Ninh Thuan Province is a coastal land in South Central Vietnam, borders Khanh Hoa province to the North, Binh Thuan Province to the South, Lam Dong Province to the West and the South China Sea to the East. The province is more than 1,330km away from Hanoi and 330 km from Ho Chi Minh city.
- Nearest airport: Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa Province - 70 km to Ninh Thuan Vietnam.
- Area: 3,360 km2, including 1 city (Phan Rang - Thap Cham) and 6 districts (Ninh Son, Bac Ai, Ninh Hai, Ninh Phuoc, Thuan Nam and Thuan Bac)
- Postal code: 59000
Which is the best time to visit Ninh Thuan Province?
Stunning coastal city - Source: vocw.edu.vn
This province is characterized by a typical monsoon tropical climate with dryness, a lot of wind and strong vaporization. The average annual temperature is 26-27°C. A year here is divided into 2 seasons: rainy season (from September to November) and dry season (from December to August next year).
The best time to visit Ninh Thuan Vietnam is from April to August because there are virtually no storms and the sea is calm & clean. Moreover, you can participate in vibrant local festivals, Ka Te festival is an example. With a variety of amazing stopovers, 3 - 5 days is long enough for you to fully explore this locale.
Top 15 spectacular places to visit in Ninh Thuan Province
#1 Vinh Hy Bay - the most outstanding highlight of Ninh Thuan tourism
Vinh Hy bay - Source: internet
As one of the four most beautiful bays in Vietnam, Vinh Hy Bay is located in the northeast of the province, about 40 km from the center of Phan Rang - Thap Cham City. With a complex of boats, mountains, trees, and extremely magnificent blue water below, it is often likened to Ha Long Bay of the central region. If you visit the bay on a beautiful day, you have the opportunity to walk and feel the "soul" of Vinh Hy - a discreet, gentle beauty, like a hidden "pearl".
Vinh Hy Beach in Ninh Thuan Vietnam has no long sandy beach, no shady trees, no lounges for tourists to loll, nor many luxe tourist services. Houses are located close to the shore, extending and curving along a small concrete road of about 1.5-2m wide lining the coast for traffic. But it is these seemingly disadvantages that make tourists feel like they are contemplating a familiar scenery of the countryside.
#2 Ninh Chu Beach
Ninh Chu beach - Source: vneconomy.vn
Ninh Chu Beach is located in Khanh Hai Town, Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan Province Vietnam, 5 km to the East of Phan Rang - Thap Cham City. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Central of Vietnam and attracts a large number of domestic and foreign tourists. The beach features a length of 10 km with a flat, arc-shaped coast, clear blue water, fine white sand, fresh air, and whispering waves all year round. Accommodation is a highlight here because there are a variety of opulent Ninh Thuan hotels & resorts to reside. In case you would like something more countryside, bonfire and camping are totally available, but remember to prepare all the necessary equipment beforehand.
#3 Ca Na Beach
Ca Na beach - Source: youtube
If you journey on National Highway 1A, when coming to the intersection between Ninh Thuan Province and Binh Thuan Province, Ca Na Beach will come into your eyesight as beautiful as a sleeping princess. Blue sea, white sand, rocky cliffs, mountains, plus the traffic routes winding through the straits, all together give Ca Na Beach a spectacular landscape featuring a warm sunny climate all year round. Ca Na is a perfect combination of mountains, forests, seas, and a unique Cham culture. Natural beauty combined with cultural identity has created a charming tourist paradise in central Vietnam.
If you have been to Ca Na Beach in Ninh Thuan, you should conveniently visit Ca Na Salt Fields. With a nearly year-round sunny, windy and dry climate, Ca Na has advantages for salt production. This place is also considered the largest salt basket in Vietnam with a production area of more than 1,000 hectares. Not only that, Ca Na salt field also was once inscribed on the list of the most beautiful sunset spots in Vietnam with its long white sand beach, an ideal place to watch the sunset and sunrise.
#4 Vast salt fields in Ninh Thuan Province
Salt field - Source: amazingvietnam.vn
Salt fields in this province are not only where clean salt is provided but also an attractive check-in point for tourists thanks to its unique and irresistible beauty. Besides the Ca Na Salt Field, the most beautiful salt fields that are loved by tourists are Phuong Cuu and Dam Vua.
