On the land of ‘yellow flowers on green grass’
Phu Yen, a coastal province on the south central coast with over 200 km of shoreline, was barely on Vietnam’s tourism map until the ‘Toi thay hoa vang tren co xanh’ (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass) movie phenomenon.
The movie was released in October 2015 by Vietnamese American filmmaker Victor Vu, based on the novel of the same name by best-selling author Nguyen Nhat Anh. The film offers a return to childhood through the story of two young brothers in rural central Vietnam in the 1980s.
With a diverse natural landscape of mountains, plateaus, deltas, rivers, lagoons, bays, and islands, the stunning picturesque Phu Yen shown in the film leaves a deep impression on viewers. Many people have flocked to Phu Yen to experience its indigenous culture, scenic landscapes and local cuisine.
Let’s join Nhan Dan Online to explore the new emerging destination for holidaymakers.
The most popular tourism destination in Phu Yen is Da Dia Reef, located in the An Ninh Dong commune in Tuy An district. It is rated among the most unique reefs in the world and was recognised as a national scenic spot in 1998.
From a distance, Da Dia Reef looks like as a giant beehive with prismatic adjacent basalt columns formed by millions of years of volcanic eruption.
Dai Lanh cape, about 10km south of Phu Yen’s capital Tuy Hoa, is recognised as the country’s easternmost point.
As Dai Lanh cape has an important position for national security, a large lighthouse was built on the cape by the French in 1890, making it one of the oldest in the country.
Enjoying the first sun rise of the new day with the ocean’s panoramic views from the top of the lighthouse is an unforgettable memory for visitors.
Unspoiled Mon beach at the foot of the cape is an ideal place for camping, swimming, and enjoying fresh seafood.
Vung Ro bay, located at the edge of Ca Pass Mountains in Hoa Xuan Nam commune, Dong Hoa district, is the natural border of Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces. It used to be an important port on the Ho Chi Minh Trail at sea during the American war.
A diverse landscape with majestic mountains surrounding small beaches and seafood specialties earn a reputation for the much-loved destination.
Visitors can tour floating fish farms on the bay and enjoy dishes made with seafood caught by themselves.
Phu Yen is famous for its various deserted beaches such as Mon, Tu Nham, Long Thuy and Tram. However, Xep beach, 15km from Tuy Hoa, has become familiar to many people since the movie was released.
Stretching between two large mountain ranges at both ends, Xep beach in Victor Vu’s film appears with its untouched and peaceful beauty. The location is even more attractive in real life with the blend of blue sky, clear water and white sand.
The beach is surrounded by black rocks and two mountain ranges covered with green grass and cactus.
A large lawn on the top of a mountain range at Xep beach, were chosen for the kite playing scene with children in the film.
Tuy Hoa city with its rich in history and culture should not be missed in Phu Yen. Among its highlights is the Cham tower on the top of Nhan Mountain north of Tuy Hoa.
Built by Cham people around the 12th century, Nhan tower is part of Cham towers representing the ethnic people’s architectural art in the ancient Phu Yen land.
With a long shoreline, Phu Yen is famous for its indigenous seafood dishes. Among abundant specialties of the province are grilled blood oysters in O Loan lagoon, Tuy Hoa steamed tuna eyes, steamed pompano, thick noodle soup with chives and jellyfish salad.
Named Vietnam’s tuna capital for having the largest tuna catch, Tuy Hoa is well-known for its highly nutritious tuna dishes, including tuna eyes steamed with local spices and herbs. The appealing and savoury dish is served in a small ceramic pot with local vegetables.
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