Binh Dinh authorities are planning to develop Thi Nai Lagoon, known for its diverse range of plants and animals, into a world-class tourist destination. The lagoon, nestled amid mountains, rivers, the sea, and islets, is highly attractive to visitors, according to Pham Anh Tuan, chairman of the Binh Dinh Province People’s Committee. With its historical and cultural values and natural ecosystem, the lagoon has the potential to become a unique area in the province. Local residents, like 78-year-old fisherman Nguyen Van Dung, who rely on the lagoon to earn an income, are delighted to hear about its transformation into a modern urban area.

Located approximately eight kilometers northeast of Quy Nhon, Thi Nai Lagoon is characterized by vast green mangrove forests and an extensive network of canals. The Phuong Mai peninsula, situated on the north side of the lagoon, is home to rocky mountains and vast sand dunes. The lagoon, at one point, served as a marine base for soldiers from Tay Son and witnessed several naval battles in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In 2006, Binh Dinh inaugurated the Thi Nai Bridge, the longest cross-sea bridge in Vietnam at that time, connecting Quy Nhon with the northeastern area and opening opportunities for economic development in the region.

Under an urban development plan approved by the central government, Binh Dinh aims to build a sustainable and smart urban area, with Thi Nai Lagoon as the center of Quy Nhon City. The provincial administration launched a design competition for the area surrounding the lagoon, with the winning design focusing on leveraging the area’s natural landscapes. The planned urban area will include squares, recreational spaces, and facilities to provide trade and tourism services.