Nha Trang’s tourist hub is centred on Nguyen Thien Thuat, Hung Vuong and Tran Phu Boulevard, the busy, wide road that separates the city from the beach. The downtown core is where you will find the greatest concentration and range of accommodation, from $6 hostels and the ubiquitous skinny local hotels to international chain behemoths that occupy prime real estate along the coast. There is only one truly beachfront resort, otherwise staying downtown usually means a short walk to the beach. Furnished serviced apartments are on the rise; they can be booked whether you want to stay a few days or a few months, and they are great for families or those who like home-type comforts.
Nha Trang city is famed for its beach but if you dream of tumbling out of your beachfront villa at dawn and straight into the ocean, you can only do that at one – yes, one – resort. Evason Ana Mandara is the only accommodation in downtown Nha Trang that is directly on the sand. All other hotels are separated from the beach by busy Tran Phu Boulevard. Beachfront bliss. Part of Six Senses... Read our full review of Evason Ana Mandara.
Tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood off of busy Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Carpe DM offers flashpacker-flawless private rooms that are new, spacious, bright and modern. Solid wood furniture and artwork and photography on freshly painted walls add some character to the otherwise blank space. The spotless rooms feature a vanity, wardrobe, comfortable bed with white linens, table, armchair and some... Read our full review of Carpe DM.
Cozy Condos is a fantastic fully furnished, full-service apartment in Nha Trang located down a quiet local lane at the southern edge of the tourist centre, a 15-minute walk to the beach. Whether you want to stay one-night or one-month, you get the same over-the-top friendly service and amazing in-room amenities like a washing machine and a fully-equipped kitchen. Living up to its... Read our full review of Cozy Condos.
This new (as of 2015) hotel sparkles and they’ve made the most of the ubiquitous skinny building with contemporary architectural details and design. Balconies dot the facade like floating shelves giving the building the appearance of a Jenga tower, while the shrubs provide a welcome shot of greenery in the city. Small rooms are zen-like, kept light and bright with clean lines, platform beds,... Read our full review of Golden Holiday Hotel.
These studio apartments break the mould of boring, bland Nha Trang accommodation. Rooms are decorated with Chinoiserie flair – dark wood furniture, satin throw pillows and splashes of bold colours like stormy blue, rich red, lacquer black jazz everything up. There are studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and family apartments on offer. The small studio is quite cramped and some rooms feel more... Read our full review of LeSimoLe Boutique Apartments.
Little Home joins a growing number of fully furnished serviced apartments in Nha Trang, and whether your stay is a few days or a few months, you get all the home-type comforts and amenities. These studio apartments are ideal for families or those who want to self-cater. The Western-style apartments feel modern and fresh, with white walls and soft grey and blue accents, plenty of windows with... Read our full review of Little Home Apartments.
Michelia Hotel is a bigger hotel than we would normally review in detail but it has a lot going for it. It is only a block away from the beach — and it really is a block, not just hotel marketing speak, as after a 30-second stroll you’ll be settling down under one of the hotel’s sun umbrellas. Seaside comforts. The hotel is located in the northern area of the downtown core. This stretch... Read our full review of Michelia Hotel.
A barely noticeable narrow laneway on Nguyen Thien Thuat Street leads to Nha Trang Inn’s peaceful inner garden courtyard where you can expect a warm and friendly welcome – a rarity in this tourist city. The family is utterly lovely and laidback, and this is one of the few places to stay in Nha Trang that feels more like a guesthouse than an impersonal hotel. The building itself is an older... Read our full review of Nha Trang Inn.
If you’re looking for a neat and orderly hostel experience, this is the place for you. Newly renovated (as of 2015) Tabalo Hostel reminds us of a few pod flashpacker hostels in Singapore, where space is small but everything is so smartly designed that you have everything you need. An air-con lounge, a must in Nha Trang. Tabalo’s cabins are similar to a train berth, and each cabin contains... Read our full review of Tabalo Hostel.
The lobby may be underwhelming but don’t let that fool you. The rooms at Tristar Hotel are chic and the simple yet elegant contemporary design make the most out of the small space. The hotel is rated a two-star but the more expensive rooms feel like it should be higher. Clean lines, muted tones, generously sized windows and custom built-in furniture in a birch veneer keep everything light and... Read our full review of Tristar Hotel.
In many ways HQ Hotel (also known as HQ Apartments and Cafe) is your typical budget hostel but backpackers will appreciate the larger than average bunks and the eight-bed dorm room, which has a huge common space and a surprising feature: a flatscreen TV and sofa. This could be both a positive or a negative – let’s hope some knob doesn’t decide to watch MTV Vietnam at four in the morning.... Read our full review of HQ Cafe Hotel.
iHome Nha Trang is a cute, relaxed hostel with bright dorm rooms of six, eight or 10-beds. Some rooms are more cramped than others so if you care about having wiggle room, scope out the different options first. The bunk beds have a very thin firm mattress, but the friendly, helpful service will make up for any sore backs. We’ll be cheesy and say the staff put the “home” in iHome. The... Read our full review of iHome Nha Trang.
