During our recent visit to Vietnam we had a free day and were looking for fun things to do in Nha Trang so we decided to take the kids to see some Cham Towers. We had visited some other Cham Towers last time we were there but I had seen Po Nagar Cham Towers from the road on the way in to Nha Trang after our wonderful stay at An Lam Resort at Ninh Van Bay. Po Nagar is a Hindu temple dating back to 781.
It was very hot while we were in Nha Trang and as September has the highest rainfall it meant that it was also very humid. The kids were struggling coming straight out of Melbourne’s coldest winter in 20 odd years. This unfortunately meant that the kids were a bit cranky and tired so I wanted to stay close to Nha Trang.
We had spent the day before swimming and enjoying lunch at the Evason Ana Mandara Resort, the only beach front resort in Nha Trang.
To book your own experience I highly recommend using Klook Nha Trang City Half Day Tour, you’ll secure a competitive price and it will ensure you get the date that you are looking for. This will also ensure you get an English speaking guide and you will be better able to understand the history of the ruins.
The Po Nagar Cham Towers are on the outskirts of Nha Trang, about 3kms from the train station and are easily visible from the road on your way into town.
The kids were grumpy this day and were not at all interested in listening to the guide. Luckily she could see that the kids were a bit feral and she would explain the main points of the tour to either Craig and I while the other dealt with the kids and she was happy enough to repeat it again when we swapped over. Her english was great and once we entered the temples the kids started to engage a little better. Once they had an ice cream at the end there was a huge improvement in their behaviour, maybe we should have started with that!
I knew the kids were going to struggle with this type of holiday especially after we visited Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park last year, but also believe that we can’t always cater holidays to suit them. This was a holiday of many cultural experiences and they soon came to enjoy and appreciate this less child focussed holiday and I believe they got a lot out of it.
Po Nagar Temple is one of many scattered around the countryside in Vietnam. We found Vietnam very easy to get around. You are able to get trains from HCMC in the south all the to Hanoi and even Sapa in the very north. Its a great way to see the country if you have the time.
We flew from Nha Trang to HCMC with VietJet Airlines and we did a lot of other family friendly activities such as, Vietnamese Water Puppet Show which provides a little history of Vietnam through traditional puppetry, Mekong Delta Tour which provided them with experiencing life on the river, Cu Chi Tunnels Tour explains the tunnelling system used by the VietCon during the Vietnam War and a Walking Saigon Tour around District 1 taking in many of the main tours. We didn’t visit the North of Vietnam on this trip, but we are keen to return and take the kids to other parts of the country that we also loved.
Sal & Co.