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NHA TRANG CITY

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Nha Trang is a seaside town, also the capital city of Khánh Hòa Province on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Nha Trang is becoming increasingly popular in recent years because of its pristine beach, best scuba diving center of Vietnam as well as lots of interesting places and delicious food to enjoy.
 
Nha Trang used to be no more than small fishing villages until the French colonization. The French recognized Nha Trang as a perfect place for bathing, so they invested in the transformation to turn Nha Trang into a resort town.
 
Today, Nha Trang attracts a large number of domestic as well as international tourists from all over the world, mostly in summer. If you plan to visit Nha Trang from June to August, it is advisable that you book your hotel well in advance.
 
There are some must-see spots for foreign tourists to visit, such as National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam (01, Cau Da Street), Nha Trang live a place to get free city maps, drinks and tour travel guide books, also the largest collection of local paintings (Thong Nhat Street & 2 Thang 4 Street), Long Son Pagoda (Thai Nguyen Street), Po Nagar Cham Towers a.k.a Thap Ba (2 Thang 4 Street) built between the 7th and 12th century by the Cham civilization with amazing architectures, Bao Dai Villa (near National Oceanographic Museum) where you can get a beautiful view of the Nha Trang bay and Cam Ranh Beach (15-20 km from the city center) a very long, nice and clean beach, etc.
 
Vinpearl Land the most famous among all- is a complex of five-star resort and amusement park that lies on Hon Tre (Bamboo) Island. To get there, people must take cable cars with the system currently considered the longest in the world. Vinpearl is also the venue for beauty pageants, ranging from Miss World to Miss Universe.
 
Nha Trang is famous for its culinary specialties like fresh seafood and barbecued pork rolled in rice paper, which are available in many restaurants in Nha Trang. In addition, the swallow’s nest soup with bird’s nests collected from the wild, is regarded as the best in Vietnam.
CLIMATE
Influenced by both of tropical monsoon and oceanic climate, Nha Trang has temperate climate. Average annually temperature is 26ºC, the highest peak in August (29.3ºC) and the lowest point in February (23.9ºC). The yearly average humidity is 77%. The rainy season lasts two months. The city receives 807mm of rainfall a year.
HOW TO GET THERE ?
By air
To Nha Trang, 4 daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City (1 hour) and 3 from Hanoi (1.5 hours) costs $40 and $75 respectively for economy class. Cam Ranh airport, which is about 30 km away from city center, used to be an old port for military goods during Vietnam War.
 
By bus
From Ho Chi Minh City, it is recommended that you purchase a ticket from Mai Linh or Phuong Trang. The bus is spacious and the service is of high standard. Ticket prices hover around $6 and the trip lasts 9 hours. Public buses depart from Eastern bus station but expect guests pick-up along the way.
 
From Da Nang, there are daily departures to Nha Trang with similar price and travel time as from Ho Chi Minh City.
 
From Dalat, there are 4 buses that leave Nha Trang daily by Mai Linh company ($4 per ticket) besides local bus. The trip is 3-4 hours.
 
By train
One of the popular options to travel to Nha Trang is by train. From Ho Chi Minh City, it is wiser to choose night trains or late morning trains, which arrive in Nha Trang in early morning or early evening respectively. Trains departing from Hanoi are lengthy and make many stops along the way. Hotels and travel agencies often charge a small commission for any train ticket.
WHAT TO SEE ?
Ba Ho Stream
Ba Ho stream is 25 km from Nha Trang to the north. This is a stream originating from the top of Hon Son (over 660m), flowing between the two sides of the rocky mountains into the fields of Phu Huu hamlet, Ninh Ich village, Ninh Hoa district, then pours into Nha Phu swamp. The stream gets its name in its supper stream, on the way through the forests and mountains, it opens three times in width right in the mountains into three continuous lakes. With its beautiful landscapes, the stream has been in many people's mouths and mind and bears many legends told by the local people. From Nha Trang, you can follow National Route 1A for 19 km, then 2 km of forest lane after turning left. Walking along the stream, you will soon reach the First Lake. The surface of the lake is about 150 m2, lying below a cascade 5-6m high. Around the lake are numerous rocks of all sizes and colors.Leaving the First Lake and continuing your way upstream, you will reach the Second Lake after making your way quite difficulty for 1,000m. Unlike he First Lake, the Second Lake is narrower and milder, but with more "fairy "features due to its quietness. The lake is formed by a big flat rock lying across the stream. The surface of the lake is always tranquil like a huge mirror left behind by the fairies. The Third Lake is only a few hundred meters from the Second Lake, but the way is covered with bushes and is a little challenging to visitors. The Third Lake is narrower than the two others but its bed is wider, lying at the foot of a small cascade beside a rock wall with many tree roots and rampant vegetation. But here, visitors may find in the age-old trees by the lake orchids giving out their sweet and soft fragrance among the twittering sounds of myriads of strange birds.
 
