The city of Quy Nhon is a rising tourism destination of the South Central Coast region of Vietnam. Since my last visit in May 2018 there have been many changes, even for a country which is noted for fast changes.
The last time I was here Phu Cat (Quy Nhon Airport) was still a domestic airport. It became an international airport in September 2019. Also new since my last visit was the formation of Bamboo Airways, which is using Phu Cat as it’s main hub. Bamboo are owned by the FLC Group, who have hotels and resorts in Quy Nhon and surrounds. They began operations in January 2019, and plan to operate international flights from Quy Nhon to South Korea and China.
Unfortunately for Bamboo Airways/FLC Group, their second year of operation has been interrupted by COVID-19. This has put Quy Nhon’s rise as an international city on pause while international flights to Vietnam have all but grounded to a halt.
Despite the major downturn in international tourism, construction sites are still busy around the city. On this trip I visited Bai Xep Beach, and from there you can see how the city is bulking up.
Here is a progress report of construction in Quy Nhon as of June 2020. For a complete list of what is planned for Quy Nhon, visit the Future Quy Nhon page.
FLC Sea Tower
The last time I was in Quy Nhon I was staying in a small hotel next to the work site of the FLC Sea Tower. It was looking like it would be finished within a year, so I thought that I should stay there next time.
[FLC Sea Tower work site, May 2018.]
I was on Agoda trying to find the listing but it wasn’t showing up, even when I looked on map view. It wasn’t showing up because it has stalled.
[FLC Sea Tower.]
It’s nearly finished, but there is no indication for when it will restart.
[FLC Sea Tower work site.]
Hoa Sen Tower Quy Nhon
If this gets built then it may become one of my favourite towers in Vietnam. Since my last visit the land has been cleared and boarded up, but no work has started.
[Hoa Sen Tower Quy Nhon site.]
I-Tower is actually two towers on a podium that takes up a big city block.
[I-Tower Quy Nhơn site.]
On my visit in 2018 the block was empty and it appeared to have stalled.
[I-Tower Quy Nhơn construction site, May 2018.]
This projected has restarted with work underway on the basement level.
[I-Tower Quy Nhơn under construction.]
Benh Xa K200 site
The Benh Xa K200 site is a former hospital on prime beachfront land next to FLC Seatower. No updates on this site.
[Benh Xa K200 site.]
Quy Nhon Melody
Quy Nhon Melody features two separate towers near the city beachfront. Quy Nhon Melody Tropical had reached the second floor.
[Quy Nhon Melody Tropical under construction.]
Work was under way for the basement at Quy Nhon Melody Flamenco.
[Quy Nhon Melody Flamenco under construction.]
TMS Luxury Hotel & Residence Quy Nhon
The biggest addition to the Quy Nhon skyline has been the TMS Luxury Hotel & Residence.
In 2019 it was announced that the Pullman brand would share the tower, and at the time of my visit the finishing touches were being added to the building.
I walked by this site in 2018, and it was just a muddy hole in the ground at that point.
[Pullman construction site, May 2018.]
L’avenir Quy Nhon
While not as big as the Pullman tower, the L’aviner Quy Nhon will be one of the most stylish buildings on the sea front.
Work on the basement was underway when I visited.
[L’avenir Quy Nhon under construction.]
Altara Residences topped out earlier in 2020, adding bulk to the skyline near the Pullman.
Grand Center Quy Nhon
The Grand Center site has been closed off and the land has been cleared for the tallest tower.
[Grand Center site.]
A showroom and sales office has been set up in front of the site.
[Grand Center Showroom.]
A model of the tower for the first stage is on display.
[Grand Center model.]
Phu Tai Residence
Phu Tai Residence was about half way completed.
[Phu Tai construction.]
[Phu Tai concrete pump.]
Binh Dinh Conference Centre
The Binh Dinh Conference Center was nearing completion in June 2020.
[Conference center construction.]
Fleur De Lys Hotel
The Fleur de Lys Hotel was nearing completion.
[Fleur De Lys Hotel construction.]
12 Nguyen Hue Hotel
The empty block of land at the corner of Nguyen Hue and Phan Chu Trinh is reserved for an unconfirmed hotel development.
[Corner Nguyen Hue and Phan Chu Trinh.]