On my way to explore Southern Vietnam from the seaside resort town of Nha Trang to Quy Nhon, where the most beautiful beaches in the country is located, I had a quick stop in Phu Yen. Bai Xep beach and the famous tourist attraction of Da Dia Reef are both located in Phu Yen. Spending the night at July homestay in Tuy Hoa Town, I was amazed by the hospitality and interesting interior design of the accommodation.
Exquisite vintage design
The homestay owner shared that July’s vintage design was inspired by a mixture of Northern European architecture and a traditional Vietnamese exterior. Old cameras, bicycles and bookshelves beautifully placed within the indoor space create the delicate vintage atmosphere. I was absolutely impressed with the unique decor of this homestay, which is noticeably distinctive from the other places I’ve experienced in Vietnam so far.
Fully equipped and cozy kitchen
The one thing that made me feel like home the most was July’s normal kitchen, like one every family household here in Vietnam would have. Whilst almost every hostel and hotel in Vietnam do not have a kitchen, staying at such a homestay is a perfect option for those who like to make their own food whilst traveling, like me. It seemed very common for the guests and staff here to share their food and drinks in gathering evenings from time to time, keeping the atmosphere friendly and cozy
The staff keeping the homestay organized and functioning are local volunteer students. Thanks to them, you would feel more welcome than ever before here. Though I did not travel alone to Phu Yen, I did spend some time chatting with the owner and several staff members to get to know more about the region.
Colourful dorm beds
The dorm beds in July homestay are some of the biggest ones I have slept on so far. Each of them can even fit two people at a time. Whilst most of the dorms bed in Vietnam tend to be quite small and compact, the ones at July make sure you have enough space and comfort to relax after a long day of traveling. There’s an en-suite bathroom within their 8-bed dorms. If you prefer some more privacy, there’s always the alternative to stay in their private room for two.
What to see in Phu Yen
Phu Yen’s most famous attractions are the Da Dia reef and Bai Xep beach — one of the most known filming locations of the movie I Saw Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass (2015). The movie was a success in Vietnam, having received excellent recognition thanks to its visually stunning filming locations. Da Dia reef is a seashore area of unique topography, uniformly interlocking basalt rock columns located along the coastline.
Traveling from Phu Yen to the surrounding tourist destinations
Phu Yen is located in between Nha Trang and Quy Nhon, two of the most well-known major tourist destinations of Northern Vietnam, known for stunning and diverse shorelines. Whilst Nha Trang is famed for its resort seaside, diving hubs and hidden islands, Quy Nhon attracts visitors seeking beautiful swimming spots and peaceful fishing villages. A must-visit in Quy Nhon is Ky Co beach — the so-called Maldives of Vietnam.
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