Dear distinguished guest
The 4th Covid-19 wave of 2021 has been like a punch to the yachting, tourism, aviation, and hotel industries. The damage done is indescribable. We’ve been active and resilient through the pandemic, and we are determined to build back better and more responsible cruise destinations and industry, with high hopes like “the dawn” after the darkness.
During lockdown, I had time to slow down and finish the last pages of the book “A Masterpiece in the Natural Wonder” as well as complete the Secret Hideaways Pu Luong mountain resort, which was inspired by beautiful and rough nature and the poem “Tay Tien” by poet Quang Dung.
I completed the project and conducted pre-feasibility studies to expand the Emperor Cruises Legend Phu Quoc brand to the Phu Quoc archipelago. After M&A, our strategy is to expand the yacht and cruise fleet according to our vision, core values and mission.
I find it an interesting fact that more than 200 years ago, Lord Nguyen Anh (1762-1820) strayed to Phu Quoc Island when he was hunted by the Tay Son Troops. After his major setback, Nguyen Anh built the army, unified the country, fixed the capital in Hue, was the first to establish the Nguyen Dynasty, and was crowned Emperor Gia Long in 1802.
The Emperor Cruises brand was inspired by the 13th Emperor and last ruler of the Nguyen Dynasty: Bao Dai (1913-1997). The keeper of greatness had his winter villas, summer villas, and palaces in the most beautiful places across Vietnam. Our brand successfully operated first in Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa) where the summer residence of Emperor Bao Dai was located. Then we expanded to Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay in Quang Ninh, and Lan Ha Bay of Hai Phong.
While researching the Phu Quoc project, I connected with the 13th son of Bao Dai, Patrick Edouard Bloch Carcenac, who lives in Alsace, France. He is very supportive of the brand story and the new project of ten cruises and yachts in Phu Quoc archipelago, Kien Giang province, and he wishes to return to Vietnam to visit and experience Emperor Cruises.
The first island city of Vietnam, Phu Quoc, is a year-round destination with a hot climate in every season. This is a favorite holiday destination of Vietnamese and international holidaymakers who love to experience Vietnam’s best bays and islands in sunny weather. Phu Quoc has high-class hotel and resort projects and many entertainment areas on the island. Currently, Phu Quoc has 26,000 hotel rooms, both low and high-end properties, and each year this island city welcomes 5 million visitors, a growth rate of 35% with easy access to all destinations in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. It is expected that by 2025, Phu Quoc will welcome 16-20 million domestic and foreign tourists.
However, Phu Quoc has not had an upscale cruise experience yet, that’s why we boldly bring our authentic and unique cruising experience to unlock the south of the pearl island and listen to music, watch the sunset, enjoy cocktails, and have dinner on the west coast of Phu Quoc, dubbed as the most beautiful place to watch the sunset in Vietnam. In the second phase of the project, we will build an overnight cruise in Phu Quoc to create a new experience to increase the charm and appeal of highlighted points on Phu Quoc Pearl Island.
This art book titled “The Dawn” has been published for the sole purpose of bringing visitors to discover a unique and different brand story, take pictures of beautiful moments, listen to stories of culture, history, architecture, cuisine, and fine arts of Vietnam on a unique artful cruise in nature. The idea of a truly immersive, all-inclusive cruise experience means you will be served like the old kings and queens without paying an extra bill after the cruise.
I hope that you will enjoy my masterpiece. Wishing you a journey back to the memory lane of the 30s, exploring, dreaming, discovering, enjoying, relaxing, and immersing yourself in cultural and natural heritage. Travel is now all about destinations, experiences, and memories. Moments make morories. Experience every moment!
Founder & CEO
Vietnam’s first five-star all-inclusive all suites’ cruises from Emperor Cruises Legacy Halong
The overnight artful cruises accommodate 16 people in 8 en-suite cabins, for one or two-night cruises and private charters options. The company announces the addendum two Hanoi and Saigon suites to be total 10 suites and it is able to accommodate min 20 guests and maxi 30 guests for the new tourism season in the new normal after Covid 19.
All 10 cabins are equipped with panoramic ocean views, and a full butler service. The Emperor Cruises fleet is designed to be a sanctuary to ensure that every moment is special for its esteemed guests.
Inspired by the lavish lifestyle of Emperor Bao Dai, the last Emperor of Vietnam, this masterpiece is designed to reflect the style of the 1930s. It is a place for the most sophisticated of travelers to enjoy Vietnamese culture, history, and gourmet cuisine, and where royal glamor and heritage combine to create the epitome of elegance.
Each guest is treated to an emperor or queen-like experience, in idyllic privacy, and with every detail attended to. All suites are named after the most beautiful villas and palaces of the late Emperor Bao Dai.
On the upper deck, beside the Dalat and Nha Trang Suites, Hanoi, Saigon, the King, and Queen Suite covers 70m2, and is among Emperor Cruises Legacy Halong’ largest rooms. It is ideal for travelers seeking to enjoy charming accommodation, beautiful sightseeing and majestic sunsets and sunrises. The suite comes with a royal butler and limo service.
“The Queen Suite is set on the upper floor, with a private balcony on the ocean, overlooking the bay. It contains a bathroom with jacuzzi, and a walk-in shower for guests to enjoy the bay from every corner while being secluded, private and impossible to leave,” said Pham Ha, founding CEO of Emperor Cruises.
“It is an exclusive hideaway for travelers who wish to enjoy Vietnamese arts, culture, history, architecture, music and gourmet cuisine.”
The exclusive benefit of a luxury cruise with Emperor Cruises is that, apart from being on a smaller boat with traditional sails with an ultra-personalized service and outstanding facilities on an all-inclusive basis, there are no additional charges at the end of the cruise.
Experience the first five-star all-inclusive cruise with butler and limo services in Bai Tu Long and Ha Long Bay – a must-see on the list of all travelers to Vietnam.
“The whole boat is bespoke, and the Queen suite is largest and sexiest in Halong Bay. Guests will have a double bed to sleep in maximum comfort, privacy and an element of intrigue throughout the stay.
With a private butler and limo service, dining and spa options in-suite, movies on demand and a private bar, we have created something with that WOW factor that cannot be found anywhere else.” explained Mr. Pham Ha.
The boats are available for FITs, GITS, and Charters. This authentic experience is ideal for new or repeat travelers to Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay, who seek something different, unique, exotic and out of the ordinary.
These cruising experiences are highly recommended for seasoned leisure travelers, luxury adventurers, honeymooners, families, and special interest travelers, fine arts lovers, nature lovers, active travelers and photographers, groups of friends, VIPs and celebrities.
Bai Tu Long Bay
Off-the-beaten-track, Bai Tu Long means ‘the place where the dragon children descended.’ Renowned for its unspoiled beauty that surpasses even Halong Bay, it is rich in biodiversity, with a pristine environment and blessed with a spectacular landscape.
The bay is dominated by thousands of limestone karsts and islets which rise out of the water and dotted with floating villages, unspoiled beaches, caves, and grottoes, along with tiny coves where you can be Robinson Crusoe for the day.
Self-drive car hire is not available for short-term visitors to Vietnam, so most travelers to Halong Bay usually book a cruise package, which includes a private car with chauffeur driver (2 hours) or shuttle bus (2,5 hours). Helicopter or Seaplane transfers are also available to the Bay from Hanoi (1hour).
The Director of Sales an (DOS) will be responsible for managing strategic partnerships and supplier relationships, and for developing luxury travel products and benefits.
In alignment with International premium travel benefit strategy, this position will oversee the travel benefit strategy and engage in negotiations with selected strategic partners.
The Director of Sales must have strong commercial and strategic thought leadership to drive exceptional travel product value to most prestigious and high value, while ensuring optimized financial returns.
The position will also be responsible for ensuring ease of sell-in, coordinating product awareness and briefings for front line service delivery travel executives and for working closely with marketing colleagues to quantify and articulate the competitive and differentiated value.
Reporting to Hanoi Office’s Director and the board of directors (BOD), The Director of Sales will be responsible for the creation, implementation and measurement of the companies strategy across sales activities
- Manage development and implementation of Business strategy (Company 3 year, 1 year and Department goals approved by the BOD and regular performance reporting)
- Monitoring and reporting of company performance (daily, weekly, monthly performance analysis report and financial reports against targets)
- Company profitability (Operating expenses per month within budget, supplier costs within budget and quality assessed by the EMPERORCRUISES management)
- Manage product development process to ensure unique and defendable
- Quality of trips (target rating from passenger feedback and other monitoring system)
- Establish and maintain an effective local marketing and sales strategy (Direct sales, B2B contracts)
- Understand company’s vision, mission, purpose and values and be able to articulate them to the staff and partners.
- Meet the annual sales target set in the budget.
- Ensure effective HR management; employ only competent people having knowledge + skills+ attitude.
