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Nha Trang Overview:
Often referred to as the Riviera of the South China Sea, Nha Trang has miles of beautiful white, sandy beaches with a backdrop of mountains hugging the coastline and more than 19 islands just offshore. Nha Trang’s clear aqua waters, abundant marine life and colourful coral reefs make scuba diving and snorkeling among a few of the very popular water sports as well as many types of boat trips available to explore the surrounding islands. Few cities in Vietnam rival Nha Trang for the sheer scope of choices when it comes to hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and nightlife to suit all tastes and budgets.
Nha Trang is located about 450km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City in the south of Vietnam. It has an airport with daily flights from all major cities, and it’s also easy to travel there by either bus or train from Ho Chi Minh City. From the north, it is also possible to catch a bus or train from Da Nang. With its status as Vietnam’s most popular seaside retreat, comes a big choice of hotels, restaurants and activities – something for everyone.
Nha Trang geography:
Nha Trang city has a metropolitan area of 251 km2 and population of about 500,000 (as of 2007). It borders Ninh Hòa town by the north, Cam Ranh city by the south, Diên Khánh town by the west and the South China Sea to the east. The city is located on the beautiful Nha Trang Bay, which was chosen by Travel and Leisure in two succeeding years as one of 29 most beautiful bays in the world. Nha Trang is surrounded on all three sides by mountains and a large island on the fourth side (in the ocean directly in front of the city's main area), blocking major storms from potentially damaging the city.
Transports:
Nha Trang is next to the National highway 1A, that is the backbone South- North road in country so it is very convenient for you to go by car. The train also cross and have main station inside the city.
Cam Ranh Airport is around 45km from the South of city.


 Tourist Attractions in Nha Trang

Po Nagar Cham Towers
Po Nagar Cham Towers

The Po Nagar Temple complex, also known as Thap Ba, was built to venerate the goddess Yang Ino Po Nagar the Mother of the kingdom. The temple was built during the Hindu period of Champa, hence the image of the goddess represents the form of Uma the wife of Shiva. The original temple buildings were built of wood around 770 A.D and destroyed by Javanese raiders, about ten years later the first brick structures were built however they no longer exist. The earliest surviving structures were built around 810 A.D and the main tower around the 11th Century.
The main tower named Po Nagar Kalan represents Mount Meru and at 23 meters is one of the tallest Cham structures anywhere, it is constructed from clay bricks and molasses mortar and consists of a square tower with a three step pyramidal tower its and three-story cone roof are outstanding examples of Cham style. The statue of the goddess Po Nagar has ten arms and the original statue was made out of hard incense wood but was removed by the French in 1946 and replaced with a 2.6 m sandstone statue sitting cross-legged and has ten hands, each holding a specific object representing the intellect and power of Buddha. Each year the Cham people celebrate the Thap Ba festival which takes place from the 20th to the 23rd of the third month of the Luna calendar.



Long Son Pagoda
Long Son Pagoda

The 24meter-high white Buddha statue is the main attraction at this pagoda and is an important symbol of Nha Trang. The seated Buddha statue was built to honour the monks and nuns who died protesting against the corrupt Diem regime, around the base of the Buddha are their portraits carved in relief and surrounded by carved flames of the monks who set fire to themselves (self- immolation). From the top of the hill you'll be rewarded with a panoramic bird's-eye view of Nha Trang and its surroundings.
Address: Long Son Pagoda is at the foot of Mount Trai Thuy about 2km from the town’s center just past the train station on Thai Nguyen St.



Alexandre Yersin Museum
Alexandre Yersin Museum

Alexandre Yersin was the French medical pioneer who co-discovered a vital bacterium responsible for causing bubonic plague. Yersin arrived in Nha Trang in 1891 and in 1895 founded the medical research institute where he dedicated the rest of his life to scientific discovery until his death in 1943. He is well remembered in Vietnam where he is affectionately called Ông Năm and is highly respected for his contributions to Vietnamese society and is also credited for discovering the city of Da Lat. Yersin died in Nha Trang on March 1st, 1943and was buried according to the instructions he left in his will, with his face touching the ground and facing the sea so that he could forever embrace his second homeland. His grave is located on top of a hill at Suoi Dau area in Dien Khanh District. His house in Nha Trang is now the Yersin Museum which has his desk and scientific instruments on display and his library. Also many city streets throughout Vietnam are named in his honour and kept their designation following the country's independence.



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