Quy Nhon, aka Qui Nhon, Quy Nhơn, Qui Nom is an important city in the South Central region of Vietnam.
Quy Nhon is a lively and pleasant city half way between the popular cities of Nha Trang and Hoi An. The city is known for its beautiful surroundings, Cham temples, and nearby beaches. While tourism is increasing in Quy Nhon, it tends to be local tourism, and for the majority of travellers it remains relatively off the beaten track. The city is perfect for those who want to break up a journey between Nha Trang and Hoi An, being about 6 hours from each.
Being a coastal city, the sea promenade is the easiest way to orient yourself. The city itself is quite spread out. The bus station is in the southwest, just a bit too far to walk to most of the hotels. Hwy 1 passes around 10 km west of Quy Nhon.
Phu Cat Airport (UIH), built on the grounds of an old American airbase in 1966, is north of the city and serves only domestic destinations. There are daily early morning flights to Ho Chi Minh City and 3 flights a week to Hanoi on Vietnam Airline.
Quy Nhon is served by Dieu Tri train station on the main line, around 10 km west of Quy Nhon. All Reunification Express trains stop at Dieu Tri. To get to Quy Nhon from there, walk to the main road (around 5 min) and take a bus (5,000 dong). Most buses will take you to the supermarket at the city centre. A taxi takes around 15 min.
There are also trains departing from Ho Chi Minh City that arrive directly at the Quy Nhon train station. The line name is SQN. A "soft sleeper" overnight train is around USD35. This train often has to wait for Reunification Express trains to pass by and therefore delays of 2-3 hours are not unusual, especially on the train from Quy Nhon to Ho Chi Minh City.
There is also a train from Quy Nhon to Vinh on the north-central coast around every other day.
To Da Nang/ Hoi An: Mai Linh has two buses per day. Around 150,000 dong, 6 to 7 hours. Occasionally minibuses will come and go direct from Hoi An, but most of the time you will need to connect via motorbike taxi to the main highway (50,000-65,000 dong). Minibuses to Hoi An can be arranged through the hotels around Barbara's. They depart at 06:30 and 15:30 daily and cost 160,000 dong.
You can also take buses heading to Da Nang to go to Quang Ngai.
Prices from Nha Trang are 100,000-110,000 dong (Jul 2012). Journey time, 4-6 hours. This route can be quite dangerous, so make sure you take a bus during daylight. The scenery along the way is spectacular. Travel agents in Nha Trang will quote you a travel time of 23-28 hours for the Nha Trang-Quy Nhon trip, and charge 300,000-400,000 dong (confirmed Mar 2012).
There is one direct bus to Dalat per day. Thuan Thao buses depart Quy Nhon at 06:00 and Dalat at 07:00, taking around 8 hours and charging 210,000 dong (Jul 2012). The buses are reasonably comfortable and not overcrowded, but the air-con may be weak. Alternatively take a bus to Nha Trang and a Phuong Trang bus from there to Dalat. Coming from Dalat, you can also take a Phuong Trang bus to Da Nang, which will pass through Quy Nhon.
Buses to Pleiku take around 3 hours.
The Quy Nhon bus station is in the south of town, almost 2 km from the supermarket. There is a city bus stop in front of the station. You can take a bus to the city centre (3,000-5,000 dong), but you might have to wait for half an hour. If you want to walk, turn right at the main entrance of the station, walk along Tay Son Rd until you reach the intersection at the end of the road (at Royal Resort), turn left and walk along An Duong Vuong / the beach.
Lots of xe om drivers around. You will probably get accosted at the bus station. Drivers demand outrageous prices (~60,000 dong) for small hops. The true price is 15,000-20,000 dong. Be careful of a woman on the east side of the city with very long hair riding a gray Suzuki who may offer you a ride. Scams ensue.
A number of white and green taxis can be found around the bus station area. More expensive than xe om, but useful if you are in a group.
Qui Nhon is fantastic for cycling. The main promenade runs directly next to the beach and has very little traffic. Bicycles are also great for exploring the nearby temples and beaches, which are too far to walk to.
