.

8.  COMBINED LEISURE AND STUDY TOUR OF CULTURAL – HISTORICAL VESTIGES:

8.1 Quy Nhơn – Tây Sơn 

– Places of visit: Duong Long tower, Quang Trung museum, Tay Son shrine, Bui Thi Xuan shrine, Ham Ho, Nui Mot lake

– Duration: 1 – 2 days.

8.2 Quy Nhơn – Tuy Phước – An Nhơn – Phù Cát

– Places of visit: Twin towers, Canh Tien tower, Imprial citadel, Thap Thap pagoda, Linh Phong pagoda, Nhon Ly beach, Cat Tien, Nhon Hoi economic zone, Thi Nai lagoon, Ghenh Rang, Genaral museum, Craft villages

– Duration: 2 days.