Ponagar Cham Tower, Long Son Pagoda & Embroidery

4.5 hours | Nha Trang | N H A - 2 0 0
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Points of Interest

  • Nha Trang beach
  • Ponagar Cham Towers
  • Long Son Pagoda
  • Cho Dam Market
  • Chong Promontory
Shopping Opportunities, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Board your motorcoach at the pier and begin your half-day excursion with a scenic drive to your first stop. Arriving at the Xom Bong Bridge, you'll disembark for the opportunity to view and photograph a charming fishing village and its colorful boats.

Continuing to the historic Ponagar Cham Tower, you'll stand in awe before the best preserved relic of the thousand-year-long Champa dynasty. A commanding presence overlooking the Cai River, the complex boasts four intricately carved towers set amidst lush tropical gardens. Each of the towers reveals a different architectural style indicating that they were built over an extended period of time between the seventh and 12th centuries A.D.

The largest was built in 817 A.D and contains a statue dedicated to Ponagar, or Lady Thien Y-ana, the beautiful wife of Prince Bac Hai. Legend has it that she was born into a peasant family in Khanh Hoa province and that spirits assisted her when she sailed on a drift piece of sandalwood to China.

Here she married a Chinese crown prince. When she wanted to return to Champa, the Prince refused to let her go. Angered, she flung the sandalwood into the ocean, disappeared with her two children, and reappeared at Nha Trang where her family embraced her.

When the Chinese prince tried to follow her back to Nha Trang, she turned him and his fleet into stone. It is said that Lady Thien Y-ana taught new agricultural and weaving techniques to the people of the area, and in gratitude they built the tower to honor her.

The central tower in the complex is dedicated to Cri Cambhu, and is thought to bless devotees with fertility. The northwest tower honors Sandhaka, a wood cutter and foster father to Ponagar, and the south tower is dedicated to Ganeca, Ponagar's daughter.

To this day Cham, ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists come to Ponagar to pray and make offerings, according to their respective traditions. This site has a continuing religious significance, so be sure to remove your shoes before entering.

Leaving the Cham Tower, your excursion continues to the Hon Chong Promontory, a small, rocky peninsula that juts out into the South China Sea and offers fine views of the bay, the coast and the offshore islands.
At Long Son Pagoda, dragon-shaped balustrades flank the entrance and lead the way into an imposing sanctuary decorated with murals and images of the Buddha. Behind the pagoda sits an enormous white Buddha built in 1965. The Buddha commemorates those monks who protested the abuses of the Diem regime by setting themselves aflame.

A visit to a silk embroidery workshop provides a fascinating glimpse into the ancient Vietnamese art of picture embroidery. Marvel as skilled artisans illustrate a dazzling array of subjects ranging from mythology to scenes of everyday life. Then enjoy a stop at a local center where you can enjoy refreshments, browse for souvenirs and applaud a cultural performance.

Returning to Nha Trang, you'll drive through the downtown district, enjoying views of the cathedral, the small shops, and the few remaining French colonial-era buildings.

Special Notes:

At the Cham Tower and Long Son Pagoda visitors must climb at least two flights of stairs - 70 steps each way.

Roads are unpaved and may be dusty or damp depending on weather conditions the day the ship is in port.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a photo stop for the Xom Bong Bridge

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:10
Inside visit:
No
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Inside visit of the Ponagar Cham Tower

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:05
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Steps:
70
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Visit the Hon Chong Promontory

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:20
Inside visit:
No
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Free time at the Dam Market

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
20
Inside visit:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Inside visit of the Long Son Pagoda

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Steps:
15
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes

Inside visit of the Silk Embroidery Workshop

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Steps:
3
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Free time for shopping, refreshments, and a cultural performance

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:05
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:10