It's about time that I updated the list of hotels and restaurants in Phan Thiet, as my last update was in 2013, more than three years ago. Since there are now over 350 hotels, resorts and guest houses in Phan Thiet, I will not try to list them all, but just the major ones. Plus, trip advisor has begun to correct the location of many of the establishments, so it is a much better guide than it was in the past.
Phan Thiet covers over 58 kilometers of coastline. Along this coastline are nine wards and communes. From northeast to southwest, they are Mui Ne ward, Ham Tien ward and Phu Hai ward. In the city center are six wards. South of the city center is Tien Thanh commune.
Mui Ne ward has two long sandy beaches, both facing to the east. They are Suoi Nuoc Beach and Ganh Beach. The resorts that are listed on trip advisor under hotels at Suoi Nuoc Beach are Blue Bay Mui Ne Resort, Full Moon Village, Mui Ne Village Resort and Kitesurf, Hai Dang Resort, Song Hien Hotel, Long Son Campground and Restaurant, and Saigon Emerald Resort.
Ganh Beach, southwest of Suoi Nuoc Beach has two distinct areas. The northern end of the beach, where the village of Hon Rom is located has a number of two star resorts popular with Vietnamese tourists on a budget. Those listed under hotels on trip advisor are Hon Rom 1 Resort, Hon Rom 2 Resort, Nang Hon Rom Resort and Song Bien Xanh Resort. The resorts and hotels south of Hon Rom are the Sandunes Beach Resort and Spa, the Pandanus Resort, Nam Chau Resort, the Malibu Resort, the Blue Shell Resort, Sailing Bay Resort and Mui Ne Bay Resort. The word Mui means ‘cape’ in Vietnamese. Ganh Beach is on the east side of the cape and the town of Mui Ne (population 25,000) covers the entire west side of the cape. Inside the town at the top of the hill headed towards Ham Tien is Source Lodge and kitesurf. The deck at the restaurant here offers a spectacular view of all of Mui Ne, Rang Beach, Phu Hai the city center and Tien Thanh in the distance. Just below Source is Manta Sail Training Center. All other hotels, B&Bs, specialty lodging and vacation rentals listed as being in Mui Ne are not really located in Mui Ne, but rather are in Ham Tien, Thien Nghiep, or Phu Hai. They list under the name Mui Ne for marketing purposes, to benefit from the fact that tourists are familiar with Mui Ne, rather than the names of the wards and communes in which they are actually located.
Ham Tien ward begins just west of Mui Ne. The half-moon shaped 10-kilometer long sandy beach at Ham Tien is Rang Beach, which faces to the south. There are well over a hundred resorts, hotels, guest houses and specialty lodges on Rang Beach, so I will not attempt to list them all. They begin about a kilometer west of the town. The major resorts and guest houses, most of which are listed on Trip Advisor, are Suntan Hostel, Hoa Bien (Sea Flower) Resort, Daydream Hotel, Oceanique Resort, Hai Gia Resort, Canary Resort, Thai Hoa Resort, Lucy Resort, Hai Au Resort, Hotel MiMi (Not on the beach), Mui Ne de Century Resort, Little Mui Ne Resort and Little Paris Resort.
At his point, the name of the street changes from Huynh Thuc Khang to Nguyen Dinh Chieu, although it is the same street. Namkha Villa is in a neighborhood called Bau Me, just above the street name change. Just after the name change is Ham Tien Market, and then Hoang Ngoc (Oriental Pearl) Resort, Hotel One and Ten, The Watering Hole Resort, Mai Am Guest House, Vuon Tra Resort, Firefly Guest House (Not on the beach), Hoang Hai Resort, Grace Boutique Resort, Sinh Café’s Mui Ne Resort, Song Huong Hotel (Not on the beach), Dynasty Resort, Hoang Kim Golden Resort, Tien Phat Resort, Bien Dua Resort, Bien Nho Resort, Hai Yen Resort, Minh Tam Resort, Salina Guest House, Nathalie’s Resort, Nhan Hoa Resort, and Hoang Lam Resort.
After Hoang Lam, the road skirts the beach. For almost two kilometers there are no resorts on the beach, only the most popular all night beach bar: Dragon Beach, plus the ‘Bo Ke’ seafood restaurants, which are notorious for food poisoning. Across the street from the beach is the Ocean Valley Hotel.
