The fishing village at Cu Lao Xanh island, near Quy Nhon city, Binh Dinh, Vietnam

My next destination after Da Nang, Hoi An in the itinerary ‘14 Days Travel from North to Central Vietnam‘ was Quy Nhon city. Since that I have came back to the place once to find the missing gems that I missed in the first time been there. Quy Nhon city still lived slowly and kept its quiet, peaceful. Nevertheless, at the second time we met, it showed me a hiding corner that wasn’t for everyone to explore.

Moving to Quy Nhon City

By Airplane ✈

35km away from Quy Nhon city, there is the Phu Cat airport which belonged to Binh Dinh province. The airport is currently connected to only 2 domestic airports at Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. Therefore, visitors do not have so many choices coming to Quy Nhon by plane. Also tourists have to take a taxi, which takes nearly an hour for 320,000VND, or the airport’s bus, ticket price at 50,000VND, to go to the city. However, this is a good choice to save time.

By Train 🚃

There is Dieu Tri railway station 10km far from Quy Nhon City. Everyday there are trains, starting from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city, crossing Binh Dinh province. Visitors can come to the stations at their locations to buy the tickets to Dieu Tri station. 2 train options for choice: the Reunification Express trains, or the luxury Golden Trains.

By Bus 🚌

A lot of sleeper-bus businesses join in the transportation system of Vietnam and they run across the provinces. From any locations, you can easily find a sleeper bus to go to Quy Nhon city (the route may cross different provinces). Prices may depend on the distances to the destination.

Sleeper-buses also have the inverse directions from Quy Nhon to other provinces. If you want to travel from Quy Nhon to Hoi An or Danang (or any provinces), you can check for the ticket at Son Tung Transportation. I used them on the way from Danang to Quy Nhon in my 14 days trip, good service.

Quy Nhon Weather – Best Time to Travel

QUI NHON CITY WEATHER
Quy Nhon city has its separated 2-season, the dry season from Mar to Sep, and the rain season from Oct to Feb next year. The average temperature is 28°C.

The city isn’t affected by flood, or storm so visitors can come here whenever in the year. However, the best time to travel Quy Nhon is in Spring from Feb to Apr, and in Autumn from Aug to Sep; the weather is cool with sunlight, zephyr which would be great for any activities of wandering and exploring.

Quy Nhon – Things to Do

The Islands 🏝

Quy Nhon city is surrounded with a lot of beautiful islands. Some ones are worthy to stays for days so visitors can enjoy the whole nature, atmosphere, and environment in the islands. However, not every island is opened for all travelers, the few is restricted due to military purpose.

  •  Ky Co Island

Some people say it’s the ‘Maldives’ of Quy Nhon. One Vietnamese News even calls it the heaven on Earth.

The island is 25km away from the city and tourists have to come there by boat. Ky Co island isn’t exploited for tourism so much, hence it can keep the natural and wild landscape.

  • Cu Lao Xanh Island

The hidden gem that I have found in last time I came to Quy Nhon city. Thanks to a local friend, I had a chance to step on the island.

Because of a restriction for military purpose, foreigners are not allowed to enter the island. Tourism is not so developed on Cu Lao Xanh. Hence, the island can keep it beautiful with corners of nature and wild.

The Beaches 🏖

Quy Nhon city has it own a beautiful beach. Furthermore, there are also many beaches around the city such as Kho (Dry), Trung (Egg) (or the Queen), Dai (Big), Bang Beach, etc., and the one that I like most, Xep Beach.

  • Xep Beach

Xep Beach is 13km away from Quy Nhon city. The beach is always the top destination for Vietnamese and foreign backpackers, and travelers. It is very beautiful, surrounded by some strange-shaped rocks that make it looked like Mars, or somewhere that is not Earth.

At Xep Beach, there is a well-known homestay Life’s a Beach. The homestay is a ‘hot’ destination for all Vietnamese and foreign backpackers. With its well design, friendly environment, and affordable price, the homestay welcome all travelers come to enjoy their wanderlust.

The Nightlife 🌃

The night at Quy Nhon is not vibrant as in Ho Chi Minh City. However, Quy Nhon city has enough spots for anyone to enjoy the night. Me and my friends love to go to the coffee shops at the city’s beach, or sometimes we will find a place for some beers, alcohol. At the road along the beach, you can easily find a lot of thing to spend the night. If you are looking for a rooftop cafe, have a look at Saigon Quy Nhon Hotel.

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Surf Bar – the coffee shop at Quy Nhon city’s beach.
Me and my friends usually spend our night time at this cafe.

The Foods 🤩

This is the best thing I love every time I travel to Quy Nhon. Anytime I come to the city, I always try my best to enjoy all the foods here. Foods at Quy Nhon city are delicious, diverse, and especially it’s cheap. Have you ever imagined of having a dinner for 5 people cost about $3? Yes, you can think of that when going to Quy Nhon. Let me show the series of Quy Nhon foods that I have put in my stomach:

Where to Stay at Quy Nhon City?

Let me show some of the hotels, resorts, hostels that I know or stayed:

Hostels for Backpackers

Hostels usually have a cheaper price. And ideal for anyone who just need a comfortable bed to sleep a good night. If you are a true wanderer and spend your whole day exploring all the corner, check this list out:

O.M.E Hostel, the place where I stayed in the second time coming to Quy Nhon city. I have a review about the hostel. You can find it here.

nice kitchen at O.M.E hostel
this O.M.E’s very nice kitchen where everyone can make coffee, tea, grab some beers, or have breakfast, dinner, and many more

Halo Hostel, my Quy Nhon friends just opened it. I’m not bias but they do it really and try to improve the service continuously.

John & Paul, could be the best for solo travelers. I did not stay at the place, but many friends recommended this hostel to me. So I want to introduce also.

Life’s a Beach, the hot ‘spot’ at Xep Beach. As I mentioned above, it’s an ideal place for backpackers, except it’s a bit far from the central of Quy Nhon city.

Son Tiem Homestay, the one that I stayed for a night on Cu Lao Xanh island. I forgot the number to contact the owner but found a number on its facebook, 097 419 99 94. Hopefully it’s the owner. There are some people try to help him as he is a non-tech guy. He only have the visit card and phone number at the time I visited so I’m not sure if the founded website or facebook page on the Internet is belonged to him. Anyway, Mr. Son, the homestay owner, is a funny and friendly guy. If you stay at his house, he will take you around the island showing everything and telling a lot of stories. In case you can’t speak Vietnamese, try finding someone who can to help you booking at the homestay.

Hotels and Resorts

If you aren’t the style spending the whole day wandering around, but love to have a place relaxing and enjoying the spare time, this may be the list for you:

Saigon Quy Nhon Hotel, located in the central of Quy Nhon city, the hotel has every a tourist need. There are swimming pool, bar, different kinds of rooms and bed sizes, and a roof top cafe. It’s great to spend the night at the coffee shop looking at the city.

FLC Luxury Resort and FLC Luxury Hotel Quy Nhon, they are in the same complex area. With the standard of 5 stars, no need to say what they can provide. There are outdoor and private swimming pool, golf club, bar, and also a private beach, etc. Everything a customer need, there it is. Of course, it goes with a high price per night stay. If you are in need of an ultimate relaxing, it worths every penny.

 


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