Nha Trang is one of Vietnam’s most pleasant city beach resorts. Just a 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang is renowned for its pristine palm tree-lined beachfront. The gentle waters of Nha Trang was listed one of 29 most beautiful Bays around the world that make for enjoyable swimming, and numerous islands nearby are ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Nha Trang has numerous other sights, including an attractive city center of French-colonial buildings and small shops. Nha Trang is also home to Cham relics civilization.
Bao Dai Villa
Pasteur Institute. The Yersin Museum, housed within the Pasteur Institute, is a tribute to Dr. Alexandre Yersin. Yersin spent much of his life in Nha Trang and introduced rubber and coffee plantations to Vietnam.
This complex of five villas offers a panoramic view of Nha Trang Bay and is a former residence of Vietnam’s last emperor.
The Museum contains lab equipment, a library, and slides of his visits to different regions of Vietnam in the late 19th century.
Nha Trang Cathedral
The Cathedral was constructed between 1928 and 1934 in the French Gothic style, on a small hill in the heart of the city. The whole structure is built of cement blocks with three large bells provided by the Bourdons Carillons Company in 1934.
Sunday masses are held at 5 am and 7 am and 4:30 PM.
The church is attractive for it elegance, space and serenity.
Hon Chong (Promontory Rocks)
Hon Chong is located on a stretch of a rocky mass of land famous for the thousands of smooth rocks stacking one-on-another. There are two clusters of such rocks in the area called Hon Chong. The first is further out in the ocean and the second is located near an islet called Sat Thon. The cluster in the ocean is most impressive since there are large boulders stacking one-on-another seemingly out-of-balance, yet remaining stable.
. Hon Chong has two meanings in the Vietnamese language. The first is to stack, the second is husband.
There is a boulder as large as a small hill supporting another boulder as large as a small house at its peak. On the side facing the shore, there is an imprint of a large hand with five fingers clearly outlined. The locals call this rock Hon Chong or the Husband.
Nha Trang’s Pasteur Institute
Doctor Yersin spent four years travelling throughout the central highlands of Vietnam and recording his observations. He is the person who discovered the site of what is today Dalat.
The Institute was founded in 1895 by Dr. Alexandre Yersin, who came to Vietnam in 1889 and spent many years of his life in this region.
Interestingly, the world’s most famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, started his career here in 1933 when it was known as the French Institute d’Oceanographique.
Founded in 1923, the institute has an extensive library, some indoor and outdoor aquariums, and a huge whale skeleton.
Po Nagar Cham Tower
The largest tower is 23 meters high and was built in 817 AD. Originally consisting of eight towers, four still remain. The towers are surrounded by flowers and trees and sit on a small hill overlooking the picturesque Nha Trang harbor.
The Po Nagar Temple complex is a well-preserved example of Cham architecture from the 7th to 12th centuries.