Fishing boats in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Vietnam
White sand dunes on sunrise, Mui Ne, Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach, Phan Thiet, Vietnam

Visit Phan Thiet

WHAT TO BUY IN PHAN THIET

The fishing village of Phan Thiet has limited shopping options, but there are an increasing number of gift shops selling handicrafts such as embroidery, paintings, lacquer ware, blankets, scarves, handbags and ceramics. Those products are special, featuring the unique characteristics of Cham art. It is also fun to discover the bustling local market and don’t miss fresh and so tasty local fruits such as Dragon Fruit.

SEAFOOD

Phan Thiet is a wonderful place for you to enjoy seafood, both fresh and dried. If you want to buy some meaningful souvenirs for your family, dried seafood is totally a must.

Half dried cuttlefish
Cuttlefish in general & half dried cuttlefish in particular are the most favorite local snack. After being catch, the cuttlefish will be washed & dried under sunlight in one day only, then carefully packed & frozen. When you enjoy half dried cuttlefish, you will easily see the color & sense the remained of natural sweetness.
Dried seafood
Dried seafood is highly salted and semi-dried fishery products. It may come with an obnoxious odor and a cheesy but rich fishy flavor widely liked as a sea food item worldwide. As known as the oldest & the best preservation method, you can buy & give dried seafood to your friends without worrying about expired date.
There are many kinds for you to choose: Yellowstripe scad, dried cuttlefish, dried shrimp, etc.

FISH SAUCE

You are finding somewhere to buy this one-of-a-kind Vietnamese sauce? Congratulations on being in Phan Thiet. Famous for having many kinds with a wide variety of salinity & size, Phan Thiet is an ideal place for you to buy Nuoc Mam – fish sauce, which is widely used in every Vietnamese daily meal. Fish sauce is also an irreplaceable ingredient in many traditional dishes: rolls dishes (both deep fired & fresh spring rolls), Vietnamese pancake, etc.

FRUIT

Despite not having variety of fruits like Mekong Delta; Binh Thuan in particular & Phan Thiet in specific are dubbed as the kingdom of dragon fruits. The special sweetness of them has made Binh Thuan well-known in many countries & surely be a good choice if you want to give your family a unique nutritious gift.

Come to Dragon Fruit Farm & choose the lovely red fruits yourself.

CRAFTS

Sand arts/sand drawing has been a must-have item to many tourists when travelling to Phan Thiet. From the skillfulness & high creativity, the disadvantaged children from Phi Long company have been made many unique gifts from variety of natural sands.

Handicrafts which was made from coconut leaves & bamboo sticks are also good choices for an amazing surprised gifts for your friends.

SPECIALTIES

With the pure sweetness, the lovely color, the beautiful smell of coconut milk & long expired date, “banh re” & “banh com sua” are unique specialties in Phan Thiet and also are ideal choices if you want to give your kids & family a memorable experience of this lovely city without having to pay a visit. Additionally, they have a reasonable price & easy to find, you can find them everywhere on the streets.

WHERE TO BUY IN PHAN THIET

There are a number of good markets for you to choose in Phan Thiet.

For souvenir, jewelry shops & food court, you can start at the Co-op Mart on the corner of Nguyen Tat Thanh and Tran Hung Dao.

With the price labeled on every product, you have not to worry about being overcharged & conveniently choose exactly what you want.

Location: 1A Nguyen Tat Thanh Str., Binh Hung Dist, Phan Thiet
Opening hours: 8.00 am – 10.00 pm.

Phan Thiet Central Market is also a good place for shopping. Being the largest market in the province, you can easily find local stuffs such as fresh fruit, coconut candies, dried seafood, and sand paintings.

Experience the daily lives of the locals with huge crowds haggling with vendors & authentic Vietnamese delicacies for breakfast such as banh xeo (crispy pancake), mi quang (turmeric noodles), goi cuon (fresh spring rolls), …

Location: The intersection between Ly Thuong Kiet Street and Nguyen Hue Street, Phan Thiet
Opening Hours: Daily 05:00 – 18:00

Mui Ne Village Market, a small outdoor market by the beach, is where you can get your hands on lots of tropical fruits and inexpensive clothing. If you want to have some photo opportunities, go there in the early morning to see fishermen bringing in their catch of the day with locals fervently bargaining for the freshest product. Remember to be courteous and not to block the crowded pathway, then enjoy the interesting daily local life there.

Location: 133 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
Opening Hours: Daily 05:00 – 18:00

Ham Tien market which was opened in 2012 is a trust-worthy market for banana, sesame candies, coconut cakes and peanut brittle. In this local market within a pale blue building along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, not only can you find local essentials such as butchered meat seafood, vegetables, fruits, local condiments, dried foodstuffs; you can also find cheap clothes, handicrafts and accessories. Just remember to bargain at least 50% lower than the retail price before making your purchase.

Location:
Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
Opening Hours: Daily 05:00 – 19:30
If you are finding handicraft shopping, come to Mui Ne Handicraft at Java Restaurant. Offers a wide selection of beautiful handicrafts made by disadvantaged locals, Mui Ne Handicraft just takes five minutes to drive from Ham Tien Market. Especially, profits are given back to the locals who made them.

Location: 152 Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Phan Thiet
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 23:00

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