Nha Trang lies in a beautiful bay on the south central coast of Vietnam. With white sandy beaches and many nearby islands, as well as a range of nightlife options, it is a great holiday destination for sun and fun.
While Nha Trang is increasingly becoming known as the place to come and party for the younger “backpacker” crowd, it also offers a range of higher-end beach resorts for families or those who just want to get away.
Nha Trang is also known as one of the best places in Vietnam for snorkling and diving, and tours are arranged year-round, although visibility is worse during the rainy season.
What to Do ?
Most tourists in Nha Trang spend much of their days relaxing on the beach, taking boat trips to the nearby islands, and snorkeling and scuba diving, and their evenings experiencing the local restaurants, bars and nightlife.
Nha Trang, however, has many attractions away from the beach, including a visit to the Thap Ba hot spring and mud baths, the Po Nagar Cham Tower, and the Oceanographic Institute, among others. A large market, which includes a night market, also opened in 2006.
When to Go ?
Nha Trang is warm year round, with an average temperature of 23 ºC. It also has the lowest level of humidity in all of Vietnam. Generally, the best time to visit is between late January and October, with the rainy season in the remaining months.
How To Get There ?
Vietnam Airlines has daily flights connecting Nha Trang with Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Danang. Since availability is limited, it is recommended to book in advance for high season, holidays and weekends.
Alternatively, Nha Trang is also well served by the North-South trains connecting Hanoi (20 hours), Danang (12 hours) and HCMC (12 hours).
Another popular option for those on a budget are the open tour nha trang by buses – the journey is approximately 11-12 hours from HCMC, 4-5 hours from Dalat, 12-14 from Danang, and around 4 hours from Phan Thiet.
On the beach, vendors sell about everything you might need, including fruit, massages, drinks, books, providing a convenient service or an inconvenient hassle depending on your outlook. If you find it to be a hassle, don’t support them.
The Nha Trang airport was previously just 5-10 minutes from town, but now is more than 40 minutes away, and some guide books are still not updated. Please plan accordingly.
Please take care when choosing a scuba diving operator or boat operator. Some of the companies use outdated equipment and are not environmentally friendly to the marine ecosystem. For all boat trips, but especially for scuba diving, the cheapest option is often not the best; please use a reputable company.