The beach is great for a stroll, but other places are a bit far apart.
- Banh It Towers (Around 20km from Quy Nhon. You can take Buses T4 and T6 (around 10,000 dong) from various places in Quy Nhon, including Quang Trung Park in front of the train station or from the Thap Doi Towers). A group of four Cham towers. Among the several towers in Binh Dinh province, these are some of the most beautiful. 3,000 dong, though the gatekeeper may try to overcharge you.
- Fisherman's Port (At the north end of town). You can watch the fishing boats come in, the catch unloaded and put on ice, etc. Nearby is the lot where they build the large wooden boats. Be advised that this is a working port area, so it is rather filthy with fish and other effluvia.
- Quy Nhon Museum. Quaint little museum with a couple of interesting exhibits. Okay if you need to pass some time when it's raining.
- Thap Doi Towers (Walk or bike about 1.5 km west from the train station along the main road (Tran Hung Dao) until you see them to your right. Buses 4 and 6 stop just past the towers.). Some good examples of Cham architecture: a pair of towers right in the city in a small park. Easily reachable and in very good condition. The towers are open to the sky. Visit around noon to see the sun shining inside. The larger site is 25 km away, the temples imposing on a hillside. 5,000 dong.
- Beaches. Quy Nhon north beach has lots of large boats, but the south side is quieter and nice for swimming. You will probably also be the only foreign tourist around, and the local kids playing football give them a lively feel. It is nice to go along the beach on a bicycle. Note that the sand and water are quite polluted and this is far from a beach paradise.
There is a mall, with a supermarket (Co-op), at Nguyen Tat Thanh St in the centre. It is the Quy Nhon Market.
- Nha Hang C.ine, 94 Xuân Diệu, TP Qui Nhơn. Great seafood place on the sea shore. Serves fresh seafood with excellent service.
- Bo De Chay, 109 Tang Bat Ho (Next to the small pagoda). Standard vegetarian restaurant. Com dia, 15,000 dong.
- Com Chay 120, 120 Ngo May (Near corner of Dien Cuong). Erratic hours. It's a florist shop when it's not a vegetarian restaurant.
- Hien Nam Com Chay, 3AB Tran Thi Ky (Off Nguyen T. T., north end of shopping mall, next to Chua Hien Nam Pagoda). Closed afternoons. Standard vegetarian restaurant, attached to Hien Nam Pagoda. Com dia, 15,000 dong, large portions.
- Tiem Chay Thanh Minh, 151 Phan Boi Chau.
- Coffee: ca phe sua (iced milk coffee) is available at any roadside stall for 6,000 dong, though locals will demand 10,000 dong from foreigners, even if the price is displayed.
Several hotels near the bus station have simple rooms for 100,000 dong.
- Barbara's Backpackers, Main Beach Rd (3 km from town, on main beach road). Popular hangout for local expats. Serves international food at slightly high prices (30,000-90,000 dong). Kiwi Connection Bar serves Quy Nhon beer, 10,000 dong. Other beers, 15,000-25,000 dong. Black coffee, 12,000 dong. Milk coffee, 15,000 dong. Attracts tourists and the odd local. Staff and new owners speak some English; the former owner, Barbara, is sometimes around as well. 15,000 dong by motorbike from the bus station (though drivers will demand 60,000 dong). There is one small room with three bunk beds in it, and a shared bathroom inside the staff kitchen. A bit awkward. Free Wi-Fi. Dorm bed: 80,000 dong.
- Hai Yen Hotel, Hai Ba Trung Rd (Intersection of Tran Cao Van and Ngo Quyen). Has nice large rooms for 200,000 and 250,000 dong and one smaller and darker room for 160,000 dong. Some English is spoken and the owner knows Russian as well (she studied in Russia long ago). Wi-Fi available, but mostly in the lobby.
- Minh Trang Hotel (At the intersection to the left of the bus station). Rooms with air-con. 100,000-120,000 dong.
- Nha Khach 28 Nguyen, 28 Nguyen Hue. Shares the same address and is right next to the Binh Dinh Museum. Clean fan rooms for 140,000-160,000 dong.