Best things to do in Khanh Hoa Province and sightseeing in Khanh Hoa Province
Nha Trang - Khanh Hoa Province
We took a public bus to the scenic location of Nha Trang. Resembling Waikiki in the 70's, it is a Mecca for local tourists and foreigners alike. We had a quiet New Year's Eve as it started raining about 10 pm and we skipped the outdoor stage and entertainment along the beach. The next day, we decided to hike along the beautiful beach, over the bridge, through narrow alleyways and ended up at the Po Nagar Cham Towers. The Po Nagar Cham Towers are located on a small hill overlooking the Cai River. We were impressed at the restoration effort. The place is still used by Buddhist worshipers praying and lighting incense, each inner temple was cloudy with smoke, as it has been for centuries. Later, we visited the Long Son Pagoda, presided over by a 44 ft high sitting Buddha. We then set out to explore out favorite haunts. Buying fruit in the market, stopping for a refreshing coconut, having a plate of Com Chay or strict vegetarian Buddha food as it is referred to here, followed by a dish of our favorite street food, bananas in leaves roasted over coals, topped with a rich, hot coconut tapioca cream.
Day 14 Nha Trang boat trip & mud bathing (BL) Am: Have breakfast at hotel. This morning you will make a boat trip to visit Nha Trang Bay. This is a chance for you to discover the beautiful islands of Tri Nguyen, Mun island for snorkelling. Pm: In the afternoon you spend your time at Thap BA Hot Spring to take a mud bath. Overnight at hotel. Day 15 Nha Trang – Da Lat (BL) Am: Have breakfast at hotel. This morning you leave Nha Trang for Da Lat. En route you have more chance to admire the spectacular sights and visit Dantala Waterfall. Arrive in Dalat, check in hotel. Have lunch at restaurant Pm: You will make a half-day city tour to visit Dalat city to the Flower Garden, Crazy House, Tuyen Lam Lake and Truc Lam pagoda by cable car and enjoy more of Dalat city. Free to have your own dinner. Overnight at hotel
We took an overnight train to Danang then the bus to Hoi An. Heading out onto the water for a day to cruise around the islands, we spent stacks of time swimming and snorkelling and indulging in a lunchtime feast of freshly caught seafood and other delights for non-fish eaters. Th next day we boarded the overnight sleeper train bound for Danang.
Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa - Khanh Hoa Province
If the global hospitality industry is taken into account, luxury is synonymous with the Sheraton. One of the tallest structures in Nha Trang, this five star has massive rooms and equally spacious bathrooms. The balcony provides a breath-taking view of the Nha Trang beach and the reception area is equally glorious. The breakfast spread is more than decent and the service is expectedly great. Deluxe rooms start from 180 USD.
Po Nagar - Khanh Hoa Province
A few kilometres from central Nha Trang, the Po Nagar towers are places of worship for the Cham people, the Vietnamese Buddhists and the Chinese. What was earlier a wooden structure, the four temples are now made entirely out of stone and bricks and date back to the 7th Century. With statues of Shiva, Nandi, Shakti, Uma and a tower originally dedicated to Ganesha, Hindus will find a lot of elements that they can relate to. All temples face east but the extremely steep entrance to the same has now been cordoned off. The terraced triangular roofs and the arched lobby and interior is extraordinary. However, the museum located inside the complex is dismal more than anything else. Getting There: A metered taxi should get you to the towers and the entrance fee is 21,000 VND per person. Try and go before noon so that the crowds don't bother you.