Ninh Thuan Tourism Potentials

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Ninh Thuan is paralic province in the South-Central Coastal area of Vietnam. Phan Rang is the capital of the province, about 350 km from Ho Chi Minh city.

Because of its location in the coastal line, Ninh Thuan has many beautiful beaches. This place also preserves many archaeological items of Sa Huynh and Champa culture such as temples and handicraft products (especially pottery).

The most highlight of sea tourism potentials in Ninh Thuan is Ninh Chu Beach. The beach has long and curved coastal line. The casuarina range covers the green space in front of the beach. The popular beach activities here are swimming, surfing, fishing, sailing, mountain climbing and hunting.

Another outstanding tourism spot in Ninh Thuan is Ca Na Tourism Village. Ca Na is about 32 km from Phan Rang – Thap Cham city and 114 km from Phan Thiet city. This place has both mountain and ocean, hence, it is ideal for multiple activities for tourists. It is also close with the main road and rail, then it is very convenient for tourists to travel. The Ca Na beach is distinguished from other beaches as it has sand, rocks and mountain standing behind.

The granite rocks on the seashore make the distinctive beauty of Ca Na and also create many small caves in this area such as Buddhist Cave, Ong Nong Cave, Gieng Duc Cave. Especially, the sea water is so clear and blue that people can see the coral reef just by swimming only 20 m out of the seashore.
About 10 km from Ca Na is the Lao Cau Island, where is the habitat of birds and sea animals. This island has picturesque scenery and diversity of landscapes that have been employed for sightseeing and night camping.

Ninh Thuan not only has the beautiful beaches that can attract numerous tourists but also preserve instinctive culture of Sa Huynh and Champa. The cultures were originated in Ninh Thuan thousands of years ago and still remain some typical buildings up to date.

Among the renowned temple of Champa culture is Hoa Lai temple, which was built since 9th century. The temple complex included 3 separate temples but now only two exist: North and South Temple. The North Tower has 4 pillars which are sophisticatedly sculptured. The fake gates were engraved with arches and human in sitting posture.

The South tower is decorated with less details and patterns but with the same form with the North one.
Poklong Garai Tower is 7 km from to the west of Phan Rang – Thap Cham city. The tower is considered the glorious center of Champa culture and was built by King Che Man at the end of 13th century.

It represents the masterpiece of Champa architecture. Poklong Garai is a complex including 6 towers, 4 remains today. The main tower worships King Poklong Garai. He had great contribution to Champa people in the newly-discovered land in the south especially in irrigation.

Porome Tower is considered an incomplete copy of Poklong Garai Tower, about 15 km from the city center to the south. The tower was built in 16th century. The arch gate of the tower is engraved with the Lord Siva and fire. The other fake gates are decorated with the sacred people. The tower has 3 roof layers that were engraved with a lotus and fire in each.

Inside the tower is the engraving of King Porome created from Linga’s 8 hands. At the entrance is the statue of holy cow Nadin made of bluestone. The construction in the back is the tomb of the Empress and King Porome. In 1992, Porome Tower is recognized as national monument.

Vinh Hy tourism area is another sea tourism highlight of Ninh Thuan. This place is originated from a fishing village. Rowing the boat around the mountain cliff stretching to the sea, tourist can enjoy the peaceful ambience and the charm of this place. Tourist then can swim in the long and pristine beach and discover the fishing villagers’ life and enjoy the seafood.

Vinh Hy belongs to Vinh Hai, Ninh Hai district, Ninh Thuan province. Vinh Hy is the place that connects forest with ocean. There’s Vinh Hy fishing village here. Starting from Phan Rang to provincial road 702, tourists will go through the mountain pass and the forest. The fishing village is mysterious. Tourists can discover the bay by bamboo boat along the mountain cliff stretching to the seashore.

Tourists can enjoy the entire scenery of the bay and watch the fishes swimming in the clear water. Watching beyond to the south, tourists can see the sand dunes stretching along the seashore. After discovering the bay, tourists can swim in the pristine and blue ocean or come to the fishing village to find out the villagers’ life and enjoy seafood.

Departing the bay and passing a suspension bridge, tourists can visit Nui Chua Nature Reserve. Tourists can enjoy the cool pure water in Lo O Stream. On 2 sides of the stream, there are flat stones shaded by the old large trees. In the clear day, the sunlight is deflected by the splashed water and creates a marvelous rainbow.

Ninh Chu beach is also a tourism potential of Ninh Thuan that implies the pristine beauty of Ninh Thuan. Ninh Chu beach has an flat arc-shaped coastline. It is surrounded by pine forests and Chong Mountain, Tan An Mountain, Ca Du Mountain. The weather in Ninh Chu is cool and sunny all year round. With diverse topography and rich natural resources, Ninh Chu beach is ideal to become a resort area and to organize beach activities, such as swimming, surfing, fishing, sailing, hiking, etc.

Although Ninh Thuan has been newly employed in tourism, it has many potentials to become the popular destination of both domestic and foreign tourist because of it unspoiled beaches and marine area.

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