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Chop Chai Mountain

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Travel through Tuy Hoa and a sight you can’t fail to miss is the Chop Chai, the lone cone shaped hill plopped in the middle of flat plains visible from miles and miles away.

Photo of Chop Chai Mountain

A road winds its way up to the top, where there’s some mind-boggling views of the surrounding countryside, a huge radio antenna as well as a sensitive military base/watch tower—photography or any sort of video recording is strictly forbidden. There are many warning signs and at the risk of sounding paternal, it’s wise to obey.

Aside from putting the camera away, we also recommend only good motorbike riders do this, and only with a good motorbike. The road up is seriously steep, especially the final part, and our underpowered motorbike could barely inch forward. You’ll definitely use first gear in spots and remember that what must goes up must come down, very carefully.

Still up for going up? The road entrance on the northeast side of the mountain is tricky to find as there’s no sign or distinguishing feature on the road. On Highway 1A, the road forks and you need to follow Nguyen Tat Thanh Street south 1.4 km. On the righthand side (west) is a lane with a small temple, “Tinh Xa Ngoc Quy” on the gate. Follow the road up. There are areas where the foliage is clear so you can see the beach, the wide, crescent-shaped sand bar that encircles the town beneath the water and the patchwork of rice-fields with the rivers of the delta snaking through—a jaw-dropping canvas to savour with eyes alone.


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Chop Chai Mountain

Northwest of town

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