An aerial view of the entire Quy Nhon beach town, home to 457,000 people.
Perched between the tourist hotspots of Nha Trang and Hoi An, Quy Nhon in the central province of Binh Dinh is blessed with a 42 kilometer coastline and has become one of the most searched for holiday destinations in recent years.
One of the most beautiful beaches here is Hoang Hau (Queen), two kilometers from downtown Quy Nhon .
Hoang Hau got its name after Queen Nam Phuong , consort of King Bao Dai , chose it for a private holiday with her husband in 1927. Bao Dai was the last king of Vietnam, reigning from 1926-1945.
What makes the beach unique and distinct are its round stones resembling giant birds’ eggs that cover hundreds of square meters. This is why it used to be called Da Trung (Stone Egg) Beach.
A green moss-covered embankment runs along De Gi Beach, surrounded by picturesque turquoise water.
Tourists can travel from Nhon Hoi Economic Zone to Cat Tien Commune, then follow route DT 639 running along the sea to De Gi in Cat Canh Commune of Phu Cat District.
De Gi is home to fishing villages where locals subsist on the bounty of the sea.
De Gi is one of the largest salt farms in Binh Dinh.
Cat Minh Commune is famous for its long tradition of salt-making. Rectangular fields, each around 100 square meters and with splashes of color, spread over dozens of hectares. There are five plots of water for every one of salt.
Fishing villages on Nhon Hai and Hon Kho islands are viewed from above.
Nhon Hai Island, 20 kilometers from Quy Nhon , is a beach destination with scuba diving and coral gazing as some of its main activities.
Tourism is well developed here, with numerous hotels, hostels and restaurants. An increasing number of foreigners are choosing this place for longer stays to enjoy the warm weather and sea breeze.
Another pristine island that still gets few tourists, mostly Vietnamese, is Hon Kho Island. The mostly uninhabited island is only ten minutes by boat from Nhon Hai Commune.
Nhon Ly is another tourist attraction in Quy Nhon, about 18 kilometers from Nhon Hai. Nhon Ly is well known for its Eo Gio Straits, which boasts pristine, majestic landscapes.
Just like Nhon Hai, tourism here is well developed with hotels, resorts and restaurants.
Located about 25 kilometers northeast of downtown Quy Nhon, Ky Co on Nhon Ly Island embraces a captivating beauty thanks to its rocky mountains, stretches of white sand, and deep, clear, emerald sea water.
The most special feature of Ky Co is definitely its two distinct shades of green/blue water, prominent against its white sand.
Fishermen paddle a coral boat along the Nhon Hai coast, covered by a forest of sargassum. The tree usually thrives on coral reefs and underwater rocks.
Fishing occurs with great care to avoid damaging the sargassum.