Phan Thiet City
Phan Thiet City Centre is the capital of Binh Thuan Province and is surrounded by pristine beaches such as Mui Ne, Ke Ga, Tien Thanh, and Ham Tien. Although traditionally famous for producing nuoc cham or fish sauce (a vital condiment in popular Vietnamese dishes), this bustling coastal city attracts a rapidly growing number of travellers looking to soak up the sun and enjoy a relaxing getaway.
Plenty of Phan Thiet’s top hotels are conveniently set within the city centre, where travellers can easily visit prominent attractions such as Po Shanu Cham Towers, Van Thy Tu Temples, Sand Dunes of Mui Ne, and Ong Hoang Hill via taxi or motorcycle, or guided tours. If you’re travelling on a modest budget, there are plenty of public buses running from the city centre to Mui Ne and Ham Tien Beach throughout the day.
Dining-wise, the city centre has plenty of roadside stalls and local restaurants serving fresh seafood and regional dishes at very affordable prices. Phan Thiet City Centre’s nightlife scene is tame compared to other cities in Vietnam, as nearby Mui Ne Beach is where the best resort bars, late-night restaurants, and beachfront lounges are located.
Phan Thiet Central Market is the largest market in the city, where you can enjoy authentic and inexpensive Vietnamese cuisine such as guoi cuon (fresh spring rolls), banh xeo (crispy pancake), and mi quang (turmeric noodles) for breakfast. A must-visit for travellers looking to experience the daily lives of the local population, you’ll see huge crowds shopping for fresh fruits, spices, nuts, meat, seafood, dried foodstuff, and household supplies.