Day 61 of 111. Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nha Trang is a town with many beautiful beaches. We saw visitors from everywhere in their beach attire heading to the sun and water. We first visited an embroidery shop. On many of these excursions, we get dropped off at a jade factory or jewelry mart, but the embroidery in this shop was exquisite. We saw embroidered pictures in China as well. This shop has ladies working on pieces and you are given a quick introduction to the craft. People were picking up nice smaller pictures for between $100-$150. Of course Ron’s favorite picture cost over $1800!
Next, we went to the Long Son Pagoda, a Buddhist temple with mosaic dragons decorating the entry and roof. Ron climbed the 152 steps to visit the huge white Buddah sitting in a lotus flower. I stayed below and poked around the temple (take your shoes off) and saw the beautiful statues. In 1963, two Buddhist monks set themselves on fire to protest the Vietnam War. There are shrines to them as well as information about them on the bottom of the white Buddah.
The third stop was the Po Nagar Cham Towers. The ancient Cham people built these towers between the 7th and 12th centuries. This is a Hindu temple. Ron saw some dancers behind the towers.
Our last stop was very exciting for me, the Dam Market which is a giant two-story market complex that can accommodate 6,000 shoppers. We wandered through the small stalls and bought a couple of t-shirts, a belt, and a thumb drive. We