Nha Trang has made a name for itself as one of the prettiest seaside places in all of Vietnam and if you like sea and sand then this is certainly a great pick. This part of Vietnam is now firmly on the tourist trail and sees a large number of domestic visitors as well as international travelers. For this reason, Nha Trang also has a great nightlife scene, which sets it apart from some of the sleepier resort towns in the country.
If you like diving, then this is also a good choice as you can take in a plethora of underwater delights and the visibility off the coast is said to be excellent. All in all, if you want to check out a beach setting in Vietnam then Nha Trang is truly one of the best spots to do so.
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The best attractions in Nha Trang are set against a stunning backdrop of white sandy beaches, verdant mountains, and untouched islands. Great for history buffs, Nha Trang is home to remnants of the Champa Kingdom, Buddhist temples, and gothic-style Catholic churches while natural hot springs, salt fields, and unique waterfalls offer a myriad of sightseeing and recreational activities.
While it’s fairly easy to explore this popular Vietnam district on foot, bicycle, and motorcycle, there are numerous tour operators within Nha Trang city centre that organise day excursions to Nha Trang’s most popular attractions. Read on to discover the places that you should not leave off your travel itinerary.
Square: 251 km²
Population: 422.601 people (2019)
City: Nha Trang
Province: Khanh Hoa
Nha Trang has a long coastline with tropical monsoon climate; therefore the weather of Nha Trang is relatively mild, not too harsh as the North and not too erratic as in the South. This city also has two distinct seasons: rainy season (Sep to Dec) and dry season (Jan to Aug).
Along with Mui Ne and Phu Quoc and famous with scuba diving, Nha Trang is one of the best beautiful beaches and must-see destinations for anyone traveling to Vietnam.
How to get there
Nha Trang has the Cam Ranh airport, so the tourists can transfer to Nha Trang by plane to the Airport, then transfer to the center of Nha Trang by taxi or airport transfer from your hotel. It is 30 km from the airport to Nha Trang city.
Domestic flights: There are 3 airlines: Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Vietjet Air (from Saigon, Hanoi, Da Nang).
International flights: Korean Air, France Air, Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar departing from Singapore, Moscow, Incheon, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo Haneda, Tokyo Narita.
The price of a flight ticket bases on the airline and flight time. There are two main routes:
From Saigon: From 700,000 VND/person/way, duration: 50 minutes.
From Hanoi: From 1,500,000 VND/person/way, duration: 1 hour 50 minutes.
For other routes, you can access the official website of the Airline to search your flight and cost:
By train: You also can transfer to Nha Trang by train, longer but cheaper.
From Hanoi - Nha Trang: you can get Nha Trang from Hanoi by trains: SE1, SE3, SE5, SE7, TN1. From Nha Trang, you can come back to Hanoi by trains: SE2, SE4, SE6, SE8, TN2. You can check the price and departure time online here: http://vetau24h.com/.
From Saigon – Nha Trang: 19:00 (SE2), 23:00 (SE4), 15:45 (SE6), 06:25 (SE8), 10:05 (TN2), 14:00 (TN4). The price is from 140,000 VND – 600,000 VND/Ticket/way.
In fact, Nha Trang is a stop on the main railway-line connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and you can book a ticket for a soft – sleeper if you want. After getting Nha Trang by train, you can walk from the train to the city centre because it’s not far, only 1km.
The tourists often choose to get Nha Trang by buses from Ho Chi Minh because it is too far from Hanoi. However, you you want to visit Nha Trang from Hanoi by bus, you can contact with Hoang Long Bus (sleeper): 710,000/ticket/way, contact by phone (84) – 4 39282828 or (84) -58 3853345. From Ho Chi Minh, it takes about 9 – 11 hours to get Nha Trang by buses. You can consider one of the buses below:
Hoang Long Bus (sleeper): 200.000 VND/ticket/way, phone (84) – 4 39282828 or (84) -58 3853345
Phuong Trang Bus (sleeper): 225.000 VND/ticket/way , from 8:30 to 20:30 every day, phone (84) -8 38309309
Thesinhtourist: start from Saigon 7:15 – 20:00, at 246 – 248 De Tham street, District 1, HCM. Start from NHa Trang: 7:45 – 20:00 at 90C Hung Vuong street, Nha Trang city. Phone: (84) -58 3524329 or (84) -8 38389593. Note: You must to buy the ticket directly at the office.
