Monday, 26 November 2012

31st Oct Nha Trang Vietnam

Woke up around 0630hrs sailing in towards Nha Trang, limestone green islands off our starboard
bow .  No sign of any birds yet.Tea arrived 0700hrs  as did a White bellied sea eagle.
From the Navigator over night the Diamond Princess continued along the coast of Vietnam
this morning we will embark our local pilot before entering Nha Trang,once on board we
proceed to our anchorage a short distance before Vin Pearl cable car which links Hon Tre Island with
Nha Trang,we then launch our tenders to go ashore.
Around 0845hrs we took the tender to the harbour where we boarded our bus to Long Son Pagoda,dragon shaped balusrades lead the way to an imposing sactuary decorated with murals
and images of the Buddha.Behind the Pagoda sits an enormous Buddha built in 1965.
The   statue commemorates those monks who protested the abuses of the Diem regime by setting themselves alight.
 Next the Pongar Cham tower complex the best reserved relic of the Thousand Year Long Champa Dynasty a few birds were present here. Chinese bulbuls in the trees.
 On to the coast at Hon Chong a lovely peninsula where we flushed a Striated heron before heading to Dam market for shopping. Finally got the tender back to the ship.

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