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Khanh Hoa Province

Capital: Nha Trang City
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Ra Glai, Hoa, Co Tu
Highlights: Beaches & Islands in Nha Trang, Po Nagar Cham Towers

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Khanh Hoa is a coastal province in South Central Vietnam. The terrain of this region gradually declines from the mountains to the west towards the hills, deltas, and a 200km-long coastline and islands to the east. Offshore there are 200 islands of various sizes, with the Truong Sa Island District accounting for over 100 of them. The two largest rivers flowing through the province are the Cai and Dinh rivers. Specific resources from the province include precious wood and sea products. The climate here is oceanic with tropical monsoon, but quite mild. The average annual temperature is 26.5°C (79.7°F). Khanh Hoa's infrastructure is better than some of the other South Central localities. The system of ports, airports and land routes are convenient for various means of travel and transportation. Khanh Hoa is successfully developing its fishing, agricultural, and industrial economy.

Nha Trang

With its 7km-long beach, Nha Trang is a leading holiday destination in Vietnam. It is also well known for its Cham relics and its various remains, pagodas, and temples. With numerous beautiful spots, Nha Trang is one the great tourism centres. Nha Trang attracts a lot of tourists to relax and sightsee all year round. Nha Trang with Van Phong Bay is considered as one of the 29 beautiful bays in the world.

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Tourist Attractions

Po Nagar Cham Towers

This group of Cham towers is located on top of a low marble mountain formerly surrounded by the sea. Construction of the towers began in the 8th century and finished in the 12th century. Read More

Nha Trang Cathedral

The construction of the Nha Trang Cathedral began in 1928 and was completed in 1934. Three large bells were provided by the Bourdons Carillons Company in 1934, and a big clock that was assembled on the tower in December 1935. The buildings of the Nha Trang Cathedral, which is now over 70 years old, are still intact and attract many visitors. Mass is held Monday to Saturday at 5am and 4.30 pm, and Sunday at 5am to 7am, and 4.30 pm.

Hon Chong Promontory

Hon Chong Promontory, located in the sand dunes near Cu Lao fishing hamlet, looks like the work of a giant who has put several mas-V sive rocks together. It forms a small crescent-shaped bay with a marble peninsula of massive rocks layered on top of one another. A cluster of rocks offshore serves as natural wave breaker. Hon Chong is located 3.5km from central Nha Trang.

Long Son Pagoda

The pagoda was founded in the late 19th century and renovated in 1940. Located about 500m west of the train station, it is the biggest pagoda in Nha Trang and the seat of the Buddhist Association of Khanh Hoa Province. The entrance and roofs are decorated with mosaic dragons constructed of glass and bits of ceramic tiles. At the top of Trai Thuy hill is the huge white Buddha Kim Than Phat To seated on a lotus blossom. From there, there is a fantastic view of the entire city.

Institute of Oceanography

The Institute of Oceanography, which was established in 1923, was one of the first centres for scientific research in Vietnam. It is located on an elevated land next to Cau Da Wharf, about 6km from the centre of Nha Trang. Nha Trang is an excellent location for tropical oceanographic research because it is close to the ocean, of course, and the waters are deep. Coming to the Institute of Oceanography, tourists will have a chance to visit the Marine Creature Museum, which shows more than 80,000 sea and freshwater specimens, as well as living creatures that are kept in glass tanks.

Thap Ba Hot Spring Center

Thap Ba Hot Spring Center is situated in Group 25, Ngoc Son Hamlet, Ngoc Hiep Ward, Nha Trang City, about 5km from the north of city centre. In Vietnam, Thap Ba Hot Spring Center Read More

Around Nha Trang

Duc My Hot Spring

The Due My Hot Spring is located 25km north-west of Nha Trang, close to National Highway 1. The small path leading to the stream runs through a beautiful tropical forest. The water from Due My Hot Spring reaches 80°C (176°F) and is said to have medicinal properties able to cure several ailments.

Tri Nguyen Fish Pond

Tri Nguyen Fish Pond is a reputed tourist attraction in the province. It is situated on Bong Nguyen Island, also called Hon Mieu Island, half an hour from Cau Da Port. It is a lake on Read More

Nha Phu Bay

15km away from Nha Trang Beach to the north, Nha Phu Bay has peaceful waves all year around. In the middle of the sea and blue and clear sky, the cluster of dreamlike islands looks like Read More

Tam Island

About 7km southeast from Nha Trang City, Hon Tam Tourist Zone is located in Hon Tam, one of the most attractive tourist islands In Nha Trang. With an area of over 110 hectares, the site still Read More

Mun Island

Named Hon Mun because in the South East of the Island, it has high-rise cliffs with dangerous wattles forming caves and grottoes, especially its stones are as black as ebony, which Read More

Vinpearl Land

Located in the north of Hon Tre Island, about 4km off the coast of Nha Trang City, Vinpearl Land is a unique destination. It is an international-class entertainment-tourist complex with Read More

Alexandre Yersin's Grave

Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943) was born in Switzerland to a Swiss father and a French mother. He studied in Switzerland and later moved to France where he obtained a degree in Read More

Fairy Stream

The Fairy Stream is located in the southern area of Dien Khanh District, about 20km from Nha Trang. The stream starts in the Hon Ba Mountains, then flows down gorges, around trees, and Read More

Ba Ho Stream

Ba Ho Stream lies in Ninh Hoa District, 25km north of Nha Trang City. From the peak of Mount Hon Son, the stream falls down 660m to the rice fields in Phu Ich Village, Ninh Ich Commune, Ninh Hoa Read More

Truong Xuan Hot Stream

Truong Xuan Hot Stream is located in Ninh Tay Village, approximately 50km north of Nha Trang. The temperature of the water is 76°C (168.8°F) and contains minerals necessary for the human body. The precious natural mineral water is processed into beverages or used for its medicinal properties. Visitors to the hot stream can also travel to a nearby area where they are able learn more about the lifestyle of the E De and Ra Glai ethnic groups.

