Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Nha Trang, Vietnam (October 22-23, 2008)

Nha Trang is an important port and popular beach resort along Vietnam's South-Central coast. While most visitors come to enjoy the miles of beaches, countless offshore islands and top-rated diving, Nha Trang boasts a number of historical sights that are well worth visiting.
Nha Trang's main beach stretches for six kilometers, with a manicured, tree-lined walkway reminiscent of Santa Monica, California. In this photo, dark storm clouds gather over the South China Sea.
A woman embroiders a beautiful silk panel at a Nha Trang gallery. I was impressed by the incredible detail and vibrant colors of the finished pieces.
Have helmet, will travel. The motorcycle taxi is ubiquitous throughout Vietnam; here I am ready to ride with my very own new helmet, bought in Saigon.
This large (9m-high) Buddha, seated on a lotus flower, crowns the hill behind Long Son Pagoda
The contented face of Long Son Pagoda's reclining Buddha; Long Son Pagoda was founded in the late 19th century and still serves as a working monasteryColorful sea critters at the National Oceanographic Museum; the museum also has 60,000 not-so-colorful pickled specimens on display

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