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Perfect summer getaway to south-central Vietnam village during seaweed season

Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 15:00 GMT+7
Perfect summer getaway to south-central Vietnam village during seaweed season
The peaceful beauty of Nhon Hai fishing village, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

The yellow-brown seaweed beneath crystal-clear blue water creates a strikingly beautiful picture that wows visitors to Nhon Hai fishing village in Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam.

Nestled in Phuong Mai Peninsula, some 10km from the provincial city of Quy Nhon, the fishing village has welcomed a rising number of visitors over the past few years and become among their top beach getaways in the country, thanks to its peaceful, rustic beauty, and well-preserved fishing culture.

Travelers to Nhon Hai can not only immerse themselves in the crystal-clear water, hear the sound of gentle ocean waves lapping onto the white-sand beach, but they can also admire schools of small fish swimming over colorful coral reefs.

Sunrise at Nhon Hai fishing village, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Sunrise at Nhon Hai fishing village, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

During the low-water season between May and July, masses of sargassum, a genus of large brown seaweed, that float near the water surface promise to dazzle visitors to the village.

The floating yellow-brown seaweed, the crystal-clear blue water, plus fishermen standing in basket boats and throwing nets to catch fish all make an absolutely stunning picture when viewed from above.

Masses of seaweed floating near the water surface promise to dazzle visitors to Nhon Hai fishing village, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Masses of seaweed floating near the water surface promise to dazzle visitors to Nhon Hai fishing village, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

“The village boasts poetic scenery and a peaceful fishing life,” said Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy, who was on a family trip to Nhon Hai from Ho Chi Minh City.

“My family experienced the local life through various activities such as taking a basket boat ride to collect fishing nets, diving to explore coral reefs, or paddleboarding to admire seaweed.

“I think I fell in love with this village."

Crystal clear water at Nhon Hai beach, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Crystal clear water at Nhon Hai beach, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Experiencing stand-up paddleboarding and admiring yellow-brown seaweed are among the must-try activities for visitors to Nhon Hai during the seaweed season between May and July. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Experiencing stand-up paddleboarding and admiring yellow-brown seaweed are among the must-try activities for visitors to Nhon Hai during the seaweed season between May and July. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Visitors take a basket boat ride and try using fishing nets to experience the local fishing life in Nhon Hai fishing village, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Visitors take a basket boat ride and try using fishing nets to experience the local fishing life in Nhon Hai fishing village, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Seaweed is seen covering coral reefs at Nhon Hai Beach, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Sargassum is seen covering coral reefs at Nhon Hai Beach, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Visitors are recommended to go diving to explore colorful coral reefs at Nhon Hai Beach, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Visitors are recommended to go diving to explore colorful coral reefs at Nhon Hai Beach, located in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Huong Mai / Tuoi Tre

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