Dien Khanh Citadel

These ancient ramparts were built in 1793, and surround a 3,6ha area. Many portions of the hexagonal ramparts still remain. They have been listed as Historical Remains by the State.

Beaches

Doc Let Beach

Located at Ninh Hoa Beach, 45km north of Nha Trang, Doc Let is a famous beach with blue and pure seawater, smooth waves, fine and white sand. Natural landscapes on coast and sea of Doc Let also attract visitors. The surrounding landscape of small islands that protect the shore from waves is magnificent. Visitors can enjoy delicious seafood, such as shrimp, crab and fish.

Tru Beach

It is situated on Hon Tre Islet in Vinh Nguyen Ward, Nha Trang City. This is one of the most natural idyllic and finest beaches in Khanh Hoa, especially the purity of sea water and beach, and the surrounding environment. Though the beach is on island but the waves are soft thank to Hon Tre Mountain lying as a standing wall that prevented the ocean storm and wind. Not far from the main beach there is a small fishing village, located at the foot of mountain. Visitors can come here to know the habits of the fishing village, enjoying coconut fruit and fresh fruits.

Dai Lanh Beach

Dai Lanh Beach is located next to the border between Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa Provinces, approximately 90km from Nha Trang. Dai Lanh Beach has calm, clear blue water as well as soft, white sand (offering safe swimming conditions). A fresh water source runs from the bottom of a mountain through the beach. From Dai Lanh Beach, visitors can travel to the fishing villages in Khai Luong and Dam Mon.

Van Phong Bay

Van Phong is one the most beautiful bays in Vietnam, about 70km north of Nha Trang City, in Van Ninh District, Khanh Hoa Province. The bay is surrounded by a peninsula which is a 18-km-long Read More

Festivals

Whale Festival

These festivities are tied to a legend in which Emperor Gia Long was saved by a whale while he was at sea. Every year, there is a celebration in Khanh Hoa in honour of the Whale. The rituals Read More

Am Chua Festival

22nd day of the 4th lunar month The Am Chua Festival takes place at Chua Mountain in Dien Dien Commune, Dien Khanh District. It is organized to commemorate the genie of Lady Thien Yana, who is worshipped as "the Mother of the Region".

Tourist Information

IDD code: 84 - 58

Transport

Nha Trang City is 105km from Phan Rang, 183km from Buon Ma Thuot, 215km from Da Lat, 238km from Qui Nhon, 445km from Ho Chi Minh City, 520km from Da Nang and 1,279km from Ha Noi.

Air

Vietnam Airlines have daily flights connections with Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, Da Nang.

Cam Ranh Airport

Cam Ranh Town.
Tel: 3989 918, Fax: 3989 905

Nha Trang Booking Office:

12B Hoang Hoa Tham St. 
Tel: 823 797, Fax: 823 797

Vietnam Airlines

91 Nguyen Thien Thuat St., Nha Trang City 
Tel: 3526 768, Fax: 3525 956

Jestar Airlines

1/32 Tran Quang Khai St., Nha Trang City 
Tel: 3550 550, Fax: 3525 170

Bus

Long-distance Bus Station

58, 23 Thang 10 St.
Tel: 3822 192, Fax: 3814 301

Khanh Hoa Bus Jsc.

2 Le Hong Phong St. 
Tel: 3872 675

Taxi

Emasco Taxi Tel: 3814 444/ 351 5151 
Khanh Hoa Taxi Tel: 3810 810/ 3871 871
Nha Trang Taxi Tel: 3824 000/ 3818 181
Mai Linh Taxi Tel: 3817 817/3811 811
Taxi V20 Tel: 3882 020

Train

Nha Trang Railway Station

17 Thai Nguyen St. 
Tel: 3822 113, Fax: 3811 117 
Regular connections between Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City all stop in Nha Trang. Beside that, there are 5 star express train (SN) and Golden Line Train from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang

Tourism Division (DCST)

1-3 Ngo Quyen St., Nha Trang City
Tel: 3822 229, Fax: 3822 260

Tourist Information Centre

61 Yersin St., Nha Trang City 
Tel: 3826 713, Fax: 3829 357

Tour Operator 

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Hotels

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Shopping

Cho Dam - Nha Trang Trade Center Market

Block B, Dam Market, Nha Trang City
Tel: 3822 560

Maximark Supermarket

66 Quang Trung St., Nha Trang City 
Tel: 3815 878, Fax: 3815 966

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Medical Services

General Hospital

19 Yersin St. 
Tel: 3822 168, Fax: 3812 344

Post Office

Khanh Hoa Post Office

2 Tran Phu Blvd 
Tel: 3821 002, Fax: 3823 805

Nha Trang Post Office

4 Le Loi St. 
Tel: 3821 185, Fax:3827 498

Banks

Agribank

2 Hung Vuong St., Nha Trang City 
Tel: 3811 385

BIDV

35, 2 thang 4 St., Nha Trang City 
Tel: 3823 495

Vietcombank

17 Quang Trung St., Nha Trang City 
Tel: 3821 054

VietinBank

12-14 Thong Nhat St., Nha Trang City 
Tel: 3811 947

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