- Ensure an effective development of IT system, processes, standards in Emperor Cruises
- Maintain good processes and standards of five star experiences.
- Develop external relationships and partnerships and represent the company (State agencies, third party, media, industry)
- Proven track record of management across different cultures
Cooperate/ work with Marketing team
* Send promotions/ champaigns and requests or update news to the marketing department
* Work on Brochure production in conjunction with marketing and product teams
* Create and send regular E-shots as part of the activity plan
* Copywriting and proofing to support internal and external communications (advertising, brochures, direct mail, press releases, etc).
* Work with on Social Media activity.
* Work closely on the creation and implementation of Trade Marketing activity.
* Plan and oversee shows, exhibitions and events.
* Implement public relations strategies.
* Weekly update of all brochure correspondence with relevant offers and news. Follow up of brochure requesters.
* Updating consumer/TA/TO database
* Negotiate with tourist boards and suppliers to agree special offers and marketing contribution.
* Consider new opportunities including consumer shows and events, print advertising, direct mail and other collateral material.
* Ensure consistency across all messaging
* Ensure that communication is consistent with online communications and brand guidelines are maintained.
* Daily, weekly and monthly reports
* Participation in weekly marketing meetings.
* Other projects as directed.
* Preparation of marketing campaign documents and ongoing management of the offline parts of these
* Evaluation and reporting of all offline marketing campaigns, press communication and coverage.
* Report all competitor analysis – marketing & pricing – in the offline space.
* Creative input, implementation & evaluation of marketing activities including:
– On and offline advertising campaigns
– Customer Retention Management (CRM) campaigns including segmented e-mail campaigns, brochure launches & direct marketing activity
* Monitor activity spend and liaise with media and creative agencies on a day-to-day basis in order to optimize efficiency and performance.
* Analysis of success of offline marketing campaigns and ongoing modifications where possible.
* Responsible for the result of business and fixed goal of the company.
Perform any other related duties incidental to the work described herein
OTHER SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES:-
- Ability to work strategically on the business and also operationally in the business
- Responsible and reliable
- Knowledge and experience in financial management
- Understanding of luxury tour operations
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Demonstrate leadership and ability to foster teamwork
- Experience travel in the region and passion for luxury travel
- Problem solving and decision making capacities
- Experience in multinational business group advantageous
- Ability to deal with uncertainties and a fast changing business environment
- An understanding of and believe in Responsible Travel philosophy
Addemdum Principal Accountabilities
- Director of Sales is in charge of sales results.
- Build up a stronger sales team
- Push sales team, work closely with sales manager in HN, assist NT, SG sales team to achieve sales goals.
- Responsible for developing, enhancing and negotiating new and existing travel benefits that are core to the value proposition. Full engagement is required in results tracking, and performance.
- Develop and execute strategies to support retention goals, meeting aggressive growth and CM engagement targets agreed.
- Working with the BOD, and others head of departments in defining and executing a focused luxury travel and cruising benefit strategy that aligns with and sustains the international strategy.
- Serve as market liaison and work closely with representative colleagues in other markets regions (Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US if any) to ensure alignment with the international strategic framework for luxury travel products and services and to leverage best practices, where appropriate.
- Develop and negotiate compelling, locally-relevant and profitable travel offers including tours packages and features that complement global core programs.
- Drive profitable product developments to the various segments (through rigorous evaluation of internal sales and charge volume data, business analysis, market knowledge and research). Initial focus will be on coordinating, improving and quantifying our travel products’ “value for money” and against our competitive set, and in stimulating awareness and usage.
- Actively manage preferred partnerships to deepen and broaden relationships; seeking partner funding where appropriate and relevant to drive incremental revenues, whilst heightening customer engagement and usage.
- Achieve yield and profitability goals by optimizing negotiations with strategic partners and ensure improved revenue optimization.
- Support service delivery in the product awareness, training and ease of booking at the point of sale.
- Support team to assist in marketing these travel benefits and services effectively and profitably through quantifiable and articulate value assessments and competitive benchmarking.
- Ensure strict adherence to control and compliance requirements.
Enjoy Nha Trang nightlife like a Vietnamese
Nha Trang City is not only beautiful during the day but also extremely interesting and exciting at night. If you do not know where to go out in the evening in Nha Trang, check out the famous nightlife venues and activities in Nha Trang below! Make sure you will have relaxing and comfortable moments full of memories.
1. See musical fountain at Vinpearl Land
Location: Hon Tre Island, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province.
Time: 7 p.m to 7:25 p.m daily
Transportation: You can go to Vinpearl from the city center by canoe or cable car. Cable car ticket is $ 25 per adult and $ 20 per child (1-1.4 meters). The ticket includes other games at Vinpearl
This is the most modern musical stage in Vietnam with a capacity of over 5000 seats. Here, you will admire the colorful art performances combined water with traditional Vietnamese songs. Every evening people in Nha Trang often here very crowded to watch country music performances with family, friends, relax after a stressful working day.
2. Walking on the Nha Trang Night Market
Location: 46 Tran Phu Street, Loc Tho, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa.
Time: 2 p.m – 11:30 p.m
Walking around the night market, you can discover the diverse cuisine here, from traditional and familiar dishes such as bun cha, grilled fish, pancakes… to dishes made From extremely fresh seafood such as crispy fried squid, fried shrimp…
In addition, the extremely popular snacks for young people such as ice cream, sweet soup such as grapefruit, pomegranate saola, ginseng, green bean, water drift or lotus seed…
At the market, there are lots of crafts, fine art or pants, shirts, bags, eyeglasses, backpacks … full as any other markets. You should come to this market around 7 pm so that after having a drink, you still have plenty of time to choose souvenirs.
Among the items sold here, you can choose handicrafts made by Vietnamese artisans, in addition, coffee is also a popular choice to buy as gifts for relatives and friends after this trip.
3. Squid fishing at night – an interesting experience indispensable in Nha Trang
Based on the experience of fishermen here, squid fishing from the 17th to the 26th (lunar calendar) is the most ideal time. Squid fishing gear is quite simple, just a bamboo fishing rod is over 1 meter long, tied with a rope, underneath the thread is the fake shrimp made of luminescent plastic.
Attracted by the light, the squid will concentrate under the fake shrimp. Then, just drop the hook, the hook about 2 meters from the seafloor, occasionally jerk the fishing rod to.
Attracted by luminescent shrimp, squid will cling. When the fishing rod is heavily held, the squid will be stuck, then you have to collect them very quickly in case the fishing line will slip off immediately.
The interesting thing is that you can enjoy the fresh squid you just caught – steamed squid or grilled squid with beer will be an unforgettable memory with friends and family.
Price: About $22 per adult and $11 per child.
4. Have fun while enjoying the panoramic view of Nha Trang city at Altitude Rooftop Bar
Location: 26-28 Tran Phu Street, 28th floor of Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel.
Time: 17 – 23 h daily from Tuesday to Sunday
In a high position and open space, in the afternoon, from about 5 hours onwards is the perfect time for you to witness the sunset, feel the interference between day and night, and when the city lights up.
However, the price for drinks here is quite high, a minimum of 100,000 VND / glass. Rates on the menu are prices listed, exclusive of 10% VAT and 7% service charge.
5. Enjoy typical dishes and watch the sunset on the Emperor cruise
The cruise will go through Nha Trang Bay to give you the opportunity to admire the beauty of the sea when the sunset falls in the melodious music. In addition, you will be introduced to the lives of the locals, food, culture, and history of Vietnam.
Emperor Cruise is one of the most famous cruises here, specially designed in the style of Emperor Bao Dai – the last king in the feudal dynasties of Vietnam.
Dining out with friends, chatting on the cruise and watching the sunset on Nha Trang Bay will be an unforgettable memory for you.
6. Visiting Nha Trang Cathedral in the evening
In addition to the official name, Nha Trang people often call with simple names such as Stone Church, Mountain Church or Nga Sau Church. From a distance, the church is like an ancient Roman castle. The church is one of the unique architectural features of French style, built completely in the style of Gothic architecture.
If you go to the Cathedral at night, you will see the image of the church shimmering with lights. The church is a beautiful space loved by most visitors, photographers, and videographers. Couples often choose this place to take wedding photos.
The unique feature of the church is the set of copper bells hanging on the bell tower, above which is attached to a large clock, with 4 faces facing in 4 directions.
Diving and Snorkeling in Nha Trang – When, where, and how?
Do you want to explore the picture of the colorful sea beneath the deep sea? Scuba diving and snorkeling to see corals in Nha Trang will definitely be one of the interesting activities for you in the journey. Let find it out in this article!
1. An ideal time for diving and snorkeling in Nha Trang
Hot or cool weather does not affect the diving process much. However, two factors must be ensured when scuba diving is clear water and no strong waves or strong winds to ensure safety.
