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KHANH HOA PROVINCE

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Khanh Hoa Province is located along the coastline of South Central Vietnam. It is adjacent to Phu Yen Province to the North, Dak Lak and Lam Dong provinces to the West, and Ninh Thuan Province to the South.
 
Khanh Hoa Sea is considered to be the deepest sea in the country with a coastline spanning over a length of 200 km. With more than 200 islands of various sizes, Khanh Hoa Sea adjoins a lot of international marine routes. The fact that its coastline is home to many spectacular bays such as Cam Ranh Bay, Van Phong Bay, Nha Trang Bay makes Khanh Hoa one of the most well-known destinations in Vietnam. Besides, its many inland rivers, among which Cai River and Danh River are most famous, also contribute to the province’s reputation in general.
 
The climate of Khanh Hoa is highly tropical. With an average temperature of 26.5oC, the weather is warm all the time in the plain regions. That is why tourism can have a very favorable condition to develop year-long activities and be active thorough every season. Khanh Hoa also has a monsoon period with lasts from September to December (4 months in total). However, the area around Nha Trang city has such a privilege to experience the rainy weather for only 2 months a year. Thus, you can tell that tourism is even more popular in Nha Trang. On the other hand, the climate on higher regions such as Hon Ba Mountrain is pretty chilling and dry. If you go there, expect to encounter a type of weather similar to that in Da Lat or Sapa.
 
The population of Khanh Hoa Province is made up of mainly the Kinh ethnic group, but other groups can still be found there in relatively small numbers. They include Ra Glai, Tay, Nung, Muong, and Cham. Among all of these small groups, the Cham has the most prominent culture with distinguishes Khanh Hoa from other provinces. One example of this statement is the increasing popularity of Champa Kingdom: an ancient site where many valuable historical constructions still remain today.
 
The natural and cultural potentials of Khanh Hoa have been effectively explored in the last few decades, making the province a tourism magnet. First and foremost, you cannot leave out the majestic natural sites in Khanh Hoa such as Cam Ranh Bay (one of the few harbors that have the best condition in the world), Van Phong Bay (an artless, wonderful site with a temperate climate, ideal beaches, and diverse coral reefs, etc.), Nha Trang Bay (an internationally famous sea resort which is ranked as the 29th most beautiful bay in the world) and many other celebrated sand beaches. Tourists can also visit a plethora of historical destinations such as Cham Towers, Bao Dai Palace, Hon Chong, etc.
GEOGRAPHY
Khanh Hoa Province is a coastal province of South Central Vietnam. To the north, it borders on Phu Yen Province, to the west, on Dak Lak and Lam Dong provinces, and to the south, on Ninh Thuan Province. The Khanh Hoa coast is 200km long, with more than 200 islands offshore, of which Truong Sa District gathers over one hundred islands around. The two largest rivers flowing through the province are the Cai and Danh rivers. Khanh Hoa represents one of the deepest seas in Vietnam, adjoining open oceans and international marine routes. With ragged seashore spreading out around 200km long, it contains various well-known bays, such as Cam Ranh, Van Phong and Nha Trang.
CLIMATE
Khanh Hoa has a tropical monsoon climate with an average temperature of 26.5 ½C. The rain season lasts 4 months (from September to December). But for the region around Nha Trang City, the rainy season lasts only 2 months, thus providing very favorable conditions to develop a long-lasted tourism season and organize year-round tourist activities. Particularly, on the Hon Ba Mountain (30km from Nha Trang), the climate likes in Dalat and Sapa.
WHAT TO SEE ?
Am Chua Temple
According to the legend, this was place where the Goddess descended on earth. The temple was restored many times, and today it looks nicely. Every year, on the first, the second and the third day of the third lunar month, the festival is organized at the temple which is attracting many Cham and Viet people to attend.
 
Khanh Hoa Provincial Museum 
Among these are many precious objects. In the museum there are several symbol object collections such as: Stone Axes Collection; Stone Adornment Collection that belongs to the Con Hamlet Culture (3,500 years ago); Nha Trang Bronze Drum Collection (dated back 2,000 years ago); Champa Stone Carving Collection (between the 9th century to the 14th century); Ancient Money Collection (between the 9th century to the 18th century); Commercial Ceramic Collection (between the 9th century to the 18th century); the collection of weapons in the war against French and American. The displaying system is on the themes: the ancient culture in Khanh Hoa; the revolutionary struggle traditions of the Khanh Hoa people and Khanh Hoa Party Committee; the life and the work of President Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969); the theme of Vietnamese Heroine Mothers of Khanh Hoa Province. Every year, Khanh Hoa Provincial Museum receives more than 20,000 foreign and domestic visitors. At the same time, the museum is published several researching value works, such as a series research books: “Khanh Hoa - a cultural aspect of a region”, “Con Hamlet Culture”…which were highly apprised by the domestic scientists.
 
Phu Cang Communal House
The main house is 8m long, 9m wide dividing into 3 compartments, constructed by four-pillar architecture with 16 wooden pillars, rowed by 4 equivalently. The front door of the house was engraved with shapes of sacred creatures, sophisticated designs and three words "Phu Cang Dinh". The interior was decorated by rural furniture as common as in other communal houses. There have altars of the gods, of the Goddess Thien Y A Na, of Tran Duong - a Deputy General who grouped up people according to King Ham Nghi's appeal for French resistance in Khanh Hoa Province. Many honors and presents bestowed on Phu Cang Commune House during the war, among them are a supreme honor for the god of the commune (Call Thanh Hoang), an ancient bell and a command drum.
 
Po Nagar Cham Towers
She spent part of her life in teaching new weaving and agricultural techniques. The 22.5m tower contains her sandstone statue sitting cross-legged on lotus-shaped stone estrade. The statue is 2.6m high (including the Yoni-shaped stone pedestal). The statue has ten hands, eight of which each holding a specific object illustrating the intellect and power of her. The remaining towers were dedicated to different gods: the southeast tower, the northwest tower and the south tower. Not only are the towers famous for their architecture and sculpture, but they are also well-known for their great significance in history, nationalism, and archaeology. Standing on the top of the hill, one can admire the beautiful landscapes of the coastal region of Nha Trang.
 
Tomb of Lady Vu
As she had no child, the king gave her a large field for cultivation without tax. According to the legend, the anniversary ceremony of her death is on the 16th day of the twelfth lunar month. The tomb stands solemnly on the upper mound of a large field. The tomb is constructed according to the Chinese character "Quoc", faces to the south east. There is a large rectangle lotus pond there. The tomb consists of three ramparts which were made of limestone, sand and bricks. The outer rampart with 20m long, 14m wide and 1.5m high surrounds the tomb on which there is a small door, two pink lions made of limestone and sand stand by two sides of the door. On the inside of the wall, many pictures were carved following tales, which are related to Confucianism and Taoism. The middle rampart, then the inner rampart surrounds the tomb which is 12m long, 0.9m wide, 1.2m high. The grave has in arched shaped. Two sides of the gate have two skilful carving unicorns. The grave is located on the middle of the area on which has a steal carving Chinese character to record her services.
 

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