With more than 250 sunny days a year, some of the best hotels in Vietnam, long sandy beaches and incredibly well-organized water sports, fun, and nightlife, Nha Trang has a lot to offer to adventurers from all around the world. For a long time, only local people used to spend their summers in Nha Trang. However, during the last years, the interest of foreign people for Nha Trang has been increasing.
Situated 450 km from Ho Chi Minh City, the beach of Nha Trang is splashed by the South China Sea. It’s abundant with intact islets and coral reefs located near the coastline, with the mountain peaks in the northern and western parts of the area.
The beach decorated with exotic palm trees is six kilometers long and one of the best beaches in Vietnam. The crystal clear water is ideal for swimming, while the surrounding islands and coral reefs are great for scuba diving. Besides, the windsurfing is another pretty popular sport in Nha Trang, because of the good wind.
The cultural offer of the city is also impressive. The tower-temples Po Nagar Cham were built between 7th and 12th century. They are still valuable religious buildings – the people of Vietnam come here to pray on a daily basis. The bright white Buddha statue that can be seen from any spot of the city is located at the top of the hill. It can be reached by the path from Long Son pagoda, which is a temple positioned in the foothill.
If you’re visiting Nha Trang with your children and they’re not really into beach fun, you can take them to the amusement park in Tran Phu Street, where you’ll provide them with at least several hours of entertainment. Another interesting thing to do with your kids is a ride on a boat with a glass floor. During the ride, you’ll be able to admire the picturesque underwater world of the South China Sea.
On the coastline, you’ll also find gift shops working until the late night hours, as well as numerous street stalls with extremely delicious local meals based on seafood. You can also enjoy a cable car ride. The ride starting at the coast will take you all the way to the tourist center Vinpearl on the island Hon Tre, which can also brag with a pretty interesting amusement park, restaurants, and shops.
Even though Nha Trang doesn’t have trendy stores that have lately become numerous in Ho Chi Minh City, here you can find numerous interesting places. For example, you can explore the day market in Doc Lop Street and the stores in the city center, where you can buy the paintings sold by the local artists.
Nha Trang is small enough to be explored on foot or on a bike. Taxi can be found anywhere and it is very cheap but rickshaw rides are always more interesting for tourists. The bus network is pretty good and you can easily reach other coastline places. However, you should have in mind the traffic jams and crowds are an everyday problem so arm yourself with patience.