Nha Trang’s famous beaches live up to their reputation. The city is situated right on the coast, making a beach holiday within reach for all budgets. Whether you are staying at a hostel or a five-star in the tourist centre, the ocean is always less than a 15-minute walk away and all beaches in Nha Trang are free to the public. And what’s more, venture out of the downtown core and you’re ... Read more about Beaches .
Fifty kilometres north of Nha Trang lies Doc Let, a quiet eden of palm-fringed, powdery white sand, sparkling azure waters and a sleepy disposition. Despite its resounding beauty, relatively few people venture here and the beach still feels low-key, natural and wild. If you don’t have the time to stay here (and you really should), then it is well worth doing it as a daytrip. Hire a car, rent a ... Read more about Daytrip to Doc Let Beach .
Nha Trang Bay boasts 12,000 hectares of reef-filled waters known as Hon Mun Marine Protected Area. The majority of diving and snorkelling in Nha Trang is done here, and its shallow waters are one of the best places for beginners to learn how to dive in Vietnam. During the best diving months of April to October – especially during the optimal months of July to August – you can expect fair ... Read more about Diving and snorkelling .
You’ll either love or hate Bai Dai Beach (pronounced 'bye-yai', but also known as Long Beach). Located 20 kilometres south of Nha Trang, Bai Dai is removed from the city hustle and traffic and has a more low-key, backpackery feel. Like Nha Trang Beach, the water is blue and the sand is white. However, Bai Dai is a popular tourist day trip and rather unattractive seafood shacks now line the ... Read more about Daytrip to Bai Dai Beach .
If lying on the beach gets too boring, an intense hike to Ba Ho Waterfalls is a pleasant diversion. To get there, it’s a scenic 27-kilometre drive north along the coast, then a sweaty, challenging 25-minute hike up to the first of three falls that you can swim in (“ba ho” means “three pools”). Unlike Yang Bay Waterfall — actually a tacky tourist park — Ba Ho is refreshingly natural, ... Read more about Ba Ho Waterfalls .
Motorbike and bicycles are readily available to rent from hotels and shops in the tourist centre. If you don’t mind the heat, you can cover sights within the city like the markets, Long Son Pagoda and Ponagar Cham Towers by bicycle. For motorbike, day trips to the mud baths, Ba Ho Waterfalls, Bai Dai Beach and Doc Let Beach are all great options. Driving in Nha Trang is less intense than ... Read more about Motorcycling and cycling .
If you get bored of salt water and sand, you’re in luck as Nha Trang has gone wild with swimming pools that range from simple plunge pools to full blown water parks. Get your speedos ... Read more about Swimming pools .
Ask any Vietnamese outside of Nha Trang what they know of the city and they will enthusiastically declare “Vinpearl Land!” Located on Hon Tre (Bamboo Island), Vinpearl Land Nha Trang is the Disneyland of Vietnam and to add to the excitement, you get there via the world’s longest oversea cable car (3,320 metres), included in the 600,000 VND general ... Read more about Vinpearl Land Nha Trang .
Anyone and everyone sells the “four island” boat trip to Mun, Mot, Mieu and Tam islands. A full day trip on a packed boat is as cheap as US$7, including lunch, transport and stops for sunbathing at beaches and an aquarium but no admission fees – expect to shell out dong for every optional stop: Tri Nguyen Aquarium 90,000 VND, Mun Island 22,000 VND, Tranh Mini-Beach 30,000 VND. Though ... Read more about Boat trips .
Sitting in a tub of mud feels as odd as it sounds, but it has become a quintessential Nha Trang experience. The mud is purported to have all sorts of healthy, healing properties. There are four places to test out this theory, and the facilities include jacuzzis, mineral water swimming pools and other novelties for a full day hydrotherapy extravaganza. And for a laugh, how about an egg-themed ... Read more about Mud baths .
The Alexandre Yersin Museum provides insight into the life and work of an unsung hero. Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943) was a Swiss and naturalised French physician, bacteriologist and explorer of both the world we see and the microscopic one. Among his many accomplishments, he discovered the bacillus of the bubonic plague that made it possible to create a serum to fight the disease. Yersin came to ... Read more about Alexandre Yersin Museum .
Dating back to the 7th and 12th century, the Po Nagar Cham Towers are the best remaining Cham ruins in Vietnam (the other famous ruin is the temple city of My Son near Hoi An). It is believed that the Cham people descended from the Sa Huynh, who inhabited the same area from 1000 BC to the second century AD, when Cham culture began to develop. The empire’s golden age between the 6th and 15th ... Read more about Po Nagar Cham Towers .
Walk through the tourist centre and you’ll come across several places touting blind massage. The Blind People Light Centre at 12 Hong Bang came highly recommended by a local who goes there at least once a week and swears by it. Indeed, most of the patrons are locals who seem comfortable and at home as they get kneaded by a blind masseuse. An hour's body massage costs only 70,000 VND and it ... Read more about Blind massage .
Long Son Pagoda (chua Long Son) is a multilevel Buddhist temple gracefully rising along a hill. Stairs first lead to the main temple decorated with mosaics and a separate prayer hall, then up past a bell temple, a reclining Buddha and finally a large, white 14-metre Buddha statue. From here there’s a good view of the city. We were lucky to hear monks and nuns chanting at 10:00 and it was a ... Read more about Long Son Pagoda .
Bustling, hustling Xom Moi Market (Cho Xom Moi) is the hub of downtown Nha Trang. Here you’ll see locals shopping for fresh fruits, vegetables and daily household items. The experience is very raw and very real and your neck will be sore as you crane it at every interesting sight (and smell). Activity kicks off early so roll out of bed at 06:00 if you want to see it busy. There are also some ... Read more about Markets .