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Tuy Hoa


Downtown Tuy Hoa stretches from Highway 1A, eastward to the coast. It's laid out in an L-shape -- Nguyen Hue and Tran Hung Dao Streets head east-west, and beach development sits between Hung Vuong and Doc Lap, which follow the water. The wide Da Rang river delta borders the town to the south, with the only bridge crossings at route 1A and further inland. Everywhere else, rice fields as far as the eye can see. If you're getting around under your own steam, a map is highly recommended -- trying to navigate by instinct is likely to put you on a long, lonely road to nowhere.

If you're going to spend any significant time here, try to get the Vietbooks Yellow Map for Phu Yen province before you arrive. Otherwise, maps are hard to find -- there's a decent map on the back of the Quynh Hoa Hotel brochure, which is available around town -- we found one at the 03 Guest House on Doc Lap road across from the beach. It's written in Vietnamese, and some of the street names have changed, but it's still helpful.

Internet is available, though not ubiquitous -- if you're having trouble finding a place, head to the train station and then east on Nguyen Hue Road -- there are a few good places on the first block. Rates hover around 3,000 VND per hour, and service is basic but functional. The Vinh Thuan Hotel has two internet terminals that are free to guests. You can also head to the main post office.

For banking, head to the Incom Bank on Hung Vuong Street, at the intersection with Nguyen Hue. It has an impressive range of services for a town that doesn't receive many western tourists -- traveller's cheques are cashed for a 2% commission, and credit card advances are available for a 3% charge -- foreign exchange is also available, as well as a 24-hour ATM.

The main post office is on Nguyen Hue Street, at the roundabout to the east of Hung Vuong. There's a 24-hour BIDV ATM here that takes foreign cards, in addition to postal and long-distance phone services. It's also a great place to head for internet -- there are a generous number of terminals and there are no video games, so most of the local kids here are doing homework and it's blissfully quiet. At 2,000 VND per hour, it's hard to beat the price.

Motorbikes are easy-as-pie to rent in Tuy Hoa -- most of the hotels seems to have bikes to rent for 60,000 VND per day, but if you strike out at your hotel, try the Viet Huong or the Da Giang on Highway 1A.

Incom Bank: 236 Hung Vuong St, Phu Yen. T: (057) 823 695, F: (057) 823 520. Open weekdays: 07:00 to 17:00.
Post Office: 17 Nguyen Hue St, Phu Yen. T: (057) 821 924, F: (057) 825 292. Open: 06:30 to 21:30.

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