Doc Let
The place gets its Vietnamese name of Doc Let because if you want to reach to the sea, you have to cross high sand dunes and if you are not strong enough, the sand would seem to hold you back and quite a few people to lag ("let "in Vietnamese) to the destination. However, there is a great compensation for you once you have finished your conquer of the dunes. In front of you now would be a wonderful beach with fine, smooth, and pures and the blue sea with tiny waves. The sand beach runs as far as 10km from Dong Hai Village to the Cement Factory of Hon Khoi. Doc Let is not only an ideal swimming beach, but its natural landscape is also quite attractive to tourists. Islands of every sizes and shapes off shore into two bows hindering the wave. The big island from afar looks like a sunbathing girl. Not far to the north is the famous Van Phong Bay, one of the future tourist spots that the international Tourism Organization OMT has surveyed and highly assessed the future development of tourism of the area. To the south, beyond the Cement Factory is Hon Heo, the former revolutionary base with so many heroic exploits that have not noted down in history. Also, only 2-3 kilometres from Doc Let, tourists can visit the fishing village of Ninh Thuy, the salt fields of Ninh Diem or take a rest in the shade of the coconut palms and poplars or at windy shops beautifully decorated for a drink and other sea specialities such as fresh crabs, sentinel crabs, oysters,…at their own will.
 
Long Son Pagoda
Founded in the late 19th Century, this impressive Pagoda is by far the most detailed and noticeable sight in Nha Trang. With elegant mosaics and colorful dragons, this Pagoda is a must see for all visitors to the area, and also is home to a large 14 meter seated Buddha image.
 
Marine Research Institute
Marine research institute was previously the oceanography institute founded in 1923, which is situated on a large area alongside Cau Da, 6 km away from Nha Trang. Laboratories, libraries, warehouses… are designed as a spacious multi-storey architecture, gracefully situated in the shade of Blue Dragon (a kind of fruit). Marine creature museum in the institute owns some 20,000 specimen of aquatic creatures and specially there is a giant whalebone of 26 meter length, 3 meter height.
 
Mun Island 
From the gravel beach of Hon Mieu, you will see three small islands lying in a row; they are Hon Tam, Hon Mot and Hon Mun; among these, Hon Mun has a most attractive landscapes. Its name derives from the geographical features - the high cliffs in the southwest are too risky, ragged with numerous caves; here rocks and stones are all ebony-like black, which is rarely found on any other islands. It is also one of the seven islands in the Nha Trang sea that attract thousands of salanganes to come and build their nests, which give thousands of tai, i.e products from their nests every year. Like Bai Tru, the beach at Hon Mun does not have that kind of while fine-grained sand, and its formation and composition are much like the gravel beach at Tri Nguyen, the island of the Immortals, with layers of round-shaped pebbles and cobbles closely arranged by Nature's hand.
 
Nha Trang Main Cathedral
The construction of Nha Trang Main Cathedral was started on Sep 3, 1928. Archbishop Louis Vallet had the top of the mountain blown off with 500 mines to obtain a flat surface of 4,500 m2. In March 1934, the colorful windows were fixed into the domed doors and in the cathedral, completing more than ten construction items. Three big bells were supplied by the famous Bourdons Carillons company (established in 1786) and were christened in July 1934 and in October 1939. The big clock on the top of the cathedral was inaugurated in December 1935. The cathedral was built with steel reinforced concrete with walls in top quality cement slabs. In general, the construction has a solid and strong structure with details getting smaller as they climb up the building. The highest point is the place where the cross is fixed on the top of the church: 38 m from the surface of the street below. Although it was built nearly 70 years ago, the cathedral keeps its majestic beauty and its unique architecture.
 
