Photo: Plains of rice are found across the Central Highlands.

Eat and meet

The river bridge area plays host to a large encampment of makeshift food stalls with a good variety of eats on offer. You can also head to the town market, up the hill to the west of the river, for street food. There’s a pretty good sit-down place in the market, Tam Tam, that offers standard Vietnamese fare and is popular with locals.

Seafood lovers will want to pay a visit to Thanh Thuy on 23/3 St, east of the bridge on the north side of the street. It’s a very popular place that offers fresh seafood hotpots, as well as lobster, crab, eel, mussels and clams steamed or grilled. Hotpots cost 40-70,000 depending on the size -- no English-language menu, but we tried a tasty hotpot called Ca Loc which is a local river fish.

Numerous cafes offer excellent local coffee all over town. You’ll find a couple of bia hoi places at the intersection of Hung Vuong and Tran Hung Dao Sts near the bridge.

Tam Tam: Ly Thuong Kiet St, Gia Nghia. T: (050) 843 189. Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Thanh Thuy: 79 23/3 St (east of the bridge), Gia Nghia. Hours: 07:00 to 24:00

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Where to next?

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

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