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Vietnam with isís great cities of Hanoi and Saigon, wonderful cruising around Halong Bay and magnificent beaches of Hoi An and Nha Trang makes this country a must see destination. Do it soon.....
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Nha Trang overview
The city of Nha Trang has become more popular with tourists in recent years This resort town is well known for its miles of beach and the friendliness of its people. The city is flanked by nearly ten kilometers of prime beach where the water is warm year round. The average temperature in Nha Trang is 26 C. Nha Trang also has the lowest level of humidity in all of Vietnam. Nha Trang has several famous islands. Most notable are Hon Tre, Hon Yen, Hon Rua and the Spratly islands.
The name Nha Trang is a Vietnamese pronunciation of a Cham word Eatran or Yjatan. Ea or Yja means river, and tran means reed. According to the locals, there once were a lot of reeds along Ngoc Hoi river. The river winds its way through the town. Ngoc Hoi was later renamed Nha Trang river.
Another theory of the origin of Nha Trang's name has a more amusing twist. Long ago, in this part of the country, all the houses were made out of the reeds and mud gathered from Ngoc Hoi river. The only house that was made out of bricks was the house belonging to Dr. Yersin, a French immunologist who made his home here. The house itself was painted prominently white and could be seen by ships out at sea. There was a foreign vessel sailing by. The captain asked his translator where he was. The translator not knowing where they were but could see the white house in the distance blurted out Nha Trang or white house in Vietnamese. The captain duly noted on his chart Nha Trang, and the captain's name for this part of the country stuck.
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