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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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?
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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