Thap Banh It

A highlight

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What we say: 4 stars

Banh It was the highlight of what we found in the area. A series of four elegant Cham towers on a high hill just outside Binh Dinh. Very easy to visit en-route or with a guide from Qui Nhon.

The four towers are what remains of a larger group -- the main tower is 22 metres high, and it looks like a bit of restoration work might have been done on it. All the towers have become home to a wide variety of plants growing through the cracks which, while they give the towers a picturesque look, might just be slowly tearing them apart. The largest tower is also home to a number of bats. You can see the bat guano covering the bottom of the tower's inner floor, and if you listen, you can here the bats cheeping and flying around up inside it. Some of the better bas-reliefs from this site have been carried away and are on display in Danang.

To get here, head out of Qui Nhon on Tran Hung Dao St. After about 9 km it meets up with Highway 1A, there you turn right to head north for another 9 km. You'll hit an intersection and you'll see the towers on a high hill on the right. The extreme right turn leads 17 km back to Qui Nhon, so take the next right at the crossroads across a bridge, heading to the north side of the tower hill. Just past the bridge, there's a field on your right -- you should see some small blue signs pointing towards Thap Banh It. Take another right, backtracking a bit along the river. A kilometre further on, you'll reach a conspicuous left turn that leads to the back of the tower hill. 200 metres along on the left is a small entrance -- it doesn't look like much, but they seem to be building a more impressive gate for the entrance as of this writing. Park anywhere and walk up the road, to the left as you enter. No one was charging admission when we visited.

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Around 20km from Qui Nhon
Last updated: 23rd July, 2007

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  • Different route towards site 4 stars

    14th February, 2012

    When you are following the main road out of town you will get to a crossroad after about 5 kilometers. The main route, huong vuong, goes left towards the highway. Taking the right turn will bring you onto Dao Tan, QL19.
    You can follow this road for about 11 kilometers. Then you will see a dirtroad diverging from the main road down to the river. If you miss the turnoff you will hit the highway shortly after. You can see the towers already high on the hill. Take this and keep following the road passing some houses before the road takes a right turn and you cross the river via a small bridge. After the bridge take a sharp right turn and you see the newly build entrance gate.
    This route is much more scenic then taking the highway and also much safer as it doesn't see as much traffic as the highway.
    When visiting nobody was at the entrance but later a guard came by to collect the visiting fee of 20.000 VND.

    Thap Banh It reviewed by Pouw (1)
    Written on 14th February, 2012, rated 4 out of 5. Visited here in February, 2012

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