XQ Embroidery Showroom
A toss-up on whether this tip is a "shopping" tip or a "things to do" tip.
Whatever, we were so glad that we decided to go inside and have a look.
The hand-made embroidery is stunning. No photography allowed which is a shame in a way, as this is almost like being in an art gallery. Extremely intricate needlework and you can watch the girls here create their pieces. They are so talented.
Finished work is for sale. They range in size from very small pieces to room dividers. They are expensive, but having no knowledge of their worth, I can't comment on the prices. There is certainly no pressure to buy, and you are left alone to wander around. There is a small tea-house you will see when you walk in if you feel like a break.
This really is a must for anyone interested in needlework. Absolutely amazing work. It's like a little oasis in the middle of Nha Trang.
- Arts and Culture
THE BIG WHITE BUDDHA *1*
This enormous 9 m high Buddha was built in1963 in honor of those Monks and Nuns who died demonstrating against the Diem government.
Around the base of the statue are portrait photos of Buddhist who died in the name of Buddhism in 1963.
The white Buddha sits upon the hill at Long Son pagoda, and is worthwhile going up for the view of Nha Trang and the coast.
The large Buddha’s base used to be a library until it was closed after the Tet Offensive when it was discovered that the Viet Cong used the library to plan attacks on the city.
The pagoda is at the base of the stairs that lead up to the giant Buddha.
OPEN 7.30 - 8 pm daily
- Religious Travel
If you like living in the lap of luxury Nha Trang has something for you. On Hon Tre Island there is a five-star Sofitel Vinpearl resort and spa. They offer full range of treatments and claim to have the largest swimming pool in SE Asia (5000 square metres). Rooms there start at 230 US dollars for a double per night.
We didn't stay in Sofitel and in fact knew nothing about other attractions of Vinpearl Land. What caught our attention was the sight of huge pillars with cable cars going in the direction of one of the islands. When we reached the port of departures we found out that the cable cars take tourists to Vinpearl amusement park. Since it's not our favourite pastime we didn't go there.
Only back at home I read on Vinpearl's website what a grand project it is. The 3320 metre overwater cable car system is the largest of its kind in the world. It can take 1000 people to the other side within an hour. The ride lasts 10 minutes and it takes you to Vinpearl amusement park with both indoor and outdoor attractions, food village and shopping centre. What I regret not seeing is the underwater world with plenty of marine species.
And the best part is, with the newly-found geyser they even form a mineral waterfall... Such an amazing thing...!!!
For your information, everything including mud-bath, mineral shower, mineral waterfall, swimming pool, massage water rays, hot mineral bath tub comes as a package of VND 50,000 per person (around USD 3.5)... What a deal!
Mama Hahns boat trip
Mama Hahns boat trips are world famous.
Mostly because they used to include free marihuana.
The police have stopped that now, but it's still a very nice boat trip along a very scenic coastline and very beautiful islands.
The trip includes free food and snorkelling aswell.
Vietnamse redwine is free too, but tastes absolutly awful.
You might wanna invest in some cheap vietnamese beer that tastes great.
The price for the trip is around 8 US dollars for the day, including food and wine.
- Wine Tasting
- Budget Travel
NHA TRANG OPERA HOUSE & SQUARE
The Opera House is a large imposing building in Nha Trang.
Across the road from it, is quite a big square, with an oversized Vietnamese flag flying.
If you are here in the early morning, this square has quite a few people exercising, and if you come late afternoon, its a hive of activity.
The Balloon and Kite seller was doing some business with quite a few Kites being flown.
Street vendors are here, selling all kinds of street food.
From what I could see, it was the area where the locals liked to come for the evening.
Thap Ba Hot Springs...Take a Mud Bath!
This is a brilliant way to spend a morning or afternoon! We had an absolute ball sloshing around in the mineral mud and then in the mineral baths afterwards. There is also a mineral pool to swim in which we could NOT get Bradley out of! Little devil refused to climb in the mud bath though! Go figure...he usually HATES to get clean, and here he was passing up on the chance to get dirty! He sure enjoyed pouring mud all over his daddy's head but!
There are bath packages to suit all budgets, and lockers are available to keep your valuables in. Photographers also roam about taking pics if you want a souveneir of your visit and don't have a waterproof camera with you...I don't recomend bringing a non-waterproof one! There is a little coffee shop if you want to get a snack afterwards...can't vouch for it though, as we didn't stop there.
- Family Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Water Sports
Dan Market is an interesting place to wander around. There is always something to catch the eye. I saw nuns gambling on a game that involved which number house a hamster would go into. I'm sure if you look hard enough, you'll be able to find something even more bizarre than that.
You can also get a meal here at one of the market stalls for 70 cents. The lady in the picture is preparing my lunch, which I ate stting on a stool. She washed my chopsticks by dipping them in the boiling soup.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Nha Trang Beach
This is arguably the best beach in Vietnam: 5km of soft, golden sand. It is never overcrowded. I was there during the peak Tet season and although there were plenty of promenaders, the beach itself was still mostly empty. There are clusters of tourists under the umbrellas, where the sunbeds are for hire at a rate of 10,000 VND (60 cents) per day, and where you can order drinks. The sea is a little rough at times, but you can still swim in it.
