Nha Trang is the most popular beach resort in Vietnam
Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most famous beach destination for both tourists and locals alike.
The beaches attract holidaymakers
Nha Trang is a city of about 300,000 inhabitants on the southeast coast of Vietnam. Vietnamese have traveled to Nha Trang for a vacation on the shores of the South China Sea for decades, and international tourists have followed suit.
About 450 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, the tourist will find a city characterized by both an authentic fishing port and a tourist entertainment center.
Although the city is a very popular tourist destination, it has still managed to retain its local colors as well. Walking through the streets of Nha Trang, you can see a glimpse of the ordinary everyday life of the friendly locals.
The popularity of Nha Trang is based on an entity that offers not only beach life but also fascinating local history, popular activities and places to visit suitable for the whole family.
Sandy beaches and diving
Nha Trang is best known for its long sandy beaches. The beach that stretches around the city is up to seven kilometers long. Although the beaches of Nha Trang do not compare to the white sandy beaches of paradise, they are still considered one of the best in Vietnam. You can even travel by taxi to the quieter beaches of the area.
Diving is a popular pastime in Nha Trang, and many dive centers in the city allow beginners to take a basic PADI course. If the dive feels too wild, you can start exploring the underwater world by snorkeling. Boat trips take tourists to snorkel in the archipelago off Nha Trang.
Shopping and taste pleasures
In Nha Trang, shopping is worthwhile in a market where bargaining is appropriate. Cho Dam’s market features local handicrafts or world-famous Vietnamese silk, for example. Nha Trang also has a department store as well as individual shops, but it can’t really be called a shopper’s paradise. More diverse shopping opportunities are available in Ho Chi Minh City.
Nha Trang’s cuisine is best known for its fresh fish dishes. In addition to traditional Vietnamese delicacies, fish meals are worth enjoying – either in inexpensive small restaurants or in high-end hotel restaurants. Rice and noodles are served as a side dish to almost all meals. Nha Trang also serves a variety of Western dishes. A typical food drink is beer.
Good to know about Nha Trang
Nha Trang is the choice of a beach holidaymaker. The city itself is not very interesting – on the other hand, a holiday in Nha Trang can be combined with a few days city break in the million city of Ho Chi Minh City . Nha Trang also has plenty of activities for families with children. The destination is not suitable for the disabled.
Package trips are made from Finland to Nha Trang during the winter season. The tourist should note that the rainy season lasts from October to December, so especially in early winter the weather can be unstable and the seas strong. The best time to travel to Nha Trang is spring, when the monsoon rains have stopped and the weather is tropical warm. The summer season, on the other hand, is the Vietnamese holiday season, when Nha Trang is filled with Vietnamese holidaymakers.
Nha Trang is a safe holiday destination, however, you should exercise basic caution. There are some pickpockets at the tourist destination, so you should keep your valuables in the hotel safe. You should also be careful about fugitive prices for tourists.
Finns do not need a visa to travel to Vietnam for less than 15 days. For longer trips, a visa is applied for at the Vietnamese Embassy.
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN NHA TRANG
Flying to your destination
From Finland, you can travel to Nha Trang on a convenient package trip. There are also combined tours available during your holiday in Ho Chi Minh City in addition to Nha Trang. Leisure flights are operated to Ho Chi Minh City, from where the journey continues with flights to Nha Trang. Cam Ranh Airport is about 30 km from Nha Trang.
Self-employed travelers can also fly to Ho Chi Minh City – round-trip fares range from € 1,000 on both sides. In addition to the connecting flight, the trip to Nha Trang is also alternatively folded by bus or train. Sleeping buses with berths for about 10 hours are popular travel games.
Accommodation in all price ranges
Nha Trang offers plenty of accommodation. Many of the most popular – and most affordable – hotels are located on Nha Trang’s seafront promenade. In addition, there are inexpensive small hotels and even hostels. There are options for both luxury holidaymakers and backpackers.
Getting around in a small town is easy
Nha Trang is a relatively small town where you can easily get around on foot. Taxis, mopeds and cyclots also run.
A tourist on holiday in Nha Trang does not need a rental car, and the driving sections for excursions to other parts of Vietnam should be left to the local drivers – the traffic in Vietnam is quite chaotic.
ATTRACTIONS OF NHA TRANG
Long Son Pagoda
Long Son Pagoda is one of the most famous landmarks in Nha Trang. Visitors will especially love the white Buddha statue at the top of the hill, which is about 19 meters high. The statue can be hurt by more than 150 steps, but at the top, views of Nha Trang City reward the hiker.
With cable lift to Vinpearl Resort
A comfortable day trip from Nha Trang can be made to Vinpearl Resort, located next to the city on Bamboo Island. Vinpearl is accessible by cable car, which offers great views of Nha Trang city. Families with children in particular will enjoy the island, as there is an amusement park and water park on site.
Po Nagar stone towers
One of the most interesting attractions in Nha Trang is the historic stone towers of Po Nagar, which were built in the 8th century. The towers to the north of the city originate from the Hindu people of Cham and form an important cultural heritage site.
Ocean Research Institute and Aquarium
Nha Trang’s Ocean Research Institute and Aquarium are housed in a colonial-style building in the Cau Dan harbor area. A variety of fish and other seafood can be admired on site. The aquarium is quite modest, but a nice excursion destination for families with children, for example.
Built at the turn of the 1920s and 1930s, Nha Trang’s Gothic-style cathedral is located next to the train station. Visitors are welcome to both explore the cathedral and take part in the Vietnamese fair.
THE BEST OF NHA TRANG
The best experiences in Nha Trang
- Experience Vietnamese beach life in Nha Trang as well as nearby beaches.
- Travel by cable car to Vinpearl Resort.
- Climb the Long Son Pagoda Buddha statue to gaze at the scenery.
- Try a dive or go on a boat trip.
- Take a couple of days trip to Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon.
Cons of Nha Trang
- Nha Trang beach is sometimes in a messy condition.
- The weather can be unstable during the winter months.
- In high season, the popular destination is congested.