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Nha Trang travel guide

History 

There is a little bit of history in the form of the Cham Towers, but Nha Trang has never been a big stopping place for tribes, kings, or marauding armies. It was a big (R&R) site for the US military during the War, however. 

Getting There & Away 

Nha Trang is well served by flights from all over Vietnam. It is a short trip from the airport to the town, costing a few dollars by taxi or Honda Om. The train station is also close to town, as is the bus station.

Getting Around 

The town of Nha Trang stretches for several km along the Pacific, but doesn’t go more than a few blocks inland. Walking is easy and pleasant, especially along the ocean-front boardwalk. 

Bicycling is another excellent way to get around, and most hotels rent bikes for a few dollars a day.  To venture farther afield consider renting a car or a motorbike.  The bigger hotels and any travel agency can help with this. Prices are comparable to the rest of Vietnam. 

Adventures on Water 

People come to Nha Trang for three reasons: To eat seafood, to chill out, and to try the various watersports. 

The Nha Trang Sailing Club rents Jet Skis and windsurfers. 

For scuba diving, plan on coming in January to May. There are more than a dozen dive sites in the area. Try Rainbow Divers, tel. 058/829946, based at the Nha Trang Sailing Club, or Octopus Dive Club, tel. 058/810629, at 62 Tran Phu. You can rent equipment, get your PADI certificate, and dive all day. 


 

What to See & Do 

You are in a scuba, sailing, snorkeling, beach paradise, and the activities reflect that. 

There are miles of pristine beaches, or you can learn to scuba-dive on any of 20 different dive sites. You can hire a boat to take you island-hopping. You can explore ancient Cham monuments, or venture farther out to hot springs. 

Inside the city limits you’ll find the Alexandre Yersin Museum at the Pasteur Institute (north end of Tran Phu).  Yersin was a bacteriologist celebrated for his discovery of the bacillus responsible for the bubonic plague. His house has been turned into a museum. As you head back to the south you can visit the Nha Trang Cathedral and the Long Son Pagoda, neither of which is of great interest.  Outside of the northern end of town are the Po Nagar Cham Towers, 10 towers constructed between the seventh and 12th centuries. Rent a motorbike to take you out there – definitely worth a look. 

Near the Cham Towers, off to the northwest, you’ll come to the Thap Ba Hot Springs. Your hotel can arrange transport for you. Call ahead to price and reserve treatments (tel. 058/835335). 

 Islands 

There are several islands of note in the area. Boats leave from Cau Da Wharf – expect to pay about $50 per day for a boat.  Hon Mieu is the closest island and can actually be reached by a ferry from the wharf. There is an aquarium that is worth a quick look, then off to the next island, Hon Tam.  Hon Tamhas a decent beach and you can do some snorkeling.  Hon Tre is the next island, and it is much different in appearance from the others – rocky with cliffs. 

 

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