Discover Nha Trang, Vietnam

By: Vinh Dao

Nha Trang Vietnam is known for its beaches and scuba diving sites and is a popular destination for both local and international tourists looking for a spot of relaxation or a splash of adventure. The city was known as Kauthara under the Champa and visitors can still see the famous Po Nagar Tower perched on a hilltop at the mouth of the river. The ancient Champa temple was restored by a local king in 784 AD after being ransacked by invaders who made off with its treasure.

While Nha Trang is a centre for marine science based at the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute, it is now better known for its fun-in-the-sun lifestyle. If you prefer your crustaceans cooked and plated, Nha Trang is the best place in Vietnam to have lobster. Tran Phu Street, one of Vietnam’s most scenic drives, runs along the ocean and is known as the Pacific Coast Highway of Vietnam. If you don’t have time for driving, fear not: your taxi will follow this road to the airport.

Nha Trang has perhaps the most beautiful but dangerous beach in Vietnam. The continental shelf in Nha Trang, unlike in Phan Thiet or Vung Tau, doesn’t fall gently but rather, drops suddenly. You can find yourself in two-metre deep water only three-metres from the shore. Add strong underwater riptides near shoreline, and it’s clear you must stay cautious. Heed the Danger Zone signs place along the beach, and you’ll be fine.

From the beach, you can see Hon Tre Island (Bamboo Island), a tropical paradise complete with a five-star resort and theme park. The world’s longest motorised cable car system links the resort to the theme park. The myriad of other islands in the bay, from Hon Tam, the setting of an extensive eco-resort, to Hon Lao, the home to troops of wild monkeys, will ensure that your stay is extraordinary.

If you’re looking for a quieter beach with less powerful waves and wind, try Cam Ranh, 45 km south of Nha Trang. The beaches there are not overburdened with tourists, so while the service can be lacking, the wilderness is well worth discovering.

Via bus, it will take 8 hours to reach Nha Trang from Mui Ne. The Vietnamese government is currently reviewing plans for upgrading the country’s rail system, including the construction of a high-speed route from HCMC to Nha Trang. This track would make the travel time equivalent to the current travel time from Saigon to Vung Tau (3 hours). Until then, your only alternative via rail will take 7 to 8 hours.


Instagram reasons to visit Nha Trang

By: Emilio Piriz

Nha Trang is widely known for its charming atmosphere and scenic surroundings, where its beaches and scuba diving sites stand out from everything else. It’s the perfect spot for those looking for the best mix of relaxation and a splash of adventure. One thing you can take for granted when visiting Nha Trang is that there will always be an entertaining attraction. Finding yourself bored is almost impossible in a place like this.

But we are not the only ones who think that Nha Trang is special. Instagram users are posting pictures depicting the pleasurable experiences that can be had in this coastal city. Given the rising popularity of this social network, we thought we should give way to Instagram fans and let them be the advocates for this charming destination. Nha Trang has attractions for people of all ages and nationalities, and these Instagram shots are the best proof.

Sit back and enjoy a tour around Nha Trang through this selection of Instagram photos. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we’ll let these visitors (who have used the hashtag “nhatrang” in their Instagram uploads) do the talking...


Breathtaking scenery including the distinct fishermen of Nha Trang

 


Walking along the shoreline, you can find this spot in the rocks and stop to enjoy the astonishing view





You’ve had enough beach for the day? No problem, just head back to your hotel – Sheraton Nha Trang – and relax while soaking in this surroundings


Go on a boat cruise to experience the best scuba diving spots along the coastline of Vietnam. And make some friends!

 

Take the cable car – the world’s longest over the sea – that connects Nha Trang with Hon Tre island. The island is home to Vinpearl land, a massive entertainment complex. This is just one of the many attractions at Vinpearl, along with its water park, aquarium and much more





Head back to the mainland for a scrumptious meal. Mmm… snake!



You can always taste the local delicacies right on the beach


They are always on the lookout for hungry visitors like you!


If you swim far enough off the coast or take a boat, you can find these floating markets (to have a general idea about these authentic Vietnamese spots, take a look at Cai Rang Floating Market, the most popular one in Mekong Delta region)


Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has its villas situated along the beach, on the hills and over rocks


Take a bath in a huge tub filled with hot mineral mud at 100 Egg Mud Bath recreational park


Looking for some cultural attractions? Nha Trang also has them! Long Son Pagoda has this 14-metre-long sleeping Buddha

Po Nagar Cham Towers, the best-kept Cham ruins in Vietnam (local insight: Cham cultural shows are put on behind the main tower when there are enough visitors)


Visit one of the city’s temples, with the newest attraction in town: the bellman!

Have you fallen in love with this charming city on the south-central coast of Vietnam? We don’t blame you for that. If you are looking for further information to plan your trip to Nha Trang, visit the Nha Trang section on our website where you’ll find tips and practicalities.

Want to be part of our next Instagram adventure tour? Start tagging your photos when uploading them with the hashtag #citypassguide and you will have your moment of glory – any place, any time, any company while you’re travelling across Vietnam.

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