The city is flanked by nearly ten kilometers of prime beach where the water is warm year round. The average temperature in Nha Trang is 26 C. Nha Trang also has the lowest level of humidity in all of Vietnam. Today, Nha Trang ranks among the top of all beaches in Vietnam. Nha Trang is 1,287 km south of Hanoi, 624 kms south of Hue and 442 kms from Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Nha Trang has several famous islands. Most notable are Hon Tre, Hon Yen, Hon Rua and the Spratly islands.
The name Nha trang is a Vietnamese pronunciation of a Cham word Eatran or Yjatan. Ea or Yja means river, and tran means reed. According to the locals, there once were a lot of reeds along Ngoc Hoi river. The river winds its way through the town. Ngoc Hoi was later renamed Nha Trang river.
Another theory of the origin of Nha Trang's name has a more amusing twist. Long ago, in this part of the country, all the houses were made out of the reeds and mud gathered from Ngoc Hoi river. The only house that was made out of bricks were the house belonging to Dr. Yersin, a French immunologist who made his home here. The house itself was painted prominently white and could be seen by vessels coming from far away. Once there was a foreign vessel passing by. The captain asked his translator where he was. The translator not knowing where they were blurted out Nha` tra('ng or white house in Vietnamese. The captain duly noted on his chart Nha Trang. Because most foreign languages do not make use of tones, the captain's name for this part of the country stuck.
Buon Ma Thuot or Ban Me Thuat is located deep in the Central Highlands, about 360 kms from Sai Gon. Buon Ma Thuot by far is relatively off the beaten track. But the area is certainly worth the trip.
Buon Ma Thuot offers the travelers the fresh nature beauty characterized by temperate climate, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and national parks. Buon Ma Thuot is home the a number of ethnic minorities of which the century-old traditions are well kept. Traveling in this area the visitor should not miss a memorable night sharing the traditional dance with a local ethnic group by the fire.
You can have a trekking trip through the ethnic villages which are surrounded by peaceful and fresh nature. You can also visit Ban Don Village where wild elephants are still being domesticated and enjoy an adventure with an elephant ride through the green forest.
Buon Ma Thuot is where you can find the best coffee in Vietnam. You may want to enhance your experience of this coffee town with some peaceful moments at a local garden cafe.
Day 01 : Nhatrang – Buon Ma Thuoc – Don Village ( L, D )
Upon arrival, meet the local guide at Buon Ma Thuot for city tour briefing, then have lunch before touring. In the afternoon, you are picked up and transfer to Don village which is very famous for elephants. Explore the legend of traditional wild elephant catching and taming of the M’nong ethnic group. Visit the Ancient wooden house- on- stilts with it’s laotian architecture. Visit the tomb of the King of elephant catchers before taking a walk on the suspension bamboo bridge. Ride an elephant for 1 hour. Dinner and Overnight in a bungalow in Ban Don.
Day 02 : Ban Don - Dray Sap waterfall - Nhatrang ( B, L )
After breakfast, move back to Buon Ma Thuot. You will have a chance to enjoy a lot of impressive waterfalls in the Central Highlands. The first one we will visit is Dray Sap . Water falls down from a high cliff, making the water become mist which looks like smoke. In Ede language, “Dray Sap” means “Smoke Waterfall”.
The same Dray Sap, Dray Nu waterfall is created by the Krong Kno river. Water passes through steep cliffs, making the waterfall majestic. Visit Buon Ma Thuot’s bustling regional market. You can buy some souvenirs before transferring to Nhatrang. Lunch stop on the way.
Number of Person in Group/Pax
Tour cost per Person (in $US) from 1 Jan 2011 to 31 Dec 2011
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|01 night stay in Bungalow in Don Village
- Private tour
- Pick up & drop off at hotels at the tour places
- 01 night stay in Bungalow in Don Village
- Food as mentioned in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner)
- All transfers and transportation
- All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Professional English speaking tour guide
- Purified water & wet towel
- full board, all admission fees, horse-cart, mineral waters & cold towels
- Visa application fee to Vietnam
- Personal expenses
- Other meals and drinks
- Late check out & early check in for accommodation at the places
- Airport tax and departure tax
- All other service not made on the written form
- Tips and gratuities