Nestled between rolling mountains and pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean, Quy Nhon is a captivating coastal city in Central Vietnam. This hidden gem offers a blend of serene beaches, rich history, and vibrant culture. Known for its untouched natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere, it’s a paradise for adventure and relaxation.
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Quy Nhon Handbook: Essential Travel Tips
When is the Best Time to Visit Quy Nhon?
Ideal from February to August, perfect for beach activities and outdoor exploration. Read more about the best time to travel to Central Vietnam.
A. Getting to Vietnam
- Best Way: Flying into Vietnam’s international airports is the most straightforward approach. Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport is your best choice if your adventure starts in the North, while Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is best for journeys commencing in the South and Da Nang is the best choice if you’re headed to Central Vietnam. Phu Quoc International Airport is also an option for those starting out on the southern islands of Vietnam.
- Bus: Overland bus travel from Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand is an affordable and adventurous option. These buses typically take 10 to 15 hours and offer routes like Thailand-Cambodia-Ho Chi Minh City and Thailand-Laos-Hanoi.
Since you’re heading to Quy Nhon in Central Vietnam, Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport (HAN) is the most practical air travel choice.
B. How to get to Quy Nhon, Central Vietnam
The most practical choice for air travel to Quy Nhon is Phu Cat Airport (UIH), 35 km from the city center. From nearby cities or from the airport, you can get to Quy Nhon using a private car, bus, or train.
C. How to get around in Quy Nhon
Some of the best transport options within Quy Nhon include:
- Car: Ridesharing apps like Grab, Be, or Xanh SM, or Metered Taxi’s.
- Bus. Buses 19 and 11 go to Bai Xep and Quy Hoa, two great Quy Nhon Beaches.
- Hiring a car or motorbike by the day.
Before You Go: Visa, Currency, Timezone, Voltage, ATMs, Credit Cards, Internet, SIM Cards, Tips
- Visa: Check visa requirements based on your nationality. Find out more about getting a Vietnam Visa before you visit Quy Nhon.
- Timezone: Vietnam is in the Indochina Time Zone (ICT), UTC+7.
- Voltage: The standard voltage is 220V, and the outlets usually accept three different plugs: A, C, and F. If you are from Europe, Japan, or the Americas, your plugs will probably work fine. Otherwise, you’ll need an adapter. Note that many Vietnamese outlets do not have a third hole for grounding, and so can only accept two-pronged plugs.
- Internet: Most hotels, cafes, and even restaurants in Quy Nhon offer free Wi-Fi; Wi-Fi plans are so cheap in Vietnam that almost all businesses have one. But it’s easy, inexpensive, and well worth buying a local SIM card with a data package at the airport upon arrival.
- SIM Cards: You can easily purchase SIM cards for data and calls at the airport or local stores. Note that you’ll need to provide your passport to get a SIM. Viettel, Mobifone, and VinaPhone are the best mobile networks for Hanoi and most parts of Vietnam.
- Currency: Vietnam uses the Vietnamese Dong (VND). VND only comes in bills (no coins), and 1 USD equals about 24,000 VND (commonly abbreviated as 24k). Some shops catering to tourists may accept USD, but most only take VND.
- Credit Cards: Visa and MasterCard are commonly accepted at large businesses like hotels and indoor restaurants, but smaller enterprises usually only take cash.
- ATMs: Downtown Quy Nhon has plenty of ATMs, most of which accept foreign cards. Make sure to notify your bank before you travel to Vietnam to avoid blocked ATM transactions.
- Tipping: Vietnam is not a tipping culture, so a tip is not expected. A tip is a good way to bring a smile to someone’s face, though. Note that cab drivers and tour guides often rely on some tipping, so it’s a good idea to tip them.
Understanding Culture & Customs In Quy Nhon
Quy Nhon, located on Vietnam’s South Central Coast, is a beach town known for its relaxed culture, strong roots in the Cham civilization, Vietnamese martial arts “Vovinam,” and a fishing village. When visiting Quy Nhon, respecting the beach and sea and not littering are important. Always ask for permission before taking photos of locals or their homes. Dress respectfully when visiting temples, museums, and religious sites.
Common Questions about
A few of the best places to eat in Quy Nhon are Cine for casual seafood dining, Anantara Resort’s restaurant for fine dining, and 4 Sisters Tavern and Pizzeria for Western food. Please read up on some of the other restaurants in Quy Nhon on our hub page on the subject.
Quy Nhon is renowned for its scenic coastline, beautiful beaches like Ky Co and Bai Xep, and historical sites reflecting the Cham culture, such as the Twin Towers (Thap Doi). It’s also recognized for its seafood cuisine, Binh Dinh martial arts, and tranquil, less crowded atmosphere than other Vietnamese tourist spots.
September through February is the monsoon season in Quy Nhon, so visiting during those months will be cheaper than visiting during peak season. December through February are usually the best time to travel to Quy Nhon on a budget because they have less rain than in the fall while lowering prices.
The best ways to get around Quy Nhon are ridesharing apps, taxis, buses, private cars, or bicycles.
Most people consider March through May the best months to visit Quy Nhon since they make up for the area’s dry season. There is rarely any rain during these months, and the climate is not too hot or humid.
3-5 days is generally the right time to fully enjoy Quy Nhon. You’ll want to spend a day on the beach, exploring the coastal town, trekking through nature, and discovering the area’s historical and cultural sites.