With its pristine beaches and superb scuba diving, Nha Trang is fast becoming a popular destination for international tourists. Chosen by Travel + Leisure for two successive years, Nha Trang Bay stands as the 29th most beautiful bay in the world.
Dr Alexandre Yersin’s library and office are now an interesting museum. Items on display include laboratory equipment (such as astronomical instruments), books from Yersin’s library, a fascinating 3-D photo viewer and some of the thousand or so letters written to his mother.
The Cham towers of Po Nagar were built between the 7th and 12th centuries, although the site was first used for worship as early as the 2nd century AD. To this day Cham, ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists come to Po Nagar to pray and make offerings, according to their respective traditions. This site has a continuing religious significance, so be sure to remove your shoes before entering.
Housed in a grand French-colonial building in the port district of Cau Da at the far south end of Nha Trang is the National Oceanographic Museum. It’s attached to the Oceanographic Institute founded in 1923, and signs direct you around the tanks of colourful live marine life and the 60,000 jars of pickled specimens that make up the collection. There are also stuffed birds and sea mammals and displays of local boats and fishing artefacts. Most of the signs have English translations.
This magnificent temple was built in the late 19th century and has been refurbished and rebuilt many times over the years. The entrance and the roof are decorated with a mosaic dragon pattern, built using glass and ceramic tiles. The main hall interprets traditional patterns in modern style. Don't forget to carefully appreciate the fine beard on the colorful dragons on the pillars on both sides of the main altar.
Built between 1928 and 1933 in French Gothic style, complete with stained-glass windows, Nha Trang Cathedral stands on a small hill overlooking the train station. It’s a surprisingly elegant building given that it was constructed of simple cement blocks. Some particularly colourful Vietnamese touches include the red neon outlining the crucifix, the pink back-lighting on the tabernacle and the blue neon arch and white neon halo over the statue of St Mary.
This striking pagoda was founded in the late 19th century and has been rebuilt several times over the years. The entrance and roofs are decorated with mosaic dragons constructed of glass and bits of ceramic tile. The main sanctuary is a hall adorned with modern interpretations of traditional motifs. Note the ferocious nose hairs on the colourful dragons wrapped around the pillars on either side of the main altar.
Nha Trang is best known for superb scuba diving as well as pristine islands ripe for discovery. Many tours are available whether half day or full day, diving equipment as well as lessons are included in these tours as well. Now’s there a reason to justifying buying a water proof camera!Take a break from the busy city to discover the calm countryside. You will see The Real Vietnam, which some tourists don't get the chance to experience. Flexible tours rang
32-34 Tran Phu Street Nha Trang 300202 Vietnam