Beautiful white salt fields Ninh Thuan which you should definitely visit

Beautiful white salt fields Ninh Thuan which you should definitely visit

Ninh Thuan 15.12.2020

For a long time, people have referred Ninh Thuan as a destination of beautiful pristine beaches, vast vineyards, high sand hills and the typical hot weather of the Central Coast land of Vietnam. However, there is a very "different Ninh Thuan" with the beautiful white salt fields shimmering like the snow of Mount Fuji in Japan, surprising any visitor coming there. If you have not had a chance to explore this land, let introduce you the beautiful salt fields in Ninh Thuan!

Translated by nguyendo

Written by trangnt

Ca Na salt field

Ca Na is the largest salt producer in the country with an area of about a thousand hectares. It was once included in the list of the 15 most beautiful sunset spots in the world voted by Dailymail in 2016. With a history of more than 100 years of making salt from the French colonial period and the ratio of pure salt up to 95%, Ca Na salt is famous for its high quality and rich flavor.


Salt fields in Ca Na. Photo: goninhthuan

With a circular terrain surrounded by mountains, this land is less influenced by southwest monsoons, creating an ideal dry climate for making salt. Also, Ca Na has a very special flow of water - the cold water flows move from deep areas to the shallow ones, replacing hot water currents, thereby contributing to the dry climate of the region. This phenomenon makes many nutrients and phytoplankton appear on the surface of the field and under the direct influence of solar radiation, activating photosynthesis and creating a diversity of food for marine animals. This is also the reason why Ca Na salt has natural whiteness and contains a rich diversity of minerals.


Ca Na salt field scene becomes sparkling in the enthusiastic working atmosphere of the people.


Coming to Ca Na, you will be surprised by the tens of hectares of white salt fields along the coast. Along the rocky outcrops on the shore, the local people create salt fields as white as snow, which has surprised many visitors. If you come here at sunset, you will be more impressed by the pink salt dunes under the sunset glow, creating a picturesque scenery. The white space with stretching sand makes this place even more captivating.

The level of saltiness of Ca Na is higher than other places (3 - 4%), so you can see the coral reefs under a depth of less than 2 meters at a position of 20 meters from the mainland.


For those who are photogenic, the moments in Ca Na salt fields cannot be missed. Photo:

The ideal time to visit Ca Na is from May to August when the weather is warm and you can see the white salt, blue sea and gorgeous sunshine. At the same time, this is not the peak tourism season, so visitors do not need to worry too much about the quality of services and travel costs.

Location: Ca Na Commune, Thuan Nam District, Ninh Thuan Province


The locals are enthusiastically making salt. Photo:

Phuong Cuu salt field

Phuong Cuu is the second largest salt field in Ninh Thuan. It is also considered one of the largest salt fields in Central Vietnam, located in a position of about 15km from Phan Rang city. The salt season in Phuong Cuu - Ninh Thuan takes place from December to May annually, so visiting the destination on this occasion, you can admire the beautiful space as white as snow.


The pure white salt dunes in Phuong Cuu salt fields. Photo: tapchidulich

Coming to Phuong Cuu salt field, visitors also have the opportunity to observe and learn about the completely-handmade salt making stages here. A day of salt making of the locals will start from early morning as it is scorching hot at noon. To make salt fields, the people will prepare the soil, soak the sand with seawater, level it, dry it on the land, water the seawater on the drying yard and sprinkle salt stimulants. When the sand dries, the crystallized salt will appear. The more sunny the weather, the quicker the salt is formed. In the vast scenery of the sea and the murmuring of waves, the image of the locals diligently producing each grain of salt creates a simple but beautiful working picture.


The picture of the enthusiastic working environment on the salt field. Photo: baomoi

The appropriate time to visit Phuong Cuu salt field is from December to May (during the salt season).

Location: Phuong Hai Commune, Ninh Hai District - 15km from Phan Rang - Thap Cham City


Phuong Cuu - the second largest salt field in Ninh Thuan white-sand land - is also a destination not to be missed when you come to Ninh Thuan. Photo:

How to travel to these two salt fields in Ninh Thuan?

Going to Ninh Thuan by plane

Ninh Thuan does not have its own airport, but it is close to Khanh Hoa province with Cam Ranh airport - one of the major airports in Vietnam. 

If you travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Cam Ranh, it will take about 1 hour to fly with the price of about VND 1,000,000/person/turn. Flights from Da Nang to Cam Ranh will take you about 1 hour with ticket prices ranging from VND 1,300,000 - 2,000,000/person/turn. If you travel from Hanoi to Cam Ranh, it will take more than 2 hours with the cost of about VND 1,200,000 - 2,000,000/person/turn.



Going to Ninh Thuan by train


Going to Ninh Thuan by train. Photo: luxuryinside

Tens of kilometres from Ninh Thuan, Phan Rang - Thap Cham city is the stop for many trains, especially North-South.

Trains departing from Saigon include SE2, SE4, SE6, SE8 and SE22 with the running time of about 5-6 hours and the ticket price of about VND 150,000 - 700,000/turn (based on the type of seats).

Trains departing from Hanoi include SE1, SE3, SE5 and SE7 with the running time of about 25-30 hours and the ticket price of about VND 400,000 - 1,400,000/turn (based on the type of seats).

Going to Ninh Thuan by coach

Ninh Thuan is adjacent to Nha Trang, so if you do not want to take a plane or train, you can easily choose a coach from Saigon with the running time of about 7-8 hours. Visitors can choose some coach companies such as Que Huong, Hoang Nhan and Lien Hung with ticket prices ranging from VND 160,000 to 190,000/turn. If you depart from Hanoi, the travel time will be more than 28 hours. You can buy tickets from Hoang Long company with the ticket price of about VND 550,000/turn.



Means of transportation to go to Ca Na and Phuong Cuu salt field


Ca Na salt field is about 50 km from Phuong Cuu.

From the airport, train or coach station in Cam Ranh, you can hire a taxi or motorbike to travel to Ca Na and Phuong Cuu salt fields.

The most convenient option is that you should hire a taxi to come to your accommodation, then rent a motorbike at your hotel/motel/homestay in Ninh Thuan to come to Ca Na and Phuong Cuu. The rental can range from VND 90,000 - 120,000/motorbike/day.


Rent a motorbike from the accommodation to the salt fields for convenience and proactive mobility.


Vietnam has a lot of salt fields, but only in Ninh Thuan can visitors admire the endless white salt fields and the beautiful dusk at one of the best places for watching the sunset in the world.