The salt production season in Phuong Cuu starts from December to May next year. The salt fields in Phuong Cuu, Ninh Thuan have different looks at each time of day. It is so ideal to record wonderful, shimmering, fanciful, and ravishing moments of salt fields in the sunrise or sunset. Moreover, witnessing the stages of salt making, visitors can understand how many hardships salt farmers endure to create an indispensable seasoning in this life.
Different from Phuong Cuu Salt Field, Dam Vua Salt Field in Ninh Thuan Vietnam is actually a salt production area cooperated with Russian businesses, opened as a tourist site here. Dam Vua salt field has a spectacular appearance with the sky and earth as one. The over 10m-towering pure white salt dunes are the perfect background for young people to take selfies and also a heavenly setting for lovers to take wedding photos.
#5 Vineyards in Ninh Thuan Province
An Thai vneyard - Source: @mievatho
Besides the charming beaches, the ripe vineyards also are must-see spots in thí coastal province. Among abundant vineyards, you can visit Uncle Ba Moi's Vineyard in Hiep Hoa Village, Phuoc Thuan Commune, Ninh Phuoc District. The vineyard has up to 7 types of grapes, of which 3 types are used to make wine, 4 types are to consume. The most interesting things to do here include eat grapes, drink syrup, and wine for free.
There are also many other gardens in Ninh Thuan Vietnam especially on the way to Vinh Hy Bay such as Thai An Vineyards and Be Diem Vineyards with the fruit all year round. If you go to Ba Moi in the wrong season, you can visit these gardens instead.
#6 Nui Chua National Park
Trekking in Nui Chua national park - Source: vnexpress
Nui Chua National Park is the only dry forest in Vietnam and one of very few in Southeast Asia. Although located in a dry area, the ecosystem here has many groups of organisms that are very rich and various in number and species. Nui Chua National Park in Ninh Thuan Province Vietnam attracts tourists by the white sand, blue sea, colorful coral reefs, diverse rock parks and wild forests. You can climb steep slopes, go down winding roads lining the mountainside, freely explore the landscapes and save beautiful photos.
- Location: Vinh Hai Commune, Ninh Hai District
- Website: http://www.vqgnuichua.vn
#7 Mui Dinh Cape in Ninh Thuan
Mui Dinh cape - Source: chibi.info
Mui Dinh Cape is a special land shaped like an eagle's beak with two wide wings. The attraction of Mui Dinh not only lies in the charming but mysterious landscape, but also in the undulating rocky mountains, breathtaking beaches, and golden sand dunes full of sunshine and wind reminding people of the sub-deserts in Mongolia. Coming to Mui Dinh Cape in Ninh Thuan Province, you should also visit Son Hai Sand Dune, of which the beauty is no less than those in Mui Ne. The special feature of this sand dune is the quite gentle, not too steep terrain.
#8 Hang Rai (Rai Cave)
Rai Cave is located near Nui Chua National Park - Source: Phạm Tuấn Anh
The theory about the name "Hang Rai” is that this cave used to have many otters (“Rai ca” in Vietnamese). If you have the opportunity to come here, you will sometimes see herds of otters following the group. Traveling to Rai Cave in Ninh Thuan Vietnam, the first thing that impresses you is the majestic and unique natural scenery. The multi-shaped stones stacked on top of each other create countless spectacular and interesting large and small caves. Then there are giant coral reefs lying still in the middle of the sea, despite the strong winds and waves, they still reach out to challenge the big white waves rushing to the shore, creating the breathtaking beauty for Rai Cave of Ninh Thuan Province.
Half of Hang Rai is a towering rocky mountain range, with yellow rock blocks creating a strange flexibility. The other half are messy blocks of rock. From here looking down, you can see through to the bottom of the clear blue water. Top things to experience here are swimming, scuba diving to see corals, climbing to the top of Chua mountain to embrace the whole sea and sky.
#9 Poklong Giarai Cham Tower in Ninh Thuan Vietnam
The majestic Poklong Garai Tower is located on Trau Hill, Do Vinh Ward, 9 km from the center of Phan Rang - Thap Cham City. The construction was built at the end of the 13th century as a worship place for King Poklong Garai (1151-1205), a king with great merits in ruling the kingdom of Champa (an ancient country located in the contemporary Central region of Vietnam).
Poklong Garai Tower in Ninh Thuan Province Vietnam is a complex of 3 towers, the main tower places the statue of King Po Klong Garai, the Cong Tower (Gate Tower) in the east and the Thap Than Lua (fire god tower) in the south. This is a work with the main function of worshiping, but it has high architectural, constructive and sculptural value. In July in the Cham’s calendar, if you have the opportunity to visit Poklong Garai tower, you will immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the sacred Kate festival with many rituals and traditional Cham dances.
