Must-see attractions in Southeast Coast

  • Tourists on sun loungers on Nha Trang's Municipal Beach.

    Nha Trang Beach

    Nha Trang

    Forming a magnificent sweeping arc, Nha Trang's 6km-long golden-sand beach is the city's trump card. Sections are roped off and designated for safe…

  • Son My Memorial.

    Son My Memorial

    Quang Ngai

    This tranquil rural spot was the setting for one of the most horrific crimes of the American War, a massacre committed by US troops that killed 504…

  • Bai Dram Trau

    Con Dao Islands

    Reached via a dirt track 1km before the airport on Con Son Island, Bai Dram Trau is a sublime, remote 700m half-moon crescent of soft sand, fringed by…

  • Po Nagar Cham Towers.

    Po Nagar Cham Towers

    Nha Trang

    Built between the 7th and 12th centuries, these impressive Cham towers are still actively used for worship by Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists…

  • Po Klong Garai Cham Towers

    Phan Rang & Thap Cham

    These imposing Cham towers date from the end of the 13th century. Built from brick as Hindu temples, they stand on a platform at the top of Cho’k Hala, an…

  • Municipal Beach

    Quy Nhon

    The long sweep of Quy Nhon’s beachfront extends from the port in the northeast to distant wooded hills in the south. It’s a beautiful stretch of sand and…

  • Robert Taylor Museum of Worldwide Arms

    Vung Tau

    Come here for a stupendous private collection of military arms, uniforms and paraphernalia from across the globe. One section is dedicated to the conflict…

  • Bay Canh

    Con Dao Islands

    Perhaps the best all-round island to visit is Bay Canh, to the east of Con Son Island, which has lovely beaches, old-growth forest, mangroves, coral reefs…

  • Infamous 'Tiger cages' in Con Dao Prison on Con Son Island.

    Tiger Cages

    Con Dao Islands

    The notorious cells dubbed 'tiger cages' were built in 1940 by the French to incarcerate nearly 2000 political prisoners; the USA continued using them in…

  • Phu Hai historical prison, Con Dao island, Vietnam.

    Phu Hai Prison

    Con Dao Islands

    The largest of the 11 jails on the island, this prison dates from 1862. Thousands of prisoners were held here, with up to 200 prisoners crammed into each…

  • Museum dedicated to life and work of scientist and explorer Alexandre Yersin.

    Alexandre Yersin Museum

    Nha Trang

    This small museum is dedicated to the scientist Dr Alexandre Yersin (1863–1943), who founded Nha Trang’s Pasteur Institute in 1895. The Swiss-born Yersin…

  • Patterns in sand on Red Sand Dunes.

    Sand Dunes

    Mui Ne

    Mui Ne is famous for its enormous red and white sand dunes. The 'red dunes' (doi hong) are conveniently located north of the main strip, but the 'white…

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    Long Son Pagoda

    Nha Trang

    Climb steep steps up to this striking pagoda, founded in the late 19th century. The entrance and roofs are decorated with mosaic dragons constructed of…

  • Tourists experience Stand up paddle boarding at My Khe beach, Da Nang City, Vietnam.

    My Khe Beach

    Quang Ngai

    A world away from the sombre atmosphere of the Son My Memorial, but only a couple of kilometres down the road, My Khe is a superb beach, with fine white…

  • Binh Dinh, Vietnam - March 11, 2022 : Outside View Of Binh Dinh Museum In Quy Nhon City.

    Binh Dinh Museum

    Quy Nhon

    This small museum concentrates on regional history and has some superb Cham sculpture. The entry hall focuses on local communism, while the room to the…

  • Po Ro Me Cham Tower

    Phan Rang & Thap Cham

    Po Ro Me is one of the most atmospheric of Vietnam’s Cham towers, thanks in part to its isolated setting on top of a craggy hill with sweeping views over…

  • Statue of Jesus Christ standing on Mount Nho attracts pilgrims to visit.

    Giant Jesus

    Vung Tau

    Atop Small Mountain with his arms outstretched to embrace the South China Sea (East Sea), this 32m giant Jesus is one of the biggest in the world – taller…

  • Section of Hang Duong Cemetery for Unknown Soldiers, Con Dao, Vietnam.

