Photo: Cham Tower, Phan Thiet.

Things to see and do

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Phan Triet is billed as the place to be in Vietnam if you're a golfer. The Novotel Ocean Dunes has a gorgeous, 18-hole, 72 par course -- voted number one in Vietnam by Golf Digest magazine. Sealinks, on the way to Mui Ne, is another option. But for most visitors, the main attraction is the beach -- while smaller than Mui Ne, it's just as good, and the cafes along the water offer a fine way to ... Read more about Phan Thiet activities .

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About 30 km south of Phan Thiet along the coast is an area known for it's lighthouse on a small island just across the water. It's an absolutely gorgeous stretch of beach, and as you get closer to the lighthouse there are strikingly colourful and intricate rock formations all along the shore. If you're coming from the north you'll have to actually pass the lighthouse to reach it -- at about ... Read more about Ke Ga Lighthouse .

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About 25km west of Phan Thiet
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The draw here is the 59 metre-long reclining Buddha. It's impressive size was enough to peak our interest, but when we heard you could ride up to it by cable car, we had to see it. The Blissed out Buddha is only about 25 km west of Phan Triet along highway 1A. Once you enter the grounds, a round-trip ticket on the cable car costs 50,000 VND, and an extra 5,000 for the electric trolley to ... Read more about Ta Cu Mountain and the Blissed-out Buddha .

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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 ... Read more about Dragonfruit gardens and fish sauce .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Phan Thiet? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.

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