Backpacking and traveling Ninh Thuan, Vietnam you would be able to experience interesting things from this windy and sunny land to let go the sultriness of dreaded cars, dust and working pressure. 9Vietnam offers a complete travel guide on what to do, where to go and what to eat in Ninh Thuan, Vietnam.
The ideal time to visit Ninh Thuan
Ninh Thuan is on the coast of South Central Coast where there are white salt fields and beautiful beaches. Travelers and backpackers can be there at any time, however, a good time to enjoy the eventful summer on the sea is from April to June. The months of August, September and October are the time of the native Cham’s unique festivals and when grapes get ripened.
Travelers can go to Ninh Thuan by motorbikes, private cars, bus or trains departing from Hanoi, HCMC or Da Nang.
– Airplane: The stop is Cam Ranh airport, then travelers can use cars to come to Ninh Thuan.
– Train: Travelers can buy tickets at any station of Thong Nhat train. The stop is Thap Cham station from where you can catch a taxi to the downtown of Phan Rang.
– Bus: If departing from Ho Chi Minh City, please use this kind of transport. Travelers can buy tickets at Mien Dong station which cost 150.000 VND and the stop is Phan Rang station.
Where to stay in Ninh Thuan
There is a lot of accommodation suitable for many different kinds of passengers in Ninh Thuan. If you are a backpacker,motels, budget hotels are always ready from 200.000 to 250.000 VND on Ngo Gia Tu Street, Thong Nhat Street… At budget hotels, you can rent a motorbike from 150.000 to 200.000 VND per day for easily going around.
The main destinations in Ninh Thuan
From Phan Rang, tourists go along Nguyen Van Cu street and Truong Chinh. Going over Tri Thuy bridge, turn right along the coastal road – provincial road 702. With a distance of 40 kilometers through boulevard, one side is the sea and the other side is green forest, you will reach Vinh Hy.
After enjoying seafood and blue ocean in Vinh Hy, tourists get on board going straight to Hang Rai. At the end of this exploration, visitors go along provincial 702 heading Northeast to a wild ocean – Binh Tien.
Leaving Binh Tien, you go along the winding road to get to National Highway 1A. From here, you can continue your trips as planned.
Beautiful spots that you can’t ignore when in Ninh Thuan.
From Phan Rang along the coastal way Ninh Chu to Tru Thuy bridge, turn right and go along a provincial road about 35 kilometers to Northeast of Ninh Thuan, you will reach Hang Rai in Thai An village, Vinh Hai commune, Ninh Hai district.
Hang Rai bank is being “awakened” as more and more visitors stop here on a trip to Ninh Thuan. Especially in the seaway season from November to March, it is a good time to visit and also a good opportunity to exploit the beautiful and unique pictures of the sea and the green moss on the ancient coral reefs.
Contemplating the mysterious moss and intertwined waves at Hang Rai, you will relentlessly admire the masterpiece of nature. The green moss growing on the coral appears under limpid water, extremely unique huge green pearls as seen from far away.
Vinh Hy bay
Along provincial road 72, you will cross spectacular and poetic mountain pass, the roads leading you to get closer to the sea seems to take you to it in a grasp of your hand, but sometimes it leads you to go deep into the wall rocks, mountains and in a short while you are happy to see the villages along the mountains, the dazzlingly white salt fields… Vinh Hy appears as a water-color painting putting you on the sights and charming you from afar.
Coming to Vinh Hy, besides the glass-bottom boat to explore the corals, visitors can go and rung, wallow Ba Dien seaside resort, go scuba diving, enjoy fresh seafood at houseboats or experience dangerous sports like surfing.
