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 kms 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 Nh
a 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.
Located in Binh Thuan province, Phan Thiet is 200 kms from Saigon and lies south of Cam Ranh bay on the southernmost stretch of Central Vietnam. Binh Thuan was once a part of the Cham kingdom. In 1692, Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu captured the area and named it Binh Thuan Dinh. Binh Thuan is quite important in Vietnam's history, as it was because of this area that in 1306 King Tran Nhan Tong agreed to the marriage of princess Huyen Chan to King Jaya Sinhavarman III of the Cham Kingdom. During the revolution against the French, it was in this area that the two patriots Phan Chu Trinh and Tran Quy Cap had their start. Furthermore, according to local lore, the area around Phan Thiet is where Han Mac Tu, the disfigured poet, spent his time forlornly as he waited for Mong Cam, the lady of his dreams.
Day 1: Nhatrang – Phan Thiet ( L, D )
Drive 250kms from Nhatrang to Phan thiet, Binh thuan province, an emerging destination for beach vacationers with stunning sandy beaches in the seaside areas of Mui ne – Ham tien (vietnam’s capital of resorts), Doi Duong – Thuong Chanh, Tan Thanh – Ham Thuan Nam – Cape Ke Ga and La Gi – Ham Tan. On the way, visit the white lakes, where snow white sand dunes reflect themselves on the still water and colored muine sand dunes, a perfect place for photographers. The coast offers spectacular views at sunset along the Cape Ne beach drive. Lunch on the way. This afternoon spend the whole day relaxing on the beach and enjoying the resort facilities. Dinner at Local Restaurant and Stay overnight in Phan thiet.
Day 2: Phan Thiet - Nha Trang ( B, L )
After breakfast, you will have a half day tour around Cap Ne and Phan Thiet city before transfering back to Nhatrang. Phan Thiet offers a variety of activities for a short break, including beach sport, golfing at an 18 hole seaside course, photo safari at coloful sand dunes and white lakes, river cruise trip, mountain trip, etc. (on own account ) there are many restaurant along the mui ne beach offering a variety of cuisines and some interesting shops. Lunch stop on the way back.
Number of Person in Group/Pax
Tour cost per Person (in $US) from 1 Jan 2009 to 31 Dec 2009
||3 - 5
||6 - 8
| Fist Class 4*
| Deluxe 5*
|| First Class(4*)
|Phan Thiet Hotels
||Bamboo Village Resort PhanThiet or Similar
|| Blue Ocean Resort,Palmiras Resort
||Victoria Resort PhanThiet
- Private tour
- Pick up & drop off at hotels at the tour places
- Accommodation based on twin sharing at places as indicated in program
- 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