Quy Hoa beach and Leper hospital

Visitors are welcome, for a small entrance fee, to enjoy the beach here. As leper hospitals go, this one is highly unusual. Rather than being a depressing place, it's a sort of model village near the seafront, where treated patients live together with their families in small, well-kept houses. Depending on their abilities, the patients work in the rice fields, in fishing, and in repair-oriented businesses or small craft shops (one supported by Handicap International produces prosthetic limbs).

The grounds of the hospital (Tel: 646 343; admission 3000VND; from 8 am - 11:30 am & 13:04 pm) are so well maintained that it looks a bit like a resort, complete with numerous busts of distinguished and historically important doctors (both Vietnamese and foreign) scattered around the property.

Fronting the village is Quy Hoa Beach, one of the nicer stretches of sand around Quy Nhon and a popular weekend hang-out of the city's expat community, lust up from the beach, there's a dirt path to the hillside Tomb of Han Mat tu, a mystical poet who died in 1940.

The village and beach are about 1.5km south of town and easily accessible from the road to Song Cau. If coming from Quy Nhon, turn left (down to the village) at the top of the first hill; there's a sign for the hospital at the junction.