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"Nha Trang - Sun City"

lanhnguyen
Submitted by: lanhnguyen Length of trip: The weekend
Trip taken: July 2008 No. of people on trip: 18 people

Locations visited:

Far East and Asia: Vietnam

Trip Features:
Beach and Nature: Beach, Wildlife viewing

lanhnguyen took this trip with her Immediate family and also recommends this trip for those traveling with their:
> Guy Friends
> Immediate Family
> Girlfriends
> Group of friends

The cost category of this trip was: moderate

TRIP DESCRIPTION

It’s been a long time since I’ve had change to return to Nha Trang. A city rimmed with a crescent moon of white sand that stretches for seven glorious kilometers. Thanks to its tropical climate and clear water Nha Trang draws visitor’s years round. With the sun glinting off the blue ocean, the whole town seems to sparkle.

From March 29th to April4th, Nha Trang will host a beach festival attended by participate in sand castle contests, a flower festival, lantern displays, and courses about marine creatures.

With or without special events, Nha Trang offers everything that I want in a holiday destination: comfortable hotels, great restaurants and interesting sites to explore. To make the most of my time here I get up to see the sunrise. It comes early! Set on Hon Gam Peninsula, the most easterly point in Vietnam, Nha Trang welcomes the dawn before any other place in the country.

Nobody is sure where the name Nha Trang comes from. Residents claim that, long ago, the entire house in the village were made of earth walls and thatched roofs. One house stood out: the residence of the French doctor Alexander Yersin (a protégé of Louis Pasteur) was built with whitewashed bricks. One day a foreign ship captain sailing from Cu Huan Port pointed to the doctor’s house and asked what it was. He was told “nha trang”, which means “white house”. The captain recorded the name in his logbook, omitting the Vietnamese tones. Thereafter the place was known as Nha Trang.

I start my sightseeing with a visit to Dam Market, Nha Trang’s central market. It is bustling. With all of the fresh seafood on offer it’s easy to see why the food is so good here. My next stop is the Oceanography Institute, founded at Cau Da in 1922. This research station house displays relating to the area’s rich marine life. I learn that there’s a good reason for the diversity of marine life found in this area. The waters off Nha Trang drop off sharply. Seventy kilometers offshore, the seabed is 200 meters deep. At 100km off shore, the seabed drops to 2,000 meters deep. Different species of flora and fauna inhabit different depths.

Having learned about what lies beneath Nha Trang’s bay I turn my thoughts to what lies in the town’s past. Two kilometers from Dam market stand the Ba Towers, a group of brick temple towers built by the Cham people. Raised between the 7th and 12th centuries, these crumbling towers are a legacy of the Indianized Cham Kingdom. The four temples that remain here were devoted to Siva, the elephant god Ganesh, the son of Siva and the goddess Uma.

Once my eyes have adjusted to the dim light inside Panagar Tower I find myself in the larges space with a stone altar. A ten-armed statue of Panagar sits with her legs crossed, wearing a lotus-shaped hat. The goddess is credited with having taught people how to grow rice.

As well as being a fine example of Cham architecture, this tower complex offers excellent views. Standing with the towers at my back I can see the Bong River flowing past the base of the hill, and offshore islands made of piles of boulders. Further off I can make out the vague outline of Hong Chong Peninsula, which features two clumps of large boulders.

Fifty kilometers from Nha Trang on National Highway 1 turn right and drive for another 15km and you’ll find yourself on a sloping white sandbank known as Doc Let. To reach the ocean over this sandbank is difficult. You have to crawl on the sand. The beach itself is beautiful, with clear blue water that is usually calm even on windy days. There’s a small resort operated by the Ninh Hoa District, and guest can swim of lounge under the coconut palms.

Many visitors fall in love with Nha Trang. Some will want to stay here. Born in France in 1863 Alexander Yersin established Nha Trang’s Pasteur Institute in 1899. At the age of 80 de passed away and was buried near Dau Stream, just 500 meters off Highway 1. People still come here to offer incense to the good doctor, whose last will contained the request that he be buried in Nha Trang. Next to Yersin’s grave stands a small altar, its roof decorated with two dragons and a ball, the symbol or eternal sunshine. It seems like a fine symbol for this beautiful, sun drenched city.

This article written by Lanh Nguyen from Vietnam Heritage Travel

For original article, please visit:

http://vacationstovietnam.com/lastest-travel-news/nha-trang-sun-city.html

http://hotel-in-nhatrang.com


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