Located in Binh Thuan province, Phan Thiet is 200 km from Saigon and lies
south of Cam Ranh bay on the southernmost stretch of Central Vietnam.
Binh Thuan was once a part of the Cham kingdom. In 1692, Lord Nguyen
Phuc Chu captured the area and named it Binh Thuan Dinh. Binh Thuan is
quite important in Vietnam's history, as it was because of this area that in
1306 King Tran Nhan Tong agreed to the marriage of princess Huyen Chan
to King Jaya Sinhavarman III of the Cham Kingdom. During the revolution
against the French, it was in this area that the two patriots Phan Chu Trinh
and Tran Quy Cap had their start. Furthermore, according to local lore, the
area around Phan Thiet is where Han Mac Tu, the disfigured poet, spent his
time forlornly as he waited for Mong Cam, the lady of his dreams.