Vietnam - Southeast Coast (Chapter)
If your idea of paradise is reclining in front of turquoise waters, deciding between a massage or a mojito, then you’ve come to the right place.
The capital of Phu Yen province, Tuy Hoa (pronounced ‘twee hwa’) is a sprawling if friendly town with a wide, empty beach with coarse golden sand. It’s a possible overnight stop to break up a longer journey, especially for cyclists brave enough to tackle Hwy 1, but most visitors are just passing through.
The few sights the town has are all on hilltops visible from the main highway. There’s a huge seated Buddha that greets you if you’re approaching from the north. To the south of town the Nhan Cham Tower is an impressive sight, particularly when illuminated at night. The climb to the tower takes you through a small botanic garden and is rewarded with great views. On the same hill is a massive white war memorial, designed with sails that are vaguely reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House.