The ideal diving time is from April to October, especially in July to August, when the water is clear, light winds and temperature are also suitable for you to see the coral reefs and small colorful tropical fish with lots of colors. The average visibility is about 10 meters, in good weather, the visibility can be up to 20 meters.
Although the diving center is still open, you should not dive in December to mid-February because at this time the sea is opaque, visibility is limited.
2. Nice places for diving and snorkeling in Nha Trang
a. Hon Mun Island
The distance from the stone bridge port to Hon Mun island is about 12 km. It takes about 20 minutes by canoe (300,000 VND/pax) and about 1 hour by wooden boat (250,000 VND/pax)
Due to the mixture of hot and cold water, Hon Mun is the focus and development of thousands of rare coral and fish species in the world. The island has about 1500 species of sea creatures living in a total of more than 2000 species in the world. This can be considered as the most beautiful diving spot compared to the places that have been put into exploitation.
b. Monkey Island – Hon Lao Island
Located in the middle of Nha Phu Bay, 15km to the North of Nha Trang, Monkey Island is a small island with the shape of a javelin, which runs straight to the sea. The reason for calling “Monkey Island” is that there are about 1200 monkeys on the island.
In Hon Mun, tourists who want to dive must have a “high level” because it is more than 20m deep here. But in Monkey Island, the depth is only 3 – 5m so visitors can rest assured exploring the ocean without fear of exhaustion. Instead of jumping from the boat into the sea like at Hon Mun, here you can climb the ledges, follow the small path to the beach and from the beach keep wading along with your guide until the water comes across the shoulder.
c. Hon Mot Island
Hon Mot is located about 9 km from the city of Nha Trang to the Southeast. Hon Mot area is less than 1 square kilometer, therefore, it is considered an island with the smallest area of Nha Trang Bay. On the island, there is also a small fishing village, with about 200 people living.
Around Hon Mot Island, there are also many coral reefs of all shapes and colors, extremely diverse and the water level is quite shallow, even if you do not swim too well, you can still see them.
3. Some centers for diving and snorkeling in Nha Trang
Sailing Club Divers
Address: 72-74 Tran Phu Blvd (at Sailing Club Nha Trang), Nha Trang
Contact: (58) 352 2788
Price: Discover Scuba Diving (2 dives): 1,850,000 VND
PADI Open Water 6,500,000 VND
Snorkeling 500,000 VND
Address: 90A Hung Vuong St, Nha Trang
Contact: (0908) 781 756
Price: Two try dives 1,825,000 VND
PADI Open Water 7,900,000 VND
Snorkeling 525,000 VND.
Address: 115 Hung Vuong St, Nha Trang
Contact: (058) 352 8119
Price: Discover Scuba Diving US$80
PADI Open Water Diver US$350
4. Some notes when diving and snorkeling in Nha Trang
– Do not choose to dive to see corals when the body is tired, do not dive right after eating or when hungry, it is best to dive only after eating 2 hours.
– Do not go diving after drinking alcohol with a high alcohol content to avoid unintended accidents.
– Do not go diving alone but follow a large group, must have the guidance of professional staff and always follow the instructions of the staff.
– If you have cardiovascular disease, you must never dive into the ocean to watch corals.
– For the first time, you should swim slowly and do not dive too deep to regulate the water pressure below.
– During the dive, you must not swim too far, do not risk diving too deep, only dive at a safe level that professional divers have warned before.
– After diving, you should close your mouth, cover your ears and breathe gently through your nose to avoid shock and adapt to the onshore environment.
– If the vacation is not too long, you should consider diving because, after diving, you should have 1 day of rest for your body to recover before boarding.
Nha Trang Cathedral – All you need to know about Nha Trang Cathedral 2020
1. Overview of Nha Trang Cathedral
a. Where is Nha Trang Cathedral?
Nha Trang Cathedral is at 1 Thai Nguyen Street, Phuoc Tan Ward, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province. This Cathedral is the largest church in the city. It is about 720 square meters in area, located at an altitude of 12 meters on the top of Hoang Lan hill.
This place is very easy to find and move, visitors can go by any means: walking, taxi, motorbike, bus.
b. Other names of Nha Trang Cathedral
There are 2 names for Nha Trang Cathedral which you may know;
Stone Church (because it was built of stone)
Nga Sau Church (because it is located near a traffic circle)
The most popular name is Nui Church (because it is built on a small mountain – which means “Nui” in Vietnam).
2. The history of Nha Trang Cathedral
At the end of the 19th century (around 1885), there were only a few hundred Catholics in Nha Trang. In 1886, the French built this church to meet the needs of religious activities for this population and for French officials.
They temporarily built a small chapel on the coast of Nha Trang, which is now the area of Nha Trang Bishopric. Louis Vallet (1869-1945) – a French priest watching parishioners in Nha Trang – intended to establish a parish in Nha Trang along with building a church for this new parish.
On September 3, 1928, the church was started construction on a small mountain, named Mount Bong with an altitude of about 12 meters. By June of 1929, the footpath to the mountain for pedestrians (including 53 steps) located in the North was completed.
In March 1930, the building of the parish house (house for non-liturgical activities of the parish) was completed.
On May 14, 1933, during the feast of St. Jeanne d’Arc, father Louis Vallet chose Christ the King as the title of church patron.
On July 29, 1934, the Apostolic Nuncio Dreyer blessed the bell, nicknamed Thérèse of the Child Jesus, given by a female in Saigon. The bell tower was inaugurated on December 3, 1935.
Father Louis Vallet passed away on October 24, 1945. His body was buried at the foot of the mountain, on the right side of the road to the church. Around 1969, the clock on the tower was broken and has not been repaired until 1978 and has continued to work ever since.
3. The architecture of Nha Trang Cathedral
The highest point of the church is the place where the Cross is placed on top of the bell tower, 38 m high from the road surface.
The church has a large dome, rose-shaped doorways in typical gothic style. Inside the church, there is a large and airy space, divided into a sanctuary area and the area behind the sanctuary very pure and solemn.
When you walk to the church, you will see the architecture is divided into 3 distinct parts: the top part consists of a corridor and two bell towers, the middle is the colorful glass windows while the door is decorated by roses. The middle floor is also the venue for the Catholic rite of the faithful. And the last floor is the door.
The highlight of the church is 2 bronze bells hanging on the bell-tower, which is manufactured and supplied directly from the famous French bell-making company – Bourdon Carillond. Besides, on the bell tower, there is a big clock with 4 faces facing in 4 directions.
The church is very large and lots of light are combined with curved arches, pointing straight to the sky, like a very harmonious and beautiful arrow shape. The walls are modeled by paintings of the suffering life of the Lord through 14 stages of the cross.
Although over 90 years old, the unique structure of the mountain church still retains the architectural values from ancient times. Currently, the church is included in the list of monuments and landscapes of Khanh Hoa province.
4. The opening time of Nha Trang Cathedral
– Opening hours:
+ From Monday to Saturday: 5:30 – 17:00
+ Sunday: 5:00 – 7:00 and 11:00 – 16:30
– Ceremony time:
+ From Monday to Saturday: 4h45, 17h
+ Sunday: 5:00, 7:00, 9:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:30
– Ticket price to visit the church: Free.
To the ceremony and ticket price of Nha Trang church
5. Some notes when visiting Nha Trang Cathedral
The church is a sacred place, so pay attention to how you dress: wearing polite clothes, skirts/pants over the knees is okay.
Be careful: At the main gate and the back gate of the church, there are often a number of groups of people who specialize in cheating foreign tourists to collect a ticket fee of up to 50,000 VND / person. You should remember that Nha Trang Stone Church is completely free to enter.
Bai Tu Long Bay – All Essential Guide in 2020
Not so popular like Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay is the hidden charm in the North of Vietnam with all the beauty of nature like mysterious caves, wonderful beaches, unspoiled islands,… In this article, we will discover all the essential travel guide to Bai Tu Long Bay.
I. Where is Bai Tu Long Bay?
Bai Tu Long is located in the Northeast region of Vietnam. The East borders on the sea, the Northeast borders on Co To island district, the West borders on the mainland with Cam Pha city, the Southwest borders on Halong Bay.
Bai Tu Long Bay consists of hundreds of limestone islands, large and small schist islands, including many large islands inhabited by Quan Lan Island, Ngoc Vung, Van Canh, Ong Cu, Minh Chau,…
Bai Tu Long Bay is located about 30km east of Halong Bay. Halong Bay is a well-known name on Vietnam’s tourism map with a large number of domestic and foreign tourists each year.
Bai Tu Long Bay has not been exploited much by the locality because it is difficult to access and there are many mysterious caves, so this place is still quite unspoiled and quiet. It can be said that this is a top place for those who like to explore the hidden, wild beauty of nature, not too bustling by tourist groups like other bays/islands.
