Nha Trang is situated in Vietnam's southern Champa Kingdom along the Song Cai River. In ancient times, this southern region was once a peaceful Champa settlement. It was attacked by the Vietnamese at the end of the 15th century, though it remained under Champa control until the mid 17th century when the Nguyen Lords of Hue took possession. From the city of Nha Trang, several ancient Cham Towers can be visited, each revealing details of the unique culture of the Chams.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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The ancient civilizations of Vietnam are yours to discover during this scenic tour of Nha Trang.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive to Nha Trang, a lovely, serene little town spread out along the length of a beautiful sandy beach, with a backdrop of hills and rocky outcrops. Upon arrival, a stop will be made at Long Son Pagoda, founded in the late-19th century, and re-built several times since. It is adorned by an entranceway and roofs that are decorated with mosaic dragons made of glass and ceramic tile, and is currently home to fewer than ten monks. From the Pagoda, you will have an opportunity to climb the 152 stone steps leading to the giant white Buddha seated on a lotus blossom. Superb views of the entire city can be observed from the platforms around the 40-foot-tall Buddha, which was built in 1963. Next, you will walk across Ha Ra Bridge to photograph the abundance of fishing boats moored in the shallow Nha Trang Harbor. These boats are brightly-painted in blue and red, and a very colorful sight indeed.
From the harbor, you will continue on to see the Po Nagar Cham Towers. The tower complex has been well preserved, the Towers are evidence of the ancient Cham civilization built between the 7th and 12th centuries on a site used for Hindu worship. Today, both ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists come to Po Nagar to pray. You will then proceed to the center of Nha Trang for a visit to the Dam market, where you will find local produce, fruit, vegetables and seafood. After browsing through the Dam market, you can shop for souvenirs, then relax and enjoy a refreshing coconut drink at one of Nha Trang's beautiful beachfront cafes. Some time will be made here for a quick swim or sunbathing on the sandy beach.
Your tour concludes with a stop at the beautiful XQ embroidery workshop. Here, you will admire the skill and creativity of hundreds of Vietnamese artists crafting their embroidered works of art before rejoining your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.
Please note: This tour inlcudes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Shoes must be removed before entering any of the four remaining towers at Po Nagar. Guests wishing to go swimming should wear their swimsuit under their clothing. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.
Explore the picturesque sites of Vietnam during this scenic and informative pedicab ride through Nha Trang.
Nha Trang is one of the largest tourist destinations in Vietnam, and home to the 29th most beautiful bay in the world. With its splendid pine trees and excellent tourist facilities, Tran Phu is considered to be the most stunning street in Nha Trang. On one side you will find the exquisite ocean; the other side features splendid buildings, hotels and restaurants. Along the beach you will find various campsites, famous resorts, a water park and much more.
Depart Nha Trang port by coach for a short drive to the pedicab park, passing by the Oceanographic institute and King Bao Dai's villas. Take your individual pedicab to begin your guided tour of the downtown area. You will receive a routing map of Nha Trang, a bottle of water and a set of headphones to listen to your guide's narrative regarding the local sites to be seen. You will then proceed along the popular downtown streets, and view many famous destinations along the way. Photo stops will be made at the most important sites along the main street.
Your tour concludes at the Dam market, selling local product and seafood but also souvenirs. Enjoy free time to browse at your own leisure before being transferred back to the ship.
Please note: Guests who opt to remain in town after the tour can take a taxi (at own cost) back to the ship. Each guest will receive one pedicab, set of headphones, bottle of water and routing map of Nha Trang. Supplier might requests that participants sign a waiver before pedicab ride. After a stop to browse through the Dam market at your own leisure, you will be transferred back to the ship.
Enjoy an in-depth look at rural life in Vietnam during this half-day visit to the farms, homes, schools and villages that dot the green countryside.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive about 9 miles from downtown Nha Trang to the green countryside marked by vast rice fields, fruit gardens and majestic mountains on the horizon. Upon arrival, you will see buffaloes eating grass, ducks feeding on rice grains and farmers toiling in the field.
A stop will be made at a local temple dedicated to the god believed to bestow good luck on the villagers. Many generations of local ancestors are worshipped here, and the altar is decorated with the candles and incense that symbolize the universe. You will then drive along a small village road to enjoy wonderful photo opportunities of the rice fields, mountains, buffaloes and more.
Next, you will visit a farmer's house to view how they live, raise domestic animals, cook food, get water from the well, plant fruit, and worship their ancestors. You will also see unusual tropical trees growing in the garden. From here, you will visit a local market, providing they are still open. Inside the village, a visit will also be made to visit a local family weaving floor mats in sedge, or baskets in banana leaves. You will then stop at a local coffee shop to enjoy a coconut drink, and sample some locally-grown tropical fruit before continuing on to visit a local pagoda. The monks will welcome you, and show you how they live, worship Buddha and train themselves in Buddhist principles.
Your tour concludes with a visit to a local rice paper workshop, where locals also make rice cakes to sell to locals for their breakfast. Afterward, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.