Eight kilometres from Phan Rang is a collection of ancient towers built by the Cham people roundabout the turn of the 13th century. The towers were built to honor a Cham king who was known for his good works for the people. Phan Rang-Thap Cham was the last capital of the Cham kingdom before it was conquered by the ethnic Vietnamese, so the spot holds a lot of significance for the ethnic Cham who ... Read more about Po Klong Garai Cham Tower .
This tower is not nearly as easy to get to as Po Klong Garai, but that's what makes it worthwhile. It's a single tower set on an isolated hill in the middle of a vast lowland ringed by high hills. It's a stunning location, and once there we wanted to hang around for a while just to soak up the view. It's a great place to head on a motorbike if you can manage to rent one in Phan Rang or if you ... Read more about Po Ro Me Cham Tower .
On the way to Po Ro Me, we highly recommend a stop at the two craft villages in the town of Phuoc Don, 10km from Phan Rang. Bau Truc is known for its earthen-ware pottery and sculpture, the design of which is part of Cham people's cultural tradition. There's a line of pottery shops all along the same road, and each one is a little different and worth a look. The pots are made by hand, without ... Read more about Bau Truc and My Nhiep Craft Villages .
Nineteen kilometres from Phan Rang there's a Buddhist temple in a remote location, nestled up against the hillside. It's still something of a work-in-progress -- on our visit they were developing the grounds with Buddhist statuary and seemed to be blocking out space for a lot more to come. The temple itself is not very old, but its chief virtue is that it's a working temple, not a relic, and a ... Read more about Tra Cang Temple .