A lively coastal city, Nha Trang overlooks the aquamarine waters of the East Sea. While the city today is a modern, pleasant town, the area itself was quiet and undeveloped until the arrival of the French - who immediately set about transforming it into a seaside resort. Even during the turmoil of the Vietnam War, Nha Trang was a popular vacation destination for soldiers on leave; this trend continues today with an influx of tourists and sightseers. Most visitors to the area frequent Nha Trang's luxury resorts, the best of which is the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, which features quiet, secluded villas with panoramic views of the nearby East Sea. Additionally, another famous sight is the Po Nagar Towers, a series of monuments dating back to the Cham Empire, a Hindu civilization that once ruled much of southern Vietnam.