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Nhatrang la plage
Nha Trang's beach
Nha Trang skyline
Nha Trang's skyline

Nha Trang; is a coastal city and capital of Khánh Hòa Province, on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is bounded on the north by Ninh Hoà district, on the south by Cam Ranh town and on the west by Diên Khánh District. The city has about 392,000 inhabitants, a number that is projected to increase to 560,000 by 2015 and 630,000 inhabitants by 2025. An area of 12.87 square kilometres (4.97 sq mi) of the western communes of Diên An and Diên Toàn is planned to be merged into Nha Trang which will make its new area 265.47 square kilometres (102.50 sq mi) based on the approval of the Prime Minister of Vietnam in September 2012.

Nha Trang is well known for its beaches and scuba diving and has developed into a popular destination for international tourists, attracting large numbers of backpackers, as well as more affluent travelers on the south-east Asia circuit; it is already very popular with Vietnamese tourists, with Nha Trang Bay widely considered as among the world's most beautiful bays. Tourists are welcomed to participate in the Sea Festival, held biennially. Nha Trang was the site of the Miss Universe 2008 Pageant on July 14, 2008 and Miss Earth 2010 was held on December 4, 2010. It was also the site for the April 14, 2015 season 8 finale of Face Off. Nha Trang was approved to host the 2016 Asian Beach Games.

Historically, the city was known as Kauthara under the Champa. The city is still home to the famous Po Nagar Tower built by the Champa. Being a coastal city, Nha Trang is a centre for marine science based at the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute. The Hon Mun marine protected area is one of four first marine protected areas in the world admitted by the IUCN.

Economy

Nha Trang's economy relies largely on tourism. In the suburban areas around the city, the shipbuilding industry has developed and contributed significantly to the local economy. Fishery and services are also important to the city. Khánh Hòa Province in general and Nha Trang is particular are among the largest contributors to Vietnam's annual budget revenues. Lobster farming on the sea is an important industry for the people living in suburb areas.

To the south of the city, by Cam Ranh Bay, several industrial parks are under construction and have been partly available for investors. Once the construction of the deep-water port on Vân Phong Bay has been completed, this area will become the third important economic zone in the province (besides Nha Trang and Cam Ranh).

Bai tam
Coastline of Nha Trang

Tourism

Hanging cabins to Vinpearland
Vinpearl Cable Car
Vinpearl Hotel - Nha Trang
Vinpearl Resort & Spa
Nha Trang Bay
Nha Trang Bay
Buddha statue, Nha Trang
A Buddha statue
Vinpearl waterpark
Vinpearl waterpark

Nha Trang is one of the most important tourist hubs of Vietnam, thanks to its beaches with fine and clean sand and the clear ocean water with mild temperatures all year round. There are several resorts — such as Vinpearl, Diamond Bay and Ana Mandara — and amusement and water parks, in the city and on islands off the coast. The possibly most beautiful street of Nha Trang is Tran Phu Street along the seaside, sometimes referred to as the Pacific Coast Highway of Vietnam.

Lying off Nha Trang is the Hon Tre Island (Bamboo Island), with a major resort operated by the Vinpearl Group. The Vinpearl Cable Car, a gondola lift system, links the mainland to the five-star resort and theme park on Hon Tre Island.

Nha Trang is a stopover for annual yacht races starting in Hong Kong. In recent years, the city has welcomed many five-star sea cruises. In addition to sailboat racing, Nha Trang provides a rich variety of tourist activities for visitors. Island hopping, scuba diving, water sports and other sporting activities can be enjoyed. The Nha Trang Tourist Information Center (a non-governmental organisation), located near the Cho Dam Market has been set up to provide information for visitors.

The local cuisine is most famous for fresh seafood and barbecued pork rolled in rice paper. The area's bird's nest soup is deemed one of the best in Vietnam. Bird's nests are collected in the wild, on bird farms on the islands off the coast and even in some houses in the inner city. The farmed bird in question belongs to the swiftlet group, popularly referred to as yến hàng (Aerodramus fuciphagus and A. germani).

Tourist attractions

Thuyền thúng
A popular fishery boat and a round bamboo coracle in Nha Trang

Scuba diving and kite boarding are available, as are catamaran sailboats. Winds are steady.

  • Alexandre Yersin Museum
  • Pasteur Institute of Nha Trang
  • Nha Trang Oceanography Institute, the largest of its kind in Indochina where thousands of oceanic life samples, exhibits are on display. It is home to the largest oceanic library in Vietnam.
  • Chánh Tọa Church (or Mountain Church)
  • Long Son Pagoda, and its statue of Gautama Buddha.
  • Tong Lam Lo Son Pagoda, and its statue of Amitabha Buddha.
  • Magical Mystery Tour Nha Trang
  • Boat tour on Cai River, visiting islands off the coast and Ba Hồ Waterfall
  • Palace of Emperor Bảo Đại
  • Thap Ba Hot Spring (Lady Tower hot spring)
  • Nha Phu Lagoon
  • Hoa Lan Stream (Orchid Flower stream)
  • Monkey Island
  • Sạn Beach
  • Nha Trang Booze Cruise (all-you-can-drink party boat)
  • Hòn Tằm Island (Silkworm island)
  • Hòn Mun Island (Ebony island)
  • Hòn Con Sẻ Tre Island (Bamboo Sparrow island)
  • Hòn Ông Island
  • Đảo Yến Island (Swiftlet island)
  • Hòn Tre Island (Bamboo island)
  • Suối Đổ Stream
  • Suối Tiên Stream (Fairy stream)
  • Hòn Bà Mountain
  • Cai River Minigolf & Restaurant & Marina
  • Yangbay Waterfall
  • Tháp Bà Pô Nagar Nha Trang (a Champa Tower)
  • Chùa Long Sơn (Long Son Pagoda, literally "The Dragon Mountain Pagoda" — or White Buddha Pagoda)
  • Trí Nguyên Aquarium (an aquarium where hundreds of rare oceanic species are fed)
  • Vinpearl Cable Car

Cuisine

Banh-Canh-Noodle-Soup
Banh canh noodle soup

Two local culinary specialities that attract people are bánh canh chả cá (bánh canh with fish paddies) and bún cá sứa (rice vermicelli with jelly fish).

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