We are very seasoned travellers and Remote Lands certainly delivered on our recent trip to Indochina.
A lively coastal city, Nha Trang overlooks the aquamarine waters of the South China Sea. While the city today is a modern, pleasant town, the area itself was quiet and undeveloped until the arrival of the French - who immediately set about transforming it into a seaside resort. Even during the turmoil of the Vietnam War, Nha Trang was a popular vacation destination for soldiers on leave; this trend continues today with an influx of tourists and sightseers.
While Nha Trang,s main beach is perhaps not as radiant as it once was, there are a number of sandy areas nearby that are still exceedingly beautiful, including the secluded, quiet Doc Let beach. Most visitors to the area frequent Nha Trang,s luxury resorts, the best of which is the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, which features quiet, secluded villas with panoramic views of the nearby South China Sea. Additionally, another famous sight is the Po Nagar Towers, a series of monuments dating back to the Cham Empire, a Hindu civilization that once ruled much of southern Vietnam.
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Built by the Champa kingdom, a Hindu realm which ruled much of central and southern Vietnam for almost a millennia, the Po Nagar Towers were named after Devi, the fierce, many-armed Hindu goddess. Consisting of a series of engraved steles commemorating events from various Cham kings, the Po Nagar Towers serve as a repository of historical events and knowledge of a bygone kingdom. The towers comprise four structures that ring Cu Lao Mountain, and provide visitors sweeping views of the beach and sea.
Alexandre Yersin Museum
Housed in the former residence of the Swiss-French bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin, best-known for isolating the bacterium that caused bubonic plague, the museum contains several of Yersin’s historical artifacts and possessions. Yersin, who was born in Switzerland, spent his final years in Nha Trang, where his good works, including the establishment of a medical school in Hanoi and his efforts against malaria, brought him wide acclaim and respect from the Vietnamese people.
Nha Trang Cathedral
Built in the early twentieth century, the beautiful Nha Trang Cathedral is situated atop a hill that overlooks the city. The interior of the cathedral is a bright, airy, well-lit place, replete with colorful stained glass windows, high, vaulted arches, and a domed ceiling.
Home to a tribe of monkeys who have long been accustomed to interaction with humans, Monkey Island is an easy day trip to Nha Trang. While the simians are undoubtedly cute, they are still wild animals – and cunning creatures who live to snatch food and possessions off unwary tourists.
Given its location near the bountiful, clear waters of the South China Sea, Nha Trang is Vietnam’s premier scuba diving and snorkeling site. The area is home to a number of dive sites that feature soft and hard corals, polychrome tropical fish, manta rays, and a variety of species of sharks.
A quick day trip from Nha Trang, Doc Let is a quiet, beautiful beach that lacks the crowds and pollution found throughout Nha Trang. Dine on freshly caught seafood, prepared beachside by local fishermen, lay on the sand, or go for a ride in a locally-made basket boat.
Basket Boat Rides
Native to the area, basket boats are small, shell-like craft woven from strips of bamboo and waterproofed with a coating of pitch. Similar to western coracles, basket boats can seat approximately five people, though their shallow draft and light weight often means that they can be easily tipped over.
Aman and Remote Lands have combined to offer an extraordinary private jet journey across Asia on March 6-20, 2017 including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, The Philippines and Japan. Sixteen guests will fly on two Gulfstream private jets and stay in five Aman in Vinh Hy Bay, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Palawan and Tokyo. All touring is private and each couple has their own private car, driver and guide for touring, and we will all come together at night for highly convivial cocktail parties and special dinners.
A wellness holiday like no other, from September 18 - October 3, 2017, embark on this journey to find the perfect balance of luxury, rejuvenation and adventure. Starting in Bali, you’ll be whisked on to the Philippines and finally Vietnam, using the tour’s private jet and staying at Aman’s collection of resorts.
Take an exhilarating 15-day luxury bike journey through Vietnam’s beautiful countryside and along its stunning coastline. You’ll travel up the coast from Saigon, stopping along the way for private boat trips, sightseeing, shopping at local markets, and to rest your head in some of the country’s most luxury hotels.
Amanoi, open in September 2013, is located in the stunning conservation area of Vinh Hy Bay, one of Vietnam’s most sought-after coasts. Its contemporary rooms, suites, and villas, are extremely well-appointed, providing not only stunning coastal views, but also modern comforts effortlessly blended with traditional Vietnamese touches to lend the entire resort a strong sense of place amidst luxurious surroundings. The restaurant, bar, and beach club, serve up some of Vietnam’s finest and freshest foods, along with a tempting selection of cocktails and other refreshments. Guests can spend some time in the resort’s breathtaking spa, in its state-of-the-art-gym, and enjoying a languid swim in its pools and ocean to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and best of all, totally relaxed. Snorkeling is a crowd favorite in Vinh Hy Bay, and the resort is fully-equipped for those who wish to partake.
Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay
Set on Ninh Van Bay and overlooking the South China Sea, the Six Senses Hideaway, an Ana Mandara property, is one of Vietnam's most beautiful resorts. With its white sand beach and towering mountains behind, the Six Senses offers visitors amazing scenery in the lap of luxury. Accessible only by water, the 58 pool villas are situated on the beach front, on the hillside and over rock formations in which private swimming pools have been crafted. Several hilltop villas located near the Six Senses Spa have personal Spa Suites. Dining options abound; you may dine in the property's three restaurants or privately in your villa, on the beach, or anywhere on the grounds and even on secluded islands nearby. Seafood is locally caught and all produce is organic and grown in Dalat, a 3-hour drive away. On-site amenities include the Six Senses Spa, a fitness center, tennis, volleyball and badminton courts and a library with Internet access. The Six Senses is ideal for water sport enthusiasts as there is a PADI dive center on the grounds that operates from February to October (from November to January, diving can be done through outfitters not directly affiliated with the Six Senses), and windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling and fishing are also possible. From Nha Trang's airport, it takes 60-minutes by car to the Six Senses Hideaway Lounge in Nha Trang City. It is then a short 20-minute boat ride to Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay.