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KHANH HOA * NHA TRANG

Khanh hoa is a coastal province in the southern Centre of Viet Nam. Phu Yen province is on its north, Daklak on its northwest, Lam Dong on its southwest, Ninh thuan on its south and The East sea on the east, with its easternmost point Hon Doi.

Khanh hoa has a 385km coastline with nearly 200 isles, small and big, as well as a lot of rivulets, lagoons and 4 sea bays Van Phong, Van Phu, Nha Trang, Cam Ranh. Truong Sa isles (Spratly isles), the island administrative unit of Khanh Hoa province, is an essential economic zone and has a special position in national defence.

Nha Trang city, chief town of Khanh Hoa province, is the political, economic, cultural, sientific and touristic center. Nha Trang is named “ the Pearl of the East sea” for its natural value and beauty, as well as its climate. Furthermore, nowadays Nha Trang is a city of events.

Area: 5,217.6 km2

Population: 1,174,848 inhabitants (2011 census) composed of 32 ethnicities (Viet, Raglai, Chinese, Ede, Ko ho and small groups of Tay, Nung, Muong, Thai, Cham, Khmer, Tho...).

Topography: Khanh Hoa Province is located close to the Truong Son mountain range, with very narrow deltas, representing less than 1/10 of the total area of ​​the province. Plains are divided into small pieces, separated by mountains stretching to the sea. The majority of Khanh Hoa’s mountain has an elevation of less than a thousand meters but is part of Truong Son mountain range, giving the diversity to the terrain. The great deltas are: Nha Trang, Dien Khanh, Ninh Hoa, In addition, there are two narrow deltas in Khanh Hoa: Van Ninh and Cam Ranh.

Administrative units: 10 units consisting of 2 cities (Nha Trang & Cam Ranh), 6 rural districts, 1 island district (Spratly islands).

Climate: Khanh hoa has a temperate climate influenced by the ocean with 2 distinct seasons: the rainy season from September to mid - December and dry season from December to August. The average temperature is 26.70C.

Sights of interest

Nha Trang Bay with an area of ​​approximately 420 km2, is one of the rare natural bays in the world. Nha Trang Bay has typical ecosystemsrare tropical waters with an  international importance: it’s a wetland ecosystem with coral reefsmangroves , seagrass beds, as well as estuarine, sea island  and coastal ecosystems... with many ecological functions as: environmental protectionhabitats, breeding, fattening and rearing aquatic organisms, protection against storm, erosion... Nha Trang Bay has more than 350 species of marine fishapproximately 350 coral species (including rare red coral)over 600 species of marine specialties  among which 400 tons per year can be exploited for consumption and export .

Nha Trang Bay is not only rich in natural resourcesbeautiful scenerybut also endowed with cultural spots such as: Ponagar  Cham TowerNha Trang Pasteur InstituteOceanographic Institute, ​​Indochina's largest sea museum... With such advantages , Nha Trang Bay has been recognized as one of 29 most beautiful bays in the world in 2005.

Po Nagar Cham Tower

The Cham Ponagar temple complex (locally referred to as Thap Ba) is situated on a hill just outside the city, and is reached by crossing the Cai River from the main tourist stretch. At the complex there are four towers remaining from an original eight, each of which shows differences in style, indicated they were built over an extended period between the 7th and 12th centuries AD. The largest, which stands at 23m high, was built in 817 AD and contains a linga and a statue dedicated to the goddess Po Nagar, literally translated as “ The Mother of the Country”, who is said to have taught new agricultural and weaving techniques to the Cham people. and in gratitude they built the tower to honour her. Other towers in the complex are dedicated to gods.

 

The Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography is located at No1 Cau Da street, next to Cau Da Wharf, about 6km from the centre of Nha Trang city. Established in 1923 and directly managed by the French. Since 1952, it has become one of the specialized research institutes under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. it was one of the first centres for scientific research in Vietnam and is an important location for tropical oceanographic research.

The Marine Animal Museum is located in the vicinity which has more than 20,000 sea and freshwater creatures.

 

Long Son pagoda, a buddhist 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.

 

At the top of the hill, behind the pagoda, is a huge white Buddha seated on a lotus blossom and visible from all over the city. Around the statue’s base are fire-ringed relief busts of Thich Quang Duc and six other Buddhist monks who died in self-immolations in 1963. The platform around the 14m-high figure has great views of Nha Trang and nearby rural areas. The pagoda is accessible through the 152 stone steps up the hill.


