Tuy Hoa - A future domestic tourism hotspot in Vietnam

An emerging tourism destination on the south-central coast of Vietnam.

If 2020 had gone according to plan I’d probably be in Borneo by now. I had a list of places I planned to visit this year, carefully aligned to coincide with conferences and the varying seasons of Southeast Asia. After The Rona hit I scrapped my travel plans and deleted the list, so I don’t quite remember what was in store for June.

I feel fortunate at least to be inside Vietnam, so while I am here I will be making the most of unplanned travel opportunities. Last week I visited the provincial city of Tuy Hoa, which I have been hearing more about as an emerging travel destination.

[Tuy Hoa city beach.]

There is hardly any information about what is happening there in English, and my usual sources hadn’t been updated for years. This trip highlighted how important it is to do some boots-on-the-ground research. I hired a motorbike and rode around the coast to see what was happening. I also looked on Google Maps satellite view, and if there was a large clearing I would mark that as a place to visit.

I plan to do more of these research trips as the subscriber base for Living In Asia grows.

Here is this week’s post about Tuy Hoa and Phu Yen province.

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Future Tuy Hoa – Phu Yen

Tuy Hoa is the capital of Phu Yen province, and like much of the south-central coast of Vietnam there are miles of world-class beaches in this province.

I’ve heard Vietnamese friends talking this province up as the next big thing. Having just visited I can say now that it’s not going to trouble the likes of Da Nang or Nha Trang anytime soon, but there is definitely a lot of new interest in the city and surrounds.

Tuy Hoa is served by a domestic airport, so it is not going to compete with the other coastal tourism giants. This may be its advantage though. While the other destinations are going big, Tuy Hoa is still low rise and retains the laid-back feel that has long gone from Nha Trang.

Here is what is happening in the city of Tuy Hoa.

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