Nha Trang – Vietnam’s most popular seaside resort-town – Part 2

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most popular seaside resort-town.

Places to see in Nha Trang

• The beach is the main attraction for tourists.
• One can see many women vendors along the beach selling fruit and hot, steamed seafood.
• Visit in the right season is a must.

1. National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam
• 01 Cau Da
• 058-590-037
• Admission VND15,000
• Open 7AM-4PM
• This is an aquarium.
• There are famous and rare species of the sea.

One can get to see:
– Sharks
– Turtles
– Coral reefs
– Lionfish
– Sea horses
– Many other creatures

2. NhaTranglive
• Thong Nhat Street & 2 thang 4 Street
• Near Cho Dam Market
• 090-714-3404
• Free maps of city, drinks and tour travel guide book.
• Free use of wireless and computers
• This has the largest collection of local painting by local artists.

3. Alexandre Yersin Museum
• 10 Tran Phu St.
• 058-822-355
• Admission US$2
• M-Sa 8-11AM and 2-4:30PM
• This is a scientific museum of a Swiss-born, Dr. Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943).
• He arrived in Vietnam in 1891.
• He came here to study infected animals.
• He produced a serum from horses and buffaloes.
• One can view all of his work along with his equipment in this museum.
• Yersin never went back to Switzerland.

4. Long Son Pagoda
• Thai Nguyen St.
• Free admission
• Open 8AM-5PM
• A 79 ft. tall white Buddha is installed in this Pagoda.
• The pagoda was established in 1963.
• This was to honor the monks and nuns who died demonstrating against the Diem government.
• Entry to the pagoda is absolutely free.

5. Po Nagar Cham Towers
• 2 Thang 4 St.
• Admission US$0.8
• Open daily 7:30AM-5PM
• These four brick towers were built by the Cham civilization.
• These towers were constructed between the 7th and 12th century.
• These were constructed to honor Yang Ino Po Ngar, mother of the kingdom.
• The incense aroma emanating from within makes it a religious site for the local Buddhists.
• The small complex sits on a hill.
• The hill has views across Nha Trang’s fishing village.
• It is a 20-25 minute walk from the main beach strip.

6. Fishing village
• The fishing village is situated between the old and the new bridge.
• The fishing boats coming in or going out is a beautiful sight.

7. Bao Dai Villa
• Near the oceanographic institute.
• The Bao Dai Villas are situated on top of a small hill.
• You have a beautiful view of the bay.
• The wind is cool even when it is too hot in the city.

8. Vinpearl la
• Take the cable car from the harbor over to the island where Vinpearl resort and Vinpearl land are situated.
• They have a small tivoli and some restaurants.

Attractions includes:
– Underwater World (aquarium)
Water Park
– Exciting water slides
– Wave pool
Amusement Park
– roller coaster
– pirate ship
– bumper cars
– 4D cinema
– many modern arcade machines
– musical fountain
• Laser show at night time: usually 7PM.
• All included in the one price
• Price: 450,000 dong.

9. Bicycle tour in the countryside
• 1/12 Tran Quang Khai st,Nha Trang, Viet Nam
• ? 0909379179
• Biking tour in the countryside along Cai River
• Price: 40$
– Traditional Villages ( making stoves, mats …)
– Antique House
– Pass through the Immense rice field
– Enjoy the fresh fruit on the way
– Visit the orphanage pagoda
– Chong rock

10. Nha Trang Cathedral
• This cathedral is situated on a hill overlooking the city.
• The cathedral shows the influence of French Catholicism.
• It’s a quaint sight to see.
• The Nha Trang area has a strong Catholic population.
• There are Catholic Shops situated around the Cathedral.

11. 3D cafe – cinema
• 97 Nguyen Thien Thuat
• Mini cinema in main tourist area.
• It shows movies every 2 hours starting from 5PM.
• Choose your own film.
• Most films are in 3D.
• Maximum 20 people.
• Price includes free bottle of water.
• 50,000 dong

12. Monkey Island
• 20km north of Nha Trang.
• Catch a ferry which is full of monkeys.
• It has a 10AM circus.

Best time to visit / climate

• The monsoon season is from October to mid December.
• Nha Trang has a tropical savanna climate.
• It has a lengthy dry season from January to August.
• It has a shorter wet season from September to December.
• The city’s total annual rainfall is 1,361 millimeters.

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How to get there?

1. By plane
• Cam Ranh Airport (CXR) is built on the grounds of an old American airbase.
• It was constructed in 2004.
• It is located 30km from the city.
• It serves only domestic destinations.
• Taxi fare from the airport to downtown locations is a fixed rate of 380,000 VND.
• A cheaper option is to take the airport bus at 60,000 VND to the old Nha Trang Airport.
• The tickets are sold for this mini bus at a desk near the exit of the airport.

2. By train
• Nha Trang is a stop on the main railway-line connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
• The railway station is close to the cathedral in the northern part of town.
• The journey to Nha Trang from Ho Chi Minh City takes between 6-8 hours on the SE trains.
• A cushioned seat in the AirCon car costs 190,000 dong.
• Soft seat is 310.000 dong.
• The SNT trains take over 9 hours and travels overnight only.
• For 535,000 dong one can book a soft sleeper on the SNT1 or SE1, SE3, SE5 or SE7 trains from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City.
• The SE1 train departs Nha Trang at 8.26PM and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 4.10AM.
• The SE3 train departs Nha Trang at 9.42PM and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 4.30AM.
• The SE5 train departs Nha Trang at 12.39PM and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 8.00PM.
• The SE7 train departs Nha Trang at 8.41AM and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 4.48PM.
• The SNT1 train departs Nha Trang at 6.40PM and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 5.20AM.
• The SNT2 departs Ho Chi Min City at 8.00PM and arrives in Nha Trang at 5AM.
• The train station is about 1 km away from the city centre.

3. By bus
• Most open tour buses arrive from Ho Chi Minh City in the south and Hoi An to the north.
• They drop their passengers in the main tourist area around Biet Thu.
• The public bus station is at 58, 23 Thang 10, about a 10 minute walk west of the center.
• North to Qui Nhon 6 hours on Mai Linh Express departures at 7.30,8.30,13.00 and 15.30 or 28 hours by TM Brothers bus.
• Phuong Trang has several buses per day to Da Lat.

4. By car
Private car rental with a driver are usually modern air-con cars and can be rented for 1,000,000 VND per day.

Some Travel Books on Vietnam

Vietnam (Country Travel Guide) DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Vietnam and Angkor Wat To Vietnam With Love

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs / Sites about Nha Trang – Vietnam

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