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Getting There

By Plane -- Vietnam Airlines flies between Quy Nhon and Ho Chi Minh City daily, and connects with Hanoi 3 days a week (Mon, Wed, and Sat). Contact the airline through your hotel front desk or through their local office (55 Le Hong Phong St.; tel. 056/382-5313). Quy Nhon's Phu Cat Airport is 35km (22 miles) north of the port area.

By Bus -- Local buses will get you anywhere in the region: to the Central Highlands via Kontum (about 6 hr.), to the north via Danang (6 hr.), and to the south via Nha Trang (about 5 hr.). Mai Linh Taxi (tel. 0510/391-4914) runs daily shuttle buses from Hoi An for 90,000 VND (5 1/2 hr.). Apart from the overnight buses between Nha Trang and Hoi An that sometimes pick up passengers in Quy Nhon at around 4am, the "Open Tour" buses do not make regular stops here, so you'll have to use local buses or hire a car for overland travel. The bus station in Quy Nhon is about a kilometer (half a mile) from the beach at the far south end of town (about 10,000 VND by motorbike taxi from most points in the city).

By Train -- Local trains as well as the Reunification Express connect Quy Nhon with Nha Trang to the south and Danang to the north. The passenger station is far from the city center, and messing around arranging tickets is time-consuming (and frustrating), but most hotels or Barbara's Backpackers can arrange it for you for as little as 7,000 VND commission.

Getting Around

If you're arriving by plane, contact your resort of choice for a transfer (which is usually included, but specify when booking). Quy Nhon Taxi (tel. 056/381-5815) can get you around the peninsula in style for just 10,000 VND per kilometer. Motorbike taxi drivers are less pushy in Quy Nhon, and in fact, you'll have to hunt them down a bit, which is refreshing; a ride around town starts from 5,000 VND. There are no set places to rent a motorbike, but contact your hotel front desk or stop by Barbara's Backpackers to get yourself a set of wheels (expect to pay about 80,000 VND). Barbara's also rents bicycles for $1 a day, as do many of the town's hotels. Biking to the sights in town is doable, but the beaches require a short hill ride, and visiting the Cham towers means navigating city traffic.

Orientation -- Quy Nhon is a V-shaped peninsula that, at its narrowest point, is an important deepwater port protected from the stormy seas by outlying islands and a long curve of landmass. Riverside Nguyen Hue Street in the central and northern end of town turns into An Duong as it passes to the south. Quy Nhon is just off the main north-south highway, Route 1, along a newly constructed spur road, Route 1A. The best beaches in the area are south of Quy Nhon center.

Visitor Information & Tours

Barbara's Backpackers (18 Nguyen Hue St.; tel. 056/389-2921; nzbarb@yahoo.com) and Kiwi Restaurant are pretty much it in town; they're basically expat and traveler information central. Barbara is a very friendly New Zealander who has been in Quy Nhon for 10 years and helps coordinate the many aid projects coming into the area; she or one of her very helpful staff members can help with any eventuality, arrange tours, find you a motorbike to rent, and give good advice about local happenings (and the food is good, too).

Fast Facts

Banks & Currency Exchange -- Vietcombank has a branch with all services (including ATM) at the corner of Le Loi and Tran Hung Dao (tel. 056/382-2408; open daily 8-11am and 1:30-5pm, Sat in the morning only).

Internet -- Internet cafes are just about everywhere in town, but service is slow and not so reliable (try early in the morning or late at night if the place stays open).

Post Office -- The Central Post Office (Buu Dien) is at 197 Phan Boi Chau St. (tel. 056/382-1441; open daily 6:30am-10pm).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.