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10 reasons why you should travel to Nha Trang, Vietnam

written by Amber Dunlap August 15, 2017
Nha Trang Vietnam

Located on the south central coast of Vietnam, Nha Trang is a paradise of city and sea, the absolute best of both worlds.

Trendy high-rises dot the downtown. White-sand beaches line the coast and centuries-old temples and palaces perch on hilltops. It’s hard not to fall in love with Nha Trang. Here are 10 reasons why you should seriously consider paying this Vietnamese gem a visit:

Sandy, palm-lined beaches stretch for miles

Nha Trang Vietnam beachWho doesn’t love a picturesque white sand beach? Throw in the stunning turquoise waters of the East Sea and a scenic display of lush offshore islands dotting the horizon and you’re probably wondering if you even need to read the next nine reasons.

While Tran Phu Beach is the largest and most popular of Nha Trang’s beaches, head for the beaches near Hon Chong Promontory for more of a local flavor or take a day trip to nearby Bai Dai Beach for an even more off-the-beaten-path experience.

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It’s (almost) always sunny in Nha Trang

Nha Trang’s tropical savannah climate means the sun’s almost always shining, except for a few wet months between September and December when monsoon rains strike. Plan your visit to Nha Trang for January through August and you’re golden. With temperatures in the 80’s year-round and almost no wind, thanks to the mountains and islands that shelter Nha Trang Bay, Nha Trang is looking more and more like a beach-lover’s dream destination. But, there’s more…

A trendy, cosmopolitan vibe

Nha Trang VietnamUnlike its seaside counterparts in Mui Ne and Phu Quoc, Nha Trang is uniquely cosmopolitan. Soaring high-rises, trendy restaurants, and chic boutiques fill the well-groomed beachside promenade on Tran Phu Street, while the vibrant nightlife scene picks up at sundown. Your options to dine and do are as endless as in any bustling city, with the added luxury of white sand beaches nearby. In short, Nha Trang is as cosmopolitan as you want it to be, a perfect combination of urban and coastal.

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The Nha Trang nightlife does not disappoint

When it comes to nightlife, Nha Trang does not disappoint. In fact, party town (or laid-back drinker) is written all over it. From rooftop lounges to nightclubs and beachfront dance floors, there are plenty of reasons to stay out late in Nha Trang.

Unlike the hindering curfews of the capital, Nha Trang stays open late. For a late night bite, visit Phu Dong Park for a full-fledged night food market.

Island hopping opportunities are endless

Nha Trang Vietnam beach19 tropical islands sit just off of Nha Trang’s coast. Snorkel over coral reef, cannonball off the catamaran into crystal clear seas, and accept cocktails from the floating bar. Nha Trang’s vacation vibes follow you right out into the sea. You’ll be hard pressed to find another spot in the world where island hopping is as accessible, affordable, and amazing as it is in Nha Trang.

Insider tip from Laura Farnell, Intrepid’s Destination Manager for Vietnam:

If you visit Nha Trang with Intrepid (on our ‘Best of Vietnam’ or ‘Classic Vietnam’ tour) you’ll get an included boat trip out to the islands of Nha Trang. Here you can visit the fishing villages, ride in a traditional basket boat and also go snorkeling. It’s a highlight for many of our travelers!

Mud baths

This is perhaps the quintessential experience of a visit to Nha Trang. Mud baths and spas are everywhere. The experience can be quite strange for a newbie mud bather but the results are well worth the (sometimes cold) mud soak and painful power jet rinse that comes after. Your skin will never be softer, plus there are heated mineral pools awaiting you on the other side. There’s a good chance you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried mud bathing before.

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The snorkeling and scuba diving is otherworldly

Surrounded by coral reef and a protected marine area, Nha Trang is the perfect launching point to some incredible dive sites. The 12,000-hectare Hon Mun Marine Protected Area also happens to be one of the best places in Vietnam to learn how to dive. Thinking of getting a PADI certification? You’ll want to do it here. The more experienced divers should ask about Octopus Rock off of Hon Rom. There you can find caves and swim-through tunnels to explore.

