The Promenade

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The Tourist Center building
  

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.

Art at the 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.

North beach
Several of the obviously oldest eateries and coffee shops nestle in deep shade while the finer high-rise, five-star hotels line that stretch of Tran Phu Street. The tiled walkways extend about two miles north to the Tran Phu Bridge. Fountains, monuments, open-air gazebos, smaller plazas, and even children's play areas break up the entire length of the park nicely.

 

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.

 

 

acowboy says:
i am truly jealous
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009
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The Tourist Center building
The Tourist Center building
Art at the beach
Art at the beach
North beach
North beach
Exotic trees and sculptures
Exotic trees and sculptures
Sculptures
Sculptures
Granite sculpture
Granite sculpture
Between Tran Phu and the beach
Between Tran Phu and the beach
Fountain
Fountain
Looking south
Looking south
Walkways
Walkways
Manicured trees
Manicured trees
Shapes
Shapes
Siesta
Siesta
The Cultural Center building
The Cultural Center building
South of the plaza
South of the plaza
The promenade
The promenade
Trails in the park
Trails in the park
Walks and benches
Walks and benches
April 2 Square from 4th floor
April 2 Square from 4th floor
North from 3rd floor
North from 3rd floor
Promenade north
Promenade north
Nha Trang
photo by: rotorhead85