Minh Dung bus: From Saigon: 9:45 am – 21:30 – 22:30. From Nha Trang: 20:30 – 21:30. Phone: (84)-8 35115234 or (84) - 8 35190519.
Lien Hung Bus: From Saigon: 6:30 – 8:00 – 9:30 – 15:30 – 20:45 – 21:30. From Nha Trang: 6:30 – 8:45 – 19:00 – 20:20 – 21:50. Phone: (84) - 58 3829090 or (84) - 913 478982 or (84) -58 3913888 or (84) -8 35119090 or (84) - 913 478982.
Phuong Nam Bus: Start at 20:00 and 21:00 from both Saigon and Nha Trang. Phone: (84)-8 66540386 or (84) - 58 6507677.
Tam Hanh Bus: From Saigon: 8:15 – 9:00 – 20:15 – 21:15. From Nha Trang: 18:00 – 20:30 – 21:30. Phone: (84) - 8 39205653 or (84) - 58 3527525.
Moreover, you can rent a private car to get Ho Chi Minh if you travel with group. The price is more expensive but it will be shared and you will feel more comfortable.By the way, if you want to visit Nha Trang by taxi, you can consider to these following companies: Mai Linh Taxi (84-58) 38 38 38 38, Nha Trang Taxi (84 - 58) 3 818 181, Khanh Hoa Taxi (84-58) 3 810 810 or Emasco Taxi (84 - 58) 3 515 151.
Best time to visit Nha Trang
In fact, Nha Trang tourism is always ready to welcome guests to visit any time of the year because of its comfortable weather. The beach is blue all time and not affected by storms. You just need to avoid traveling in rainy months (Oct – Dec). However, if you want to enjoy the best time here, with blue sky, with sunny, with warm weather to swim, July, August and September are the best time to visit Nha Trang.
Things to do in Nha Trang
1.Po Nagar Cham Towers
The Po Nagar Cham Towers are the defining features of Nha Trang that date back to between 8th and 11th centuries. Set atop Mount Cu Lau, with views overlooking the Cai River, there were originally ten buildings dedicated to Hindu deities, but most have been destroyed over the years. The four remaining towers, built in honour of Po Nagar, Cri Cambhu, Sanhaka, and Ganeca, are still used today as places of worship for the Cham people. Found within a 10-minute stroll from Tran Phu Beach, Po Nagar Cham Towers can get pretty crowded during the annual Thap Ba festival, which falls around the end of April and the beginning of May. Read More...
Opening Hours: Daily 07:30 – 17:00
Address: 2/4 Street near Xom Bong Bridge, Nha Trang
2.Long Son Pagoda & White Buddha
Long Son Pagoda, founded in the late 19th century, features stunning designs of mosaic dragons made with glass and ceramic tiles while the main sanctuary is adorned with modern interpretations of traditional motifs. At the top of the hill is a massive white statue of Buddha sitting atop a lotus blossom, as well as fire-ringed relief busts of Thich Quang Duc and six Buddhist monks who died in self-immolations in 1963. There are 150 stone steps to reach the top, but around the half way point lies a 14-metre-long sleeping Buddha and an entrance to another hall of Long Son Pagoda. Read More...
Nha Trang Cathedral, set atop a hill that overlooks the train station, is widely known as the largest church in the city. It was constructed in provincial French Gothic style during the early 19th century, featuring beautiful stained glass windows and a square clock tower surmounted by a large crucifix. Its three cathedral bells, which were cast in France in 1789, are still in working order. There are also 4,000 tombstones mounted on the sides of the Cathedral, which were placed after the neighbouring cemetery was levelled in 1988 to extend the city train station. Na Thrang Cathedral serves the local Catholic community, with Mass being held between 05:00 and 18:30 on a daily basis. Read More...
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday from 05:00 to 17:00, Sunday 04:30 - 20:00
Address: Nguyen Trai, Phuoc Tan, Nha Trang
4.Vinpearl Amusement Park
Vinpearl Amusement Park offers fun-filled activities for travelling families, with unique water slides, a massive aquarium, a wave pool, amphitheatre, shopping mall, and a variety of rides. Situated on Hon Tre Island, the theme park is connected to the mainland of Nha Trang via a 3,320-metre sea-crossing cable car, which offers great views of the bay along the way. Hailed as the biggest of its kind in Vietnam, Vinpearl Amusement Park’s Underwater World Aquarium houses over 300 species of marine life. The entry fee (including return fare for cable car rides) is priced at VND 600,000 for adults, VND 500,000 for children, and VND 480,000 for visitors above the age of 60. Read More...