Ninh Chu Beach
The beach is located in Binh Son village, Khanh Hai town, Ninh Thuan province, which is famous for one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches and seaside resorts in the Central Coast thanks to famous landscapes, attracting tourists to visit, behold and entertain. Ninh Chu beach is 10 kilometers long with an arc-shaped coast, pure water, silver sand, clean air,… suitable for tourism activities such as swimming, surfing, fishing, yachting, climbing…
Po Klong Garai tower
Poklong Garai tower is situated on Bac Ai street, Phan Rang, which is a community consisting of the main tower, gate tower, auxiliary tower and brick wall. The tower was built at the end of 13th century during the reign of Simhavarman III (Che Man) worshiping King Klong Garai (1151-1205).
Po Klong Garai is the most beautiful Cham tower towers still existed. This is where Cham people pilgrimage on the occasion of Kate festival every October.
About 30m away from National Highway 27, Po Klong Garai tower is conveniently located for tourists to visit and becomes the most popular tourist spot of Ninh Thuan.
Binh Tien beach
Binh Tien beach is 30 kilometers South – North of Phan Rang – Thap Cham and 70 kilometers North-South of Nha Trang. From Phan Rang, along National Highway 1A to km number 1.525, tourists will see a small asphalted road running about 10 kilometẻs, Binh Tien beach will be in front of visitors with its pristine, peaceful and quiet atmosphere.
Located in a tourism arc of Vinh Hy Bay, Nui Chua National Park, Binh Tien beach, tourists will be satisfied with the exciting experience when being here. Along the road to Binh Tien beach, there are wavy mountain passes, through the streams, the two sides of the trail are green trees with cliffs that make tourists feel like walking into a utopia.
Bai Trang – Mui Dinh
Mui Dinh is located in Phuoc Dinh commune, Thuan Nam district, Ninh Thuan province, about 30 kilometers to the South of Phan Rang. This place is picturesque and wildly silent. Deo Ca is higher than 600 meters, reaching out to East Sea to create a special charm for Mui Dinh with many strange-looking stones.
A hundred-year-old lighthouse is 18 meters tall built of granite, is firmly situated at an altitude of nearly 200 meters above sea level. This is a place where you enjoy wonderful views. Especially Bai Trang under Mui Dinh. With silver sand like ice-cream, Bai Trang becomes an ideal place for camping. Many juveniles come here to enjoy the feeling of indulging themselves into a vast poetic space. Surely, sleeping in tents in Bai Trang under a night sky, full of stars will be a very interesting experience.
Nui Chua National Park
Nui Chua national park is located in the North East of Ninh Thuan province, in Ninh Hai district. With an area of nearly 30.000 hectares, Nui Chua has a rarely arid forest system in Vietnam. Despite lack of rain, there is “hanging lake” with clean water all year round and many huge streams such as Lo O, Dong Nha, and Kien Kien…
This kind of land where forest and sea meet is a paradise for picnics. In the middle of quiet space, you will be able to wallow in cold water, enjoy many poetic views, take risks on the cliffs near the beach or discover beautiful caves.
An Hoa sheep field
An Hoa sheep field which is in An Hoa village, Xuan Hai commune, Ninh Hai district will give you a glimpse of nomadic people’s lives in a dreamlike, peaceful place. Camping on the vast green grassland between mountains, watching sheep walk in the sun and the wind, you will feel such a strange feeling of quietness.
At An Hoa sheep field, you can contemplate the beautiful scenery, enjoy the comfortable feeling in a windy prairie, savor the famous lamb dish, meet honest people. It is just not that, you can also find perfect angles to make unique photos. Taking pictures with the sheep in the wild landscape will be an unforgettable experience.
Thai An grape garden
Grape garden in Thai An village, Vinh Hai commune, Ninh Hai province is about 30 kilometers to Northeast of Phan Rang. With climate conditions, the soil is a coastal area which makes Thai An grapes red, fragrant and sweet.
Ninh Thuan grapes are usually used to eat right away, make grape wine and process into many products. At Thai An, visitors can find how to grow grapes, how to process products from grapes such as grape wine or grape jam, special food of Ninh Thuan.
