Sand, sun and scrumptious seafood
Nha Trang is Vietnam’s premier beach destination. Home to 6km of soft yellow sand with a mountain backdrop and within easy reach of many idyllic islands, it’s the perfect destination for water sports enthusiasts, sun worshippers and seafood junkies. The nightlife’s happening too, making it a popular gathering point 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. An added bonus: the restaurants here serve some of Vietnam's best food outside of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Things to do
At close range
The sea around Nha Trang is sprinkled with idyllic islands, and many tour companies offer day trips to explore them. Expect a snorkelling stop to examine the amazing coral, a seafood lunch on the boat, some beach lazing time, and a kitsch aquarium visit.
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. Enjoy some aquatic therapy in the warm mineral pools, and bathe in mineral-rich mud, said to be penetrate deep into the muscles, improve circulation and be excellent for the skin. Top the experience off with a herbal massage, sauna or steam bath. Walk out on air.
Let it slide
Vinpearl Land opens in new window resort is a wonderland for kids and adrenaline junkies, home to some serious water slides and the biggest wave pool in Southeast Asia. Merely getting there – via the the world’s longest over-the-sea cable car – is a highlight.
Nha Trang is justly famed for its seafood. Head to the restaurants just north of the Tran Phu bridge, a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Here you’ll find a range of sea creatures supplied by local fishing villages: giant prawns, squid, crabs and all types of clams. Settle in for ocean breezes, killer views and a fishy feast.
The old country
Perched on the banks of the Cai River, the Po Nagar complex was built around 781 AD. It’s a well-kept relic of Central’s Vietnam’s ancient Cham empire, and some say it's reminiscent of Cambodia’s celebrated Angkor Wat.
Distance to city centre 30km
Taxi Fixed-rate taxis take around 45 minutes and cost VND 400,000.
Shuttle Buses leave for the centre of town every 30 minutes between 6am and 6.30pm, taking around 45 minutes and costing VND 40,000.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 October and November – typhoons are not unknown during this period. Domestic tourism increases dramatically with local school holidays, so if you’re looking for a relaxing beach break 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