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SE Asia Cruise: Nha Trang Vietnam

  • April 24, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
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Nha Trang

We left Brunei and cruised across the South China Sea to the coastline of Vietnam. We enjoyed a relaxing day at sea after being on the go for the past 5 days.

Nha Trang is located on the South Central Coast of Vietnam, surrounded by mountains. The town is about 450km north of Saigon and 1200km south of Hanoi and features a 4 km long strip of beaches.

Nha Trang Beachfront

Nha Trang Beachfront

Considered Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort town, Nha Trang attracts foreign tourists for its stunningly pristine beaches and as a spot for scuba diving and snorkelling.

Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang Beach

It includes the Vinpearl Land complex which is built on an island, off the coast of Nha Trang. It consists of the five-star international resort system Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang and Vinpearl Amusement Park. On arrival into Nha Trang you pass under the Vinpearl Cable Car which takes you from the mainland to the island.

Vinpearl Resort Island

Vinpearl Resort Island

On arrival at the Nha Trang port we grabbed a cab to take us into town. We walked around the beachfront and the beautifully manicured and landscaped parks that fringed the beach and the medium strips down the main road.

Nha Trang Beachfront

Nha Trang Beachfront

At the northern end of the beach we found the Cai River where we observed the many colourful fishing boats and local fishermen with their catches.

Fishing Boats on the Cai River

Fishing Boats on the Cai River

We found our way to the main markets in town, called Cho Dam Market. We wound our way through the warren of market stalls where there was absolutely everything for sale; from local fresh food to footwear and clothing.

Cho Dam Markets

Cho Dam Markets

Jumping aboard a tuk tuk we travelled across the bridge over the river to the majestic Ponagar Cham Towers which were built in 817 A.D. We walked around the temple complex admiring the intricate carvings and statues made of stone.

Ponagar Dam Towers

Ponagar Cham Towers

There are 4 towers in total with the largest, which is 23m high, containing a linga (symbol of Shiva) and a statue dedicated to Ponagar.

Ponagar Cham Towers Traditional Dancers

Ponagar Cham Towers Traditional Dancers

We were treated to a traditional dance show. We also took in the fantastic views of the Cai River and the village on the riverside.

Views over the Cai River

Views over the Cai River

Returning to our waiting Tuk Tuk we slowly progressed through the narrow streets of Nha Trang which were congested and full of motorbikes, local pedestrians, Tuk Tuks and taxis trying to negotiate their way around town. Similar to many other Asian cities and towns, traffic is chaotic wherever you go!

Streets of Nha Trang

Streets of Nha Trang

Eventually we reached the Long Son Pagoda and the huge white Buddha, 79 feet tall, that sits atop a hill with a bird’s eye view of Nha Trang. The climb to the Buddha involved many stairs but was very worthwhile.

Long Son Buddha

Long Son Buddha

Long Son Pagoda is Nha Trang’s oldest Buddhist pagoda, dating back to the 19th century. The entrance and roof are decorated with mosaic dragons and the inner sanctuary is adorned with murals and images of the Buddha.

Long Son Temple

Long Son Pagoda

Surrounded on all three sides by mountain ranges, Nha Trang also offers the picturesque vistas of primary forest, waterfalls and high mountain peaks floating in soft could, located 60km far from the city centre. Time did not permit a day trip to this area, but it would certainly be on my must see list for next time.

Nha Trang was everything I dreamed of plus more. Beautiful beaches, a pulsing urban vibe, ancient temples and pagodas, world class resorts, pretty river and mountain hinterland. What more could I ask for?

 

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By 50 Shades, April 24, 2016 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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6 Comments
  • raehilhorst
    April 24, 2016

    I haven’t been to Vietnam though friends have and fell in love with the history and the culture. Great read thanks Kathy x

    • Kathy
      April 24, 2016

      I have loved Vietnam both times I have visited. There are some gorgeous beach resort areas and the countryside is beautiful. It is very cheap and the food delicious. :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    April 25, 2016

    My boys went there last year and loved it. Because of you I can now see the sorts of places they visited. Naturally, I saw no photographic evidence from them!

    • Kathy
      April 25, 2016

      Ha ha it’s funny that some people travel and never take one photo! A couple of my girlfriends that I travelled with never took one photo and I wonder how they are ever going to be able to remember the holiday in years to come. Nha Trang was certainly worthy of a few snapshots – it’s a gorgeous place! :)

  • budgettraveltalk
    April 25, 2016

    We loved Nha Trang. We did the same things that you did. We had a few days there so we did a day snorkelling trip and went to My Son in the Countryside. We loved the food too. Actually the beach and rocky headlands reminded us of Townsville and Magnetic Island.

    • Kathy
      April 25, 2016

      I would have loved to see the mountains and countryside. That is the downside of cruising. You don’t get to see everything there is to see during a day stop. Places like this are worthy of a couple days stay at least. Vietnamese food is delicious. :)

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