Vinh Hy Bay Resort

First published September 2016 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle

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Vinh Hy is a gorgeous natural harbour between Phan Rang and Nha Trang. Accessed via the spectacular Nui Chua Coast Road, the bay is a perfect crescent of blue water hemmed in by rocky cliffs covered in forest. A fishing fleet of blue wooden boats occupies the bay, around which clusters the tiny village of Vinh Hy. At the centre of this pretty coastal scene is the excellent-value, unpretentious Vinh Hy Resort. [You can check current rates, availability & make a reservation for Vinh Hy Resort HERE]

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Vinh Hy Bay Resort, Ninh Thuan, VietnamVinh Hy Resort is in a fabulous position, right in the middle of this bay: not bad for $15 a night

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REVIEW: VINH HY BAY RESORT


Address: Vinh Hy Village, Vinh Hai Commune, Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan Province [MAP]

Price: $10-$20 | Phone: (+84) 68 3771 999

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Located on a thumb of land poking into the bay, with the river on one side and the harbour on the other, this small resort boasts sea views, clean rooms, two swimming pools, and excellent food. Rates average around $15 a night, which represents very good value for money, especially considering the other accommodation option in the area: the thousand-dollar-a-night Amanoi Resort.

Vinh Hy Bay Resort, Ninh Thuan, VietnamThe bayfront pool, cafe and restaurant is a great place to relax and enjoy the views across the bay

Vinh Hy Resort (the name is misleading; it feels more like a classic Vietnamese guesthouse) consists of a few dozen concrete bungalows arranged around a very large pool. Architecturally, it’s fairly basic and functional. But inside, the rooms are tidy, spacious, comfortable and well-furnished. TVs, mini-bars, bathrooms with bathtub, and all other basic comforts are a feature of all the rooms. Most rooms have windows facing onto the central pool, but some front the bay instead, which is much nicer.

Vinh Hy Bay Resort, Ninh Thuan, VietnamConcrete bungalows at Vinh Hy Resort: functional from the outside but clean & comfortable on the inside

The bayfront restaurant, cafe and pool is a delightful place to be at dawn or dusk, when the light in the harbour is beautiful. Breakfast (not included in the room price) is simple but good, consisting of bread and eggs or noodle soup, and coffee. The dinner menu has a range of classic Vietnamese dishes, all of which are very good. Try the thịt kho tộ (caramelized pork stew), khổ qua xào trứng (bitter gourd fried with egg) and cá biển chiên (fried ocean fish) all served with plenty of steamed rice and local fish sauce.

Vinh Hy Bay Resort, Ninh Thuan, VietnamBreakfast at Vinh Hy Resort: the dinner menu also offers lots of good, classic Vietnamese dishes

Although Vinh Hy Bay is bound to become a major draw for tourists, for the moment it only gets busy on weekends and public holidays. If you come during the week, you’re likely to have the resort and the bay mostly to yourself. The resort can easily arrange a ride on a glass-bottomed boat to view the coral in the bay, or a seafood dinner on a floating fish farm. Other attractions include strolling along the bayside at dusk, soaking up the atmosphere in the dusty but colourful morning market, and sampling the local wine, made from red grapes grown in the region.

Vinh Hy Bay Resort, Ninh Thuan, VietnamWorth waking up for: Vinh Hy Bay at dawn, seen from the front door of my bungalow at the resort

The surrounding area, including Nui Chua National Park and the coast road, is incredibly scenic. It’s best explored by motorbike or, if you don’t have wheels, there are several good (but steep) walks in the hills behind the bay and into the forests to fresh water springs. I love this stretch of coastline and I often stop at Vinh Hy Resort for a day and a night while riding the Ninh Thuan Loop. This is a great example of budget accommodation in a fabulous position: long may it last.

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Vinh Hy Bay Resort, Ninh Thuan, VietnamEnjoying a morning coffee on the bayfront terrace at Vinh Hy Resort

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5 Responses to Vinh Hy Bay Resort

  1. Chelsea Stanford says:

    Hi Tom

    We are travelling South to North as you know (we’ve spoken previously) – and we are travelling to the following destinations. What would you recommend is the best route?

    Phan Rang
    Vinh Hy
    Cam Ranh
    Dalat

    Obviously Dalat is on it’s own in an entirely different direction, so would be good to know where you’d place it.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks
    Chelsea

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