Nha Trang Half-Day Tour: Oceanographic Museum, Dam Market

Tours & Sightseeing in Nha Trang

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A blissful beach destination often comes with its own, unique sites to explore, and Nha Trang is no exception. From seeing into what the ocean has to offer at one of the leading centres to wandering spiritual landmarks fill a half day easily.
With a backdrop of mountains, numerous deserted islands and kilometres of white sandy beaches it is hard not to enjoy the benefits of such an idyllic location – we’re talking about Vietnam’s Nha Trang, of course. Its pristine location alongside swaying palm trees, beaches that demand some relaxation time, and within driving distance from the former capital Ho Chi Minh City (450 kilometres), this beach side town draws a crowd for showing the finer side of life. Nha Trang is perhaps slightly less blessed with cultural sights and centres as bigger Vietnamese destinations such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but this Vietnamese beach interlude has enough to provide for some decent snapshot material for those wanting to take home good visual memories of their holiday destination. The towers of Thap Ba Ponagar, Loc Tho Pagoda and the Oceanographic Institute are undoubtedly the most popular cultural sight on offer is captured during this 4 hour morning or afternoon tour.Your English speaking guide and driver will pick you up for this 4 -hour tour along Nha Trang’s famed sights and sounds.  Our morning (or afternoon) starts with a visit to the Oceanographic Institute. Founded in 1923, the institute is home to many colourful specimens of local marine life. It has an aquarium, a specimen room and a library that is open to public. Located behind the main building, the large hall preserves hundreds of interesting specimens of sea birds and fish, corals and remains of other marine creatures.Following this insight in the aquatic part of Nha Trang, the Loc Tho Pagoda is a sight that cannot be missed. Situated just outside Nha Trang city centre, this place of worship offers also shelter for orphans and those children not as privileged to sustain and being properly supported by their families. Touring this holy site will include taking a peek into the daily lives of these youngsters and how they are supported by local nuns and voluntary teachers from across the region. It is this difference that makes a visit to the Loc Tho Pagoda such a heart-warming oneFollowing this ‘giving-back-to-society’ stop, we pay homage at the Po Nagar Cham Towers in our next Nha Trang site, a sacred Hindu site dating back to the 2nd century AD. The towers were built between the 7th and 12th centuries and today, it is still a place of pilgrimage for Cham and Vietnamese Buddhists. The towers are named in honour of the former Cham Princess who introduced her people to profitable weaving and wet rice cultivation techniques.Our tour ends at the Dam market in the center of Nha Trang - one of Vietnams' most interesting local markets.  There's a colourful selection of local produce. Fruit, vegetables and seafood are the most common but you will also see dried seahorses and lizards - popular specialties of Nha Trang!

What’s included

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Entry/Admission - Long Son Pagoda
  • Entry/Admission - Po Nagar Cham Towers
  • Entry/Admission - National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam

What’s not included

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Surcharge for guide during TET (Vietnamese New Year)
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)
  • Any donations made to the foundation supporting the Loc Tho Pagoda for the betterment of the residing children.


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide