Po Klong Garai Cham Towers in Vietnam.
If travelling either too or from Nha Trang and Dalat whilst on a touring holiday in Vietnam, a really enjoyable way to make the journey is by private car and driver for several reasons quite apart from pure convenience. For a start you can visit some beautiful Cham Temples on the way and then enjoy an excellent ride up into the Ngoan Muc mountains and over the Pass - fabulous scenery.
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Located around 105 kilometres south of Nha Trang is the twin city of Prang Rang and Thap Cham - this is the main junction for travellers heading on the coastal
north/south route in Vietnam and the main route inland to Dalat via the Pass. Close to the junction and easily reached are located the exquisite Cham Towers of
Po Klong Garai - these three towers are really worth a diversion. The Towers - which are set in beautiful grounds - are open daily and are free to enter although a donation is appreciated / expected. There is a small cafe and several craft shops as well as toilet facilities at the car park.
Constructed in brick the three Cham temple towers are situated in a lovely setting on a low hill therefore getting to them involves a short climb. They were built by Champa King Jaya Simhavarman III in the 13th century. There are numerous carvings and
relief's and the buildings and the engravings are in pretty good condition. There is also a statue of the Cham King Po Klong Garai whom the temples are named after and also a statue of Nandi (Shiva's Bull). In past years the bull would have been "fed" by local farmers in the hope of getting a good harvest. These days the poor bull just gets fed once a year at the time of the Cham New Year.
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