Ham Tien Beach is all Russian, kitesurfers, some couples and few backpackers. The beach is nice but not very relaxing due to high winds and sand pelting you in the face as you try to soak up the sun.
Also the waters were not calm due to the high winds so not easy to float and relax in. Most restuarants serve EVERYTHING from Vietnamese to Western to Italian to French to Russian food, which I believe doesnt lend for any one food to particularly amazing. its ok if you want to kite surf, but not very ideal for relaxing or meeting many other travelers.
Overall a pleasant stay. The hotel is not new, but reasonably well maintained. Our beach-side room was large and convenient because we could access the pool and beach directly from our patio.
As I stayed at the resort over a busy period, and it was difficult to get a pool lounge. The hotel was relatively good value for the busy period.
The area used to be a paradise (15 years back), but now, overexploted and infested of russians. Not reccomended unless you like a rough atmosphere (noisy, drunk people, etc.
Well first of all you need to separate Phan Thiet from Muine. Muine was builded early 80 ties and it is only tourist place with many resorts and hotels all kind.
Phan Thiet is actually old fisherman's city with long history and tradition. So when you go to Muine or Phan Thiet you need to know what you get there. In Muine you get quiet nice beaches, surfing and night life, shopping and SPA. If you wish to eat really good food you go to Phan Thiet where you can also find some historical places, nice fisherman's village and many interesting sightseeing. There is also one famous factory they produce Nuoc mam which is famous fish sauce very popular in Vietnam.It is ok if you go here for 1-2 days only for relaxation you can stay up to 5 days but soon can get boring. Muine is so called kiting heaven in Vietnam!
The beach county is a suitable place for honeymoon or vacation trip with family. You can try many kind of dishes made from fresh seafood at any restaurant there
Nice place for sea and beach. A bit far off Ho Chi Minh city. Seafood is great. Beach is nice. There are many restaurants, cafe and also some live music bars.
There are nothing much to do besides the beach, sand and seafood. If you can ride motorbike, there is beautiful scene on the way to White Sand Dune.
Actually, i didn't stay at Phan Thiet. I stay and travel at Mui Ne. I had diner and Phan Thiet city. Food is good but little bit expensive i feel.
The price is the same with Ho Chi Minh city which is the biggest city in Vietnam.
There is a very popular eatery located just outside the grounds of the Ocean Dunes Resort providing great barbeque fare, particularly seafood.
Also quite a few eateries alongside the main harbourfront where the squid boats are moored. These are very traditional vietnamese specialising in barbequeing seafood and very popular with the locals.
The sight seeing point of interests are the fairy stream, Red canyon, white sand dunes, lotus lake etc which is normal and worth just a see.
Other than that, the real reason to go there is for the nice relaxing beach, slow pace and escape from city life with cheap alternatives. Spa, seafood are also a plus.
The only place I visited in Phan Thiet in Mui Ne. In the other area in Phan Thiet like the train station, I walked around the neighbourhood.
There was nothing much there.
Phan Thiet city is the capital of Bình Thuận province, in southeastern Vietnam, where all government offices for the province are located.
The population of Phan Thiet is expected to increase to about 400,000 by 2015. It's main economics sources are agriculture, aquaculture, services, and tourism. Phan Thiet is a coastal city which is famous for its tourism district Mui Ne and its seafood as well as sea products such as fish sauce. Phan Thiet is also known as the land of dragon fruits which are exported to China, Europe, Japan, and United States of America.
eat some fresh seafood... maybe some iguana?! try it. be adventurous! the squid is delicious, especially grilled and dipped in Moui.
.. salt pepper and lime juice.
First you need to understand that Phan Thiet is located around 8 kilometers from Muine and it is not a tourist city as much is Muine.
Mostly for traveling you should stay in Muine and go to take a quick look in Phan Thiet for few hours and find some good restaurant with seafood. Other attractions are mostly located around Muine. There are 2 sands dunes red and white, I prefer white as its bigger and more clean. Many tourist offices across the main street selling tour to that place. Muine is very popular about kiting and here you can also find many schools for kiting. Mostly on main street ( Nguyen Dinh Chieu ) you can find many shops with souvenirs and restaurants. But those restaurants don't offer real local food. If you wish to eat local food you have to go little bit in old part of Muine where you can really eat tasty Vietnam food. If you are traveling along Vietnam for 2 weeks you should just stay in Muine for 1 or 2 days.
