Xin chao, Phan Thiet

After spending a night in Saigon, I went to Phan Thiet, a coastal town in Southeast Vietnam. The experience was exactly what I craved for – very few tourists compared to resorts like Mui Ne or Vung Tau, the abundance of local spirit, warm and welcoming people.

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A train from Saigon Railway station leaves at 6.40 and arrives in Phan Thiet a 10.25.

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Welcome to Phan Thiet. Already from the railways station I could feel the peace and tranqulity of the place.

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Took a motor taxi to the hotel. The driver took me to a restaurant with the same name instead. But a local man gave me a ride to my destination for free. What struck me first was that the traffic was MUCH less compared to Saigon. 

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View from the hotel.

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In the room.

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Local beach.

Since the traffic was OK, I rented a scooter for the day. I was also fortuante to meet a sweet local girl Kat who showed me around the city that day and the following one.

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Run, Forrest, run!

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Kat’s mother preparing a super tasty dinner. The name of this place is Banh Can Duyen. It is very local, and must not be missed!

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The taste was unreal.

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Local youth chilling out at the park. This zone was supposed to be a shopping mall.

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Playing “kik-ball”. NO to shopping malls, YES to parks!

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Sunrise at the beach the day after. I exercised for a bit and dipped my legs into the water – it was quite warm.

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Serenity in town.

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No Vietnamese city can be imagined without karaoke.

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View of the sea from the highway the day after. 

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The sea of boats.

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We arrived at the Fairy Stream – a great place for a chilled walk in the morning.

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Welcome to the jungle.

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After a while the trees are replaced by the walls of sand and stones. 

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Business spirit: a cafe in the water.

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At the end (at the beginning, actually) of the Fairy Stream there is a waterfall. The other side of the stream flows into the sea.

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Famous sand dunes on the way back.

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Local sweets treated by Kat’s family.

Phan Thiet is a fantasic place to relax after the hustle-bustle of a big city. The photos above are just a few snapshots and do not convey the emptions I had there. I will always remember the kindness of the people who had made my expereince a memorable one.

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