Despite the stunning natural landscapes scattered across Phu Yen, a coastal province in central Vietnam, tourism in the region has yet to reach its potential due to a lack of tourism services.
Hoping to share the untouched, natural beauty of Phu Yen with like-minded travelers, a group of young people are sharing the itinerary from their three-day experience in the province this past April, the most gorgeous time of year in the coastal province.
Ong Cop - Vietnam’s longest wooden bridge which sits about 50 kilometers from the heart of Tuy Hoa City, the largest metropolis Phu Yen, was the group’s first stop of the day.
Ong Cop runs across the Phu Ngan River, connecting the northern tip of An Ninh Tay Commune, Tuy An District with Xuan Dai Ward in Song Cau Town.
|Ong Cop - Vietnam’s longest wooden bridge in Phu Yen, Vietnam Photo: Vuong Anh|
Inaugurated in 1999, the wooden bridge was designed for motorcycles and pedestrians only. It is one of the most Instagrammable attractions for young tourists visiting the province.
Ghenh Da Dia (Da Dia Reef) is another Phu Yen destination that should be on every tourist’s itinerary.
The polygonal rock formation that litters the coast at Ghenh Da Dia was formed from volcanic rock, and the background of green mountains against the black reef form a breathtaking sight for visitors and locals alike.
After visiting Ghenh Da Dia, the group made their way towards Mang Lang Church in Phu Yen’s Tuy An District.
Aside from its unique original Gothic architecture, Mang Lang – the country’s oldest church – features 100 years of history and is known as the home of the first book ever printed in the Vietnamese language.
|Mang Lang Church in Phu Yen, Vietnam. Photo: Vuong Anh|
The second day of the group’s trip began with an early morning visit to Nghinh Phong Tower.
Opened just last year, Nghinh Phong Tower is now a landmark of Tuy Hoa City thanks to its impressive design inspired by Da Dia Reef.
Located in Nghinh Phong Square at the intersection of Nguyen Huu Tho and Doc Lap Streets, the tower features two big columns formed by stone blocks stacked atop each other.
It is now one of the province’s most popular photo backdrops for both locals and tourists.
|Nghinh Phong Tower is a new symbol of Tuy Hoa City. Photo: Vuong Anh|
Bai Mon - Mui Dien tourist spot was the group’s second stop of the day. The area includes two destinations – Mui Dien Cape and Bai Mon Beach, located right next to each other in Dong Hoa District.
Scenery on the way to the destination features a breathtaking view of a vast blue sea on one side and majestic mountain ranges on the other. During their journey, they made many stops to admire the scenery and take photos.
There is a lighthouse in Mui Dien where travelers can enjoy a panoramic view of Mui Dien Cape as well as Bai Mon Beach. The travelers had to climb up hundreds of stone steps to get to the lighthouse but it was worth the trek to take in the view.
Bai Mon is a nice beach embraced by high mountains. As sunlight floods the sea each day, the waters become shockingly blue.
|A view of Mui Dien Cape. Photo: Vuong Anh|
On the last day of the group’s three-day trip to Phu Yen, they decided to explore Vuc Hom and Vuc Song waterfalls in Tuy An District, around 45 kilometers from Tuy Hoa City.
The unspoiled waterfalls, hidden in local forests, are becoming more and more popular amongst tourists.
As paths leading to the waterfalls are narrow, steep, and full of rocks and gravel, both cars and motorbikes have difficulty staying on the path. Thus, the best way to reach the waterfalls is on foot.
Vuc Hom, featuring two streams of water, has a structure similar to Da Dia Reef. The surrounding airy space is ideal for a picnic.
|Vuc Hom waterfall features an unspoiled beauty. Photo: Vuong Anh|
Meanwhile, Vuc Song cascade is smaller than Vuc Hom. To get to Vuc Song, the group of travelers had to scramble over a narrow gravel path.
It was only 800 meters long but took nearly an hour to walk. After the trip, everyone was ready for lunch.
Xom Ro Breakwater was the last spot these travelers visited during their three-day trip. The group reached Xom Ro Breakwater just in time to catch the sun setting over the shiny ocean and moss-covered stones.
|Xom Ro Breakwater at sunset. Photo: Vuong Anh|