In a beautiful day in December of 2015, I along with my best friend decided to take a trip around Phu Yen province where we were born and grew up. Phu Yen is one of the most remarkable provinces in Vietnam which is famous for many landscapes and the peaceful atmosphere there. The beauty of this province is not the same as many modern cities and provinces in Vietnam such as Hochiminh City and Hanoi… Its beauty is something so ancient, traditional and mysterious that we haven’t explored all of it yet until now.
Our journey started at 7 am and ended at around 4 pm. Because we are young and free, we love travelling and getting experiences. The time we spent travelling was not too long so that we just visited some of the most famous destinations that we haven’t been there before.
Destination 1: 7am-9.30am Hoa Da girdle cake – Speciality in Phu Yen
We departed at 7am from Hoa Vinh village, Dong Hoa district, Phu Yen province by motorbike. The weather was cool and suitable for us to take such an interesting journey. To the northwest on the Highway 1A, it took us around 2 hours to reach the restaurant which was well-known for Hoa Da girdle cake. Then we had really tasty breakfast there. The restaurant was full of customers who were local people and travellers wanting to try this speciality once in their lifetime.
We spent just 80.000vnd for all things ( picture above). People living in Hoa Da village are very famous for making Hoa Da girdle cake. We enjoyed and talked then at 9.30am, we left the restaurant to go to the next destination – Mang Lang Church.
Destination 2: 9.30am – 11am Mang Lang Church – An ancient church in Phu Yen
Continue on Highway 1A, we took a ride and listened to the whisper of the wind. The view was amazing. Phu Yen was peaceful, quiet and friendly just like local people living there. We were driving on the road but felt like we were driving in…”heaven”!
It took us 1 hour to reach the direction to Mang Lang and turn right to reach Mang Lang Church which was in Tuy An district of Phu Yen province. We were really impressed by the hospitality and friendliness of people there. Mang Lang Church was one of the most ancient churchs in Phu Yen. We paid a visit to this church, took some photos then took a deep breath at this wonderful site as well.
Destination 3: 11am-12.30pm Da Dia Reef
From Mang Lang church, it took us about 20 minutes to get to Da Dia Reef. Local people there offered free hat services which travellers could borrow one hat to travel and pay it back when they returned. They also sold beautiful souvenirs made of shells and served soft drink if people felt thirsty.
Da Dia Reef is one of the most famous sightseeings which attracted thousands of visitors every year. In 1998 Da Dia Reef was recognised as a national scenic spot. This Reef consists of many blocs of rocks formed by the waves with many special shapes such as pentagon, hexagon… According to research of scientists, Da Dia Reef is probably formed from the volcano erupting rocks, when meeting the sea water, they were frozen and cracked in a lot of directions and this forms such an amazing beauty spot.
On the way back to home, we saw a lot of paddy fields, peaceful roads, many trees. Then we realised that we loved this place so much. The road leading to home seemed to be nearer…
It was afternoon so that we stopped to have lunch in Chi Thanh village. Chi Thanh at this time was quiet and peaceful. We spent 30.000vnd for lunch. It was 2pm. We continued our journey back to home then saw some farmers selling something fresh. They were “san nuoc” – one kind of fruit that was very delicious and a little sweet, people could use them to cook meals. “San nuoc” here was fresh, inexpensive and good for health. We bought some to give them to our families.
Follow us to visit this amazing destination and I am sure you will be surprised by its natural beauty!
Translated by Bich Ngoc.