#10 Sand dunes in Ninh Thuan Province
Nam Cuong red sand dunes
Red & white sand dunes - Source: @ducquy
Nam Cuong Sand Dune located in Tuan Tu Village, An Hai Commune, Ninh Phuoc District is 700ha wide, 20m to 100m high above sea level and especially has a rare red color. Nam This sand dune is surrounded by mountains, sea and villages, creating a lively scene. The most ideal time to take beautiful photos at Nam Cuong Sand Dune is early morning or late afternoon, when the light radiation makes the red color of the dunes more prominent. A special feature of Nam Cuong Sand Dune of Ninh Thuan is the change in appearance hour by hour, day by day. Just a strong wind is enough to change the curves of the dunes. After one night, the footprints of humans and animals walking on the sand were completely erased, returning the Nam Cuong sand dunes to a smooth surface.
Tuan Tu white sand dune
Also located in Tuan Tu Village, An Hai Commune, Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province but with a completely different connotation from Nam Cuong red sand dune is Tuan Tu white sand dune. This place consists of smooth white sand dunes that follow each other to form a rippled sand valley with many fancy shapes. The beauty of the sand dunes is enhanced by the blue sea, straight poplar rows or wild cactus bushes….
Phuoc Dinh Mobile Sand Dune
Located in Son Hai Village, Phuoc Dinh Commune, Thuan Nam District, Ninh Thuan Vietnam, about 40km from Phan Rang - Thap Cham City Center, with an area of about 10km2, Phuoc Dinh Sand Dune is like a miniature Mongolian desert. The most special thing about Phuoc Dinh sand dune is that twice a year, this sand dune goes inland or back to the sea. At the foot of the dunes are winding streams that pour into the sea or small clear lakes. Coming here, visitors can play games such as, sandboarding, motorbike racing...
#11 Tanyoli Tourist Area in Ninh Thuan Province
This area is like a miniature Mongolian Village with steppe-concepted tents. Sunny open ground with burning grass and four sides of mountains, the country's rock and soil arranged in a nomadic style could not be more suitable. The owners provide playgrounds for mainly adventure games such as archery, horseback riding, kayaking, grass skiing, off-road vehicle conquering of Mui Dinh Cape. They also rent Cham and aboriginal costumes for guests of photoshooting preference.
- Entrance fee: 50.000 VND/person ($2.1)
- Location: Phuoc Dinh Commune, Thuan Nam District
- Opening hours: 8am - 5pm
#12 An Hoa sheep field
An Hoa Sheep Field is one of the largest sheep herding sites in Ninh Thuan Vietnam. There are up to thousands of sheep raising on a large steppe grassland. The poetic mountains and forests, fully peaceful countryside vibe has made An Hoa sheep field an ideal place to visit, admire, and experience the exciting nomadic life.
Location: An Hoa Village, Xuan Hai Commune, Ninh Hai District
#13 Vien Ngo Truc Lam Zen Monastery and Trung Son Co Tu pagoda
Trung Son Co Tu - Source: Tư Đỗ
When coming to Ninh Thuan Province Vietnam, don't be so engrossed in the white salt fields or Cham towers that you miss the pagoda with the most beautiful architecture in the province named Trung Son Co Tu. What makes this pagoda stand out from other temples in the province is its prime location on a high hill, leaning against the mountainside. In addition to its excellent location, the pagoda has an architecture that combines traditional and European styles. In addition, Trung Son Co Tu in Ninh Thuan is also known as the most beautiful place overlooking Phan Rang because from here you can capture the whole view of the city, the sight of Ninh Chu Beach, Vua Lake, Nai Lake,...
On the journey to discover Trung Son Co Tu Pagoda, you can visit Vien Ngo Truc Lam Zen Monastery, a member of the cluster of pagodas located at Chong Mountain. This place is considered the largest monastery in Ninh Thuan Province. Every New Year holiday, tourists from all corners of the country come here to worship and pray for good things waiting in a year that is about to start.