Palace Of Ocean King
Palace of Ocean King is at the present the largest side nationwide, opened in 1998 on Hon Mieu Island, close to Tri Nguyen fish lake. Palace of Ocean King was designed and constructed with the look of a sailing yawn, allowing visitors to relax, to behold the live life of marine royal and mermaids.
 
Po Nagar Cham Tower
On the north side of Nha Trang, across Xom Bong Bridge excited with red-blue fishing boats are the best-preserved Cham Towers in Central Vietnam, a sanctuary of Po Nagar, a mythical goddess. Among the 8 towers constructed between the 7th and 12th centuries, only 4 left and they are still used as places of worship. There is a group of nuns that may show you around with their best sign language and smiles and there is a small interesting museum to the right of the north tower displaying photographs and ancient statues. The hillock upon which the Cham Towers sit offers a great panorama of the surrounds and a view over the entrance to the river with Nha Trang as a background. The entrance to the site is at street level followed by a staircase uphill to the top. You will notice on the right of you way up the remains of the meditation hall, which was the original entrance for Cham worshippers. The north tower is the largest and main one situated on a higher level directly in front of the meditation hall. The other smaller towers are only metres away from this and all of them are facing due east. Remember to take off your shoes before entering any of the temples.
 
Salangane Island 
Salangane Island is most famous for Yen Sao which is the name of the nest of Salangane or swifts. The locals harvest the bird nests (considered a delicacy) used in soups. These nests are processed and exported to Taiwan and Hong Kong. The birds build their nest high on the walls of the cave on the islands. To access the nests, harvesters must climb on ladders fashioned from bamboo. Because the caves must remain dark lest the birds are scared off, many climbers fall to their death every year trying to harvest the nests. The bird nest comes in two types, white and red nests. The nest are fashioned by the Salangane that make their homes in caves. The nest are made out of the bird's saliva. Usually, a typical bird creates one nest a year during springtime using both parents saliva. As there is such a demand for their nest (thought to have medicinal qualities), the locals began to remove the nest several times a year causing the birds to have to continue producing the nests. The red variety of nests are a result of the birds having to create so much saliva for the new nests that they cough up blood along with their saliva causing the nest to take on the red color of their blood. This variety of nest costs their weight in gold or more in the retail market of Hong Kong or Taiwan.
 
Tri Nguyen Aquarium
Tri Nguyen Aquarium was built in 1971, a highly inventive work of distinction, by Le Can, a fisherman who was fond of nature very much with goodwill and proud of his homeland. With his own money, he hired local inhabitants to block the sea and build a dam for the construction of a large pond 160m in length and 130m wide. The pond consists of three compartments, one for breeding savage fishes, one for aquarium fishes, shrimps and turtles of different kinds and many other species of sealife to breed in his aquarium. Therefore, the aquarium creates a unique world of multifarious aquatic animals, a living museum of the marine life in Nha Trang. This splendid work is highly entertaining, for it has been much visited and lauded by tourists from far and near. The sea-water has an easy circulation into and out of the pond, for the banks were built of stones which had been so cleverly arranged as to provide sufficient spaces for the water to flow in and out, and thus providing sea conditions quite suitable to the marine animals in the compartments. From the Aquarium, a short walk up and down a small hill will take you to a gravel beach (motor-boats are also available). The beach faces south-east, Hon tam is in front and a little farther on are two other small islands, Hon mot and Hon Mun. With the monsoon winds fanning all year round, there are always fine weather here, and the sea is calm. The beach is really ideal for holiday-makers; it is formed not by sand but fine layers of pebbles and round-shaped cobblestones of various sizes, which are finely mingled together, a splendid work achieved through ages of erosion by the sea-waves… At noon you can come into a gorge to have a rest out of the dazzling sunshine. Or, in the shade of some overhanging branches of bush, you can lie down, completely relaxed on a large and smooth stone-flat, amuse yourself listening to the ever-lasting sounds of music coming from the sea. Certainly you are having exquisite moments on your trip to this beautiful city.
 

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