Actually if you are from cold weather country, you can stay more than 3 nights for sun and sand. local people are very friendly
I haven't been stayed at Phan Thiet city, I only stayed at Mui Ne, a beautiful beach place, cheap price and many resorts.
If you comes Phan Thiet, you may not stay at Phan Thiet, but you should stay at Mui Ne.
Phan Thiet is not yet commercialized. It is still very cultural and youll see how you can just blend in with the locals.
Full of russian tourists!
didnt find too much noght life... just sitting around the bars and restaurants drinking and eating seafood with family.
fun to people watch. mui ne was a short distance away but did not get there. next time... i hear the sand dunes are lovely in the morning especially on an ATV or dirtbike if you can find a dirtbike. seafood is super fresh... get So Loung or So Doung which is oysters or mussels with chopped up shellfish grilled with peanuts on top! out of this world! also, the Banh Mi from Tuan Map (a chain) near city center is the best. my girlfriend always goes there, and she is a native! says the best banh mi... i agree as i have been to some other Tuan Map in ho chi minh and this one is the best!
Didn't stay in the town, but did go in for some shopping. It has both local markets as well as mart still shopping.
What a lovely city. Everyone very friendly and its very spacious unlike other cities. Defienatly worth a visit.
Beautiful discovery. Good to be able to see this excellent beach and sand dunes when it is not yet too crowded.
fairly clean city, busy during rush hour, but not as busy as ho chi minh. rent a motorbike and cruise around.
go to the beaches and relax.
Phan tiet is not far from Ho chi minh City, it take 4 hour by train or 5 hour by bus, please visit this place
Very minimal tourist activities in the city. The only reason we came down here was to take the train to HCM.
The railway station is quite a distance away from the heart of the city and navigating to the railway station is quite a problem if you do not speak the local language. I had to rely on Vietnamese phrasebook apps on my iPhone to get directions for the railway station..
quiet little fishing town. nice to away from ho chi minh. things are little bit slower here which is good.
relaxation here is nice.
Nothing much to do besides relaxing and indulging yourself in mediation within the calm nature and beaches.
Full of dour russians and lots of jellyfish.everything touristy and overpriced...like tenerife of viet nam.
took a half day trip on jeep with driver, to the fairy stream, white dunes, red dunes and fishing village.
very much recommended as standing at the back of jeep, feeling the gusty wind on your skin and absorbing the sights along the coast is just a marvel. the 20km or so stretch of coast makes you wonder if this is asia or europe that you are in. never knew Vietnam has sand dunes till now, great relaxation riding the ATV at white dunes (V expensive though, 600k dong for 20min!) and sandboarding and watching sunset at red dunes (50k dong). the fishing village is a majestic sight too. restaurants line the street in the city, with many shops selling mainly the same thing - souvenirs, beachwear, pearls, vietnamese fashion or supermarkets. main activity on beach is kite surfing. food (mainly seafood, local, russian n italian) is generally more expensive than saigon or hanoi but reasonable. it amuses me that there is a thriving russian community who apparently migrated and settled down due to the low cost of living and carefree lifestyle. it is defintely much under rated compared to its sister city Nha Trang.
Phan Thiet is a beautiful town lined along the coast. They have numerous seafood restaurants and hotels.
A great place to lay in the sun the whole day, just to enjoy the sky and the seabreeze. Their beach aint that blue but love the serenity of the place. The north of the city is where you MUST catch the beautiful sunrise and sunset at the sanddunes. A great place I would return to. Nice cheap place but not that luxurious. If u want better resort and coast line, visit the south area. North area are where sand dunes and guesthouses mostly are.
Visit the Fairy Stream and walk through the red canyons, ride the red sand dunes on plastic sheeting.
Give the young children and the red sand dunes some money and walk around the lotus pond.