Located 200 kilometres east of Ho Chi Minh City and 15 kilometres south of Mui Ne, Phan Thiet is most famous for its world class fish sauce exported all over the world. It does however have much more going for it, being much less hectic and adventure fuelled than its neighbour Mui Ne, it is a perfect place for a laid back holiday. Situated on the banks of the Phan Thiet River the city was divided during the colonial period with the Europeans on the north bank and the Vietnamese, Cham, Southern Chinese, Malays and Indonesians living on the south bank, these influences are still obvious. The beachfront is only a short journey away.
Being less of a tourist draw than nearby Mui Ne is a benefit for those looking to spend their time relaxing and being able to experience the culture. For an adventure of the local sort the fish markets situated at the harbour are a must to visit if you can handle the heady stench. Filled with boats, arguing locals and fishermen it can make for great photo opportunities.
If you are more inclined to wile away the hours on rolling green fairways the world class, 18 hole, 72 par Ocean Dunes Golf Club located on the beachfront and designed by Nick Faldo is a major attraction. Also located nearby is the white reclining Buddha or Tuong Phat Nam. Having become a major pilgrimage sight for Buddhists it can be reached by a stunning two hour trek or a two minute cable-car ride.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Phan Thiet, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Southeast Asia