Area: 251 sq km
With seven kilometers of golden beaches, Nha Trang is often referred to as Vietnam’s Mediterranean Coast. Around the islands you can enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving, whilst in the afternoon you can chill out at the beachfront ‘Sailing Club’ with a cool drink and watch the sunset.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Not only rewarded with natural beauty, Nha Trang is also endowed with favourable weather almost all year round.
From January and October: Dry and warm
Air temperatures are between 25°C and 35°C, and water temperatures between 20°C to 25°C. This is the best time for sight-seeing, swimming or joining interesting water sports in Nha Trang.
From Late October to Mid–December: Rainy season
Diving is pointless because the water is badly muddied by sediment ‘run-off’ caused by heavy rain.
SEE & DO
As Vietnam's tourism paradise, there a plenty to do around this beach city.
Vinpearl Land: VinPearl Land is a massive five-star resort, spa, and entertainment complex found on Hon Tre Island just two miles off the coast of Nha Trang in Central Vietnam. It has been a favorite with local families and Westerners alike looking for family-safe activities to enjoy near Nha Trang. The well-manicured grounds, ocean views, and multitude of things to do make Vinpearl Land an entertaining stop in Central Vietnam.
Long Son Pagoda: This outstanding pagoda was founded in the late 19th century and has been reconstructed several times over the years. The entrance and roofs are beautifully decorated with mosaic dragons constructed of glass and bits of ceramic tile. The main sanctuary of the pagoda is a hall adorned with modern interpretations of traditional motifs.
Po Nagar Cham Towers: Built in AD 817, Po Nagar Cham Tower is the name of the main temple in a complex of Cham towers just out of the city centre.
Besides its historical value, Po Nagar Tower is also appreciated for its unique architecture.
Hon Chong Promontory: Located in the stunning sand dunes, the Hon Chong Promontory looks like the work of a giant, who carelessly put several massive rocks together. On one side of the rock, facing the sea, there is a deep handprint with the five fingers close together. From this location, you can admire the magnificent panoramic view of Nha Trang Bay.
National Oceanographic Museum: Housed in a grand French-colonial building in the port district of Cau Da at the far south end of Nha Trang, the National Oceanographic Museum is attached to the Oceanographic Institute founded in 1923 and home for more than 20,000 specimens of over 4,000 sea and fresh water creatures.
Thap Ba Hot Spring: Located 5km from Nha Trang to the north, Thap Ba Hot Spring Center is one of the most tourist attractions in Nha Trang. Coming here to enjoy the best mud bath and hot mineral water soak with relaxation to the utmost.
Doc Let beach: The beach is not only an ideal swimming beach, but its stunning natural landscape is also quite attractive to tourists. Doc Let is easily accessible from Nha Trang, and worth considering as a day trip or overnight stop. Although there’s a small town nearby, the resorts on the beach are fairly isolated.
Nha Trang night market: Like any other tourist centre, Nha Trang night market attracts both local and travellers by its variety of goods and its specialities. Foods, clothes, souvenirs, and so on are all on very hectic trading. Come and join the merry atmosphere at the very centre of Nha Trang city.
EAT & DRINK
Nha Trang has some very luscious dishes that make you inscribe in your mind once you ever try them on.
Nem nuong (Grilled fermented pork rolls): the most popular food in Nha Trang. Grilled directly with the fire of coal brazier, fermented pork roll is served with raw herbs as well as dipping sauce with pickled green papaya.
Add: Vu Thanh An restaurant, 15 Le Loi, Nha Trang
Bun cha ca (Rice vermicelli with grilled fish and jellyfish): It’s “bun cha ca” broth, which is made from boiled sailfish and mackerel’s bones, that determines the exclusive taste of this specialty. Different from the fatty boiled pork bones’ broth; “bun cha ca” broth is sweet and savory, especially suitable for people who are going on a diet. A bowl of Nha Trang’s “bun cha ca” also contained jellyfish and steamed sailfish.
Add: "Bun Ca Nam Beo", Block B2, Phan Boi Chau str., Nha Trang
Lac Canh's grilled beef: The family's hand-down recipe helps to make perfect grilled beef by mixing beef with honey and more than ten kinds of spices. Customers are free to serve themselves on grilling the beef then enjoying their products.
Add: Han Hon Minh restaurant (opened since 1963), 44 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Nha Trang
Banh can (Can cake): “Banh can” is a popular snack in Central and Southern regions of Vietnam, including rice flour, lard, spring onion and eggs. The cakes are sold in pair, and served with special sweet and sour dipping sauce made from Nha Trang’s famous fish sauce, and raw vegetables.
Add: Crossroad of Le Thanh Ton and Nguyen Thien Thuat Street.
Fishing village's seafood: When visiting Nha Trang, tourists are always advised to drop in fishing village (Lang Chai) to buy some fresh seafood. After that, sales people will sail to nearby restaurant by ferry, where seafood will be immediately prepared and cook. In the city, you can try fresh seafood at reasonable price at some local restaurants.
Add: Chieu Anh Restaurant, 86 Tran Phu, Nha Trang
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Guava Bar: 17 Biet Thu Str., Nha Trang
Le Bouchon Bar: 34/4 Nguyen Thien Thuat Str., Nha Trang
Refuge Bar & Restaurant: 1L Hung Vuong, Quan Tran, Nha Trang
Hy Lap mini restaurant: 1 Tran Quang Khai Str., Nha Trang
Lantern Vietnamese restaurant: 34/6 Nguyen Thien Thuat, Nha Trang
Iced Coffee: 49 Nguyen Thien Thuat & 97 Nguyen Thien Thuat, Nha Trang
Cuppa Coffee: 4 Biet Thu Str., Nha Trang
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
By flights: Vietnam Airlines operates daily flights connecting Nha trang to Hanoi (01 hour 45 minutes flight), Danang (01 hour and 25 minutes flight) and Ho Chi Minh city (55 minutes flight).
The new airport is located around 20 km south of the city, and it takes about over 30 minutes to get to the downtown.
By trains: Visitors may catch trains leaving daily from Ho Chi Minh City (12 hours), Hanoi (20 hours) and Danang (12 hours) to Nha trang.
By bus: Open tour bus or public bus will be a good option if you travel on budget: it takes approximately 11-12 hours from HCMC, 4-5 hours from Dalat and 12-14 from Danang.