II. Time to travel to Bai Tu Long Bay
The climate in Bai Tu Long Bay is divided into 2 distinct seasons: hot humid summers and cold dry winters. The average annual temperature is from 20°C to 30°C. The amount of rainfall is about 2000 – 2500 mm / year, the tidal range is about 3.4 – 4m / day.
The dry season on the bay starts from March to May and from September to November, at this time, the temperature is pleasant, the sun is mild and the sea is gentle, so it is very suitable for tourism activities to explore the Bay.
However, this is also the peak season of tourism so the price of train tours, hotel room prices, … will also be higher.
The rainy season is from May to September and from November to March next year. If you plan to visit this place, you should avoid going in July and August to avoid storms, rough seas – the water will be more turbid.
That being said, not every season on the Bay will be raining and storming, but you can take a closer look at the weather in the Bay during this time, you will choose a cool day but the price is also good because of better due to many deals from tours.
III. Interesting activities on Bai Tu Long Bay
1. Take a cruise to visit Bai Tu Long Bay
Emperor Cruise is famous for being the most luxurious 5-star yacht designed with inspiration from the lavish life of King Bao Dai – the last King of the feudal dynasties of Vietnam.
What is better is that you can both relax on the boat and immerse yourself in the natural scenery, breathing the relaxed atmosphere after exhausting working weeks. Activities of visiting the islands, exploring caves, … are combined in the trip will definitely be a memorable experience with your loved ones.
2 days 1 night:
Day 1: Hanoi – Hon Gai Port – Bai Tu Long Bay – Thien Canh Son – Cong Do
Day 2: Cong Do – Vung Vieng Fishing Village – Hon Gai Port – Hanoi
3 days 2 nights:
Day 1: Hanoi – Hon Gai Port – Bai Tu Long Bay – Thien Canh Son – Cong Do
Day 2: Cong Do – Cong Dam (Hon Xep) – Hang Thay – Cong Do
Day 3: Cong Do – Thien Canh Son Cave – Hon Gai
There are also multi-day exploring packages, details: emperorcruises.com/experiences
Office address: 266 Doi Can, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Phone number: (+ 84) 83 666 8879 or (+84) 24 3927 3475
Email: [email protected]
2. Explore Bai Tu Long National Park
In 2016, Bai Tu Long National Park was recognized as an ASEAN Heritage Park. Senior experts of the ASEAN biodiversity center during the survey and study evaluated Bai Tu Long National Park as home to the most unique ecosystem in Southeast Asia.
This is a national biosphere reserve with 5 extremely rich and diverse flora and fauna ecosystems: broadleaf rainforest, limestone forest, coastal forest, coral area, and shallow water area.
The sea surface area accounts for a quarter of the area of the National Park and is home to many rare and precious animal and plant gene samples, many species are recorded in the Red book. The species of birds here are Burmese hawks, Japanese Falcon, Black Hawk, Warbler, Warbler, Bighead Bites …
The broadleaf rainforest has up to 494 species of plants and animals, some of them are listed as rare and endangered species, such as Tue Da Lime, Cheetah, Mang Do, Indian Civet, and civet…
Coastal ecosystems are small areas surrounding islands. It is biologically diverse with 251 species including 19 species of mangroves, 17 species of seaweed, 29 species of sea worms, 149 species of mollusks, 22 species of crustaceans and 15 species of echinoderms.
The Coral area ranges from the depth when tidal water recedes to the lowest depth of 10 meters. Here, 409 species have been found including Grouper, Sea Bass, Crab, Snail, Abalone, and Seaweed.
a. Ba Mun Island
The forest on Ba Mun Island has many rare and precious animal species such as pythons, fire leopards, golden monkeys, pangolins, and geckos and is home to the highest density of ungulate animals in Vietnam.
b. Tra Ngo Lon Island – The largest stone island of Bai Tu Long National Park
The island has a quite special geological structure, the south is limestone mountains with many valleys and caves creating a very unique landscape. Cai Lim Valley on the island is the most typical feature of a long-standing mangrove ecosystem.
However, this mangrove forest is isolated in the middle of the sea, few people back and forth so not everyone can access this forest.
The deeper you go into the valley, the more you will discover many interesting things such as the vegetation of the orchid family that lives on limestone, on both mangrove branches and stems.
Including the precious orchids named in the Vietnam Red Book such as Yellow Flower Orchid, Tai Trau Orchid, Kim Tuyen Orchid,…This is a phenomenon that scientists have confirmed is unprecedented in the other mangroves in Vietnam.
c. Minh Chau island commune
In a sea with many rocky islands, Minh Chau island commune seems to be the most favored land with ancient Tram forest, folk medicinal gardens on the sea and endless sources of seafood …
Every day here, there are often women who go hunting in the sand along the coast. When searching for food, Sa Sung crawls to the surface of the sand, pokes long tentacles in search of food around the mouth of the cave, and will crawl into the sand very quickly when there is a sound.
The time of hunting is mainly during the day in shallow days from April to August of the lunar calendar, other days, Sa Sung hunting is still available but less. Sa Sung, which is exploited by local people, is mainly purchased by traders and then exported to China to make noodle soup.
In the summer, the natural beach here is an attractive destination for visitors with white sand beaches for kilometers.
3. Experience as a fisherman on Vung Vieng fishing village, Bai Tu Long Bay
This is the habitat of thousands of fishermen year-round struggling to make a living. In particular, visitors will experience and explore the life of the fishermen here. To visit Vung Vieng fishing village, visitors have to take a small boat used mainly in the fishing village and go through Cao Cave- A famous cross-water cave of Bai Tu Long Bay known as the gate Vung Vieng Fishing Village.
The fishing village appears with the looming a simple, idyllic beauty. The cages for raft fishing are located along the cliffs. Cobia, sea bass, grouper are raised for restaurants, hotels or for export. Some cages for ornamental fish such as Ong Lao fish, Tai Voi fish, cobia, …
The tourist services provided by the villagers take the form of kayak rentals; hire boat people to visit; Rent a traditional dragon boat
– Kayak rental ticket price: 50,000 VND/person/hour
– Tickets hire rowing nan boat: 50,000 VND/person/hour
– Traditional dragon boat ticket price: 100,000 VND/person/hour
4. Explore caves on Bai Tu Long Bay
a. Thien Canh Son Cave
This is a pristine cave located in Cong Do Nature Reserve. The cave is also known as the Grotto Cave. About 20 km from Tuan Chau port, the cave has a moderate size, divided into two compartments connecting with each other through a narrow passage.
To reach the cave entrance, visitors must climb about 100 stone steps. The first compartment is quite small, the stalactite system is yellow-brown, creating strong features. The second compartment has a larger space, the stalactite system is also more diverse and richer.
b. Two new caves on Bai Tu Long Bay have not been named yet
The cave is located on an island opposite Phat Co Island, discovered by Mr. Nguyen Sy Binh – a local resident here.
Currently, the cave is being surveyed and checked by management and functional agencies to determine the value and potential for exploitation, so it is not known and visited by many people.
There is only one road to enter the cave, the entrance is 50-60m high from the water so the road to the cave is quite twisted, craggy, just a person away. Unlike quite humid caves in Halong Bay, this cave is dry, with a ceiling of 20-30m high, airy with giant stalactite columns hugging dozens of people.
In particular, in addition to wild beauty, the cave also contains many geological and geomorphic values. Entering the cave entrance, you can see a layer of fossil shells found only in archaeological relics. There are also emerald green stones in the cave that you cannot ignore.
IV. Enjoy food on Bai Tu Long Bay
List of certain dishes not to be missed when visiting Bai Tu Long Bay
1. Tu Hai – Geoduck
This is a very expensive dish because Tu Hai is a rare seafood. Typically this type of food from 2-2.5 million / kg, but in Bai Tu Long Bay, Tu Hai is raised so you do not need to worry about the price. The meat at the Tu Hai proboscis is very delicious, both chewy and soft and sweet.
2. Sa Sung stir-fried vegetables – Sipunculus nudus
As you have read above, Sá Sung is exploited by the people at the sandy beaches on the sea so the more they chew, the more sweet and chewy and fragrant. People in the sea even order dishes better than Squid, Tu Hai, Crab, Crab, … Coming to Bai Tu Long Bay without enjoying this dish is a waste.
3. Cu Ky – Stone Crab
Cu Ky is firm and fragrant, nutritious and has become a famous dish here. In addition to the processing methods such as steaming, boiling, hotpot, Cu Ky can also be tamarind sauce or grilled. Especially when grilled meat extremely hard and extremely fragrant, is one of the attractive dishes in Bai Tu Long
4. Sam Bien – Horseshoe crab
This is a specialty in Bai Tu Long Bay that not all seas have. When processing, people often have to catch 1 pair of 1 male and 1 female. Sam sea is usually processed in the way of baking, making the salad or stir-fry sweet and sour, the average price of a plate is about 150,000 VND.
