The Hanoitimes - Most tropical beach holidays offer the usual formula of sun, sand and sea.
Bangkok Post, a major English-language newspaper in Thailand, has described Quy Nhon as a new beach holiday destination in Vietnam, and the place is for holidaymakers looking for another important "s" – serenity.
Sanitsuda Ekachai, a writer from Bangkok Post, said Quy Nhon has the charms that many popular beach towns in this part of the world have lost: peace and quiet, the slow life, and genuine friendliness from the locals that makes strangers feel welcomed.
Quy Nhon beach, Binh Dinh province.
“Such peace and local friendliness are possible because Quy Nhon is still a relatively new destination. Fishery and agriculture have long been the important sources of income for the locals. Recently, Quy Nhon's pristine beaches, emerald waters, and superbly fresh seafood have been attracting visitors to this capital city of Binh Dinh province,” Bangkok Post wrote.
Off the beaten track, Quy Nhon is rich with its own cultural history dating back to ancient times, when the area was dominated by Hinduism under the Champa civilization. Founded by seafaring settlers from Borneo who brought Hinduism and their culture to the mainland of Southeast Asia, the Champa principalities thrived along the coasts from maritime trade. By the 15th century, Quy Nhon was already a prosperous port town, where the famous Admiral Zheng He and his fleet would make their first stop after departing China during the Ming treasure voyages.
As a Bangkokian, a visit to Quy Nhon is like a trip back in time, to when the pristine beaches of Pattaya and Cha-am, to name just two, were still home to small-scale fishermen and where the neighbourhood's wet markets were bustling with fresh seafood from the daily catches. Those days are gone.
That Quy Nhon is a bit out of the way from other popular destinations in Vietnam is why it remains a haven of peace and quiet. Development, however, is catching on fast. Things may quickly change.
In 2017, The Guardian, a UK newspaper, named Quy Nhon among the top 10 winter sun destinations for 2018. “The intense resort development seen in the country’s more popular seaside locations has yet to reach this region, making for a laidback atmosphere and the perfect place for a relaxed getaway,” said The Guardian.