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Compared to crowded beaches of Nha Trang to the north and Mui Ne to the south, the public beaches aren’t as postcard-pretty but there are miles of magnificent wild, empty coast to discover around Ninh Thuan Province. If you love explorations by motorbike and being alone on a beach, Phan Rang Thap Cham is in the middle of two sensational coastal drives.

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But first, the city itself – two cities actually. Phan Rang to the east has fused with the town of Thap Cham in the west to become the provincial capital. Thap Cham has the train station and the namesake Po Klong Garai Cham Tower (Thap Cham means “Cham Tower”), but there’s no place to stay and little reason to linger – pass through and you’ll see what we mean.

A Cham tower here, a Cham tower there. Photo taken in or around Phan Rang Thap Cham, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

A Cham tower here, a Cham tower there. Photo: Cindy Fan

On the other hand, Phan Rang is favourite sibling of the sister cities and you may want to stay here if your sole interest are the Cham towers, but we’d recommend staying seven kilometres to the east on Ninh Chu Beach. The short commute is absolutely worth it, as the long stretch of beach is easily accessible and has a few good value accommodation options that are accustomed to foreign travellers.

Ninh Chu can be a little busy on the weekends with Vietnamese, but you really won’t have a problem finding a quiet spot. Most people flock to the area beside the big concrete park at the end of Muoi Sau thang Tu. When it comes to swimming, the Vietnamese philosophy is safety in numbers – and snacks (there are the usual vendors milling around selling tasty treats). However, areas in front of the resorts tend to be empty. The only problem is rubbish, which is the trade-off when it comes to local, ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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