A Day in Nha Trang Vietnam

 
One of the best places I visited on my recent cruise with Silversea was without a doubt the Vietnamese city of Nha Trang.

Nha Trang is a popular beach resort however I found plenty of things to do during my time there that didn’t involve lying on the beach!

From where we were docked in Nha Trang Silversea offered a complimentary shuttle bus from the port to the centre of town. From here we wandered some of the streets of the city and even had a peek into a temple.

Nha Trang Markets

We stumbled upon the markets in Nha Trang and found them to be quite similar to the markets you can find in any of the Vietnamese ports. There was fresh fruit and vegetables, a mass of trinkets, kitchenware (Vietnam is the perfect place to buy cheap, useful kitchen accessories!), clothes and accessories.
A DAY IN NHA TRANG VIETNAM MARKETS
If you’re looking to buy gifts for your family and friends or just souveniers then this is the perfect place to do so. Haggling is common practice in Vietnam and the best practice is to always ensure you end up paying around half of their original asking price. The Vietnamese people are friendly and easy to bargain with so don’t be intimidated!

Long Son Pagoda

After we had exhausted the markets we found a willing taxi driver and hired him for the afternoon. We asked him to take us to Lon Son Pagoda first where he waited for us whilst we explored.

Long Son Pagoda is a Buddhist site and this is immediately obvious when you spot the giant white Buddha sitting atop a hill above the pagoda!
NHA TRANG VIETNAM LONG SON PAGODA
We climbed the 152 steps up to where the Buddha sits overlooking the city and it was definitely worth the climb for the views from the top!

Flanking the steps to where the Buddha lies are two large dragons. The dragon is a highly significant symbol in Vietnamese culture – it is the symbol of yang which represents the universe, life, growth and existence.

Po Nagar Cham Towers

Our next stop was the fascinating site of Po Nagar Cham Towers, a collection of ancient towers which date as far back as 781 A.D. The site is dedicated to Yan Po Nagar, the goddess of the country,

DAY IN NHA TRANG VIETNAM PO NAGAR CHAM TOWERS

Worth it for this view

Cham was an ancient civilization that was especially influential in Vietnam and Cambodia. The Cham ruled Vietnam for 10 centuries and their unusual and striking architectural style was spread widely during the time of their ruling. The Cham found their root in Buddhism and as such there is said to be a lot of similarity between Angkor Wat and the Po Nagar Towers found in Nha Trang.
A DAY IN NHA TRANG VIETNAM, PO NAGAR TOWERS

I found Po Nagar to be fascinating and there is an incredible amount of history surrounding the site for example, a gold dome used to adorn the site but it was stolen by pirates!

The entrance fee to Po Nagar Towers was 2 US Dollars (dollars are widely accepted throughout Vietnam) and was well worth it.

i-Resort

One thing we had read that Nha Trang was particularly famous for is mudbaths so we decided why not give it a go. I’m not sure about you but my visions of a mudbath involved really horrible, sticky mud and loads of other people floating in it. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

When we arrived at i-Resort (around a 10-15 minute taxi ride from Po Nagar Cham) we found ourselves stepping into a minimalist and pleasant reception where we were asked which package we’d like. Looking at the prices we opted for the VIP experience which was around £100 so just over £33 per person.

Included in this price we had our own private area with our own robes, flip flops, toilets, shower, changing area, mud bath, mineral bath and massage area. We also had full body massages and lunch included in the price. Bargain!

DAY IN NHA TRANG VIETNAM I-RESORT

Our VIP area!

We quickly changed, rinsed in the shower and jumped into the mud bath. I was a little skeptical to say the least as I’m not a big spa person but oh my goodness this was heavenly! We soaked for 30 minutes in the mud, rinsed in the shower and then soaked for another 30 minutes in the mineral bath. My skin felt positively glowing!

The full body massage was the best I’ve ever had and I felt so relaxed after it.

The VIP experience also offers you access to the rest of the resort where there are numerous hot and cold pools, hot and cold springs, more mud baths and plenty of sun loungers if you just want to lie back and relax.

Have you been to Nha Trang? Did you visit any other exciting sites?