There are distant places that deserve a visit, not only for the beauty of the landscapes, but also for the warmth of the people and the sensations that the environment you are visiting can convey.
The Hon Khoi salt flats in central Vietnam are one of the must-see attractions near Nha Trang, the Vietnamese coastal city known for its long white beaches, crystal clear sea, luxury resorts and fascinating historical sites in the area.
The Hon Khoi salt flats are part of those rural areas that have remained intact over time, where the locals still work laboriously with the simple techniques of the past.
The Hon Khoi salt flats still produce more than 700,000 tons of salt a year today.
The sea water is pumped into the salt flats where the sun plays an important role.
The higher the lighting and the heat, the faster the water evaporation process and, consequently, the salt extraction process.
It is hard work, but for the inhabitants of the neighboring villages it is a source of income and pride.
When to go
The Hoi Khoi salt flats are an attraction for tourists and travelers from all over the world.
Taking a picture here during the hours when the sun rises or sets can be a unique opportunity to take home or share the photo of the century!
It goes without saying that it is a truly instagrammable place.
The salt workers are kind and exquisite people.
Early mornings and evenings are the best times to avoid the heat and find the best colors for taking pictures.
The working hours are from 4.00 in the morning to 8.00 and in the afternoon from 15.30 to 18.00.
Avoid the hours around noon as it could be too hot.
In any case, bring a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
What to do and see in Nha Trang (in brief)
If you have to come visit the Hon Khoi salt flats, it is probably because you have come to Nha Trang, the costal city with withe sand beaches and crystal sea water.
The first impact is to arrive in an ordinary city with many houses and skyscrapers, but white sand beaches among which Tran Phu, the main beach where the life of tourists in the city takes place, Long Beach, just outside the city, where you can enjoy shallow turquoise waters and local restaurants, or Doc Let, 60 km north, will captivate and conquer you.
If you prefer culture and historical sites to beaches, Nha Trang certainly does not lack opportunities for the more “cultured” on the subject. The Po Nagar Cham Towers were built in the 8th century by the Cham people and are worth seeing.
As soon as you can visit the Nha Trang Cathedral, then go to the Long Song Pagoda, an impressive statue of the Buddha watching over the city from a hill, you will also find a Buddhist center with charming gardens and a relaxing atmosphere. It’s a little out of town, but it’s definitely worth it.
The National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam offers interesting exhibits on local marine life, including 20,000 live and preserved marine specimens. It has been open since 1922 and is involved in various research projects, such as captive breeding programs, conservation and regeneration of local coral reefs.