Dragonfruit gardens and fish sauce
Not so fascinating
What we say:
A lot of Mui Ne tour operations advertise a 'dragon fruit garden' as a stop on a day-long tour. This is really just a 'dragon fruit plantation,' and there's little point in paying someone to take you to one. If you're headed to Ta Cu on your own, you'll see scads of such plantations all along route 1A heading west from Phan Thiet. The plants are easy to spot -- they look just like what you'd expect if an octopus did it with a cactus. Pretty much any plantation owner will gladly give you a tour of their crops, serve you up a dragon fruit and a cup of tea, and engage you more Vietnamese conversation that you're likely to understand. Just stop in and try your luck.
A few clicks from Phan Thiet along the road to Mui Ne, to the east, is the Fisaco Fish Sauce factory -- if you're on a bike or motorbike, you'll smell it before you see it. You may be tempted to think that something died in the adjacent bay, but no, that's the heady aroma of Vietnam's favourite condiment being brewed. A visit to the factory is a staple on a lot of package tours.
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