I have just had a nice trip to Doi Duong beach in Phan Thiet. Although the sea city Phan Thiet, which is about 200 km far from Ho Chi Minh City, has a lot of beautiful beaches, I chose Doi Duong beach to enjoy a few days. Located near Doi Duong park right in the center of Phan Thiet city, Doi Duong beach is public and for everyone. Doi Duong beach is different from Ham Tien beach which is only for tourists staying in resorts along the beach. It is a big chance to not only enjoy the beach but also experience the local life including eating, swimming, sun shining, walking like locals.
I paid 150,000 VNĐ for Phuong Trang bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet. It took less than 5 hours to drive from Ho Chi Minh to Phuong Trang bus station, 121 Ton Duc Thang street, Phu Thuy Ward, Phan Thiet city. I walked to Banh Xeo Cay Phuong or Phoenix Tree pancake shop, 49 Tuyen Quang Street, Phan Thiet City to enjoy one of the most famous shops serving Vietnamese pancake. After filling the stomach, I walked about 1 km from the pancake shop to the 4-star TTC Premium Phan Thiet Hotel, 206 Le Loi Street, Hung Long Ward, Phan Thiet city. The staffs were very nice and helpful, they helped me to check in easily and fast, the guard carried my luggage and took me to the hotel room. I got a room on the third floor and it looked over the city, not the beach. I booked this room via Agoda, the price was 830,000 VNĐ. After taking a bath, I relaxed in the swimming pool behind the hotel building. Then it was time to enjoy the Doi Duong beach. Crossing the street and the Doi Duong park with green trees, I immersed myself in the sand, the waves, and the sunshine. In the park, they sold lots of local street foods including rice paper roll with fermented fish paste, grilled seafood. However, I chose a buffet including grilled foods and free beers at TTC BBQ next to the hotel, the price was 249,000 VNĐ. I ended the first day by walking along the streets and the beach.
On the next day, they served me a buffet for breakfast. In comparison to buffets in other 4-star hotels I have stayed in, the TTC buffet had fewer dishes. However, most of the dishes were delicious. Some of the great dishes included Nam cake, Steamed rice roll with Vietnamese pork ham, Thick rice noodle soup with fish cake, and Jelly with fruits. Other foods were good.
After the breakfast, I checked out the hotel, then hired a motorbike and drove to some attractions of the city such as Van Thuy Tu Temple, Fairy Stream, Fishing Village, Red Sand Dunes and Poshanu Cham Tower. All of them are must-see in Phan Thiet and I highly recommend them. The information about them can be easily found on the internet so that I will not tell about them so much but only tell you about the highlights. Van Thuy Tu Temple housed the biggest skeletal remain of Lord Whale in Southeast Asia. The Fairy Stream impressed me with its outstanding beauty. The Fishing Village made me calm, peaceful while sitting on the beach, looking over the sea and tens of thousands of boats, and enjoying fresh seafood dishes. Red Sand Dunes are really lovely, the shapes and colors of the dunes changed over the time and sliding on the sand from the top of the dunes were incredible. Poshanu Cham Tower with its beautiful, unique and mysterious architecture and the sad story about a princess touched my heart.
Finally, I took a Phuong Trang bus to come back to Ho Chi Minh city. The trip ended with lots of feelings, smile, and knowledge.