Located in south-central Vietnam, Tuy Hoa (pronounced as “twee hwa”) is the capital city of Phu Yen Province. With a total of the population reaching 202,030 people, the city is located in the middle of Qui Nhơn and Nha Trang. You can get to the city by flight to Dong Tac Airport which is located in the south of Tuy Hoa. Alternatively, you can get to Tuy Hoa by train both from Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh City in the south of Vietnam. The city is along the Da Rang River and is surrounded by Chop Chai Mountain and Nhạn Mountain. The city has an enormous beach, just like any other Vietnamese cities, but it is not the main attraction here. Compare that to Nha Trang and Qui Nhon, which are located about 100 kilometres to the south and the north respectively. The city has nothing much to offer. Both cities are more popular among tourists coming to Vietnam. Tuy Hoa city is usually just a one-night rest stop for those travelling on motorbike or bicycle to Nha Trang or Qui Nhon. Sometimes, you might as well realize that you are the only foreign visitor in that little city. Being the centre of attraction, you may expect to get very warm hospitality from the locals.
Located just south of Tuy Hoa, Dong Tac Airport is a domestic airport serving the Tuy Hoa and Phu Yen Province along the central coast of southern Vietnam. Originally the airport was built by the United States Air Force and was known as Tuy Hoa Air Base. Airlines such as Jetstar Pacific, VietJet Air, and Vietnam Airlines operates domestic flights connecting Tuy Hoa with Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. If you are flying from Malaysia, you may opt for connecting flight from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to get to Tuy Hoa.
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January to April is the best time to fly to Tuy Hoa. These months have the lowest precipitation of the year. So, you will absolutely enjoy doing outdoor activities like visiting the Nhan Mountain. Don't miss the Nguyen Tieu poetic festival that will be held annually on the first full moon day of the lunar new year.
Nguyen Tieu poetic festival - The annual festival takes place on the first full moon day of the lunar new year (Tet). During this night, poets and all participants gathered under the full moonlight chanting the lyrical rhymes or discussing the art of poetry. Be alert on the exact day of this festival and experience these vibrant cultural activities and have a chance to immerse yourself with the rich Vietnamese culture.
The Heroic Martyrs Monument - the monument stands about 30 meters high and during the clear sky, you can spot the tall monuments from the city centre. It is an amazing masterpiece located on the peak of Phu Yen mountain. This creative, artistic design, looks like a giant sail with its majestic and intricate proportions, should by all means not be missed if you are travelling to Tuy Hoa!
Nhan Tower - is located at the peak of Nhan Mountain. This majestic tower is an amazing masterpiece by the Cham people who lived in Da Rang region. They built the tower in between the late 11th century and early in the 12th century period. The magnificent architecture symbolized the unique and long-lasting culture of the Cham people. Some part of the tower was ruined during the Vietnam war. However, the tower was restored by the Phu Yen authorities in 1960. The four stories tower stands 25 meters high and is a must-visit place in Tuy Hoa.