Nha Trang and around

Nha Trang, a city like a smaller Danang with access to beautiful beaches. On one hand it is very Vietnamese on the other is like a Western resort town with a lot of hotels, tourist shops, bars and international restaurants. Strolling to this part of town you could be anywhere in the world, apart from the ever constant hassling from xe om and rick shaw drivers, many seem to moonlight as pimps and dealers as well.

Xe Om Driver

The city is otherwise quite beautiful, it is bordered by mountains and the beach is tracing an impressive swoop along a bay which dotted with a lot of islands. Nha Trang offers plenty to keep tourists occupied – from island-hopping boat trips and scuba diving, to mud baths and historic sites. But the main attraction for most visitors is lounging around on deckchairs at a beachfront bar and drinking cocktails in comfort.

typical visitor with T-Shirt

typical visitor with T-Shirt

There are some things you should avoid in Nha Trang like combining of tours to make one, very packed tour. As well the tours to Monkey Island aren’t very nice especially if you kind of like animals. They have a monkey circus and you can go feed the elephants and monkeys. Its takes an hour by boat to get there and then another hours back so you're looking at 3 hrs in total. Quite frankly there are better things to do with your time and money.

at the beach

at the beach

By the time you travel around Vietnam and get to Nha Trang, you will most certainly be aware of the ever present postcard sellers. But at the Big Buddha, they have turned guilt and selling postcards into an form of art. They will attach themselves to you and guide you around the rather small complex then at the end hit you with an obscene claim for a donation to help keep the Buddhist school on the site running. Cam Ranh Bay is considered as one of three harbors that have the best natural conditions over the world. Having the area of over 60 square kilometers and the 18-20m average depth, this bay is out of the wind as a result of being surrounded by many mountain ranges.

beach flair

beach flair

Apart from all this things Nha Trang and its surroundings  are endowed with beautiful natural sites and sand beaches. Visitors can enjoy the group of five or six islands situated close to each other. The largest of the islands is Hon Tre, which is located 3km from Nha Trang. Nha Trang itself has long been renowned for being a sea resort with some historical sites as well: Cham Po Nagar Towers, Long Son Pagoda, Ba Vu Mausoleum, Bao Dai Palace, Hon Chong, Hon Yen, Tri Nguyen Fish Pond, Bai Tru, Suoi Tien, Dai Lanh Beach.

Cham Pagoda

Cham Pagoda