Although Phú Yên is not quite a well-known destination in Việt Nam’s tourism map, the province is surely “a promised land” thanks to its wild but romantic landscapes.
There are numerous nature-endowed scenic spots in the south-central province for visitors to explore, including unspoiled beaches.
The provincial capital city of Tuy Hòa is adjacent to the sea.
Beaches there are normally crowded with people going swimming when the sun begins to cast its first light or go down beyond the horizon.
Watching the vast blue sea and white smooth sand can help people relieve themselves of the tiredness after working for long hours.
Phú Yên has some renowned tourism spots including Đá Đĩa Reef and Đại Lãnh Cape as the country’s easternmost point.
Đá Đĩa Reef which was recognized as a National Heritage Site looks like an orderly beehive.
For a long time, the reef has fascinated anyone paying a visit with a host of legends and stories about the site.
Đá Đĩa Reef is famous because the landscape is made of thousands of pentagonal rocks, causing passers-by to stop and contemplate the unusual and magnificent work of nature.
Meanwhile, Đại Lãnh Cape where visitors catch the first rays of sunlight on the east coast of the country offers a special feeling.
There, one side is the green mountains and forests while the other side is the deep ocean with its blue color combined with the light blue color of the sky as well as multi-shaped vertical cliffs.
Under the cape is Môn Beach, a very clean and stunning beach where freshwater flowing from high mountains creates a lovely picture.
The province has many large and small beaches that are described as primitive.
Some beaches untouched by visitors are where local fishermen set sail to catch fish.
Long Thủy Beach has swaying coconut trees while a fishing village is located in Vũng Bầu Beach.
Bàng Beach runs along the rock reef.
Phú Yên also possesses several attractive roads.
One leading to Đá Đĩa Reef undulating through mountains and forests overlooks hidden villages, busy markets and small houses scattered around.
The road to Đại Lãnh Cape is larger, running through Cả Pass to other famous heritage sites.
Such winding roads along the mountainside and through the forest surely bring a sense of adventure to visitors.
It takes just a few minutes on foot to reach Nhạn Mountain where there is a Champa-style temple.
In daytime, tourists can gaze at the panoramic view of Tuy Hòa City, Bình Ngọc flower village, Đá Bia Mountain, the East Sea and two bridges crossing the Đà Rằng River.
During nighttime, they can admire the shimmering landscape as lights are turned on.
Phú Yên is also attractive to people owing to its signature Ninh Hòa Nem (Ninh Hòa meat roll), girdle-cakes served with mương fish, Ô Loan cockles and Phú Yên steamed savory rice cakes.
All these dishes have unique flavors of Phú Yên Province where human and nature are closely bonded.
It took more than 14 hours to reach Phú Yên from Hồ Chí Minh on a sleeper coach.
I arrived at the coach station lying close to a local busy market bustling with trading activities taking place in the sun and sea breeze.
Traders only have breakfast for relaxation following intense work starting early in the morning.
Street food stalls selling steamed sticky rice, noodle soup and sandwiches are full of customers checking in and out while another stall nearby sells an assortment of sweetened soup.
By VĂN TUẤN
Source: The Saigon Times