Yang Bay tourist park, 45km west of Nha Trang, at a 100m-elevation, is an eco-tourism zone situated in a mountainous area of ​​570 hectares. Yang Bay is a complex of waterfalls originating from Cau river, creating a main 2000m high waterfall named Yang Bay and 2 small ones named Yang Khang and Ho Cho. Yang Bay attracts tourists with the primeval forest landscapes, waterfalls, animal preservation area, crocodile farm, orchid  garden...Visitors can participate in balloon water games, pigs race, bow shooting... and enjoy the unique cuisine at the restaurant in the park.

 

 
Vinpearl Amusement park, built on a 200,000m2 of Hon Tre island, next to the 5* Vinpearl Resort, includes a variety of water slides with names like ‘space hole,’ ‘tsunami,’ ‘black hole,’ and ‘kamikaze’. The 900-metre long ‘lazy river’ features gentle floating along while wearing a swimming ring, and the ‘wave pool’ emulates different sea conditions, from choppy to very stormy. The very young have their own kids’ pool with chairs and umbrellas for supervising parents. An impressive 3,000m2 aquarium, or ‘underwater world’, has a tunnel with a motorised walkway through which visitors can admire no less than 300 species of colourful fish. This modern and beautifully-kept aquarium is claimed to be the biggest of its kind in Vietnam.
 
  
 
 
Hon Tam island ecological tourist spot is well known by the wild tropical forest, long beach and clear water. Around the rock range, thousands kind of fish and colorful corals make tourists exciting and peaceful. Therefore, Hon Tam Resort is a wonderful spot of recreation and health improvement.
Besides sightseeing and bathing, tourists can also enjoy many kinds of water sport such as mountain climbing, forest exploring, para-sailing, boating, wind-surfing, jet-skiing... and especially, scuba-diving to explore the secret of ocean world.
 
  
 
Van Phong Bay, geographically at the easternmost position of Vietnam, only 14 km from international waters and close to the junction of maritime routes, is located in Van Ninh and Ninh Hoa districts. There is a sand hill that is 18km long, situated between the main land and two islets creating a bay with a very beautiful landscape.
This beautiful landscape is endowed with wonderful natural sceneries and beaches of fine sand, an ideal temperate climate, surrounded by hills, mountains and tropical forests. The sea is all the more embellished with colorful coral reefs, vestiges of mangrove forests, rare sea creatures in an ideal environment.
 
 
 
 
Doc Let beach, is not only an ideal swimming beach, but its natural landscape is also quite attractive to tourists. Islands of every size and shape off shore form into two bows hindering the waves. The beach here is wonderful  with fine sand, smooth, and pure; the sea is blue with tiny waves.
 
 
 
Cam Ranh Bay, located at Cam Lam district, Cam Ranh town, is a deep-water sea port, 60km south of Nha Trang. The bay is nearly closed by Cam Ranh peninsula in the North stretching to the East and the West, with an area of 60km2 and an average depth ranging from 18 to 20m. Cam Ranh is considered the finest deepwater shelter in Southeast Asia.
 
 
 
 
Day markets: while modernization has seen growing construction of shopping malls and supermarkets in the city, most Vietnamese people still favour the local market as thier primary source of food, clothing and household items. It is also a great place for tourists to pick up gifts, souvenirs and other products that they may need on theit travels. Prices can be cheaper and vary compared to the supermarkets, however the price can depend on your bargaining skills. The 2 main markets in town are: Dam Market, and the slightly smaller Xom Moi Market. Both are only a couple of kilometres from the tourist hub, so take a trip to one of them and see what bargains you can find.
 
 
                                                                Dam Market                                                                        Xom Moi Market
 
Night markets: Nha Trang is now fortunate to have 3 night markets close to the hub. A little to the north of the city the original Night Market extends from Hung Vuong street to Tran Phu (Nha Trang’s Esplanade). It contains a large number of stalls offering clothing, jewelry, trinkets, arts and crafts and souvenirs. There are food stalls offering traditional dishes, some western food and of course cheap beer and soft drinks. It is a good place to bargain and grab those usual presents for family and friends. Opening in June 2013, the new Nha Trang night market on Tran Quang Khai street between the tourist strip and Tue Tinh street offers many similar items to the old market plus some more high end fashion outlets. A third, more recent market, has opened in the lane next to the Yasaka hotel towards the northern end of Tran Phu. It contains a similar range of goods and is convenient for visitors staying at that end of town. But remember when buying these goods to bargain and try to get a good price!
 
 

 

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