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the 300 years old tree on the way to old town

On our first day in Nha Trang, the tour guide suggested us to go for a city tour. The plan was to visit the old town, pagoda, some churches, and also a waterfall. But then we found out we cannot go to see the waterfall because it's still under renovation from the last flood. There was a leak in the waterpath, some crocodiles from a farm nearby has been tresspasing it thus they need to make sure all crocodiles has been captured and make the waterfall safe.

So we started our trip by visiting the old town, which has 4 gates. The gates was made long long time ago, to separate the rich and the poor. The rich lived inside the gate, and the poor used to live outside the fate. During French colonial (basically war), most of the people then moved inside the gate to the old town center to have more protection.

me, making traditional carpet
Originally there was 8 gates, but due to the war and also maybe aging, now only 2 from those originally 8 that left (west and east gate). Vietnamese government built another two on the south and the north but that was only about 20 years ago and that make it 4 of what we see now.

Then from this gate, we went to the mineral water source, where we can dip ourself enjoying the warmth of water coming from the ground. The place was not so fancy, but it was OK. Then we continued to see the biggest pagoda in Nha Trang called Long Son (Mountain Dragon) where there was a big buddha statue with several monks listed below it. These monk which their face are located below the big statue was burning themselves somewhere in 1962 or 1963 (cannot remember the detail) during the time where Buddhist was banned being exist in Vietnam.

the old gate
There was also the sleeping Buddha statue, where it was the time when he died and he decided not to die facing upward as normal. He wanted to look aside because even when he died, he will still thinking about his people and not facing the sky to be closer to God only.

After the pagoda, we had lunch beside the river, in a small restaurant called Bach My. Very nice but many people are doing karaoke, so a little bit of noice around. Then we ended our trip for the day by visiting a traditional carpet making (made from some kind of dried grass). Me and my friend even tried to do it ourselves. On the way back to city center, we passed by a sugar factory and 200 yers old house - we made un planned stop and took some pictures. The owner of the house served us some fruits and tea, a very nice lady.

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the 300 years old tree on the way …
the 300 years old tree on the way…
me, making traditional carpet
me, making traditional carpet
the old gate
the old gate
the expert making carpet
the expert making carpet
Buddha Statue in Long Son pagoda
Buddha Statue in Long Son pagoda
brown sugar factory
brown sugar factory
the 200 years old house
the 200 years old house
tea, kept inside coconut to keep i…
tea, kept inside coconut to keep …
tropical fruits
tropical fruits
Bach My restaurant
Bach My restaurant
Nha Trang
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