Just past the center of the ‘half-moon’, the street turns inland. The first hotel on the west side of Ham Tien is Kim Ngan Guest House, and then Ve Tam Guest House (Not on the beach) and Lang Sen (Lotus Village Resort). Across from the street leading up to the new highway is Shades Resort Apartments, and then the Windsurf Hotel, the Novela Resort, The Sea Breeze Resort, Tien Dat Resort, Paris Mui Ne Plage, Vietnam Austria House (Backpacker Resort), Joes Garden Resort, Full Moon Resort, Sunshine Beach Resort, Hiep Hoa Resort, Xuan Nguyen Guest House, The Sand Dune Hotel (Not on the beach), Joe's Boutique Resort, Sunrise Resort, Wind Champ Resort, Hong Di Guest House, Green Coconut Resort, Sunny Beach Resort, Thuy Thuy Resort (Not on the beach), Villa Aria and Suoi Tien Resort.
West of Suoi Tien is Coco Beach, the original resort on Rang beach; and then Ha Anh Hotel (Not on the beach), Saigon Mui Ne Resort, Ever Green Guest House (Not on the beach), Blue Ocean Resort, Dragon Fly Guest House (Not on the beach), C-Cells Guest House (Not on the beach), Ngoc Bich Beach Break, Sunsea Resort, Small Garden and Vinh Suong Resort. Up a small hill away from the beach are the three Mui Ne Hills Resorts; Mui Ne Hills Bliss Hotel, Mui Ne Hills Villa Hotel and the Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel.
From Vinh Suong to the west end of Rang Beach is the area euphemistically referred to as ‘Little Moscow’ or ‘The Russian Village’ because there are so many Russian guests who stay in this area. The next resort is Swiss Village, and then Bamboo Village, Ngoc Duy, Cham Villas, Bon Bien Resort, Terracotta Resort, Bao Quynh Bungalows, Mia Resort, Ocean Star Resort, Unique Resort, 1001 Nights Hotel (Not on the beach), Seahorse Resort, Palmira Resort, Nam Hai Hotel (Not on the beach), Sonata Hotel (Not on the beach), Anantara Resort, Dessole Sea Lion Beach Resort, Mui Ne Ocean Resort, Sand Garden Resort (Not on the beach) and Allezboo Resort.
Phu Hai ward, where the Cham Towers are located, covers a mostly hilly area between Ham Tien and the city center. Many of the resorts here are built above small coves with their own beaches. The first resort on the east end of Phu Hai is the Ocean Vista Hotel in the Sea Links City Complex, then the Cliff Resort and Residences, across the street from the entrance to Sea Links Hotel and Golf Course. Just west of the Cliff are the Victoria Resort and the Melon Resort (Not on the beach), and then on a small street that turns left from Nguyen Dinh Chieu are the Takalau Resort, Lotus Mui Ne Resort, Sweet Coconut Village Resort, Amaryllis Resort, Phu Hai Resort and the Romana Resort.
Down the hill and into Phan Thiet city center, some five kilometers from the Romana, are the Palms Phan Thiet and the Ocean Dunes Resort. Outside the entrance to Ocean Dunes and across a small street from the beach are the Park Diamond Hotel and Doi Duong Hotel.
Tien Thanh ward covers approximately 20 kilometers of coastline south of the city center. The beaches along this ward face to the east. From the city center, the street goes over a hill before returning to the beach. About five kilometers south of the city, there is a cluster of mostly new resorts, beginning with the Eden Resort, and then the Sand Hills Beach Resort, the Orchid Beach, Xom Chai, Non Nuoc, Villa Del Sol, the Champa Resort and Spa, the Golden Coast Resort, and Long Beach. At his point, the road skirts the ocean for two or three kilometers. On the north end of the small town of Tien Thanh, which extends for about three kilometers along the road, is the Fiore Healthy Resort. On the south end of town is The Green Papaya Organic Village. Past the town are the Sea Lion II Resort, Sao Mai Resort, Saigon Suoi Nhum Resort, Anh Duong and Doi Su Resort.
Ke Ga is south of Tien Thanh ward and is not officially part of Phan Thiet. However, the Ke Ga and Lagi hotels and resorts are listed under Phan Thiet on trip advisor, as these areas do not have pages of their own. The first resort below Tien Thanh is the Fengshui Resort, and then the Pegasus Resort (Formerly Hana Beach Resort, which was formerly the Seaside Hut Resort), followed by Blue Sailing Resort, the Rock Garden Spa Resort, Eco Spa Village, Bau Mai Resort , and the Peaceful Resort. The tallest light house in Vietnam, built by the French during their occupation of the country, is at Mui Ke Ga (Ke Ga Cape). The most luxurious resort in the province; the Princess d’Annam is just past Ke Ga.
Southwest of Ke Ga is the town of Lagi. The Exotica Playa Resort is on a beach a few kilometers northeast of the town center.