Once putting step on Quy Nhon – a coastal city, I believe that you will be back home with your heart tormented by a deep longing as I was.
Quy Nhon is my mother’s homeland. In my memories, Quy Nhon is a little coastal city on side of the East Sea which is always a peaceful and gentle land with mild waves, blue sea and salted fragrance of the sea squeezing on all the corners of the city.
I cannot remember when I was impressed by this city. My mother said that I was born in Quy Nhon. I believe that this homeland’s features have been marked on my heart and soul, so that I shall be moved so much with nostalgia whenever think of this gentle coastal city.
On my visits to my mother’s homeland and also the time to visit Quy Nhon, my love to this little and adorable city has been larger and larger and my memories about Quy Nhon seem to be fresh all the time as if a film which has just been recorded.
Beaches in Quy Nhon are gorgeous. They are not in jade color as those in Nha Trang or in gentle blue as the sea in Phu Quoc island, but in gentle dark blue. On the sunny days, the sea in Quy Nhon looks indulgent as if a mother embracing the child of Quy Nhon city while singing the songs of wind through the rows of trees and the waves tapping on the sand beach.
In my memory, Quy Nhon Beach is beautiful in yellow sand which gently slope to the sea. Parts of it are covered with the green of the sea morning glory trees climbing on the sand. This kind of vitality tree has been developing strongly on this area, stretching along the beach creating a green lots on the yellow ground of sand. Outstanding from that green, you will see the purple flowers quivering in the light breeze.
Hoang Hau Beach which is also known as Egg Beach is considered the most beautiful beaches in Quy Nhon. It is said that, in the past, Nam Phuong Queen (Bao Dai King’s wife) chose this beach to be her own beach for bathing whenever coming to the central region provinces. The name of Hoang Hau Beach (Queen Beach) was originated from the story.
During the short time of half of a year working in Quy Nhon, I had some chances to visit this attraction. It was a great feeling to freely walk on the round stone as if the eggs of various size. In the middle of the vast see and uneven stones, I found myself so tiny in the majestic nature. How enormous the world is!
In the North of the city which is the entrance to Quy Nhon, there is a road running through Phuong Mai Peninsular. I remember the time I traveled on the road, I said out loud merrily when seeing Thi Nai Bridge – the longest bridge crossing the sea in Vietnam that time. Standing on the middle of the bridge and take a look at the distance area, I see nothing but the vas sea in blue which seems to be infinity.
Not far from the bridge, there is a quiet and gentle river called Thanh Ha. The river is the meeting place between sea and river which bring you the feeling of living in the West with marsh plants growing everywhere.
Phuong Mai Peninsular often welcomes me with sand, sunshine and wind. The sands dunes are sparkling under the sunshine while the winds from sea blowing directly to my face and eyes. However, I did not find it unpleasant with that. Quy Nhon has brought me back to the nature where I can freely put my steps on the deserted roads and admire the sand dunes. As far as I know, these sand dunes have been exploited for tourism with the exciting games of sand surfing.
My memory about Quy Nhon is also a sunny midday time standing on the shores of Thi Nai Lake to watch for the sea. Thi Nai is a salted water lake in Quy Nhon which has long been famous for many kinds of fresh and good fish.
From my observation place, I see only the calm water in green. Whenever a breeze blows away, the little waves in white appear on the water outstanding from the green color, creating the gorgeous painting. The wind also brings with the fragrance of the sea which is a little stinky but intimate.
On the way to the northern entrance to Quy Nhon, I also paid a visit to the double tower which is one of the relics of the Cham remaining exist until now. The Double Tower is also known as Hung Thanh Tower is the construction of 2 parallel standing towers. At night, the towers are lightened to be bright and outstanding as if the familiar symbol and image when you first arrive at the city.
Quy Nhon in my mind are also the days driving motorbike on the road Quy Nhon – Song Cau (Cau River). I often stop when arriving at the top of the slope to see the landscapes below. From that point, I see the little city with houses of different height located on the side of the beach in green. Behind the houses, reeds in white are fluttering in the breeze. The space was so peaceful and intimate as if I am seeing my lovely house from a distance.
Quy Nhon in my memories are the nights running along the beach and dropping to a stalls for cups of sugarcane juice with some colleagues. We talk, drink while having some fruit or baked squid and fish and watching for the people coming and going on the streets.
Tourism in Quy Nhon is not as developed strongly as in other coastal cities in Vietnam, but I believe that once time putting step on this city shall place on your mind with unforgettable memories. You will then come back with a seep nostalgia as I did after the trip to Quy Nhon.