Introducing Quy Nhon
Flanked by blissful beaches and the surrounding countryside dotted with ancient Cham temples, Quy Nhon (Qui Nhon; pronounced ‘hwee ngon’) remains largely untouristed compared with Nha Trang and Hoi An. This can be in part explained by the sprawling city, which is not one of the most alluring in the country, but the lack of visitors can be an attraction in itself. The trickle of foreigners who venture here find friendly locals and far fewer hassles than in the better-known beach towns to the south. The capital of Binh Dinh province and one of Vietnam’s more active second-string seaports, this is a good spot to sample some fresh seafood. In short, it’s one way to avoid the herd on their ‘Open Tour’.
During the American War there was considerable South Vietnamese, US, VC and South Korean military activity in the area. The mayor of Quy Nhon, hoping to cash in on the presence of US troops, turned his official residence into a large massage parlour.