The central section of the beach is the most popular. If you go to the northern section, especially in the morning, you will have a long stretch of beach all to yourself.
Most of the hotels and restaurants are along the beachfront on Tran Phu Boulevard, so you can walk across the road for a meal or a drink.
- Spa and Resort
Nha Trang cathedral
The Nha Trang Catholic cathedral was built by the French between the years 1928-1934. It is located atop a hill, which had to be levelled, this was achieved by using 500 mines. The church has a large clock tower and three Bells,which are still used today. The Church is worth visiting, go inside and for a walk around the outer, it affords good views from the hill top.
- Religious Travel
MONKEY ISLAND (HON LAO ISLAND) NEAR NHA TRANG
Monkey Island is as the name says, full of Monkeys running about in the wild. They were everywhere!.......no shortage of photo opportunities here!
You could buy food to feed the Monkeys if you wished.
Included in our tour price, was the Monkey show. The Monkeys do some acts, are dressed and ride bicycles around, they do some tricks, and generally look cute and funny!
I only wish the trainers looked a bit more friendly, I doubt if I would want to be a Monkey here, I think one slip up, and poor Monkey would be in Big Trouble!
As well as the Monkeys, dogs were included in the show, they had to go to school!
- School Holidays
- Family Travel
Enjoy the sea
Nha Trang is situated on the South China Sea. The bay and surrounding hills make it a very picturesque place. Sandy beaches stretch for seven km along Tran Phu Boulevard, which is lined with many hotels and restaurants. Between the road and the beach there is a wide waterfront promenade dotted with palm trees. In the morning you will spot here many Vietnamese, young and old alike, taking their everyday exercise. The sea is a magnet drawing locals and tourists to its shore, regardless of the weather.
February, the month we visited Nha Trang, is the second coldest in a year, with the average temperatures of 20 - 22 degrees Centigrade. It must have been so, but with cold breeze and clouded sky hardly anybody ventured getting into the sea. But there were people strolling along the shore or sitting on the beach; local vendors sold steamed food and fruit, litttle boys flew kites... The relaxing atmosphere of a seaside resort was there, for sure.
4 Islands Tour
You are picked up from your Hotel and taken to the harbour where you board an old boat which takes you to off Mun Island for snorkelling.
To snorkel, you have to jump into the water off the boat. There aren't many fish here.
Continuing on....our next stop, is off Mot Island.
This was our lunch stop. As there were 52 people on this tour, there wasn't enough room downstairs for lunch, so they sent all "the westerners" to the top of the boat to sit crossed legged on a very hot canvas and eat lunch in the blazing sun!
After lunch, we went downstairs, had a cup of grape wine and there was singing.
Next stop was Tam island for relaxation at the beach, deckchairs cost 50000dong to sit on.
Back on the boat for some fruit and for the journey to our next island which was Mieu. This is where the Aquarium is. The best part of the aquarium was its design, didn't have many fish, at least it only cost 25,000dong.
That was the last stop for the day, and we headed back to Nha Trang, only to disembark and find there was no bus waiting for us.
We had to wait quite a while before it turned up and took us back to our hotels.
This tour was by Hahn Cafe there are other companies to choose from.
I would choose a different one next time. This tour cost $7us
- Diving and Snorkeling
Hong Chong Promontory
Hong Chong is located a little further on from the Po Nagar Towers.
Here, there are hundreds of boulders balanced on top of each other. You also can walk under a boulder and make out you are a strong man holding it in the air! There is also an impression of what looks like a deep handprint with the five fingers close together, said to be the handprint of a legendary giant.
According to legend, a drunken giant male fairy made it, when he fell while spying a female fairy bathing nude at Bai Tien (Fairy Beach), the point of land closest to Hon Rua. They fell in love but the gods intervened, sending the male fairy away. The lovesick female fairy waited patiently for him to return, but after a very long time she lay down in sorrow and turned into Nui Co Tien (Fairy Mountain).
Looking to the northeast from Hon Chong Promontory, the peak on the right is supposed to be her face, gazing up towards the sky; the middle peak is her breasts; and the summit on the left (the highest) forms her crossed legs.
You get good views from here, people were swimming in the clear water and others were fishing. There were also a few stalls.
Admission is 5500 dong.(2008)
- Family Travel
NHA TRANG BEACH
Nha Trang has 6kms of beach.
If you continue on to Hong Chong Promontory, there is more beach here and some secluded coves.
The best time to visit is during the dry season - from June to early October. During heavy rains, run off from the rivers at each end of the beach flows into the bay, gradually turning it a murky brown. Usually falls only at night or in the morning.
Remember to keep in mind, the best beach weather is generally before 1pm... the afternoon sea breezes can make things unpleasant until the wind dies back down around 8pm.
Beach chairs are available for rent where you can sit and enjoy the drinks, light food or massages that the beach vendors have on offer.
If you get sick of this, then go for a long walk on the paved walkway along the beach front, this is really nice!
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