VI. Some notes for travelers
- If you intend to visit Bai Tu Long National Park, please prepare insect repellent or insect repellent as a precaution.
- Always have a hat and sunscreen on when you go to the beach or to play spots.
- If possible, prepare a digital camera to capture the best moments
- Sandals and mountaineering shoes should be prepared to suit the mountainous terrain and the sea here.
- Remember to bring your identity card / ID card and driver’s license and other documents to check-in the hotel or self-drive car rental if needed.
- During the high season, room rates are usually more expensive and quickly book rooms, make sure you have booked in advance through reputable sites.
To discover Bai Tu Long Bay, you can choose Emperor Cruises – the first all-inclusive service cruise in Vietnam with high-end class and special design.
Top 15 Nha Trang Restaurants – Where and what to eat in Nha Trang
Nha Trang city attracts tourists by its attractive landscapes and unique cuisine. Here is a list of Top 15 restaurants in Nha Trang that you can refer to enjoy the wonderful cuisine of this beautiful coastal city.
1. Cookbook Cafe Nha Trang
Located on the campus of InterContinental Nha Trang Hotel, this is one of the delicious restaurants in Nha Trang with a spacious dining area, elegant decor. Cookbook Cafe serves a number of dishes such as shrimp, large meat with homemade sauces, delicious pancakes and especially grilled chicken Piri-Piri.
Address: Ground floor of InterContinental Nha Trang Hotel
Opening hours: 6:30 am – 10:30 pm
Price: 100,000 VND – 690,000 VND
2. Sen Viet Restaurant
When coming to Sen Viet restaurant, you definitely have to try attractive dishes such as pork rolls, shrimp, crab or pancakes and Pho. Ideal rendezvous for diners who love the taste of their home-cooked food.
Sen Viet Restaurant is a great place to savor quality local specialties with a great view in Nha Trang. Set within Tran Phu Beach’s Sailing Club, the restaurant is set within a garden patio that’s close to the beach – great for grabbing a bite after a day of snorkeling or diving. Must-try dishes at Sen Viet Restaurant are Goi Cuon (translucent spring rolls with greens, coriander, minced pork, shrimp, and crab), Banh xeo (crispy crepe filled with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts), and Pho. Note: the venue turns into a nightclub after 20:00.
Address: 74 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang
Opening hours: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Price: 100,000 VND – 500,000 VND
3. Laterns Vietnam Restaurant
The restaurant offers specialties such as grilled dishes, seafood soup, Vietnamese curry or grilled beef. More specifically, the restaurant offers half-day cooking classes held four times a week.
If you want to enjoy the famous dishes with typical flavors of the countryside in Vietnam, Lanterns Vietnam restaurant is an ideal choice. It serves typical dishes such as hotpot, seafood clay, Vietnamese curry, and grilled beef. In addition to receiving food supplies from local fishing villages, Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant also supports local orphanages by offering free scholarships and lunches each week.
Address: 72 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Nha Trang
Opening hours: 7:30 – 21:30
Price: 99,000 VND – 500,000 VND
4. Nha Trang Refuge Restaurant
The restaurant is located in the Tran Phu beach area, when you come here you will be surprised with the construction of a wooden cabin and serves Swiss and French cuisine. The restaurant is famous for dishes such as crepes, salads, imported cheese, … Swiss male dishes like macaroni or tartiflette. If you want to enjoy Western-style dishes, this is not a bad place.
Address: 1L Hùng Vương, Nha Trang
Opening hours: 7:30 – 22:00
Price: 50,000 VND – 200,000 VND
5. Dining by the Bay
Outstanding micro-style elegant decor with gentle yet delicate tones. This restaurant is famous for dishes such as Vietnamese seafood cakes accompanied with fish sauce, grilled beef steak with French fries. The restaurant overlooking the sea will give you a relaxed and comfortable feeling while eating and chatting with friends and relatives.
Address: Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Hoa, Nha Trang
Opening hours: 7:00 – 23:30
Price: 100,000 VND – 1,000,000 VND
6. Ganesh Restaurant
Located at Sailing Club, Nha Trang Ganesh restaurant is one of the Indian restaurants serving classic dishes such as Tandoori, Mughlai, and Bengali. With affordable prices, the menu of Ganesh restaurant is quite rich including toast of all kinds, paneers (fresh cheese) as well as vegetarian dishes. With a luxurious beauty, Ganesh restaurant promises to be a destination for diners who love Indian cuisine.
Address: 72 – 74 Trần Phú, Nha Trang
Opening hours: 7:00 – 20:00
Price: 40,000 VND – 200,000 VND
7. Nha Trang Xua Restaurant
This place is decorated with an old Vietnamese style. The house is made of old wood combined with red tiles. The menu here is quite diverse and plentiful to suit the taste of both domestic and foreign visitors: rice soup, pancakes, question cake to the variety of teas that have a very unique flavor without mixing. anywhere. More specifically, to come to this restaurant you need to go across a unique monkey bridge to arrive.
Address: Group 3, Thai Thong village, Vinh Thai commune, Nha Trang.
Opening hours: 8:00 – 22:00
Price: 35,000 VND – 495,000 VND
8. Louisiane Brewhouse Restaurant
This is one of the famous Nha Trang restaurants that everyone knows. Named Nha Trang overnight restaurant because its operating time from 7 am to 1 am the next day was closed. Attracting visitors by decorating the restaurant with a luxurious but no less subtle style. Louisiane Brewhouse also has popular drinks like stout, golden beer with a very unique combination of passion fruit, passion. Actually, this is one of the restaurants in Nha Trang that deserve to be knocked on the door.
Address: Lot 29 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang.
Opening hours: 7:00 – 01:00
Price: 120,000 VND – 715,000 VND
9. Zallo Buffet Restaurant
If you are a fan of seafood hotpot dishes, you should not miss Zallo Buffet restaurant. With an average price of only 250,000 VND per person, it is enough for you to fill up. In addition, the restaurant also has a team of professionally trained staff ready to assist guests. In particular, more than 100 different dishes will help visitors have a great meal when choosing this place.
Address: No. 3 Tran Quang Khai Street, Nha Trang
Opening hours: 8:00 – 22:00
Price: 250,000 VND – 500,000 VND
10. Costa Seafood Restaurant
Located at InterContinental Nha Trang, Costa Seafood restaurant is the ideal choice for you passionate about seafood cuisine prepared from renowned chefs from many parts of the world. This Nha Trang restaurant is run by a talented chef from Hong Kong, unique dishes from a variety of ingredients. From lobster, grouper, crab, squid are raw materials coming from Nha Trang waters or Alaska crab, Canadian elephant snail, .. are imported directly. All create a unique style of Nha Trang Costa Seafood restaurant.
Address: 32 – 34 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang.
Opening hours: 8:00 – 22:00
Price: 200,000 VND – 500,000 VND.
11. Feast Restaurant
Located in Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel, the restaurant is designed in a noble style, luxurious and airy space. Moreover, Feast brings a unique, vibrant culinary flavor to the open food processing stalls. The menu of this restaurant in Nha Trang is quite diverse such as fresh seafood or Japanese, Indian or Italian dishes. More specifically, Feast also has a luxurious Buffet party.
Address: 26-28 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang.
Opening hours: 18h00 – 22h30 the next day
Price: 500,000 VND – 1,650,000 VND
12. Pita GR Restaurant
Located at the top of the famous Nha Trang restaurant, Pita GR restaurant is located on Hung Vuong street serving special Greek dishes. Fancy decoration style will definitely make customers satisfied. The menu at the restaurant is quite diverse but the diners are sure to try the following dishes: Athens-style souvlaki including meat, sliced tomatoes, onions, chips and tzatziki sauce wrapped in a grilled pita.
Address: 7G3 Hung Vuong Street, Nha Trang
Opening hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Price: 90,000 VND – 200,000 VND
13. Champa Island Restaurant
Nestled on a small island at Cai river, the spacious restaurant space is full of guests. In addition, the restaurant also has a view overlooking the river that is very charming. In addition, there is a play area for children, so parents are assured of bringing their children to this restaurant. The food here is quite diverse, spoiled for choice according to your liking.
Address: 304/4 Hai Thang Tu Street, Vinh Tho, Nha Trang
Opening hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Price: 120,000 VND – 825,000 VND
14. Le Bouchon Restaurant
Le Bouchon is a Bistro restaurant located in the city of Nha Trang, built in a classic but casual style. From tables and chairs to curtains and red walls are the highlight of Le Bouchon. A French restaurant with all kinds of Western dishes such as goat salad, steak with pepper sauce, duck in honey sauce or hot fried mashed potatoes,…
Address: 34/4 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Nha Trang
Opening hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Monday – Friday and Sunday
Price: 40,000 VND – 200,000 VND
15. Yen’s Restaurant Nha Trang
Prominent on Tran Quang Khai street, Yen Nha Trang restaurant has quite unique decoration with bright yellow walls, colorful lanterns, and melodious traditional music. It is suitable for those who love romance. The menu of the restaurant is quite diverse such as spring rolls, soups, rice dishes or Tet-flavored dishes such as shrimp rolls, beef soup, and grilled pork ribs.
