Nha Trang

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Nov
2021

Nha Trang

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A bustling city and major fishing port, Nha Trang is also Vietnam’s primary beach resort, with numerous comfortable hotels and a wide range of restaurants specializing in seafood. An elegant promenade by the seafront overlooks the Municipal Beach, which is usually packed with travelers sunbathing and vendors selling their wares. The busy Central Market, Cho Dam, is at the city’s heart, while most tourist facilities, and many hotels and bars, are farther south. Outside town are the hot springs of Thap Ba and Ba Ho. Catch a ferry from Cau Da to one of the islands in the bay, where the waters are ideal for snorkeling.

Long Son Pagoda

The most revered pagoda in Nha Trang, Long Son is located on the summit of Trai Thuy Hill to the south of the city. It was destroyed by a typhoon at the beginning of the 20th century and restored several times, most recently in 1940. It is now dedicated to the memory of the numerous Buddhist monks who were killed during or died protesting against the repressive regime of South Vietnam’s President Ngo Dinh Diem (1955–63). Today, it remains a functioning pagoda, with monks in residence.

The pagoda is distinctly Sino-Vietnamese in style and is decorated with elaborate dragons and ceramic tiles. The main sanctuary building is dominated by a giant white sculpture of the Buddha, dating from the 1960s and a full 46 ft (14 m) tall. Seated behind the temple at the top of the hill, the sculpture is reached via 150 steep steps. From here, there are panoramic views over Nha Trang and the neighboring country side. Another large white Buddha, this time reclining, is located halfway up the steps on the right. It was sculpted by an artisan from Thailand in 2003.

Nha Trang Cathedral

The seat of the Catholic Diocese of Nha Trang, this church was built in provincial French Gothic style in the 1930s. It is dominated by a tall, square clock tower surmounted by a large crucifix. Stained-glass windows look onto colonnaded cloisters running the length of each side of the building. The three cathedral bells, cast in France in 1786, are still in fine working order. The former cemetery of the cathedral has been leveled and the land used to extend the city’s train station.

Municipal Beach

Nha Trang has a fine beach, almost 4 miles (7 km) long and sheltered by head lands to its north and south. Tran Phu Street follows its entire length, providing a fine promenade with great views across the bay. The entire esplanade area has undergone rapid development, with new hotels and restaurants on the inland side, and numerous cafés and food stalls between the road and the sea; in high season the beach may be less pristine than at off-peak times.

Alexandre Yersin Museum

The Swiss physician Alexandre Yersin (1863–1943) moved to Vietnam in 1891 after studying in Paris under the renowned microbiologist Louis Pasteur. He quickly became fluent in Vietnamese and was involved in the founding of Dalat as a hill station in 1893. Yersin introduced cinchona trees to Vietnam for the production of the anti-malarial drug quinine. His most significant achievement came in 1894, when he  identified the microbe that causes bubonic plague.

The museum, located in Yersin’s personal office within the Pasteur Institute, displays his lab equipment, desk, and books. Still operational, the institute produces vaccines and conducts medical research.

Cai River Estuary

Nha Trang’s fishing fleet moors on the Cai River just north of downtown. A stroll over the bridge allows a vantage point for watching the blue boats at anchor, their red and yellow flags flapping in the breeze. The harbor is alive with activity and fishermen propel themselves from boat to boat in rotund, pitch-sealed coracles.

Po Nagar Cham Towers

Dedicated to the goddess Po Yan Inu Nagar and one of the most important Cham sites in Vietnam, Po Nagar dates back to the 8th century, when it was constructed by the kings of the Cham principality Kauthara. Although a Cham goddess, Yang Ino Po Nagar is now very much a patron goddess of Nha Trang, venerated by ethnic Viet and Chinese Buddhists, as well as by local Cham Hindus.

Of the original eight towers, four remain standing. Built in 817, Thap Chinh, the North Tower, is the most impressive and houses an image of the Hindu goddess Uma in her incarnation as Po Nagar. At the entrance, her consort, the Hindu god Shiva, dances on the back of his holy mount, the sacred bull Nandi. The columns of a ruined mandapa or meditation hall also still stand. A small museum displays Cham artifacts.

Nha Trang

Long Son Pagoda
Nha Trang Cathedral
Municipal Beach
Alexandre Yersin Museum
Cai River Estuary

Hon Chong

Just north of Nha Trang, a stack of boulders named Hon Chong thrusts into the sea, creating a headland that shelters the beach. One of the rocks bears five indentations, said to be the handprint of a giant. The bay is picturesque but unsuitable for swimming because of several fishing villages in the area. However, it is a great place for reasonably priced seafood. There are views of Nha Trang Bay to the south, while Nui Co Tien, or Heavenly Woman Mountain, said to resemble the female physiognomy, is visible to the west.

Thap Ba Hot Springs

Locals and visitors alike gather to wallow in the hot, muddy waters of Thap Ba. The mud is full of sodium silicate chloride and is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. It is also said to promote general relaxation. Bathers make a point of rubbing the curative mud all over their bodies, and sit in the sun until it dries and cracks. They then wash the mud off with clean, hot mineral water. Various types of water massage are also on offer, and a cool swimming pool is available for a post- mudbath dunk.

Ba Ho Stream

A terrific spot for a picnic, Ba Ho Stream or Suoi Ba Ho rises on the flanks of Hon Long Mountain (4,400 ft/1,342 m) and then runs east to the South China Sea. The river widens into three adjoining pools, which make for excellent but cold swimming, and each pool is linked to the next by a tumbling cascade of water. There are very few facilities, so take along food and drink. On weekends, the lakeside setting can be overrun as it is very popular with locals.

Cau Da

Sheltered in the lee of Chut Mountain or Nui Chut, Cau Da is a suburb of Nha Trang and the main pier for ferries and boat trips to the islands.

The Oceanographic Institute, housed in a colonial mansion near the pier, dis plays marine specimens in glass bottles and cases. Live creatures are kept in a series of tanks, as well as three outside ponds.

North of the docks, Bao Dai Villas command fine views across the South China Sea. During the 1920s, the last Nguyen emperor, Bao Dai, ordered five houses to be built in a hybrid Franco-Vietnamese style with Art Nouveau influences. After his abdication in 1945, the villas became the holiday residence of senior officials of the South Vietnamese government and, from 1975, they were used by high-ranking Commuist officials. Today, the villas function as a hotel, which is sadly rather rundown despite having been restored and furnished with pieces reminiscent of Bao Dai’s time and taste.

Regular ferries link Cau Da with the fishing village of Tri Nguyen on Hon Mieu, the closest of the islands in the archipelago. The local aquarium is more of a fish farm, with a café serving seafood overlooking the concrete pools. A gravel beach is nearby at Bai Soi.

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