Nha Trang is the most popular beach destination in Vietnam. The city has a coastline of six kilometers where you can enjoy a day of island hopping, diving, swimming or just relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the sunset. The vast countryside is great for exploring by bike or motorbike.

5 reasons to visit Nha Trang

  1. Relax on the beach
  2. Go diving
  3. Take a boat tour around the islands of Nha Trang
  4. Explore Nha Trang and the countryside by bike
  5. Work on your beauty in a mud bath

Practical information

In short

Region

Central Vietnam, Khánh Hòa province

Number of residents

535,000

Recommended travel days

2 days

Vietnamese name

Nha Trang

Best travel time

  • Best travel time: Between February and May
  • April to August: Best time for diving, with the best visibility.
  • Rainy season: September to December

Money

There are ATM’s everywhere in Nha Trang.

Local events and holidays

  • Nha Trang Sea Festival: Takes place every two years for a week around June. Contains many activities such as various sports competitions, markets and workshops.

What to see and do in Nha Trang

Best things to do

Nha Trang is also called the “beach capital”. The city is booming, packed with atmospheric restaurants, bars and hotels and hostels. Granted; you’ve got to love it. But even if you don’t like it; Nha Trang is in an impressive setting. Surrounded by green mountains, a breathable beach, clear blue water and tropical islands off the coast.

1. Diving and snorkeling
Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most popular diving center, although not necessarily the best. There are approximately 25 dive sites in the area.

2. Relax on the beaches
Nha Trang has a beautiful coastline with a wide range of food and accommodation options along the white sandy beaches. The best known beaches are Jungle Beach, Doc Let Beach, Nhu Tien Beach and Bai Dai Beach.

3. Island hopping
With 19 islands in total, island trips are one of the largest activities in the Nha Trang. The most famous islands are Mieu Island, Mun Island, Tam Island, Tre Island, Monkey Island and Yen Island.

4. From Phong Bay
Although not as famous as the Nha Trang Bay in the area, Van Phong Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in central Vietnam.

5. Ba Ho waterfall
The three waterfalls of Ba Ho are a nice sight. Here you can swim in the cool river water and enjoy nature during a walk.

6. Long Son Pagoda and the white Buddha
The entrance and the roofs of this pagoda are decorated with mosaic dragons made of glass and ceramic tiles. Behind the pagoda is a huge white Buddha with a beautiful view.

7. Cho Dam market
The largest market in Nha Trang where they sell electronic devices, jewelry and clothing. Around the market there are stalls selling vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, live chickens, ducks and piglets.

8. Po Nagar
Built between the 7th and 12th centuries, these four Cham towers are still actively used by Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists.

9. Salt fields
Natural salt is harvested manually from shallow fields. A popular place for photography, where you have a fantastic view of the salt mountains and workers carrying heavy baskets across the fields.

10. Nha Trang Cathedral
The largest church in the city stands on a small hill overlooking the train station. It is an elegant building because it is built with simple cement blocks.

Most popular activities in Nha Trang

Favorited experiences, day trips and tours in Nha Trang booked by fellow travellers.

Accommodation in Nha Trang

Where to stay

On the beach – The beach has a beautiful promenade along the sea where many resorts, budget hotels, museums, eateries and bars are located. You can also enjoy a wide range of activities such as surfing, snorkelling, bike rides, spa treatments, meditation and yoga.

The city center – Offers very affordable accommodation options within walking distance of sights such as the Po Ngar Cham towers, the Cho Dam market and the Long Son pagoda. You can rent a bike or motorbike to ride through the city, but traveling on foot is also great here.

Resorts on islands near Nha Trang – Nha Trang is surrounded by the Ninh Van bay. Whale Island, Hon Tre Island and Hon Tam Island, are all a short ferry ride away. Great for wealthy travelers, because these islands are dotted with luxury resorts.

Best hotels & hostels in Nha Trang

Budget hotels & hostels

  • Mojzo Dorm
  • Backpack Abode Hostel
  • Vitamin Sea Hostel – Nha Trang
  • Binh An Hotel Nha Trang

Mid range hotel

  • Aaron Hotel
  • Regalia Nha Trang Hotel
  • Gosia Hotel
  • Liberty Central Nha Trang Hotel

High end hotel & resort

  • Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang
  • Amiana Resort and Villas Nha Trang
  • Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa

Food & drinking

Restaurants

As expected from a large resort, Nha Trang has no shortage of food options for all budgets, from casual Vietnamese-style terraces on plastic chairs to high-end restaurants. Nha Trang is famous in Vietnam for its fish, but also offers a wide range of Western dishes.

1. Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant
2. Yen’s Restaurant
3. Lac Canh Restaurant
4. Rainforest
5. Sailing Club Nha Trang

6. Altitude
7. Alpaca Homestyle Cafe
8. LIVIN Collective
9. MIX restaurant
10. Bogosov Burgers & Steaks

Nightlife

With its lively beach town vibes, the nightlife of Nha Trang almost surpasses Ho Chi Minh City. Here are some of the best nightlife options in Nha Trang.

  • Louisiane Brewhouse & Restaurant
  • QUI – Cuisine Mixology
  • Why Not Bar
  • Sailing Club
  • Skylight Skydeck & Rooftop Beach Club

Transportation

How to get there?

Plane

Nha Trang Airport is called Cam Ranh Airport and it is approximately 30 km from the city center. From there you can take a 45-minute taxi ride that costs around $ 15 or you can take a shuttle bus for around $ 3.

The Nha Trang airport has good connections with other destinations in Vietnam, such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.

Bus

The main bus station is Phia Nam Nha Trang. There are daily buses north to Da Nang (12 hours) and Hoi An (13 hours) and to the south Mui Ne (6 hours), Dalat (5 hours) and Ho Chi Minh City (13 hours). Nha Trang is an important stopping point for all open tour buses.

Train

Nha Trang train station is located in the city center. It has good connections with Danang and Ho Chi Minh City, among others, both of which last approximately 8 hours.

How to get around?

Cycling: The majority of Nha Trang is fairly flat, so it’s easy to see all the sights by bike. Many hotels have bicycles for rent from 30,000 a day.

Taxi: It is safer to take a meter taxi from a well-known company such as Mai Linh.

Motorbike: Renting a motorbike is the best option if you want to explore the Nha Trang countryside at your own pace. The costs are between VND 60,000 and VND 100,000 per day.

Itinerary 2 days Nha Trang

Day 1

  • Start the day with the sunrise on the beach.
  • Visit the Dam market and the Nha Trang church.
  • In the afternoon you visit Po Nagar Cham Towers and the rest of the afternoon
  • you relax on the beach.
  • In the evening you enjoy a drink on the beach.

Day 2

  • Take an island hopping tour. Visit different islands, enjoy the bbq on the boat and explore the underwater world with snorkeling.
  • An alternative is a diving excursion if you like diving.