An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

By Khanh Tran, Nguyen Quy   June 5, 2021 | 06:00 pm GMT+7
The 154-kilometer-long coastal road from Khanh Hoa to neighboring Phu Yen guides visitors through pristine islands and fishing villages in central Vietnam.
An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

The journey starts from Nha Trang, a popular resort town famous for its long, sandy beaches. Travelers can take National Highway 1A to conquer the twisting, narrow Ro Tuong Pass, 11 kilometers from downtown Ninh Hoa District.

An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

From Ro Tuong Pass, travelers are supposed to continue following National Highway 1A for another 42 kilometers to reach Van Gia fishing port in Van Ninh District and take a 40-minute boat ride to Diep Son, a combination of three isolated islets in the middle of Van Phong Bay.

The islets are joined by an 800-meter path that emerges at low tide.

There are no hotels or resorts here, though conditions are suited to camping. Visitors should be aware that electricity is only available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

Next are Dam Mon Peninsula, a hidden gem in Nha Trang, and Mui Doi (Doi Cape), the eastern pole of Vietnam, hit by the first rays of the sun.

The road from Dam Mon to Mui Doi is divided into two stages. First, travelers must pass four kilometers of sandy hills with streams, grasslands and two high slopes to reach Co Ong Bay where boats carry them to Mui Doi.

An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

Leaving Dam Mon-Mui Doi, travelers can continue to Phu Yen. The province was once a lesser-known tourist destination, but has catapulted to global fame after appearing in the film "Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass" directed by Victor Vu.

The photo was captured at Dai Lanh Cape, around 35 kilometers from Tuy Hoa, capital of Phu Yen. To get here, travelers have to walk along a one-kilometer trail leading to the mountain and climb another 100 wooden steps to reach the lighthouse.

An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

The pristine Mon Beach, untouched by the tourism boom.

An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

Hon Yen Islet lies around 15 kilometers to the north of Tuy Hoa and is home to thousands of canaries (yen), hence its name.

Fishermen from across the province flock to Hon Yen Islet for the busiest anchovy harvesting season of the year each June. For many years now, Hon Yen has been attracting young travelers with its pristine beauty and carpets of coral reefs rising up during low tide.

An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

In Phu Yen, a poverty-hit coastal province with a population of around 860,000, most local residents head out to sea and catch seafood. Their boats are their lifeline.

An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

The white sand stretch along the mainland from Phu Luong Street down to Truong Beach along An Hai Bridge.

An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

One landscape highlight of Phu Yen is the 800 meter Binh Thanh Bridge (on the left of the photo), said to be the longest of its kind in Vietnam. The bridge, which crosses Binh Ba River, is also called God of Tiger Bridge due to its proximity to a shrine to the feline deity, said to ward off disease and drive away evil.

For many years now, the bridge has been a frequent feature on Instagram.

An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

Nhat Tu Son is one of the most beautiful islands in Xuan Dai Bay, about 50 kilometers from Tuy Hoa.

The island's name originates from its resemblance to the character ‘First’ (nhat tu) in Mandarin. According to locals, it helps protect nearby fishing villages, My Hai and My Thanh, from strong winds.

The 300-meter road linking the mainland to the island only appears when the tide recedes.

An aerial tour from Khanh Hoa to Phu Yen

Xuan Dai Bay is famed for its gigantic fish farming operation.

Photos by Ngo Tran Hai An

 
 
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