Home to some of Vietnam's best beaches and dive sites, the coastal city of Nha Trang is a magnet for those seeking sunshine and underwater adventure. Backdropped by mountains, white sandy coves shelter lovely bays and distant islands. The capital of Khanh Hoa province, Nha Trang lacks the culture found in neighboring areas but still has a few temples and such to remind you that you're in Vietnam. But don't be surprised to find signs written in Russian—more than 10,000 Russians come here each month. View more
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Travel to see the impressive Cham Towers and catch a glimpse of the city and its well-known pagoda on this half-day, scenic drive and tour.
Departing the pier, a 30-minute drive takes you north of the city to the site of the Po Nagar temple complex.
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Originally, there were eight of these magnificent towers standing on this granite hilltop overlooking the picturesque Nha Trang region. Today, only four remain. The towers were built between the 7th and 12th centuries and are reached via 70 sloping steps. Most visitors make the trip for the superb views from the top.
Long Son Pagoda
Heading back towards town, visit the best-known pagoda in Nha Trang. Note the ceramic tile and glass images of dragons decorating the roof and the entrance to the structure, as well as murals telling of local legends. Stairs to one side lead to a 30-foot (9.2-metre)-high white Buddha statue that can be seen from many parts of the city.
Continue with an orientation drive through the city and along its beautiful beachfront. A visit is made to an embroidery and silk paintings workshop where you enjoy green tea and the arts of Vietnamese weaving.
Then, return to the port via the coastal road.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking; however, the hilltop Cham Towers can only be accessed via 70 steps. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Shoes must be removed for the interior temple visit. Wear slip-on shoes and bring a pair of socks for comfort. We recommend you bring your camera. Order of sights may vary. Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.
Discover a few of Nha Trang's highlights today on this short outing, including a view of the city as the ancient mariners witnessed - from the river.
A 30-minute drive takes you from the pier to the riverboat to begin a voyage on the Nha Trang River. The embarkation point is at the foot of the Po Nagar Cham Tower, perhaps the best preserved of all Cham sites. Dedicated to the goddess Uroja, the central tower features a black stone sculpture of a deity. Local villagers still bring offerings of flowers and incense to her shrine. The cruise takes you past numerous fishing boats and a lively fish market en route to a riverside clay-oven workshop and a rural village.
Come ashore at a local village where a family produces clay ovens used by the country people of Khanh Hoa Province. Every year, families mark the onset of Tet (the lunar New Year) by smashing their clay ovens. From the workshop, re-board the riverboat once more and head towards a refreshment stop where coconut juice, a local favourite is offered. On the river once again, cruise to a local farmers homestead and leaving the boat behind, explore his home and garden and sample some refreshing tropical fruit.
From the farm, begin the return to the ship via coach.
Please note: Although only a moderate amount of walking is required, the village path is unpaved and rough and guests must be able to manoeuvre on and off the boat. Flat, walking shoes are suggested. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. The boat is traditional and rustic, with only some protection from the sun. We suggest you bring a hat, sun lotion, and glasses.
Explore the beautiful Vietnamese countryside and village lifestyles in a unique new way during this scenic, half-day bicycle excursion.
Depart the pier for the short transfer to the Bicycle Station at the Nha Trang Beach Public Park. Upon arrival, receive your safety instructions and equipment, nest board your bicycle for a guided ride along national trails, through villages and towns, and past farms. Just outside of the city Nha Trang 's beach front is the picturesque countryside dotted with palm trees, fruit orchards and irrigated rice paddies.
During your bicycle tour, observe the local lifestyles of the Vietnamese people and explore local landmarks. Highlights include the Nha Trang Cathedral, Stone Church, Loc Tho Pagoda the nurturing and protection of disadvantaged and orphaned children, Ancient House, and a refreshment stop at a local restaurant.
Then cycle along the Cai river to see the wooden bridge which is helping the islander in a daily life. Continue riding to visit a clay-cooked stove family workshop where many clay stoves have been produced. The local people in the countryside still use clay stoves for cooking at home instead of gas stoves. Every year, 7 days before the lunar New Year comes, people have a little ceremony to see off the Kitchen God and change for a new stove. The old stoves cannot be ruined. They bring them to the Cai River and drop them on thousands of rocks at the Cai river estuary.
Ponagar Cham Tower
Ponagar Cham Tower is the next stop and enjoy views of the historic, the best-preserved relic of the thousand-year-long Champa dynasty. The Champa Kingdom or Champa Dynasty was located along the coastal plains of southern and central Vietnam, between about AD 192 and 1832. The Chams controlled the coast and the sea-lanes between China and India. Descendants of the Champa still live along the coast, but are now part of Vietnam
Your tour concludes with photo stops at the Ponagar and Tram Huong towers before re-boarding your coach and transferring back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, biking for approximately 7.5 miles / 12 km, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes or sneakers and sun protection is recommended. Guests must be between 13 and 75 years old and between 62 and 74 inches (157 and 188 centimetres) to participate on this tour. The maximum weight to participate on this tour is 210 pounds (95 kilograms) per person. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Guest who would like to donate colouring books, crayons, pencils ect, can bring the items and give them directly to the children.
The port city of Nha Trang is home to a beautiful beachfront and scenic landmarks. Your half-day excursion explores the heart of Nha Trang via pedicab. Along the way, pass by Colonial-style houses, Front Beach and the Cai River Bridge. Some free time is made available for shopping at the Dam Market.
Explore Nha Trang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.
Explore Nha Trang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.