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Nha Trang Travel Guide

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Nha Trang, the capital of Khánh Hòa Province on the south central coast of Vietnam, is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Vietnam, boasting fantastic palm tree-lined sandy beaches, 19 beautiful islets, and thrilling diving experiences. Being blessed with over 6km of coastline, the former sleeping fishing villages of Nha Trang have grown into a bustling coastal town with a wide selection of dining and accommodation options.

Suppose you are keen on a relaxing beach holiday mixed with urban life, adventurous water activities around stunning islands, high-end hotels and restaurants, delicious seafood, and busy night markets. In that case, Nha Trang should be your ideal destination.

Beyond the beach enjoyment and poetic sea scenery, Nha Trang is also home to many fascinating cultural sites, including Nha Trang Cathedral, Po Nagar Cham Towers, and Long Son Pagoda.

Nha Trang Islands
Nha Trang Islands

Top Things to Do in Nha Trang

Relax and Sunbathe on Amazing Beaches

Nha Trang is proud of some of the most stunning white sandy beaches in Vietnam. It is the place that makes you want to laze around, lie on the shore and sunbathe. Whether you’re seeking a leisure break on palm tree-lined beaches, plenty of water sports, or recreational activities, Nha Trang won’t disappoint.

Of the many Nha Trang beaches, Tran Phu Beach is the most popular one for being easily accessible from any corner of the city. It is the main Nha Trang Beach offering great nightlife activities and dining, excellent beachfront hotels, various water sports, souvenir shops, and museums.

Nha Trang sandy beaches
Nha Trang sandy beaches

Other alternative options include Bai Dai Beach (Long Beach) which allows you a quiet atmosphere and an escape from the overcrowded city center and the privately-owned Nhu Tien Beach which is packed with luxury entertainment.

Sail to Some Islands

Sailing to some of Nha Trang’s 19 islands is a great adventure you can’t miss. Most travelers to Nha Trang will enjoy a relaxing time on the beach, yet, if you hop on a yacht or cruise to some nearby islands, you’ll get a chance to take a different view of Nha Trang, enjoy more intimate sightseeing, and discover more hidden natural wonders of Nha Trang.

All the Nha Trang islands are where you can admire clear water, pristine beaches, unique marine creatures, and interesting and thrilling activities. The most popular islands in Nha Trang include Hon Tre Island, Hon Mun Island, Diep Son Island, Binh Ba Island, and Hon Yen Island.

Sail to beautiful islands in Nha Trang
Sail to beautiful islands in Nha Trang

Snorkel and Dive

Besides the stunning sandy beaches, Nha Trang is also widely known for its snorkeling and scuba diving activities. Nha Trang never lacks reef-filled areas with shallow waters, making it an ideal place for inexperienced people to learn snorkeling and scuba diving. Snorkeling and scuba diving experiences are provided on many Nhua Trang islands, including Hon Mun Island, Monkey Island, and Hon Mot Island.

Discover Amazing Cultural Sites

For history and culture lovers, visiting the many cultural and historical sites in Nha Trang should not be missed for you to gain an insight into the city’s history, artworks, and religious beliefs. Nha Trang is home to a number of time-honored buildings, pagodas, cathedrals, and palaces, among which, the most representative ones are:

  • Ponagar Tower – a remnant of the ancient Champa Kingdom in the 7th century, is known for its intricate Cham architecture.
  • Long Son Pagoda – aka The White Buddha Pagoda, will impress you with the 24-meter-tall statue of Gautama Buddha. The Buddha is in a meditation position, very eye-catching.
Ponagar Tower in Nha Trang
  • Nha Trang Cathedral – this French Gothic architecture was built in 1934, featuring a large dome, rose-shaped doorways, 2 bronze bells, and a 4-face clock.

Experience a Mud Bath

If you want to find a place to stay quiet after the exciting beach adventures and sightseeing, mud bathing should be a great choice. Not only because the natural mud in Nha Trang is rich in inorganic minerals and has many medicinal healing and beautifying benefits, but also because the mud bath itself is a lot of fun and enjoyment.

Nha Trang Weather: Best Time to Visit Nha Trang

Being influenced by both the tropical coastal monsoon climate and oceanic climate, Nha Trang enjoys mild and comfortable weather all year round. The annual average temperature of the city is around 26℃ (78.8℉). Its dry season lasts from January to August when the city enjoys pleasant and airy weather, being very suitable for outdoor activities. Its rainy season is from September to December when the city sees a higher chance of rain, but this coastal city sees fewer storms than the northern cities.

The best time to visit Nha Trang is from February to late April when you can enjoy the moderate weather and a wide range of outdoor activities, and also avoid the crowded peak period.

July and August are the hottest months of the year, but the heat will not be as unbearable as in cities of North Vietnam thanks to the sea breeze.

Nha Trang Transportation: How to Get to and Get around

How to Get to Nha Trang

Travelers can access Nha Trang by planes, trains, and tourist buses.

By Plane

Taking a place is the fastest way to get to Nha Trang from the majority of cities in Vietnam. The nearest airport is Cam Ranh Airport, about 35km away. It’s easy to take a direct flight to Nha Trang from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Da Nang.

You can either take a taxi or shuttle bus from the Cam Ranh Airport to Nha Trang city center. The taxi will cost about 13 USD and take about 45 minutes, and the shuttle bus ride will cost about 2.5 USD.

By Train

There are frequent daily trains connecting Nha Trang to major cities like Hanoi (12-20 hours), Ho Chi Minh City (an overnight train), Da Nang (8.5-12.5 hours), and Hue, and you can get off at the Khanh Hoa station.

By Bus

Long-distance buses to Nha Trang are of high quality with excellent service. From Ho Chi Minh City, it will be a 9 hours drive and cost about 6 USD. From Da Nang, the ticket price and travel time are similar to from Ho Chi Minh City. From Da Lat, there are 4 daily buses to Nha Trang, the trip is about 3-4 hours and costs about 6 USD.

How to Get around Nha Trang

There are plenty of options to travel around Nha Trang, the most popular ones include taxis, city buses, and motorcycle taxis.

The taxi fare in Nha Trang is about 14,000 VND for the first 3 kilometers, then 7,000 VND for every subsequent kilometer. For a bus ride, the price is no more than 16,000 VND per person. Taking a motorcycle taxi is a good way to admire the scenery along the road and make you feel more like a local. If you want to explore at your own pace, you can pay about 3-7 USD per day to rent a motorbike.

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