Address: 3 / 2A Tran Quang Khai Street.
Opening hours: 7:00 – 21:30
Price: 100,000 VND – 1,000,000 VND
Best 26 things to do in Nha Trang (Updated 2020)
Nha Trang is a famous beach city in Vietnam. There are a lot of things to do in this awesome city. In this article, we will discover all best 26 things to do when you travel to Nha Trang, Vietnam.
I. Bathing and participating in activities on Nha Trang beach
1. Nice beaches in Nha Trang
a. Tran Phu Beach
Tran Phu Beach is a bit deep so it’s suitable for sea sports such as surfing, parasailing, canoeing,…
Along the beach is a street named Tran Phu with a system of restaurants, hotels, pubs, souvenir shops, .. very modern and luxurious, convenient for tourist trips. On the coast, there are hawkers who sell fresh seafood dishes such as Grilled Lobster, Grilled Squid,…
The price to rent a folding chair along the beach is about $ 1.5 (35,000 VND)
b. Doc Let Beach
You have to overcome large and high sandy slopes to reach the coast. Doc Let Beach is about 8 km long, because of the very low water level (only at breast height), children and non-swimmers can bathe, and not worry about drowning.
With VND 20,000 / person, you can rent small canoe boats of local people to explore the small islands lying around.
c. Bai Dai Beach
The interesting thing that has not been explained in Bai Dai is that on the white sand here, you only need to use a shovel to dig a small sandpit, just a few moments later, you will have a freshwater lake to drink. If you do not believe, go to the long beach to feel. Surely this will surprise and delight you.
In addition, you can also rent a basket boat or canoe to go sea fishing, squid fishing, an elegant hobby not to be missed here.
2. Interesting activities on Nha Trang’s beaches
Parasailing attractions in Nha Trang include Tranh Beach, Coral Island, Vinpearl Nha Trang, Doc Let, Hon Tam Island. Imagine you will be flying high, the wind stretches, heart palpitations screams really loudly and watches everything around with feeling indescribably lightheaded.
There are 2 forms: single flight and double flight. Each flight lasts only 10 minutes. Depending on the number of players will have different prices.
Prices range from 600,000 – 800,000 VND. (from 26-35$)
b. Diving or walking under the sea
When participating, visitors will be equipped with professional equipment such as a diver including diving clothes, eyeglasses, snorkel, … After a few symbol operations with the guide, you will start the journey to explore the ocean at depths of 10-15 meters. The beautiful coral reefs and cute, colorful sea creatures will attract you unexpectedly.
The further down the sea, the greater the pressure. To ensure safety, visitors should not dive when eating too full or too hungry because it will be very uncomfortable, feeling nauseous and tired, then diving will be very dangerous. Also, do not drink alcohol before diving. After the dive is done, a simple way to stop tinnitus is to keep your mouth shut, cover your ears and breathe gently through your nose.
Places: Monkey Island, Hon Mun Island, Hon Trau Nam Island.
Price: 450,000 VND – 700,000 VND/person.
Best time: from April to August
Contact: Sailing Club Nha Trang, Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang
Tel: +84 58 352 2788
c. Banana boat ride
This is a sports game with a very strong feeling, buoys are equipped with 5-7 seats. You wear a life jacket and then sit on the banana float boat, which is tied to a motorboat with a sturdy cable. Canoes will pull boats at high speed from 50 to 80 km/hour.
On the beaches:
500,000 VND/5 people/10 minutes
600,000 VND/5 people/15 minutes
On the islands:
800,000 VND/5 people/15 minutes
Flybroad is one of the most popular underwater adventure games for young people. In order to experience this game, you must be a sports lover, often active and have good health.
Items you should prepare:
The compact outfit, suitable for playing sports
Clothes, towels, …
Must follow the trainer’s guideline to ensure safety
Price: 600,000 VND with flybroad or flight deck
Time: 05 minutes to fly or fly with the coach
Price: VND 1,000,000 with flyboard or flight deck
Time: 10 minutes self-flying or flying with a coach
Price: 1,800,000 VND with flybroad or flight deck
Time: 01 time 20 minutes or divided into 02 times from 10 -15 minutes (play 2 people in half divided time unchanged price)
f. Mud Baths
Mineral mud in Nha Trang is a natural mineral mud, contains more minerals than other places to soothe itching, soothe irritation on the skin. For the women, bathing mud in Nha Trang helps to eliminate blackheads, anti-aging for the skin to bring a youthful, glossy skin. For the elderly, mud baths support the treatment of a number of conditions such as muscle relaxation, reducing arthritis-related to joint pain, rheumatism, and spinal pain.
Most mud baths in Nha Trang have 2 main forms of bathing, mud bath, and hot mineral bath.
Address: No.15 Ngoc Son, Ngoc Hiep, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa
Hot spring pool: 100,000 VND/pax for adult and 50,000 VND/pax for child
Mud: 200,000 VND/pax for adult and 100,000 VND/pax for child
Address: Nguyen Tat Thanh Boulevard, Phuoc Dong District, Phuoc Trung Commune, Khanh Hoa Province.
Soak in a hot tub of mud: 300,000 VND/pax for adult and 200,000 VND/pax for child
Soak in the hot stone basin: 250,000 VND/pax for adult and 150,000 VND/pax for child
Soak hot herbs in an egg-shaped tub:250,000 VND/pax for adult and 150,000 VND/pax for child
Soak hot herbs in an ice bath: 200,000 VND/pax for adult and 100,000 VND/pax for child
II. Discover the beautiful islands in Nha Trang
1. Diep Son Island
Diep Son is a series of 3 connected small islands, located in the waters of Van Phong Bay, Khanh Hoa Province. The best time to visit Diep Son Island is from December to June, at this time the sea is quite smooth and clear so that seasickness will also reduce much discomfort when traveling by ship.
Because Diep Son Island is very unspoiled and not developed tourism, there are no hotels and motels, so when you come you can bring a tent and camping on the sea. Located nearly half a meter below the surface of the sea, the road connecting the two islands in the Diep Son Island, Khanh Hoa province, is considered the most unique sea road in Vietnam.
There are 2 ways to go to Diep Son Island:
From Nha Trang running to Van Gia, Van Ninh about 60km. Ask for a way to the Van Gia fishing port. Opposite Van Gia port, there is a wide alley, about 100 meters into it with overnight parking. From here, there is a train going to Diep Son from 9 am to 11 am, depending on the water every day. The time for the boat come back to the land is around 5 to 6 am. It takes 30 to 40 minutes to go from the land to the island.
The second way to the island is from Van Gia Port to continue to Tan Dan, about 8 km, from here ask Tan Dan communal house, opposite the communal house, there is a small alley running to the sea, running a few hundred meters to ask Mr. Tu Nghia’s family to go to the beach. Rent a boat to get out in about 15 minutes. The price for renting a boat is from VND 200 – 300,000 for about 6 people. If you go at night: 300,000 VND. The boat is small so should not carry many people.
Electricity on the island is only available from 6 to 9 pm. People must take the initiative, if used by the people, should also pay for them. The island is very secure so there is no need to worry about theft.
Food and drinks are very limited, so you have to prepare yourself. There are 1.2 places that also sell water and miscellaneous items.
There is a chicken farm on the island, people can buy chicken here to eat it.
2. Robinson Island
About 20km from the mainland, Robinson Nha Trang is a small island in Cam Ranh Bay, Khanh Hoa Province. Previously, the name Robinson was used to refer to the Tu Binh island cluster (Binh Ba, Binh Hung, Binh Lap, Binh Tien). But then it was realized that there was a small island lying alone in the middle of Cam Ranh Bay, separate from the Tu Binh island cluster, then the name Robinson was “transferred” to the island.
It takes about 1 hour to travel from Da Bac port to the island. Here you can also participate in scuba diving activities, join with fishermen in fishing activities and enjoy the freshest food on the island.
Facilities on the island are mainly built by local people with bamboo cottages, close to the coast. You can choose to stay here or rent a tent to camp with prices ranging from 150,000 VND.
3. Hon Mun Island
With favorable terrain and climate, Hon Mun is the place where extreme corals develop especially in the water about 10m. Hon Mun has therefore been recognized as the first and only nature reserve in Vietnam by World Wildlife Fund.