    Hang Duong Cemetery

    Con Dao Islands

    Some 20,000 Vietnamese prisoners died on Con Son and 1994 of their graves can be seen at the peaceful Hang Duong Cemetery, located at the northeastern…

  • Quy Hoa Beach & Leper Hospital

    Quy Nhon

    Leprosy may not conjure up images of fun in the sun, but this really is a lovely shoreside spot. A former leper hospital, today it's more of a dermatology…

  • Ta Cu Mountain

    Phan Thiet

    The highlight here is the white reclining Buddha (Tuong Phat Nam). At 49m long, it’s the largest in Vietnam. The pagoda was constructed in 1861, but the…

  • Ke Ga Lighthouse

    Phan Thiet

    Around 30km south of Phan Thiet, the spectacular Ke Ga lighthouse dates from the French era. Constructed in 1899, it sits on a rocky islet some 300m from…

  • Thap Doi Cham Towers

    Quy Nhon

    This pair of Cham towers sits within the city limits in a pretty park. Steep steps lead up to the temples, which are open to the sky. Atypically for Cham…

  • Ky Co Beach

    Quy Nhon

    Backed by coastal cliffs, this drop-dead-gorgeous cove beach is 23km east of Quy Nhon. Ky Co's turquoise waters and fine pale sands have not gone…

  • Bai Dat Doc

    Con Dao Islands

    This simply beautiful cove consists of a kilometre-long crescent of pale sand, fringed by wooded hills. The beach's profile is gently shelving and there's…

  • Banh It Cham Towers

    Southeast Coast

    This group of four towers sits atop a wooded hilltop 16km northwest of Quy Nhon, just east of Hwy 1, with sweeping riverine views towards the distant…

  • Van Thuy Tu Temple

    Phan Thiet

    Vietnam's whale-worship cult is thought to have originated in early Cham times. Fishing communities in southern Vietnam revere whales as near-divine…

  • Cham Cultural Centre

    Phan Rang & Thap Cham

    This large modern structure is dedicated to Cham culture. There's some superb photography of Cham people, village life and customs exhibited here, as well…

  • Bao Tang Con Dao Museum

    Con Dao Islands

    This impressive museum has more than 2000 exhibits, including many rare documents, dioramas and excellent photographs, which comprehensively record the…

  • Van Son Temple

    Con Dao Islands

    This large hilltop temple complex, 1km southwest of the town centre, enjoys fine views over Con Son town and islands offshore to an ocean-filled horizon…

  • Dai Lanh Beach

    Southeast Coast

    The best section of this sweeping sandy beach, which is fringed by casuarinas, lies at the southern end of its 2km shoreline. You'll find sunloungers,…

  • Fishing Village Museum

    Mui Ne

    This new attraction is dedicated to the fishing industry in the Mui Ne and Phan Thiet region, and has 14 interactive exhibits depicting its 300-year…

  • Bai Bau

    Southeast Coast

    Bai Bau is a beautiful white-sand crescent no more than 150m wide, sheltered by rocky headlands and with a mountainous backdrop. It can get busy on the…

  • Nhan Cham Tower

    Tuy Hoa

    To the south of town, the 20m-high Nhan Cham Tower is an impressive sight, particularly when illuminated at night. The climb up to the tower, which dates…

  • Long Thanh Gallery

    Nha Trang

    This gallery exhibits the work of Long Thanh, one of Vietnam’s most prominent photographers, who shoots powerful black-and-white images of everyday…

  • Mai Loc Gallery

    Nha Trang

    The fine monochrome photography of Mai Loc, a native of Nha Trang, is showcased at this gallery. Ask him about his life story (he's an ex-gold miner,…

  • Hon Chong Promontory with view of the bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

    Hon Chong Promontory

    Nha Trang

    The narrow granite promontory of Hon Chong offers fine views of the mountainous coastline north of Nha Trang and the nearby islands.

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    Nha Trang

    On a hilltop behind the Long Son Pagoda, this huge white Buddha is seated on a lotus blossom and visible from all over the city. Around the statue’s base…

  • The French Gothic Nha Trang Cathedral, built in 1928, Nha Trang

    Nha Trang Cathedral

    Nha Trang

    Built between 1928 and 1933 in French Gothic style, complete with stained-glass windows, Nha Trang Cathedral stands on a small hill overlooking the train…

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    National Oceanographic Museum

    Nha Trang

    Housed in a grand French-colonial building in southern Nha Trang, this dated museum has 60,000 or so jars of pickled marine specimens, stuffed birds and…

  • Villa Blanche - White Palace of Vung Tau City.

    White Villa

    Vung Tau

    The weekend retreat of French governor Paul Doumer (later a French president), this gorgeous, grand colonial-era residence has extensive gardens bursting…