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Located in the southern part of central Vietnam, this coastal city is endowed with a special natural beauty, with its untouched bays, dreamy islands, white sand beaches, coral reefs, Cham historical remnants and peaceful fishing villages. Nha Trang Bay, lying between the other two bays, has been acknowledged as one of the most beautiful bays of the world. With such natural gifts as the position, landscape, climate, together with its rich background in culture and humanities, Nha Trang - Khánh Hòa is fully capable of developing many diverse forms of tourism.
This beautiful bay contains a number of islets, peninsulas and beaches, and is home to a diverse range of ecosystems, including rainforests, mangrove swamps and sand dunes


Another attraction, Cam Ranh Bay, has become famous as one of the world’s best deep-water ports. Set on an inlet of the East Sea between Phan Rang and Nha Trang, approximately 290 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Cam Ranh is perfectly situated at a point where the continental shelf of Southeast Asia is relatively narrow, bringing deep water close to land.

French doctor Alexandre Yersin, who spent many years in central Viet Nam and died there, will be immortalised with a relic site in Nha Trang.


The building honoring the doctor is part of a larger historical and cultural museum project being planned in Khanh Hoa Province.

Other must-see attractions for visitors to Nha Trang are the area’s beautiful islands. There are many pristine islands around Nha Trang, including Mun, Mieu and Mot islands, which are renowned as the perfect places for water sports and scuba diving. But perhaps the most special is Yen Island, which takes its name from yen sao, the nests of the swifttles who make their homes high on the walls of the rocky island’s caves.


While most birds make their nests from grass and twigs, swiftlet nests are made from the saliva of the birds themselves. The nests are highly prized for their use in Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine and can be worth their weight in gold on the retail market.

There are two types of yen sao, white and red, with the red nests fetching higher prices. Once reserved only for royalty, the nests are often steamed in a porcelain pot with young pigeon, lotus seed or chicken, but few people ever have the chance to taste this delicacy due to its great cost.


As the birds build their nests high on the walls of the island, the harvesters must climb bamboo ladders to collect them. It is dangerous work and many climbers fall to their death every year.


 

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nice spot - highly recommended
went there 3-4 yrs ago . stayed at Ana Mandara... nice and relaxing
 

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These are some sattelite pictures. You can compare sand of Nha Trang with another place. Sand of Nha Trang is so white. I can't believe one's eye.
Sand of Nha Trang.


Sand of another place.
 

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Yersin was born in 1863 in Lavaux, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, in a family originally from France. From 1883 to 1884, Yersin studied medicine at Lausanne, Switzerland; and then at Marburg, Germany and Paris (1884-1886). In 1886, he entered Louis Pasteur's research laboratory at the École Normale Supérieure, by invitation of Emile Roux, and participated in the development in the anti-rabies serum. In 1888 he received his doctoral dissertation with a thesis on Étude sur le Développement du Tubercule Expérimental and spent two months with Robert Koch in Germany. He joined the recently created Pasteur Institute in 1889 as Roux's collaborator, and discovered with him the diphtheric toxin (produced by the Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacillus).
Alexandre Yersin
is well remembered in Vietnam, where he was affectionely called Ông Năm (Mr. Nam/Fifth) by the people. Following the country's independence, streets named in his honor kept their designation, and his tomb in Suoi Dau was graced by a pagoda where rites are performed in his worship. Yersin's house in Nha Trang is now a museum, and the epitaph on his tombstone describes him as a "Benefactor and humanist, venerated by the Vietnamese people". At Hanoi, a French Lycée has his name.
From 1895 to 1897, Yersin further pursued his studies on the bubonic plague. In 1895 he returned to the Institute Pasteur in Paris and with Émile Roux, Albert Calmette and Amédée Borrel, prepared the first anti-pest serum. In the same year, he returned to Indochina, where he installed a small laboratory at Nha Trang, in order to manufacture the serum (in 1905 this laboratory was to become a branch of the Pasteur Institute). Yersin tried the serum received from Paris in Canton and Amoy, in 1896, and in Bombay, India, in 1897, with disappointing results. Having decided to stay in his country of adoption, he participated actively in the creation of the Medical School of Hanoi in 1902, and was its first director, until 1904.