Hon Mun is 10km from Cau Da port and about 45 minutes by train. At the wharf area you can find many boats and canoes going to Hon Mun with reference prices as follows:
For traveling to Hon Mun by canoe: VND 300,000/time
For moving to Hon Mun by boat: VND 250,000/trip.
The best time to visit Hon Mun is from July to September, especially in August.
4. Hon Tre Island
Be the largest island in Nha Trang Bay, Hon Mun Island has an area of nearly 500km2 with a relatively small population. The best time to explore this beautiful island is in July – August – September (August is the peak season), and from December to February. You should not go in October and November because of the storm and heavy rain.
You can rent a motorbike in Hon Tre for 70,000-90,000 VND/day (depending on the type of the motorbike).
Price for cable car is 880,000 VND/person (height from 140cm or more) and 700,000 VND/person (height from 100 cm to 140 cm). You can use the 2-way cable car and cover all games in Vinpearl Land Resort.
5. Hon Tam Island
Hon Tam is located 7 km southeast of Nha Trang city. If canoeing takes about 7 minutes, a day has about 20 trips, 25 guests/trip (20 minutes), taking the train takes about 25 minutes. Hon Tam has a campfire service for travelers who want to spend the night on the island, an area of 200 small tents, visitors will be drinking wine, eating barbecue, performing arts,…
From March to September is the best time for you to visit Hon Tam Island in Nha Trang.
6. Hon Noi Island
To reach Hon Noi, it takes more than an hour by boat from Cau Da port. The distance is about 25 km long. The island is under the management of a travel company so it is not possible to travel independently, but requires you to book a day tour, not staying overnight for 350,000 VND per person. The tour includes breakfast with cakes and spring water on board, lunch at the island restaurant, afternoon fruit snacks, hotel and boat shuttle to the island, coral-glass bottom boat, cave tour bird’s nest.
Tourists can only depart for Hon Noi in March to September, the remaining months due to strong storms and storms so the train does not run. Each trip has at least 25 guests. To Hon Noi, you should visit the cave and learn about swift farming. The swift’s nest is harvested twice in March and August.
III. Visiting historical and cultural places in Nha Trang
1. Ponagar Cham Towers
Not far from the center of Nha Trang City, 2 km to the North, Ponagar Tower is located on a fairly airy hill with a modest height of only 50 m above sea level.
In the past, Cham Pa people in Khanh Hoa worshiped the goddess Ponagar – She was always there to protect and take care of the lives of the people, helping them have land to live and cultivate. It can be seen that the Ponagar tower is clear evidence of the strong influence of Hinduism on the Cham and later on the Vietnamese people.
Coming to Ponagar tower at the end of March in the lunar calendar, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Ba tower festival (from 21 to 23/3 lunar calendar). This is the best time to learn about Ponagar as well as immerse yourself in the cultural activities of the locals.
2. Nha Trang Cathedral
This church also has many popular names such as Nha Trang Church (because it used to belong to the family of Nha Trang); Stone church (because it was built of stone); Nga Sau church (because it is located near a traffic rotation); but the most popular is the name Nui Church (because it is built on a small mountain – mean “Nui” in Vietnamese)
The church is located on the top of Hoang Lan hill, at the beginning of Nguyen Trai street and intersecting Thai Nguyen street, started construction on September 3, 1928, by Louis Vallet and completed on May 1933. The house was built during the French colonial period, so the architecture follows the French style.
3. National Oceanographic Museum
Institute of Oceanography is located at No. 1, Cau Da, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, which was established in 1922 under the French colonial period. In addition to the live specimens being raised in the tank, visitors also have the opportunity to learn the largest collection of marine specimens in Vietnam with about 20,000 specimens of 5,000 species in the East Sea collected and stored since 1922.
In particular, the museum is displaying a very precious natural historical relic, a giant humpback whale skeleton nearly 18m long, 3m high and weighs 10 tons that has been buried in the ground in the Red River Delta over 200 years.
4. Long Son Pagoda
Built-in the 19th century, with many renovations and newly rebuilt in 1940, Long Son Pagoda features architectural and sculptural art imbued with modernity.
On the way to the top of Trai Thuy hill, at the first stop at the 44th step, you will admire the Buddha statue of Nirvana Entering made of marble on the background of an exquisitely carved sculpture. scene of 49 disciples of Buddha gathered on the day of Buddha’s death.
Coming to the second stop is a bell tower with common persimmons weighing 1500kg by a Buddhist in Hue donated the temple in 2002.
After climbing 193 steps to reach the top of the hill, you can finally see the majestic white Buddha image of Buddha sitting sermon in the middle of the blue sky, vast white clouds, peace, and happiness as a symbol of Nha Trang. This is the largest outdoor Buddha image recorded in Vietnam record books
5. Tu Van Snail Pagoda
In 1995, the Venerable Thich Thong Anh, abbot of Tu Van Pagoda and the temple’s monks personally designed and built the tower manually and took 5 years to complete it. The tower is 39 m high, with 8 gates symbolizing the “Eightfold Path” (including Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Samadhi).
The highlight of the pagoda is the Bao Tich Tower and 18 floors of Hell
• Bao Tich Tower is built from stacked corals combined with shells to create a space with a sea-style atmosphere.
• 18 Hells Floor is built from coral stone, surrounded by a dragon-shaped, about 500m long.
IV. Enjoy cuisine in Nha Trang
1. Nem nuong Nha Trang
In a portion, you will have a dish of baked-meat, a dish of vegetables, a dish of rice paper wrappers, a bowl of dipping sauce. The deliciousness of this dish mainly depends on the sauce.
Not every restaurant in Nha Trang is famous, but Dang Van Nguyen restaurant opened in 1987 is different. The tourists come here all said that the sauce at Dang Van Nguyen is very delicious, always warm to eat, it’s not sticky like other restaurants.
Facility 1: Số 16A Lan Ong, Xuong Huan, Nha Trang.
Facility 2: Số 2-4 Phan Boi Chau, Nha Trang.
Price:: 70,000 VND – 132,000 VND.
Opening time: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
2. Goi Ca Mai (Herring Salad)
Goi Ca Mai is made from a special species of the ocean – Mai fish. This fish looks like anchovies but is short and flattened. The fish is white transparent, its slippery and small with just two fingers. Especially, Mai fish has absolutely no scales and fishy smell (or very little fishy), which is very suitable for processing salad. Therefore, Mai fish is almost exclusively used as a single dish of salad.
Number 188, Hai Thang Tu Street: This is one of the famous addresses of Goi Ca Mai in Nha Trang city. The salad here is appreciated and reasonably priced. The service at the restaurant is also very good.
Number 133, Thap Ba: Goi Ca Mai here has its own attractive taste. The customer service style is very professional and friendly. Therefore customers often appreciate the shop.
3. Bun Cha Ca, Bun Sua (Noodle with Grilled Fish)
Bun Cha Ca Nha Trang is specially made from fresh fish, including many types of fish, creates an irresistible flavor.
In addition, jellyfish noodles with ingredients of jellyfish caught in Nha Trang sea when served with fish cakes, fish beams, and fresh, clear broth brings a strange taste that is rarely found anywhere.
Ninh Hoa Restaurant, No. 2, Lan Ong
Nguyen Loan Fish-noodle Restaurant, number 123, Ngo Gia Tu Street.
Bun Lech jellyfish noodle, Yersin-Ba Trieu crossroads
4. Nhim nuong
Nhim Bien – Echinoidea (scientific name), is the common name of a class of echinoderms, spherical, with many sharp spines surrounding the body, living quite a lot in Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa. They have the ability to release spikes to protect themselves from dangers. Therefore, divers hunt for seafaring skills that require skillful skill, use hooks and then gently put them into bags.
For sales by piece:
Prices in fishing villages range from VND 15,000 – VND 35,000/one.
Prices at popular pubs and restaurants in Nha Trang range from VND 30,000 – VND 70,000/one (the price of sea buckthorn depends on the size).
For sale by weight:
Prices in fishing villages often fluctuate between VND 170,000 and VND 250,000/kg.
Prices at popular restaurants and restaurants in Nha Trang range from VND 250,000 to VND 400,000/kg.
5. Can Cake
Unlike pastry with the main ingredient being fried flour, Can cake uses baked rice flour. Rice is soaked with cold rice, ground into flour, then diluted, then placed on the stove in a baking mold.
Baking molds are specially designed into cup-shaped round holes with lids. A thin layer of oil is coated on the charcoal stove, then the flour is poured in with the shrimp, squid, eggs, and cover until cooked. The cake will taste better when dipped with garlic sauce. The sweetness of the sugar mingles with the sourness of lemon, the spiciness of chili served with raw vegetables, salads, basil will fascinate the taste of visitors.
Number 151, Hoang Van Thu Street: Open from 6 am to 9 pm. Price: 18,000 VND – 25,000 VND.
