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Nha Trang has seven kilometers of beach. Mid-point is roughly the spacious tiled plaza (April 2 Square)across Tran Phu Street from the massive Cultural Center building with its Gothic-like square tower. At the northern perimeter of the square, a more prominent landmark stands out. The Tourist Information building appears tall and round, cocooned in petals like a giant flower, its fourth floor peak the bud waiting to blossom. The pink and tan colors are a bit ungainly, but hopefully they are primers - it's a new building. An elevator and spiral stairs lead to four floors of tourist information, Arts and Crafts for sale, and colorful artwork displays. The fourth floor houses a small shrine. A door to an upper outdoor area was locked. All floors provided nice views of Nha Trang and the building is clearly visible from the entire length of beach.
South from April 2 Square, a green park stretches for a good mile or more between Tran Phu and the beach. Manicured lawns are cut by a distorted web of tiled walkways around granite sculptures and exotic landscaping. Park benches line the ways under trees neatly trimmed into shapes of pyramids, globes, discs, boxes, cylinders, and mushrooms. Coconut palms sway in the breeze. People stroll or linger in air that breathes cool and fresh. The wooded trails continue around the Sailing Club with its popular beachside terrace, the Louisiane Brewhouse which is known for its microbrewery and swimming pool, and past several water parks.
North from the Tourist Center, the park continues through older growth of taller palms and shadier shrubs and trees.
Whether riding a bike or walking, north or south, under sunny skies or cloud, the woodland promenade makes an idyllic transition between the growing city of Nha Trang and the timeless South China Sea. The park sets Nha Trang Beach apart from others and surly contributes to the area being ranked among the Most Beautiful Bays in the World.