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Nha Trang

Country
Vietnam
State
Khanh Hoa
City
Nha Trang
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

Cam Ranh Airport (CXR), built on the grounds of an old American airbase in 2004, is located 30km from the city and serves only domestic destinations. Taxi fare from the airport to downtown locations is a fixed rate of 320,000 VND (with Nha Trang Taxi Company - maroon color taxi) though many hotels have their own buses. Do not offer to go by the meter here as it is about 100,000 VND more expensive than the fixed rate.
A cheaper option is to take the airport bus at 40,000 VND to the old Nha Trang Airport. They sell the tickets for this mini bus at a desk near the exit of the airport. The old airport terminal is in the city not far from most hotels and taxi's can be found there. Most city hotels should be reached by taxi for 30,000 dong or less. Mini hotel alley at 64 Tran Phu costs just 15,000 dong.

By train

Nha Trang is a stop on the main railway line connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC or Saigon). The railway station is close to the cathedral in the northern part of town. If you want a soft-sleeper , book your train ticket directly at the train station as far in advance as you are able. Having a private travel agent book this ticket will quite often result in you paying the agent for a soft-sleeper the agent will book a hard-sleeper and you will not know until you board the train and it is too late to make changes. This is one of the most common scams in Vietnam! Soft sleeper rooms are 4 berth, hard sleepers are 6 berth. You can sit comfortably on a lower bed in a 4 berth room but in a 6 berth you will have to be very short in order to sit up straight. SNT trains  have similar quality cars but are slower than the SE trains. The TN trains have the oldest and dirtiest cars and are the slowest so therefore are not recommended. Each of the SE, TN and SNT coded trains end with a number. If the number is odd it travels from North to South. If it is even, it travels from South to North.

By bus

Most open tour buses arrive from Ho Chi Minh City in the south (10-12 hours) and Hoi An to the north (16 hours). They drop their passengers in the main tourist area around Bien Thu, while the public bus station is at 58, 23 Thang 10, about a 10 minute walk west of the center. North to Qui Nhon 4-5 hours.

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.

Key places to visit
Po Nagar Cham Towers, Alexandre Yersin Museum, Vinpearl Cable Car, Nha Trang Cathedral, Cam Ranh beach, Ba Ho waterfalls, Long Son Pagoda


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Places to Visit

Po Nagar Cham Towers

These four brick towers were built by the Cham civilization between the 7th and 12th century to honor Yang Ino Po Ngar, mother of the kingdom, and the incense aroma emanating from within makes it clear that this remains a religious site for the local Buddhists of Nha Trang today. The longevity of these last vestiges of a once-dominant South East Asian civilisation should impress temple enthusiasts even if the insensitive restoration and surrounding mass of tourists don't. The small complex sits on a hill which enjoys views across Nha Trang's fishing village. It is a 20-25 minute walk (or short motorbike ride) from the main beach strip, however be prepared to wander through the 'real' Nha Trang, quite a shocking change from the showy built up beach side resort.

Alexandre Yersin Museum

This is a scientific museum of a Swiss-born, Dr. Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943), who arrived in Vietnam in 1891 to study infected animals. He then later on produced a serum from horses and buffaloes. In this museum, you will be able to view all of his work as well as his equipment. Yersin never went back to Switzerland as he spent the rest of his life in Nha Trang. Don’t try to take pictures. Do respect the rules since they're quite serious here.

Vinpearl Cable Car

Vinpearl Cable Car is a 3311 metres long gondola lift, which links Hon Tre Island with Nha Trang. It was built by POMA and uses 7 offshore support towers, which all stand in the sea. The tallest is 115 metres high from which however 40 metres are under water.

Nha Trang Cathedral

Nha Trang Cathedral is in Located on a hill overlooking the city, the cathedral shows the influence of French Catholicism. It's a Quaint, free and quick sight to see. The Nha Trang area still has a strong Catholic population. There are Catholic Shops located around the Cathedral.

Cam Ranh beach

The road to the Cam Ranh airport is a very scenic road and worth going just to enjoy the scenery. As you have passed over the mountains there is a very long and nice beach which is clean and beautiful. You can buy seafood from small restaurants at the beach.

Ba Ho waterfalls

A series of three waterfalls and a quite fast flowing at river tucked away in the forest. Its a good one hour trip from Nha trang by moterbike through some rough, off road tracks If you decide to go without a guide its preferable that you travel with someone as a flat tyre out here can be a common occurrence as I found out, although these can be fixed in the village or most local houses for a small fee. the turn off from the main highway north of Nha Trang can be easy to miss but most locals along the road should be able to point it out. from the turn off its a straight track to follow to the river, there are limited amenities there although you can buy food, like rice and chicken and cold beers or soft drinks are also for sale from locals who will guide  you up through the forest this is preferable to having to carry your own food and drink and the prices are reasonable a small premium for their trouble, the "guides " are pleasant enough showing you short cuts and footholds higher up the track. Taxis and motorbike guides are available in Nha Trang to take you there but its not too difficult to find yourself and in better weather, a pleasant drive, if your confident on a motorbike. be warned though that going off road on hired bikes can incur damage which you will be liable for.

Long Son Pagoda

Long Son Pagoda is a Buddhist temple in the city of Nha Trang on south central coast of Vietnam. It is regarded as one of the main sites in the city, along with Hai Duc Temple.Long Son Pagoda was previously known as Dang Long To and it is located at 22 October 23 Street. It is located in the ward of Phuong Son, and sits at the foot of Trai Thuy mountain, in city of Nha Trang, just 400 m west of the railway station.Long Son Pagoda was erected on another hill in 1886 under the abbotship of Thich Ngo Chi (1856–1935), who hailed from the district of Vinh Xuong in Khanh Hoa Province. Before joining the sangha, he was a participant in anti-French resistance forces that attempted to regain Vietnamese independence

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