Bau Truc Ceramic Village
Bau Truc ceramic village is in district 7, Phuoc Dan town, Ninh Phuoc district near national highway 1A, about 10 kilometers to South of Phan Rang. This is considered the most ancient ceramic village in South East Asian and listed in a catalog of 12 national intangible cultural heritage. Bau Truc ceramic village is a favorite place for visitors in Ninh Thuan.
Traditional festivals in Ninh Thuan
– Rija Nagar festival: This is beginning year festival of Cham regardless of religion, every village organizes and celebrates. The highlight of this festival is the ingenious dance of Ka-ing dancers, visitors can witness Ka-ing engulfing real flames without feeling hot or using a whip to lash people around. The festival is held in January of Cham calendar which is May.
– Ramawan Festival: This is a traditional festival of Cham Bani with pilgrimages to colorful unique graves. It is held in September of Cham calendar, which is June in Cham Bani village and July of Solar calendar.
– Kate festival: Occurring in July of Cham calendar (October of Colar calendar), it is considered the great and important festival of Cham Ba-la-mon. The festival takes place first at the temple then to the Cham village. The festival’s atmosphere featured with towers, Cham dignitaries and charming Cham girls.
Delicious dishes that you can’t miss when in Ninh Thuan
Fried fish cake
This dish is sold in Phan Rang so that tourists can find it easily. A bowl of hot soup will include bread rolls, grilled fish, ginger, green onion and black pepper. When eating, diners will add some spicy chili sauce and squeeze some limes to taste better. Bread rolls are big and thin enough, it is also soft, smooth and flexible and distinctly different from other regions.
Soft thin vermicelli noodles with pig’s tripes (Banh hoi long heo)
“Banh hoi” (soft thin vermicelli noodles) is not a dish originated in Ninh Thuan. It has been transformed into a special dish here. This dish is presented with a plate of soft thin vermicelli noodles, boiled innards, grilled fish, fried fat, vegetables, thin girdle-cake dipped in water and other sauces like fish sauce, peanut sauce.
Can Cake (Banh Can)
With a small shape like “Khot cake” of the South, “banh can” is a folk food of Ninh Thuan people. Its filler is made of many interesting flavors. The main ingredient is rice flour. From the dough, mix with cooled rice when milling to measure the amount of water and rice is carefully done so that the cake does not languish or burn when baking.
Grilled Rice paper with Shrimp Paste (Banh trang mam ruoc nuong)
Travelling to Ninh Thuan, Vietnam, this dish is a street food that you should try when you are in Ninh Thuan.
In other regions, you can see that grilled rice paper is folded into a half, quarter or whole, while rice paper with shrimp paste of Phan Rang will be rolled like spring rolls. Visitors will be unable to deny the attractiveness but simpleness that this cake brings.
In Ninh Thuan, visitors can easily find the restaurants to taste lamb meat.
With a cool space at restaurants near the coast of Binh Son – Ninh Chu beach, travelers would be able to taste the delicious grilled lamb with the best wine, in the cozy atmosphere of seashore and friends.
Deep herring fish salad
Deep herring fish salad is a special dish that can’t be missed when in Ninh Thuan, besides famous dished such as Can cake, pancake,.. The fist is kind of a small fish, about a phalange of a pointing finger, similar to anchovy but less fishy and transparent so that can be used for a salad.
Some notes when visiting Ninh Thuan
The climate in Ninh Thuan is hot so you need to prepare items such as sunscreen, long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hat. Abide by regulations on waterway safety like wearing life jackets. Check out the weather forecast before going to the sea and take notice of reefs in Binh Tien, Vinh Hy.
Souvenirs when visiting Ninh Thuan
Fresh grapes, grape wine, grape gall and Phan Rang apples are appropriate choices. If the trip is short, you can buy some seafood at an affordable price. In addition, you can buy small samples of Cham tower, pots, vases or products made of pottery at the villages.