Look past the grim lobby and the equally grim woman at the reception because the rooms at Mai Huy are a good deal if you want to stay close to the action on bustling Hung Vuong. The typical skinny building certainly wouldn’t win any awards for style or charm but the rooms are functional and have modern conveniences such as minifridge, air-con, TV, WiFi, sitting area, solid wood furniture and a... Read our full review of Mai Huy Hotel.
A friendly gang run this joint and you’ll find other backpackers hanging out in the lobby or at the fun bar Cheers conveniently just next door. This is definitely the place to meet others and have a good time. The seven dorm rooms have metal bunks and accommodate four or six people – the rooms are a tad cramped but air-conditioned and clean. Some of the dorms have the shared bathroom ensuite... Read our full review of True Friends Inn.
For various reasons Edele Hotel isn’t the place intrepid independent travellers would normally go for, but it does have some noteworthy features such as a central location and a rooftop swimming pool (albeit a tiny one). The reasons why you’d want to stay at this 10-storey three-star hotel: the deluxe rooms are great and come with all the modern city hotel-type amenities. Rooms have... Read our full review of Edele Hotel.
Jennie Jenna offers dorms and fully furnished apartments and if that sounds like a mismatched combination, wait until you see the decor. The apartments (which can be taken for stays as short as a night) are a hodgepodge of different furniture and fittings, some new and modern, some cheap and tacky. For example, in one apartment we saw, the kitchenette had dark solid wood and new granite... Read our full review of Jennie Jenna Apartment and Hotel.
North of Tran Phu bridge and the promontory of boulders called Chong Rocks (Hon Chong) is a quiet stretch of coast with a local feel and far fewer tourists than Nha Trang beach. Here you can find ocean view beachfront accommodation at flashpacker to mid-range prices. The downside is the beach has more rubbish and you are four kilometres from the tourist hub. From 05:35-19:00 you can travel to and from the downtown core with the air-conditioned #4 Hon Xen – Vin Pearl bus, every 20 minutes, for 7,000 VND per ride, or taxi is always an option. Stay here if you don’t mind being away from the crowds.
Just one block from the beach, Seasing Boutique Hotel has made the most of its location away from the overdeveloped downtown core. The building is a typical oddly skinny and tall Vietnamese structure but since it has no neighbours, that means each one of the hotel’s 75 stunning rooms has a view of the ocean. And while the hotel is definitely not boutique in size, it is boutique in... Read our full review of Seasing Boutique Hotel.
Thanh Binh 2 Hotel is a fantastic deal for backpackers and flashpackers. It’s 10 steps to the beach (we counted) and three of the four rooms per floor have an ocean view – all at a budget price. The rooms aren’t the most stylish but they are clean and comfortable with custom wood veneer furniture including a desk/vanity and bedside table. You get a flatscreen TV, small fridge and some rooms... Read our full review of Thanh Binh 2 Hotel.
Calm Seas Hotel is bland and boring but the building’s unusually wide ocean-facing facade with big bay windows beckoned us to it. The hotel is located in the middle of the quiet stretch of beach north of the promontory of boulders known as Chong Rocks (Hon Chong), and like its neighbour Thanh Binh 2, it is 10 steps to the beach. The rooms are local Vietnamese style, featuring a lot of wood... Read our full review of Calm Seas Hotel.
In between Nha Trang beach and Cam Ranh International Airport lies 30 kilometres of practically unspoilt coast. The jaw-droppingly beautiful 14-kilometre stretch north of the airport, where windswept white dunes tumble into sparkling azure waters, is the next big thing. Development is underway and it ranges from fenced off empty plots of sand to full-on construction sites.
A few ultra-luxurious boutique resorts opened in 2015 while a behemoth mega-resort that will include villas, suites and condominiums is in progress. Proposals for casinos have been tendered and more projects continue to be approved.
But for now there are miles of beautiful nothing. There are no budget accommodation at the moment; we imagine it is only a matter of time.
A long sweeping drive leads to the beach-chic lobby of brand new luxurious Fusion Resort Nha Trang, in soft opening as of August 2015, slated to open fully in October 2015. Situated on 13.6 hectares of land on pristine coastline just five kilometres north of Cam Ranh International Airport, Fusion does the stunning surrounds justice with elegant contemporary suites and villas with private pools.... Read our full review of Fusion Resort Nha Trang.
Equidistance between downtown Nha Trang and Cam Ranh International Airport, Mia Resort is about getting away from it all. The resort is nestled in its own section of stunning coast and there is nothing before it and nothing after it for several kilometres. Twenty-seven spacious, dreamy villas cantilever along a cliff or are nestled way down on the beach in a picture-perfect private cove.... Read our full review of Mia Resort Nha Trang.
There are an untold number of hotels in Nha Trang designed and catered to Russian tourists, and there are several more in the works for this stretch of beach. Opened in 2015 with 70 rooms, Cam Ranh Riviera Beach Resort & Spa is one of the more modestly sized of these types of hotels. Don’t expect personalised and engaging service but we think it’s worth reviewing since it’s currently the... Read our full review of Cam Ranh Riviera Beach Resort & Spa.