Drive on a panoramic route down a lush mountain pass to the coastal plains of the Central Vietnam. The highland crops of coffee, tea and vegetables are replaced with that of tobacco, grapes and rice as the road moves into dry climate. Follow the coast, passing salt ponds and vivid green rice fields to Nha Trang.
After the breakfast, descending to the coastal city of Nha Trang
. Drive on a panoramic route down a lush mountain pass to the coastal plains of the Central Vietnam. The highland crops of coffee, tea and vegetables are replaced with that of tobacco, grapes and rice as the road moves into dry climate. Soon you will find yourself in Nha Trang, arguably the most beautiful beach in the country, with white sand and blue sea.. Be greeted then transported onward to Nha Trang.
After a short break, embark on a boat tour along the Cai River
with your local guide. The traditional shallow skiff cruises up river along bamboo forest and large, luscious leaves. Local villagers cast nets into the water to catch a variety of fish. The scent of incense emanates from the local homes. Ancestor worship is common and an important part of everyday life. You can see the small wisp of smoke rising from the small family altar when you visit a local villager’s home.
After lunch, take on a leisurely cyclo tour of Nha Trang
. Stops will be made at the outside of the Nha Trang Cathedral
and the Ponagar Temple
as well as at the main harbour. Several different stops can be made (upon request) to sample some of the renowned Nha Trang street food and local specialities, including ‘banh can’ (a grilled round rice cake), nem nuong (Nha Trang style Fresh Spring Rolls), and grilled sea shells.
If your energy allows, pay a visit to XQ Hand Embroidery
, an elaborate yet traditional Vietnamese courtyard looking out to the sea and admire the embroidery on display. It is here that you can see masterpieces unravelling before your eyes upstairs where artisans embroider for hours on end. Some of the embroidery is so realistic that it resembles photographs.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a private mineral mud bath
before settling into the beachside hotel in the evening. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Nha Trang.