The National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam offers interesting exhibits of local marine life, including over 20,000 live and preserved marine specimens. Established in 1922, the institute sponsors ongoing research and community projects, such as captive breeding programmes, preservation and regeneration of local coral reefs. The ground floor houses glass tanks of various sizes filled with marine life such as reef sharks, turtles, anemones, puffers, and lionfish, while the upper floor features thousands of preserved specimens, local boats, fishing artefacts, and an 18-metre-long whale skeleton. The museum’s entrance fee is VND 30,000 for adults. Read More...
Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 18:00
Address: 1 Cau da, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
6.Thap Ba Hot Springs Centre
Thap Ba Hot Springs Centre is a great place to relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploring Nha Trang. It is believed that the natural hot mineral springs help detoxify and soothe fatigued muscles, remove dead skin cells, and supply minerals to the body. Accessible within a 15-minute drive from Nha Trang City, the establishment is fitted with private and shared mud-baths, herbal-bath, Jacuzzi, waterfall, swimming pool, and sauna. Due to its popularity, Thap Ba Hot Springs Centre can get very crowded, so the best time of day to visit is between 12:00 and 15:00. Read More...
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 19:00
Address: 15 Ngoc Son Street, Ngoc Hiep, Nha Trang
7.Ba Ho Waterfalls
Ba Ho Waterfalls is comprised of three natural waterfalls that ends with a clear lake surrounded by a dense rainforest, offering a peaceful retreat for swimming, picnics, and fishing. The waterfalls have been left in their natural state, for the most part, with several arrow pointers and cement steps set along the more challenging routes. It’s a 40-minute drive from Nha Trang City, with wonderful stretches of coastlines and paddy fields throughout the journey. Alternatively, visitors can join a day tour, which usually offers a guided trip to prominent attractions in northern Nha Trang, including Ba Ho Waterfalls, Monkey Island, and Doc Let Beach. Read More...
Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 18:00
Address: Ninh Ich, Ninh Hoa district, Nha Trang
8.Alexandre Yersin Museum
The Alexandre Yersin Museum commemorates the late French bacteriologist with exhibits of his personal belongings and laboratory equipment, as well as original letters and photographs from his travels around Vietnam. Some of his vital contributions to Vietnam include the founding of Dalat, discovery of a vital plague-causing bacterium, and research on agricultural methods and meteorological forecasting. In addition to the displayed artefacts, visitors can also view a short film about Yersin’s life at the museum. With an entry fee of VND 28,000, the museum offers guided tours in French, English and Vietnamese. Read More...
Address: Pasteur Institute, 10 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang
9.Suoi Do Pagoda
Suoi Do Pagoda is a 50-year-old temple that was built in honour of Quan Am, the Goddess of Mercy. It is believed that a young girl claimed to have seen the goddess while playing with her friends at the nearby stream. Set atop a mountain, it takes about 200 steps to reach the pagoda, where you’ll be greeted with panoramic views of paddy fields, banana plantations, and neighbouring hills. The pagoda is a 30-minute drive from Nha Trang. Due to its hidden locale, it’s best to join a tour or ask locals for directions. Do note that wheelchair facilities are not available here, so travellers with physical disabilities may find it challenging to visit. Read More...
Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 18:00
Address: Suoi Hiep Commune, Dien Khanh District, Nha Trang
10.Visit a fishing village
If you travel around 10 kilometers to the south of Nha Trang then you will find a number of traditional floating villages.
As you would expect, these form the backbone of the fishing community in Vietnam and you can now visit the villages and see a more traditional way of life in Nha Trang.
When you visit the village you can take a tour on a small boat, or there are a number of boats that will take you straight to the villages from Nha Trang
11. Sunbathe on Nha Trang Beach
Nha Trang is primarily a beach destination so with that in mind head to the main strip of sand here and top up your tan.
The beach stretches for miles and this is a good choice if you want to sunbathe as you can hire a deck chair for the afternoon and chill out in the sun.
There are also a number of local vendors here who walk along the beach and sell delicious seafood based snacks as well as cooling tropical fruit.
12. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride
If you fancy a bit of adventure in Nha Trang, then head to Hon Tam where you can take a scenic hot air balloon ride.
The balloon center is located at Pham Van Dong Street and you can ride up to 150 meters in the balloon which takes around 20 minutes and allows you to take in the best of Nha Trang from a height.
If you want to take some aerial pictures of the city as well as out to sea, then this is hard to beat.