His laboratory at Nha Trang was to become a branch of the Pasteur Institute
In 1934 he was nominated honorary director of Pasteur Institute and a member of its Board of Administration. He died during World War II at his home in Nha Trang, in 1943.
On the visit to Nha Trang, after seeing the achievements made by the Pasteur Institute through the last eighty years, visitors should not forget to visit in memory of Dr. Yersin, a room dedicated to the devoted scientist and his contributions to science.

It is here, on the grounds surrounding Suoi Dau, that Yersin, biologist above all, had planted hectares of plants intended to feed its research. With far, one can see by fwair weather the top of Hon Ba hill where the doctor had also establish a weather observatory.
Yersin's Museum.
 

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Sea Creature.

Joining the tour “Exploring the Ocean” organized by Trung Hai Company Ltd. in Nha Trang City, I was instructed carefully by experienced divers before leaving the ship with a heavy diving-suit. After around ten minutes, I saw the wonderful world of the ocean with a forest of colourful corals in various forms and shapes. The further visitors were from the shore, the more beautiful the corals they saw. Looking from above, the corals with different layers and large canopies look like giant mushrooms. There are also species of corals with many soft limbs swaying slightly in the water with various parasites, which can change their colours to hide from enemies. At this depth, visitors can behold diversified sea creatures with actinia and seaweeds that create fields, full of fanciful and sparkling light.
Adorning the beauty of coral ranges are hundreds of ornamental fishes, such as maropodus, groupers, butterfly fish, etc with various colours.

This is from the oceanographic museum in Nha Trang. This is living coral. I'd never seen it alive before, and was surprised by how beautiful it is. Of course, now that I've seen the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, I'm aware of just how ignorant I was 2 months ago.



 

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Nha Trang.


Buddha Amitabha


Nha Trang Cathedral.


The Cham Towers are to the north of town and give you an insight into the culture of the ancient Cham people through the remnants of their brick temples dating from the 17 to 12 centuries. The north tower is 23 high and is dedicated to Po Nagar who was a mythical goddess. Parts of the towers have undergone renovations in an effort to preserve them for future generations and tourist dollars. There used to be more towers, but they have been destroyed over time, and now there are only four functional towers left. They are still used as places of worship, and there is a group of nuns that may show you around with their best sign language and smiles. There is a small interesting museum to the right of the north tower displaying photographs and ancient statues. Unfortunately most of the information is only in Vietnamese. The hillock upon which the Cham Towers sit offers a great panorama of the surrounds and a view over the entrance to the Cai river with Nha Trang as a background. There are a number of cafes within the grounds of the towers selling ridiculously priced food and drink.The entrance to the site is at street level followed by a staircase op the hill to the towers. On you way up, on the right, you will notice the remains of the meditation hall, which was the original entrance for Cham worshippers. The north tower is the largest and main one situated on a higher level directly in front of the meditation hall. The other smaller towers are only metres away from this and all of them are militaristically facing due east. Make sure you take off your shoes before entering any of the temples here. There are many beggars along the stairs on the way up to the Cham Towers, that have particularly bad problems. The Cham Towers are on the north bank of the Cai River and are about a ten minute bike ride from the center of Nha Trang town. Follow Quang Trung Street from the center of town which turns into 2 thang 4 street. This will take you over Ha Ra bridge and then Xom Bong Bridge.



Good bye Nha Trang! See again!
 

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The city of Nha Trang is becoming more popular with the tourists in recent years. Yet, with a population of 300,000, Nha Trang still retains its small town atmosphere. This resort town is well known for its miles of beach and the friendliness of its people.
 
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