Phan Rang used to be the capital Panduranga of the ancient Champa Kingdom. Today, Phan Rang becomes an attractive tourist destination for many tourists, not only famous for Cham towers, Vinh Hy beautiful bay or Cat Nam Cuong hill, etc. Coming to Phan Rang, you will also feel all the beautiful scenery, and especially Phan Rang people are very simple and friendly.
Vinh Hy Bay: Vinh Hy Bay is located in the northeast of Ninh Thuan province, about 40 kilometers from Phan Rang city. The sea here has not been commercialized because not many people know it. Therefore, the wild and primitive beauty of the blue sea, white sand, mountains, and nature of Vinh Hy is extremely rare and wonderful! As one of the 4 most beautiful bays in Vietnam, Vinh Hy is in a small valley covered by sea and mountains. Tourists can walk around the village and go to the beach to have dinner with scallop soup, enjoy the cool sea breeze and chat with local fishermen.
Po Klong Garai Tower: This is considered one of the places not to be missed when traveling to Phan Rang - Thap Cham. Po Klong Garai Tower is about 9km from the city of Phan Rang. Po Klong Garai Tower relic is located completely on Trau hill. This tower has long been considered a symbol of the Cham people in Ninh Thuan. The unique architecture and history of Cham culture and beliefs are what makes us enjoy this monument. Come here, you can hire Cham costumes to take pictures, rent outfits only 3-4 sets for you to choose and 1 size only. You also can borrow some jewelry from them to take pictures. Entrance ticket: VND 15,000 / person and the rent is: 50,000 VND / costume.
Po Klong Garai Tower
Bau Truc Pottery Village: Located about 10 km south of Phan Rang city, Ninh Thuan province. Bau Truc traditional pottery village is an ancient craft village that has existed and developed over 7 centuries since Mr. and Mrs. PoKong Chang took Cham people coming here. Until now, many unique features of Cham pottery art are still preserved. Therefore, Bau Truc village became the oldest village in Southeast Asia famous for its excellent handcrafted pottery products. There are hundreds of products that are being displayed in this village, such as vases of all shapes, teapots, pots, and especially statues of the Apsara dancers, etc.
Phan Rang, Ninh Thuan is famous for Cham dances. Cham dance is often performed in many festivals such as Rija Nágar, Katê, Rija Praung , etc. in the village or on the Cham tower. It is the occasion for the Cham people to show their tribute to those who set up the kingdom or to worship one or a few deified kings.
Accompanied by dancing are traditional instruments such as Ginang drum, Bara drum, gong, Xaranai, Grong (rattles), Kanha, etc. but the most popular are Ginang, Baranung, and Xaranai. The main instrument is still Ginang which has a strong and eloquent sound that is suitable for the festival as well as reflects the personality of the Cham people. Cham dance can be divided into two types: folk dance and royal dance.
You can travel to Phan Rang at any time of the year, but to be able to discover all the places in Phan Rang in the most complete and convenient way, you should go in August – September.
Vinh Hy Bay
The weather is very hot during the day but the night is very cold, the difference is too large, so you should remember to keep your body cool during the day and keep warm at night to avoid the case of colds or fever.
From TP. Ho Chi Minh, you can move to Phan Rang by motorbike, bus, or train. But you should travel to Phan Rang by bus or train, because the distance of more than 300km will be very tired if you go by motorbike.
Bus: You move to the Western bus station, buy tickets to Saigon - Phan Rang, you can also buy a round-trip ticket if you determine the return date.
Train: From Saigon Railway Station (118 Nguyen Thong, District 3) you can buy a train ticket to Thap Cham Station. From the train station to the central area of Phan Rang is about 3.4km.
When renting a motorbike, remember to check the fuel and ask the nearest gas station to fill-up.
If you want to camp on the beach, you need a tent and a sleeping bag because it will get very cold at night
Remember to book a train or bus ticket for both directions in advance.
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