April 2 Square and Tram Huong Tower
Nha Trang, Vietnam
April 2 Square and Tram Huong Tower Nha Trang Reviews
April 2 Square and Tram Huong Tower Nov 22, 2010
The lotus-shaped Tram Huong (Visitor's) Tower on the north end of April 2 Square is a handy reference point if it is your first visit to Nha Trang. They are located mid-point on Nha Trang Beach and the tower is visible from several miles in either direction.
The Sheraton and other up-scale hotels lay to the north as well as the Khanh Hoa and Yersin Museums, main post office, the Tran Phu Bridge, Ponagar Cham Towers, and other beaches beyond the Cai River. The main road inland, directly across Tran Phu boulevard from the tower, leads to the Nha Trang Cathedral, train station, bus station, Long Son Pagoda and its Big Buddha statue, and on out to Highway 1. The most popular beaches, near the Sailing Club and the Louisiane Brewhouse are to the south, (that's to the right as you face the South China Sea). Beyond those, you can find the old airport (now a military field), a concrete fishing pier, the Hung Dao statue, the Oceanographic Museum, and finally the terminal for a cable car that runs out to Hon Tre Island. The primary traveler restaurants, bars, hotels, and guesthouses are mostly within the nearby area two blocks south and two blocks inland from the square and tower.
If you can catch the Visitor's Tower open, it is well worth a visit. It has stairs and an elevator to the 4th floor. Views are nice out over the square, the impressive Cultural Center building across the street, and to the palm-lined beaches. There was an art display on my one visit. City maps are more readily available at many of the restaurants and other businesses in town, free of charge.
Stages are set up on April 2 Square each Christmas, New Years, and Tet (lunar new year) holidays as well as for numerous other festive events throughout the year. April 2 Square takes its name from April 2, 1975, the day Kanh Hoa Province became liberated during the final weeks of the Vietnam war (known as the American war here).
A word of caution: unfortunately, the square is a popular draw for would-be thieves. If anyone approaches you (usually a man and a woman on a motorbike) remain alert as they are only looking for a bag, phone, or camera to snatch and run.
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