Enjoy everything from sand and sun to scrumptious seafood
Nha Trang is Vietnam’s premier beach destination. Home to 6km of soft yellow sand, back-dropped by mountains and within easy reach of many islands, it’s the perfect destination for water sport enthusiasts, sun worshippers and seafood junkies. The nightlife’s happening too, making it a popular spot for tourists traveling the length of Vietnam’s S-shaped coastline.
Take a luxury boat ride, with onboard seafood feasts, to any of the nearby islands to explore some of Vietnam’s best dive spots. Stroll along the city’s promenade, haggle for a beach bed and while away the hours soaking up some rays. The restaurants here serve some of the best food outside of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Things to do
At close range
Most travel companies in Nha Trang offer day trips to the islands. They usually include a stop for snorkelling and a seafood lunch, all for around USD $8 per person. For the eco-stay and personal beach option, head to Jungle Beach opens in new window, 86km north of Nha Trang.
Clear as mud
Get down and dirty to get really clean and relaxed at Nha Trang’s Thap Ba Hot Springs opens in new window. Bathe in mineral-enriched mud, which is said to be good for the skin. Wash it off and go for a swim in pools meant to reduce stress and treat arthritis and rheumatism. To get here, grab a taxi from Po Nagar Towers.
Let it slide
Vinpearl Land is a wonderland for kids and adrenaline junkies, home to some serious water slides, the world’s longest, over-the-sea cable car and the biggest wave pool in South-East Asia.
Nha Trang is famed for its seafood and rightly so. Nearly all the restaurants along the beach have displays of live lobster and fresh fish. Beyond that, check out tasty Italian at Cyclo Café, fancy French at the Sailing Club and Indian at Omar’s. For authentic Vietnamese food, visit Quan Cay Man. You may not find an English menu so take a gamble, point and be delighted.
The old country
Perched on the banks of the Cai River, the Po Nagar complex was built around 781AD. It’s a well-kept relic of Central’s Vietnam’s ancient Cham empire and may remind you of Cambodia’s celebrated Angkor Wat.
Travel time 45 minutes
Taxi Approx VND 380,000 (USD $17)
Bus VND 40,000 (USD $1.80)Back to top
When to go
Nha Trang is hot and dry from mid-January to late August. The wettest months when nearly half the annual rainfall pours are during October and November. During this period, typhoons have been known to hit the central region. During school holidays, domestic tourism increases dramatically, so if you’re looking for a more relaxing break by the beach, it might be a good idea to steer clear of June and July.Back to top
The best way to get around Nha Trang is on foot. Taxis, motorbikes and cyclos abound, but keep an eye on taxi meters to ensure they don’t rise too quickly, and agree on a price before getting on a motorbike or cyclo.Back to top