The town was established in 1906 under the Nguyễn Dynasty as an administrative and tax post. During the Republic of Vietnam, the city was the main base of US military in Quảng Nam province (what was then Quang Tin province) for the war in Vietnam. The Vietnamese captured the city on March 24 1975.
In 1997, the local government under the Socialist Republic of Vietnam made it the capital of Quảng Nam province. Since then, there has been substantial development within the city. Tam Kỳ city is famous for Tam Kỳ chicken rice, which is recognized nationally, and many pristine beaches.
The city is served by Tam Kỳ Railway Station, which is connected to all major cities across Vietnam. Da Nang International Airport is 70 km away from the city, which takes about one and a half hour's drive. The closer Chu Lai International Airport is 30 km away. There is a free daily shuttle bus between the airport and the Quảng Ngãi city center. Other means of transportation include regular car and bus services.
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