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If you do find yourself in Quy Nhon and in need of a bit of adventure, I highly recommend hiring a taxi to take you around to the Cham Towers throughout the Binh Dinh Province.
We saw 3 of the towers. Banh It Tower was on top of a large hill and requires some ability to manipulate the tricky hillside to reach it. Sandals should be left at the hotel for this trip. It is about 20 km from the city center and it was built at the end of the 11th century and beginning of the 12th. It consists of a series of 4 towers, 2 of which you can walk up stairs and look into. On top of each tower is a statue of Shiva.
Duong Long Tower was the next tower we saw and it is located about 50 km from Qui Nhon City. The ride to these towers is an awesome trip in itself. To get to the towers requires about a 20km trip in the countryside. You will pass lush green rice paddy fields with people tending their crop by water buffalo strewn plows. You will see rural houses made out of thatch. You will see how hilly this part of Vietnam truly is and why it is called the central highlands. These 3 towers were constructed in the 12 century and are quite beautiful. On the day we went we were pleasantly surprised to find that local farmers were using the area around the towers for grazing for their cattle.
The last tower we saw was Thap Doi, or Twin Towers which are actually in the city itself. It was built in the 12th century and is quite beautiful. On the corners of the towers you will find the body of the God bird Garuda. As can be seen by this tower, the Cham dynasty was much influenced like the Khmer dynasties by Indian art.
Updated Mar 22, 2006
Favorite thing: In Quy Nhon since its such a sleepy little coastal town, there isn't much tourism. However, come to the rescue is Barbara who runs The Kiwi Connection - Quy Nhon which is a place which provides tourist information about Binh Dinh Province and Quy Nhon as well as provides cheap rooms and Western food. Barbara can even arrange tours for you either to see the Cham Towers or to visit a local Ethnic village or whatever you may like.
Barbara also provides for $1 US a brochure about the tourist opportunities in the Binh Dinh Province where you can find info about some of the local tourist attractions and a little about the area. Within the brochure are ads also to local restaurants and hotels too.
The Kiwi Connection - Quy Nhon is located at 18 Nguyen Hue, Quy Nhon, Vietnam, telephone 056.892921, mobile 0905 108 589, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written Mar 23, 2006