Pictures at an Exhibition
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Nha Trang may be known as the beach capital of Vietnam but there are a few sights to see as well. We have a north-bound train booked for tonight so have the day to see the best of the town.
Just north of the harbour on a small hill overlooking the sea are the Cham temples. We had heard of the Cham empire from our time at Angkor Wat but had not yet come across any sights from this once powerful civilisation. The Cham temple in Nha Trang is not particularly impressive, at least when compared to Angkor Wat but is worth the visit. It consists of 5 towers, 3 of which are still standing, each of which is still in use as a place of worship. The architecture is not dis-similar to that of the Rolous temples at Angkor being built of reddish brick.
We walk back into town past the harbour where fish are laid out in the sun to dry. There are some good catches and some large fish. One marlin had been sawn into 3 pieces so it could be stacked into a cyclo for transport to the market. It brings a new answer to the old question of "Does a fish need a bicycle".
On our way through town we stop at Long Thanh's photo gallery. His photos of contempory Vietnamese life all taken in black and white have won many awards and we can see why. On a hill near the railway station is a large budda and nearby a buddist temple. On our way back to the front we call in at the local museum. The museum itself is not that interesting but the girls in charge are keen to practise their English so we end up giving them a short English lesson.
Back on the beach front we run into an Australian couple we met in the Mekong delta who are also on the evening train. It's a small world sometimes.