The town of Phan Thiet had an unusually late advent into the tourism industry. In 1995, the total solar eclipse brought thousands of people to the Mui Ne beach district in order to get a good view. This solar event introduced a great number of people to Phan Thiet who otherwise might not have ever discovered it, and that day in 1995 is now thought of the day that tourism was ‘born’ in the city.
The city has over 200,000 residents, many of whom work in the fishing industry. The city is found on the South China Sea, making it an obvious choice for fishing for both business and pleasure. During the Vietnam War, the United States had a military base here that was commonly known as Landing Zone Betty. When you arrive at your Vayama.com budget hotel, ask where you can go to witness the locals perform the ceremony dedicated to their whale god. They believe it will bring them good luck and protection during their fishing and boating expeditions.