Tuy Hoa is the capital of beautiful Phu Yen province. It is located in between two mountain passes and filled with flooded rice fields and extensive lagoons. This quiet Vietnamese city is the perfect place to relax, catch some waves or intent with friendly locals who are more than welcoming of tourists. Travelers usually tend to pass through Tuy Hoa as it has been largely overshadowed by Nha Trang in the Khanh Hoa province. However, more and more tourist looking to travel off the beaten path has started to visit Tuy Hoa to discover more and more of its unexplored beaches, forested hills and see its wide variety of ethnic minority cultures.
This airport is located seven kilometres from the city centre, across the river. There are daily flights to and from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Airlines that operate here include VietJet, Jetstar and Vietnam Airlines. There are no direct flights from Manila to Tuy Hoa. However, Vietnam Airlines offer flights from Manila to Tuy Hoa with one transit in Hanoi. The journey is estimated to take around 12 hours and with ticket prices ranging from PHP 20,000 to 26,000 one way.
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The rainy season in Tuy Hoa begins in September and continues till January, so many consider that the best time to visit Tuy Hoa is from January to April. During this time, the rain would have considerably reduced. Also, January is the coldest month of the year and the warmth will be considerably bearable due to the reduced humidity. The crowd is also relatively low during this time and tends to increase in density as May approaches.
Thap Nhan - The unique shape of Nhan Tower, coupled with the fact that it is one of the last remaining pieces of Cham Architecture makes it's invaluable, historically. Located on the Northern Bank of the Da Rang River, the Nhan Tower, locally called Thap Nhan, is an 11th-century place of worship of the Cham dynasty. The tower is 20 meters high and each of the side towers is 11 meters high on both sides. The top of the tower is a combination of a pyramid and a lingam, a style characteristic to the Cham Dynasty. The tower was ruined during the French rule but was rebuilt by the Diem Dynasty. Today, it stands as a testament to Cham architecture. The entrance fee is only VND20 000 (PHP44) per entry.
Dai Lanh Lighthouse - The Dai Lanh lighthouse is one of the best places to marvel at the sunrise. Visitors would travel up to 40 kilometres from Tuy Hoa city and camp out on the beaches of Dai Lanh Cape all night to catch a glimpse of the rising sun over the mountains. Despite the road to the beach being winding and difficult to traverse, the pristine and untouched nature of the beach and the magnificent sunrise view makes all the hard work worth it. The reddish-orange sun rising over the waters confers an ethereal glow on the surroundings and leaves you stunned. To catch the magnificent sunrise, visitors are recommended to visit the Dai Lanh Lighthouse right before sunrise, at around 5:30 am - 6:00 am, to position yourself well for sunrise. Visitors, however, will need to pay an entrance fee of VND20 000 (PHP44) to enter the compound.
Ganh Da Dia - Gahn Da Dia is a natural rock reef - a geological wonder of interlocking basalt rocks. Rock columns cover an area 50 metres wide and 200 metres long. They are all different sizes and shapes - some are round, some have sharp angles forming polygons - but all have a smooth, flat top and interlock neatly like a honeycomb. They resemble stone plates, earning it the appropriate name 'the sea cliff of stone plates.' The natural wonder was created when lava suddenly solidified from being hit by cold sea water. Simultaneously the thermal contractions caused the molten basalt flows to create polygonal cracks, forming rock columns. It is, indeed a spectacular sight to behold. Due to the changing tides during the seasons, it is recommended that visitors visit the Da Dia Reef during Spring and early Summer.