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Friday, September 25, 2020

Vinh Luong Market

Set nearby Nha Trang Port, Vinh Luong Market offers an authentic shopping experience where fishermen sell their catch-of-the-day to the local population and seafood restaurant owners. Surrounded by numerous fishing villages, this renowned street market has the most extensive varieties of freshly-caught fish and shellfish in Nha Trang. A 20-minute drive from Nha Trang City, Vinh Luong Market is great for experiencing the local culture as it is always bustling with residents shopping for fresh seafood, meat, vegetables, and household supplies. You can also find several stalls selling counterfeit goods, local handicrafts and trinkets at decent prices.

Nha Trang Market

When it comes to street markets in the popular coastal town, Nha Trang Market is hailed as the busiest of its kind. Open as early as 04:00 until 18:00 every day, local craftsmen, farmers and fishermen gather to sell an extensive array of handmade clothes, trinkets, seafood, fresh produce, and packaged goods to locals and tourists.   Trading since 1974, Nha Trang Market’s bustling atmosphere and colourful array of goods makes it a popular spot for travelling photographers and tourists looking to immerse themselves in the local culture.

Nha Trang Centre

Nha Trang Centre is well-regarded as the first shopping mall of its kind here, and has been since it opened in 2011. Unlike most shopping outlets in the coastal town, the four-storey beachfront complex is fully air-conditioned and houses over 120 fashion boutiques, a supermarket, entertainment centres, restaurants, and cafés.
The Hon Khoi Salt Fields is one of the most unique tourist destinations in Nha Trang, where mounds of natural salt are manually harvested from shallow fields along Doc Let Beach. Salt production is a thriving industry in Nha Trang due to Vietnam's extensive coastline, generating about 737,000 tonnes every year. The best time to visit Hon Khoi Salt Fields are between the months of January and June, when the summer climate (with temperatures that can go as high as 40°C) allows for the salt to be directed from the East Sea to the fields. It is then left there to evaporate for about 10 days before it is collected in wicker baskets, each weighing up to 10 kilogrammes.

Suoi Do Pagoda

Suoi Do Pagoda is a 50-year-old Buddhist temple in Nha Trang that was built in honour of Quan Am, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. Set atop a mountain in Suoi Hiep Commune, the structure is an interesting landmark thanks to its serene atmosphere and significant history of Buddhism in the coastal town. It is believed that a young girl claimed to have seen the goddess while playing with her friends at a stream which runs down the mountain. Soon after, Suoi Do Pagoda was built nearby the stream, where it continues to serve the local Buddhist community to this very day. Do note that the pagoda is packed with worshippers every 15th day of the lunar month, when visitors get to enjoy a free vegetarian meal.

Hon Tre Island

Hon Tre Island, just off the coast of Nha Trang, is best known for housing Vinpearl Amusement Park. You will find a massive aquarium, amphitheatre, shopping mall, and a variety of rides to enjoy on the island. Another draw is Bai Tru Beach, located adjacent to the park. There’s an entrance fee of VND 1,100,000 which is inclusive of return speedboat transfers from Nha Trang, buffet lunch, and access to the beach and swimming pool. Despite the massive development on the island, nature lovers can still enjoy a day of hiking on Hon Tre Mountain, while Bay Lagoon offers a peaceful retreat from the bustling town centre.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is a must-do activity in Nha Trang if you’re looking to get up close and personal with colourful sea creatures and thriving coral reefs. While Nha Trang enjoys beautiful weather for most of the year, the best time to dive is between the months of April and August as visibility in the East Sea can go up to 30 metres with average mean temperatures that range between 28°C and 30°C. The majority of scuba diving excursions in Nha Trang take place within Hon Mun Marine Protected Area (MPA), which is a 40-minute boat ride from Cau Da Port. Thanks to its various water depths and swim-through tunnels, you can see a wide variety of small colourful tropical fish, moray eels, and pufferfish as well as thriving coral reefs.

Bicycle Tour

Joining a bicycle tour is a fun, inexpensive, and healthy way of exploring Nha Trang’s tranquil countryside. The six-kilometre-long coastal town has plenty of historical sites that are all grouped close together, so cycling is a popular way to get around town for both the locals and tourists. Group bicycle tours (with a minimum of two cyclists and maximum of 10) cost approximately USD65, though prices may vary from one tour operator to another. Each tour is inclusive of English-speaking guide, entrance fee, hotel transfers, meals, cycling equipment, and drinking water.
Island-hopping tours take you to some of Nha Trang’s neighbouring islets, offering a full day of sightseeing, live entertainment, and fun-filled activities with fellow tourists. Thanks to Nha Trang’s relatively calm waters all year long, there are numerous tour operators that organise boat cruises on a daily basis.   Priced at VND 200,000 onwards, the boat cruise is inclusive of lunch, hotel transfers, and snorkelling gear rental, stopping at Mun Island, Mot Island, Tam Island, and Mieu Island for about an hour for each one. After hotel pickups, visitors are taken to the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam for a brief visit before a shuttle speedboat transfers them to Mun Island.
Thap Ba Hot Springs Centre is a great place to relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploring Nha Trang. Great for a temporary retreat away from the bustling city, the hot springs centre is set against a mountain backdrop with plenty of greenery and flowers. It is also fitted with private and shared mud-baths, herbal-bath, Jacuzzi, waterfall, swimming pool, and sauna.

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