Nha Trang City in Vietnam - touring, travel, holiday guide and pictures.
Travelling to Nha Trang in Vietnam - Nha Trang Flights.
Nha Trang has it's own airport (Cam Ranh Airport) which is located around 34kms from the city out in the
Vietnamese countryside - it's a very quiet airport. Vietnam Airlines operate domestic shuttle flights from Nha Trang to Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City - there are only a few flights each week to
and from Da Nang so these flights can easily be booked up during the holiday season but flights are more frequent between Hanoi and Saigon. The only taxis around
at the airport seemed to be pre-booked therefore if you have a hotel booked in Nha Trang it may be a good idea to get them to arrange a pick-up / transfer - which should cost around USD15. Nha Trang is also part of the Vietnamese Rail Network and is on the main line between Hanoi and Saigon and there are also long distance buses serving the city.
Nha Trang Hotels - Restaurants - Beaches. Nha Trang has a very good variety of hotels many of which can be found and booked on the web - prices obviously vary according to facilities but a decent centrally located hotel double room with full breakfast should cost around USD50
to USD60. Nha Trang also has a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes including quite a few along the main promenade.
Overlooking the South China Sea, Nha Trang is one of Vietnam's most popular beach resorts offering all types of water sports both above, under and in the sea including wind-surfing, scuba diving, sailing and water-skiing. One of the problems found on some Vietnamese
beaches is that hotels have taken over areas of the beaches and these are private - Nha Trang is welcomingly different as it has a huge municipal beach along with beach-chairs, sun-umbrellas and a variety of cafes along it's 7 kilometre beach front.
At the southern end of the city is Cau Da Wharf where you can take boat trips to various nearby islands - these are easiest booked from your hotel or
local travel agent. Also from the quay at Phu Quy Pier you can take the cable car to Hon Tre Island. This cable car is the world's longest cross-sea cable-car
as it travels the 3 kilometres to the island which takes around 10 minutes - there is a water/amusement park on Hon Tre Island and the cable-car ticket includes entry into this - ticket cost was USD15 for each person at the time of our visit.
To the north of the City the bridge takes you over Cau Da River Estuary from where you can watch the fleets of brightly blue painted fishing boats going too and fro.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger photo, use the back button to return to this page ]
The old Po Nagar Cham Temple Tower at Nha Trang - Vietnam.
From the bridge looking over to the left there is also quite a nice view of the Po Nagar Towers - these are are perched on their own small hill and therefore easily reached on foot. Po Nagar Towers are open daily 0600-1800 and have a minimal entrance fee of around 12000 Dong.
Overlooking the river the area around the Cham Towers offers a really good view of the city and the estuary - there is a small drinks and ice-cream cafe and the area is very pleasant to sit around - however when the coach trips come in it does get very busy for a while.
Of the original towers built here by the Hindu Cham People only four towers remain - the largest and most impressive is the 25 metre high Northern Tower (Thap Chinh) which was built in 817 by Harivarman I and dedicated to the goddess Yang Ino Po Nagar. The tower is one of Vietnam's
most important Cham sites. Parts of the towers have been restored (hence the lighter colour brickwork) but the lotus petals and spear-head motifs are original as is the lintel over the door. The central tower dates back to the 7th century and is dedicated to the goddess of fertility Cri Cambhu. The northwest tower is dedicated to Sandhakar and has a typical Cham boat shaped-roof with several half formed statues in relief which can still be clearly seen.
Christ the King Cathedral at Nha Trang in Vietnam.
This fairly large Roman Catholic cathedral is located a little way away from the beach and quite near to Nha Trang railway station. Since Nha Trang's interesting Long Son Pagoda is also nearbye, you can visit both easily. The cathedral was built in the French gothic style during the 1930s. It has colonnaded cloisters lining each side and the cathedral is dominated by a tall square clock-tower which houses three bels - thdse bells were cast in France in 1786.
The Long Son Buddhist Pagoda at Nha Trang, Vietnam.
When viewed from the road the entrance to Long Son Pagoda resembles a building site what with it's scaffolding and also amazing series of phone and electricity cables all over the
place looking like giant spiders webs - don't be put off though as once inside it's really good. This is a working Buddhist pagoda and still has resident monks so it can be partially closed to visitors at various times.
The main feature is the 150 step climb to the top where you are greeted by a very large brilliant white Buddha (Kim Than Phat To) who is seated on a pedestal topped with lotus petals. Built in the 1960s the Gautama Buddha seems to be meditating - perhaps about the fact that he is 46 feet tall. Further down the steps you will find a reclining Buddha who is sound asleep and has a very happy smile on his face - he
is overlooked by carvings of praying monks and devotees.
Long Son Pagoda is Sino - Vietnamese in style and the bell towers and shrines are set amongst trees and shrubs and along with the colourfully tiled roofs of the buildings the area is very beautifully set out. Perhaps the only
nuisance at Long Son Pagoda was the rather incessant begging for money from several elderly women hanging around by the steps.
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