Location: Da Chong Moutain, Khanh Hai Town, Ninh Hai District
#14 Ngoan Muc Pass
Ngoan Muc pass - Source: @by.kieukhoa
This pass is part of the arterial road connecting Phan Rang - Thap Cham City of Ninh Thuan with Dalat City of Lam Dong Province. As the name suggests, this pass is full of "spectacular" (spectacular means “Ngoạn Mục” in Vietnamese) bends like the bending elbows of a giant, forcing even the most experienced hikers to hold their breath. The scenery on both sides of the pass is an attraction for tourists. On the way to conquer this pass, you will be able to see with your own eyes the waterfalls that cut through the cliffs with rich and diverse vegetation. In addition, Ngoan Muc pass also brings an interesting feeling due to the change in climate. If the sun and wind in Ninh Thuan Province may hinder you to some extent, then coming to Dalat City, the cool breeze will make you instantly refreshed.
#15 Sen Charaih Cultural and Ecological Tourist Area
The Sen Charaih Cultural and Ecological Tourist Area covers an area of about 1ha and is planned as a small tourist village, in which the endless white & pink lotus swamp is the most impressive highlight. Taking a boat trip through the small water paths on the swamp is absolutely a great thing to do here.
Coming to Sen Charaih Cultural and Ecological Tourist Area in Ninh Thuan Vietnam, you can also get to the rustic wooden bridges spanning the middle of the swamp to view flowers and take some photos. Some miniatures such as windmills, monkey bridges are also well designed to bring the most convenience to visitors. In addition, people coming here will be served with familiar local dishes, of which many are made from lotus in the swamp.
- Location: My Nghiep Commune, Phuoc Dan Town, Ninh Phuoc District
- Opening hours: 5am - 5pm
- Website: https://sencaraih.com
Other information for tourists traveling to Ninh Thuan Province
Resorts and hotels in Ninh Thuan Vietnam
Amanoi Ninh Thuan resort - Source: aman.com
Nestled on the top of a mountain in Nui Chua National Park, Amanoi Resort Vinh Hy with 36 resort villas in total, including 31 Pavillon and 5 world-class villas is Vietnam's first 6-star resort overlooking Vinh Hy bay with. This retreat will satisfy the most luxurious enjoyment dream that any traveler has ever thought of.
- Address: Vinh Hy Village, Vinh Hai Commune, Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan Province
- Website: https://www.aman.com/resorts/amanoi
Vinh Hy Resort
Located right on the beachfront in Vinh Hy Bay, Vinh Hy Resort is a high quality 3-star resort at an affordable price. The resort is located in a dynamic area with many interesting tourist attractions and activities. Some outstanding activities at the resort are taking a glass bottom boat to see the coral, visiting the water park, fishing, night squid fishing, ...
- Address: Vinh Hy Village, Vinh Hai Commune, Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan Vietnam
- Room rate: from 400,000 VND/night
- Website: resortvinhhy.com
If you are a fan of Chinese-style concepts, you can come here! Its Lan Kwai Fong wall is a very cool check-in place. You will get lost in a Chinese space with very eye-catching decor. Each room uses an electronic lock with a password or card to enter. Therefore, there is no need to worry about security issues.
- Address: Lan Kwai Fong Street, Area K1, Phan Rang - Thap Cham City
- Room rate: 300,000 VND/night
Interesting festivals in Ninh Thuan Province
Kate festival of Cham people - Source: vietnamnet.vn
Every year in July of the Cham’s calendar (about October of the solar calendar), the Cham Brahmins eagerly prepare to celebrate the Kate festival. The festival takes place for the whole month with a lively atmosphere from the temples to the villages and finally to the households. It is sequentially organized, forming a flow of rich and diverse Cham festivals. Joining Kate festival, you will be indulged in the vibrant and bustling atmosphere of the Cham people in Ninh Thuan Province Vietnam, admire the traditional costumes of Cham women and enjoy typical Cham dishes only found in Kate.
Amongst Cham festivals, Puis ceremony is a type of ritual of Cham clans to pay back and treat the gods, namely god Po Rame. This festival is usually held periodically, once a year, every 2 years or every 7 years when their clan gets a good harvest, prosperity, and reunìication. Puis ceremony is held popularly in some villages in Ninh Thuan Vietnam such as Hau Sinh, My Nghiep, Vinh Thuan, Vu Bon, Hieu Thien... This custom has existed since ancient times and has become a common practice and beliefs of their tribe. Therefore, when it comes to the annual worshiping time, everyone in the clans, from young to old, male to female busily prepares a range of decent offerings to conduct the worship.
Ninh Thuan map
With both abundant natural and cultural resources, it makes sense that people have high expectations about its tourism potential in the future. As the destinations haven’t not been intensively exploited, it is high time that you took a trip to Ninh Thuan Province Vietnam and admire their untouched beauty. This article has given you the most necessary information, what are you waiting for?