Along the most beautiful coastal road in Vietnam

The windy and sunny area of Ninh Thuan lures visitors with its long charming beaches from Ca Na to Ninh Chu, Vinh Hy and Binh Tien. The 80km coastline running from Ca Na beach to Binh Lap peninsula in Ninh Thuan with its wild and beautiful landscapes is regarded as one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Vietnam.

Phan Rang – Vinh Hy section: Driving through the mini desert

From south to north, this coastal road starts from Ca Na beach in Thuan Nam district, through Phan Rang on highway 1A, then through Vinh Hy bay in Ninh Hai district on Road DT702, to Binh Lap peninsula which borders Khanh Hoa province.

The 3km road runs from Ca Na where the coast curves like a crescent hugging the national highway. This is a special place in Vietnam where both the road and railway weave along the coast. One side is the blue sea and the other is wild mountains.

Ca Na is a specialplace in Vietnam where both the road and railway weave along the coast.

Shrimp ponds on the sand in the section passing Son Hai village in Phuoc Dinh commune.

The Nam Cuong white sand dune is a must-see on the journey to Ninh Thuan.

Rai Cave in Nui Chua national park where water moves up and down
in each tide, creating the beauty of a giant coral reef.

Nai lagoon in Ninh Hai, Ninh Thuan.

Fish market in Nai village, NinhThuan province.

Cactus trees on the sand grounds near the road.

On the way from Phan Rang – Thap Cham through Vinh Hy bay to Binh Lap, there are lovely vineyards.

Sheep chew grass by the road side at the foot of rock mountain in Mui Dinh, Thuan Nam district.

Then comes the windswept road running through the mini desert in Mui Dinh, Thuan Nam district where fishing villages lie peacefully behind white sand. Here and there, sheep chew grass by the roadside or at the foot of rocky mountains.

Ninh Thuan in the southern central coast has wild beautiful beaches. The best time to go is during spring from April to June. It is also nice to visit Ninh Thuan between August and October, the season of grapes and unique festivals of the local Cham.

In the section passing Son Hai village in Phuoc Dinh commune, one can easily see shrimp ponds on the sand. Tthe 700-hectare Nam Cuong white sand dune is also must-see on the journey exploring Ninh Thuan.

On the way from Phan Rang – Thap Cham through Vinh Hy bay to Binh Lap, one can stop at Thai An village in Vinh Hai commune, Ninh Hai district, which boasts lovely vineyards where visitors can enjoy juicy fresh grapes or grape juice.

Vinh Hy: Ha Long bay of central Vietnam

The road from Phan Rang to Vinh Hy is the wildest and most beautiful section, shaped like an arrow surrounding Nui Chua national park which has both the sea and forest. Rai Cave with a giant coral reef is truly a wonder of nature here.

Vinh Hy is one of the four most beautiful bays in Vietnam, which is located in Nui Chua national park northwest of Ninh Thuan, 40 km from Phan Rang.

With the clear blue sea and weaving coastal roads, Vinh Hy, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful bays, is called the Ha Long bay of central Vietnam.

The area boasts Vietnam’s first six-star resort, Amanoi, which was ranked among the 33 best new hotels in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler. With 31 pavilions and five villas, the luxury resort is situated in an ideal location in Ninh Thuan.

The weaving road to Vinh Hy bay.

Vinh Hy bay from a flycam.

Aquaculture rafts on Vinh Hy bay.

Looking at coral from a glass bottom boat at Vinh Hy bay.

Amanoi Resort has 36 international standard villas.

Visitors in a raft on Vinh Hy bay.

From Amanoi Resort on Chua Mountain, one can see the entire Vinh Hy bay with its calm, clear and blue water.

Amanoi Resort in Vinh Hy bay, is the first six-star resort in Vietnam and was among the 33 best new hotels in the world in 2014 ranked by Conde Nast Traveler.

Visitors to Vinh Hy bay can see a coral reef on tours in glass-bottom boats. After seeing colorful coral and swimming in the clear blue water, visitors will be taken to floating aquaculture rafts where they can fish or eat seafood. The price for the tour is 150,000 dong per person. A group of visitors can hire a boat for this tour for between one and two million dong per trip.

On the other side of Vinh Hy pass, one can enjoy the spectacular view of Binh Hung island in the middle of the blue sea.

The end of this coastal road in Ninh Thuan province is an immense savanna in Binh Tien which borders Khanh Hoa province. This is a favorite destination of adventurous travelers where herds of sheep wander on the sides of sandy dry mountains. Visitors will feel like nomads getting lost in a vast savanna with white sand hills.

Travelling on this amazingly beautiful road in Phan Rang, the region with wind and sun, is truly a memorable experience.

Story: Son Nghia – Photos: Trong Chinh & Nguyen Luan