The seafood is as fresh as it gets

Learn this word: Hai San. It is your beacon and pass-code to some of Nha Trang’s best seafood cuisine, of which there is plenty. Fresh from the fishing boats, dig into delicacies like giant prawns, pan-fried squid, grilled red snapper, seafood hot pots, and crab dishes. The more adventurous eaters can go for the jellyfish plates, like bún cá sứa (rice vermicelli with jelly fish). Just remember to add the fish sauce, a staple with any dish for Nha Trang locals.Nha Trang Vietnam

Finding souvenirs will be a breeze (and cheap)

Shopping in Nha Trang isn’t the stressful and overcrowded experience it often can be in Ho Chi Minh City. Nha Trang’s local street markets and beach-side boutiques move at a casual pace, allowing you to browse and make the perfect selections, be it handmade clothes, handicrafts made from raw sea materials, beautiful wood carvings, and artsy photo prints of Vietnam.

Be sure not to leave out a visit to the Nha Trang Market, a typical local market full of everything from fresh produce and seafood to souvenirs and trinkets.

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You’ll never get bored

Beyond the mud baths, delectable seafood, beaches, and snorkeling, Nha Trang is a hub for sightseeing, both of the natural and ancient variety. We’re talking waterfalls, 7th century Buddhist temples, and princely palaces on stately hilltops. The must-sees include the Cham Towers, the Bao Dai Villa, the Long Son Pagoda, the Thanh Citadel, and the Ba Ho Falls.

Taking notes? We’re not kidding when we say you can not get bored in Nha Trang. There are too many sights, bites, and experiences to be had.

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This story originally appeared on the Geckos Adventures blog.

(Image credits from top to bottom: Steven Meharry, iStock, iStock, iStock, iStock, Steven Meharry)

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9 comments

hasoo June 27, 2019 - 9:54 pm

if i am planning a trip in january to nha trang with kids will the weather be ok for swimming and sunbathing?

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anand June 24, 2019 - 5:39 pm

Nha trang is a good place for one time visit.

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Nita March 28, 2019 - 3:27 pm

I would love to visit.

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luna December 1, 2018 - 4:14 pm

if you want laying on the beach, biking around the city then nha trang city will be the best place to visit, other things: the street food and hotel/apartment are nice cost to stay longer

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Anonymous December 21, 2017 - 3:59 pm

I have a friend that lives there now, he seems to find plenty to do.
We are going over in March and he is going to show us a few places that he knows about but we will also go sight seeing on our own as well.

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Phil August 23, 2017 - 11:44 am

Not sure how up to date some of this information is. I’m currently in Nha Trang and the place seems to have undergone some changes this year.

We have seen no island hopping tours being promoted. We’ve asked around and googled it and it doesn’t seem to be much of a thing any more. Some internet travel forums suggest these were a tourist scam that have since been ended.

Our hostel is empty. There are virtually no backpackers in the town. Most of the main backpacker bars have permanently closed. We have found very little in the way of nightlife – went out a few nights this week and the remaining bars are empty.

There are, however, plenty of Russian restaurants catering for families. And tacky diamond shops. And lots of construction work as new high rise hotels are thrown up. It’s basically Benidorm, but without anyone in the bars.

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GH November 16, 2017 - 10:33 am

Thanks Phil. We are looking at Nha Trang as part of a family holiday in January, but not so sure after your post. I was picturing great night markets, casual street dining, great beaches, good hotels with pools, old town stuff to explore, cycling tours through villages etc. Not the case???

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Robyn August 17, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Tips on how to get here? What’s the closest capital city? Do you train, bus or taxi or can you fly in?

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Intrepid Travel August 17, 2017 - 3:31 pm

Hi Robyn,
Thanks for the comment! Ho Chi Minh City is the nearest capital city to Nha Trang. Easiest way to get there is to fly from either HCMC (1 hour) or Hanoi (just under 2 hours), OR you can catch the train (about 8 hours from HCMC and a whopping 27 hours from Hanoi). We visit Nha Trang on a number of our Vietnam itineraries – you can check them out here.
Let me know if I can help out with any extra info 🙂
Cheers,
Emily – Intrepid Travel.

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