The beach directly in front of Tuy Hoa town is okay, but it has a problem. There is a massive sandbar extending about half a kilometre out into the sea. At high tide the water is about waste deep, and at low tide it might only be up to your ankles. The only way to go deeper is to slog through 500 metres of water, which is not recommended and there are buoys to discourage you from doing it. The ... Read more about Tuy Hoa Beach .
This is a Cham tower on the top of a hill, called Nui Nhan (Swallow Mountain) in the centre of town. We could say, Yet another Cham Tower -- because we've seen every single Cham tower in the region, and we know some of you are in the same situation. This one was built in the 14th century by the Chien Thanh people and is 20 metres high. It's beautifully lit up at night, making it the signature of ... Read more about Nui Bao Thap (Precious Tower) .
As you approach Tuy Hoa along Route 1A from the south, it's hard not to notice this very distinctive rock formation sitting on the summit of a high hill. The locals call it Nui Da-Bia, which means gravestone mountain. And, if you're a traveller worth your salt, you're probably thinking, Hey, how do I get up there? Well, luckily you can take Highway 1A to within 100 metres, vertical-wise, of ... Read more about Da-Bia Mountain .
Just two kilometres past Da-Bia heading south, there's a well-marked turn that leads to Vung Ro Bay. It's slated for resort development, but so far the funds for a forward push have remained illusive. There is an ambitious stretch of new road that has been built along the edge of the bay which terminates in the small town of Vung Ro and then peters out. As you come down the harbour road from ... Read more about Vung Ro Bay .
Another site you can't fail to miss if you're travelling to or through Tuy Hoa is Chop Chai Mountain. It's a lone, high hill to the north of town, visible from miles and miles away. There's a huge radio antenna at the top, and in fact, that's the only reason there's a road leading up there. It's not touted as a tourist destination, and there are no facilities once you reach the summit. There are, ... Read more about Chop Chai Mountain .
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