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Movie-Based Tours: Newest Tourist Attraction in Phu Yen

In Phu Yen, Central Vietnam, there’s a latest attraction that entices tourists to the province, a movie-based tour inspired by the popular film Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xahn (“I See Yellow Flowers Upon The Green Grass”).

The film was directed by Victor Vu and adapted from the book of the same name by popular writer Nguyen Nhat Anh. It depicts several stories: the beautiful yet struggling life of farmers, the innocence of children and even the challenging period when the economy was state-subsidized, and so people were living poorly.

Focusing on the agricultural side of the province, the movie highlighted its huge rice fields; small but charming houses; fluid bamboo trees; grand mountains in the North, South and West; and stunning sea in the East. As with the title of the movie, it featured the breathtaking yellow flowers that can be found by the sea, decorated by the lovely Nua Islet and a dozen ships from a distance.

Ganh Xep in An Chan Commune, Tuy-An District is also showcased in the movie because of its emerald-like sea and enchanting waves hitting against the black rocks by the shore. Wild flowers can also be seen by the beach, creating a powerful effect to the whole scene.

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In order to depict a realistic feel of the movie, it also showed the negative side against all the beauty, like how the fields turn dry and the animals die whenever a natural calamity like a typhoon hits the place.

The HCM City-based Aussie Travel in the province offers a two-night, three-day tour of the movie inspiration at VND2 million ($89) while in Ha Noi, it offers a five-night, four-day tour at VND7-8 million. Tuy Hoa Service and Tourism Company offers the same two-night, three-day tour package in Phu Yen.

The tour starts by greeting the visitors at Tuy Hoa Railway Station; taking them to Mang Lang Church, one of the oldest churches in Vietnam; and finally visiting the sites featured in the movie like the Ganh Da Dia (Cliff of Stone Plates), Ganh Ong, the Lighthouse, Mui Dien (Dien Cape), Hydroelectricity Plant on River Ba Ha and O Loan Lagoon. Moreover, tourists will get to experience a feel of the movie by working like farmers.

Because of its charming, almost poetic, natural landscape, visitors to Phu Yen have been increasing recently. The province is expecting to welcome 900,000 foreign and domestic tourists at the latest. It has 2,700 rooms for accommodation, two five-star hotels, two four-star hotels, and a large number of guest houses, all offering high quality service to its guests. In order to make the most of your stay in Phu Yen, visit between December and August when the weather is just right for touring and relaxation.

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