Thic Ca Phat Dai is the name of the temple and large statue of the Buddha that stands high over the seaside about 5km (3 miles) north along Tran Phu Street at Front Beach. Buy a pack of incense at the bottom of the hill from the kids who will swarm you (just 2,000 VND) and climb the hill, first to the small temple, and then on up the steps to the large open area with the big Buddha overlooking the port below (burn your incense sticks here), as well as other statuary and little pavilions. One gazebo has inscriptions from the Buddhist precepts -- in transliterated Pali, Vietnamese, and English -- about the delights of passionless meditation, cultivating good in oneself, the impermanence of the body, and the belief that viewing the world as a fragile bubble, a mirage, fends off the fear of death. Heady stuff. The Theravadan monks in vermilion don't speak much English but are welcoming and carefully guide you to the alms box. Just before reaching the big Buddha, meet the giant Madonna standing over another stretch of beach. Both sights are free, but with plenty of suggested donation boxes, and are open from dawn to dusk.

If you're interested in golf, check out the Paradise Resort (on the far north end of Back Beach), which hosts the popular beachside Paradise Ocean Noon Golf Club, a recently renovated course of 27 holes with a small dining area, club rentals, and a pro shop. Contact the clubhouse directly at tel. 062/382-3366.

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