Photo: Thap Banh It sits atop a small hill.

Thap Banh It

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Sitting on a high hill, Banh It Cham towers are one of the highlights of the area. It’s an easy do-it-yourself day trip from Qui Nhon, or those travelling on their own motorbikes, a quick diversion off the main Highway 1A.

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Banh It makes a grand first impression as it can be seen for miles upon approach. The parking lot will most likely be empty, save for the guard to pay 12,000 dong for the admission and motorbike. Make the climb up to the four towers that were once part of a larger group. They are all different sizes and have had quite a lot restoration/rebuilding work done and artefacts have been removed to the Cham Museum in Da Nang, though a little bit of the original bas relief is visible.

Nature slowly taking it back. Photo taken in or around Thap Banh It, Qui Nhon, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Nature slowly taking it back. Photo: Cindy Fan

A variety of plants grow through the cracks, ironically very pretty and simultaneously tearing it apart. The main tower is 22 metres high and home to a number of bats. Bat guano covers the bottom of the tower's inner floor, unless it was recently cleaned as was the case with our visit. Pause to listen to the bats cheeping and flying around inside it. Outside, there’s a terrific view over the countryside, flat floodplains with rolling hills in the distance.

The most direct way to get to Thap Banh It is heading north on Highway 1A. From Qui Nhon, either take Hung Vuong St or QL1D to QL1A, then it’s 9 km north. Cross the overpass, then turn right—by this point you should be seeing the tower on ... Travelfish members only (Around 300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Thap Banh It
20 km from Qui Nhon
Mo-Su: 07:30-11:00 & 14:00-16:00
Admission: 12,000 dong including parking

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