Number 48, Hoang Hoa Tham Street: Only open from 6 am to 12 am. Price: 16,000 VND/2 pcs.
V. Enjoy the Nha Trang nightlife
1. Walking street – Nha Trang night market
Nha Trang Night Market is not only a place to sell items but also a place for visitors to walk and feel the bustling, fresh atmosphere at night.
In the center of the coastal city formed up to 4 famous Nha Trang night markets: 46 Tran Phu Street Market, Nha Trang night market (located between Tue Tinh – Tran Quang Khai Street), Yasaka night market (by Yasaka Saigon Hotel Organized by Saigon Nha Trang), Tropicana shopping (the market is located on the campus of Hai Yen hotel). However, popular with locals and tourists, the market is crowded and the most popular is the night market at 46 Tran Phu.
The market is divided into many different areas such as food court, souvenir area, clothes, entertainment area … Here sells everything, from rustic cakes to colorful glasses of water, tea, coffee … to squid, grilled lobster. You can visit many specialty restaurants in Nha Trang that can bring back as gifts when coming here from dried seafood such as squid, yellow snapper to popular snacks such as squid fried with tamarind, burnt rice,…
The market is open until 11 pm daily but the most crowded is probably from 7 pm to 9 pm.
2. Watching the sunset of Nha Trang Bay on the cruise
There are many yachts operating on the Bay, but Emperor Cruise is known to most domestic and foreign tourists. You can enjoy the beauty of the sunset on Nha Trang Bay while having dinner on the cruise with your family or friends. The cruise serves cocktails and wines, drinks, violinists with melodious music that will help you have a relaxing moment, chatting freely with everyone.
In addition, the cruise also serves tours for visitors to explore Nha Trang.
Detail schedules and prices
3. Having fun at bars
a. Skylight Nha Trang
Skylight is also an outdoor bar in Nha Trang that is popular with young people. A special feature and makes Skylight different from other bars in Nha Trang is its location. In Skylight, you can enjoy the full beauty of the city and Nha Trang bay from above. The music at the Skylight bar Nha Trang suits those with a soft taste.
Address: 38 Tran Phu Street, Loc Tho, Nha Trang City, Khánh Hòa.
Operating hours: 09:00 –14: 00, 16:30 – 00:00
Ticket price: from 200,000 VND
b. Altitude rooftop bar
Altitude rooftop is a bar in Nha Trang located on the 28th floor of the 5-star Sheraton hotel. From the Altitude bar, you can enjoy the view of the sea at night and the bright lights of the city through the transparent glass window.
The luxurious, romantic space under the lights is also very suitable to become a dating venue for couples.
Address: 26-28 Trần Phú, Lộc Thọ, Nha Trang City, Khánh Hòa
Open time: 17:00 – 23:00
Price: from 100,000 VND. Rates on the menu are prices listed, exclusive of 10% VAT and 7% service charge.
c. Sunshine Bar
Sunshine is both a bar in Nha Trang and a Japanese restaurant. If you are of the age when you no longer like vibrant bars with bustling sounds and flashing lights, Sunshine bar is a great destination. Sunshine is a bar with no air conditioning, no noise and no smoke. The shop is located right next to the Flyboard training center, so you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy free acrobatic performances.
Address: 35.48 Ngo Den, Group 8, Thap Ba hamlet, Vinh Phuoc, Nha Trang
Open time: 11:00 – 21:00
Price: from 20,000 VND
Above are all activities that you should not miss when visiting Nha Trang. We hope you will have a wonderful and memorable holiday in our beach-city!
Explore Bai Tu Long National Park – the potential of Vietnam eco-tourism 2020
Bai Tu Long National Park consists of a marine ecosystem with two-thirds area of the national park and also home to many rare, precious genes and plants recorded in Red Data List.
1. The geographical location of Bai Tu Long National Park
Bai Tu Long National Park is a national biosphere reserve in the Bai Tu Long Bay area, Van Don district, Quang Ninh province. In 2017, the ASEAN organization officially recognized Bai Tu Long National Park as the 38th heritage park of ASEAN.
The total area of Bai Tu Long National Park is 157.8 square kilometers include 61.25 square kilometers of forest land area with more than 80 islands divided into three island groups (Ba Mun island group, Tra Ngo island group and the Sau island group) and the remaining is 96.55 square kilometers of the sea and intertidal flats.
Currently, Bai Tu Long National Park is being cared for by Vietnam’s departments in planning and promoting eco-tourism activities associated with environmental protection, expanding sightseeing routes, and stopping points as well as promoting tourism promotion activities.
2. The ecosystem of Bai Tu Long National Park
Bai Tu Long National Park converges a full range of very high biological forest ecosystems, including:
– The Evergreen broad-leaved ecosystem on limestone mountains
– The Tropical evergreen broadleaf ecosystem on land mountains
– The Mangrove Ecosystems
– The Seagrass ecosystem
– The Coral ecosystem
According to statistics, there are 2212 species (including 992 species of terrestrial organisms, 1220 species of marine organisms) of which 106 species are recorded in the Vietnam Red Book as well as the Red List of International Union for Conservation of Nature. (IUCN).
The rare and precious animals in Bai Tu Long National Park include: Sumatran serow, Spotted monkey, Clouded leopard, Indian muntjac, Small Indian civet, Large Indian civet, Hawksbill sea turtle, Dolphin, Abalone,…The rare and precious plants, including: Cycas balansae, Radix morindae officinalis, Nageia fleuryi, Hopea chinensis, Erythrophleum fordii,…In addition, there are 29 species of sea worms, 149 species of mollusks, 22 species of crustaceans and 15 species of echinoderms,…
Currently, Vietnam is implementing many projects to promote biodiversity conservation in Bai Tu Long National Park.
3. Places to visit in Bai Tu Long National Park
In addition to the high value of biodiversity, Bai Tu Long National Park also has many beautiful and pristine landscapes for you to explore, learn and relax, immersed in nature:
a. Cai De Cave
The cave is in the form of Cartesians with a length of about 300-400m, the widest width of the cave is about 50m. Cai De Cave goes through a limestone mountain range which is considered to be one of the largest caves discovered in Bai Tu Long Bay.
By the time the water rises, the water will flood up to the top of the cave, so if you want to go deep inside the cave you can take a small boat when the water is low.
You should also note that paddle into the cave about 100m is a shallow area, then you have to carry the boat about ten meters to continue to grow, so make sure your group has about 4-5 healthy people or more. Paddle for about 10 minutes to reach the cave’s entrance, in front of the cave is a perennial mangrove forest and home of many rare animals.
b. Ba Mun Island eco-zone
Located 15 km from the shore, close to Quan Lan Island, Ba Mun Island has an area of about 18 km2 with a length of more than 20 km, a narrow width, running along the East-West direction.
Ba Mun is one of the islands with the most diverse ecosystems in Bai Tu Long National Park with rich forests and rich flora and fauna. The precious wood species found here include Madhuca Pasquier, Erythrophleum fordii,…and many perennial trees with large diameters.
Ba Mun Island is definitely a must-visit for nature lovers who want to learn more about plants and animals.
c. Bat Cave – Tra Ngo Lon Island
Located in Cai Lim area of Tra Ngo Lon Island, Bat Cave valley has more than 100,000 square meters of mangroves with many freshwater and saltwater creatures. The terrain of Bat Cave Valley is not directly in contact with seawater. Located at the end of the mangrove forest is the Bat Cave – home to thousands of Bats.
d. Minh Chau beach
To come here, you can go from Cam Pha to Cai Rong port (about 9 km) then from Cai Rong port you go by canoe (takes about 45 minutes) or by train/ferry (takes about 2.5 hours) To Quan Lan Island, Minh Chau beach is about 15 km from Quan Lan beach.
Minh Chau is famous for its long natural white sand and attractive blue water. During the peak season from April to July every year, on the beach, you can see the “Ninja” hunting Sa Sung (a type of sea worm, belonging to the deep-rooted family, whose scientific name is Sipunculus nudus Linnaeus). Sa Sung is used mainly to spice up “Pho” as well as processed in many specialties in Quang Ninh.
If you have the opportunity to discover Minh Chau, you definitely have to try dishes made from Sa Sung here and can buy dried Sa Sung as a gift for family or friends.
4. Some notes when visiting Bai Tu Long National Park
– The ideal time to visit Bai Tu Long National Park is from March to May and from August to October to combine to explore other nearby places of Bai Tu Long Bay. You should avoid going in June – July because this time is often stormy, stormy.
– You need to bring insect bites to prevent when visiting primeval forests or caves.
– Always apply sunscreen when bathing and trekking to protect your skin.
Bai Tu Long National Park is truly a destination not to be missed if you have the opportunity to visit Quang Ninh. Hopefully, the above information we have just provided will help you have a great experience and memorable memories with friends/relatives in Bai Tu Long National Park.