Nha Trang Beach
Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang

Nha Trang City is the provincial capital of Khanh Hoa Province, south of the Central Region of Vietnam. Nha Trang is famous for white sand beaches, turquoise transparent sea water and stunning coral reefs, and has always been among the top popular tourist destinations in Vietnam.

Nha Trang City sprawls from north to south separated from the blue sea by a strip of white fine sand beaches which run for kilometers. The beachfront offers sea-breezed bars and palm-lined footpaths. The city is bisected by the Cai River flowing eastward which offers idyllic scenery and relaxing river boat trips.

Nha Trang Bay is is one of the 29 most beautiful sea bays in the world. Nha Trang Bay is dotted with myriad islands and islets which are ringed by heavenly beaches. There are luxury resorts and theme parks on some of these islands. The turquoise sea waters in Nha Trang Bay are home to many kinds of marine life including colorful coral reefs. Nha Trang Bay is excellent for getaway beach vacations, snorkeling and scuba-diving tours.

Nha Trang has a tropical monsoon climate with oceanic climate influence: the dry season from January to August and the rainy season from September to December. Most of the rainfalls are in late September, October and November. During the rainy season the Cai River discharges its water into the East Vietnam Sea making the sea water along the coastline and along the city beach of Nha Trang murky. The waters far from the coast are not affected. Tourism at Nha Trang is slack during the rainy season which means quiet beaches and more likely lower prices for food and accommodation.

Nha Trang Tourist Attractions

While always known as a beach destination, Nha Trang certainly has a lot more to offer to the visitors from natural seascapes, idyllic riverine landscape, bucolic countryside,...to cultural legacy and historical monuments. It doesn’t matter if you look for a beach vacation, or wellness tours, or romantic getaway holidays, a trip with family…. you’ll find Nha Trang more than a lovely place and definitely wish to stay longer here. In this travel guide, Paradissa’s team has a list of major attractions that you should not miss when in Nha Trang.

Nha Trang Vietnam
Panoramic View of Nha Trang Vietnam

1/Nha Trang Bay has crystal clear turquoise sea water, rich marine life, colorful coral reefs, secluded islands… you name it. No doubt it’s claimed to be among the most beautiful sea bays in the world.

There are several islands on Nha Trang Bay that can be visited on day boat tours from Nha Trang: Hon Tam, Hon Mun, Hon Tre… On the Hon Tre Island there is a great theme park for families with kids.

Nha Trang Bay Vietnam
View of a part of Nha Trang Bay Vietnam


2/Nha Trang City Beach stretches almost the full length of the city. The sea water is clear and the sand is really fine.

Nha Trang Beach Vietnam
Nha Trang Beach Vietnam

3/Po Nagar Cham Towers (Thap Ba Po Nagar) include intricate brick towers which are the legacy of the Champa Kingdom once thriving in the Central Region of Vietnam. Visiting the Cham Towers, you’ll adore the architectures, the construction techniques and learn a lot about the history and peoples of Vietnam. The Cham Towers are on the northern side of the Cai River and the tour to the site takes half a day.

Ponaga Cham Tower Nha Trang Vietnam
Alley to the Ponaga Cham Tower
 
 
 
Ponaga Cham Tower Nha Trang Vietnam
Ponaga Cham Tower in Nha Trang Vietnam

4/Thap Ba Hot-Spring is close to the Cham Towers. This is where you may want to spend a day for mud-bathing and relaxing in the warm mineral water of the hot spring.

5/Hon Chong Promontory is a pile of rocks at the tip of a headland about 2km north-east of the Po Nagar Cham Towers.

6/Cai River is lovely with palm gardens, exuberant orchards, riparian life, peaceful villages on the riversides. A boat tour on the river certainly makes your day worthwhile.

7/Long Son Pagoda is a good place to bring peace to your mind. The pagoda features a gigantic Buddha Statue on top of the mountain which can be seen from faraway.

The Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
The Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

8/The Stone Cathedral poses its imposing architecture to the visitors.

The Stone Cathedral at Nha Trang City
The Stone Cathedral at Nha Trang City

9/Alexandre Yersin Museum is dedicated to the Swiss-born French bacteriologist who discovered the microbe which causes bubonic plague. He was the founder of The Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang which is responsible for doing research and producing vaccines. Alexandre Yersin had big contributions to the medical history of Vietnam and the world. You come to the museum and learn about the life of a man who helped to change the world for the better.

10/Nha Trang Oceanographic Museum has a brilliant display and explanations of marine life and marine species.

11/Tri Nguyen Aquarium is on an island in Nha Trang Bay for you to explore underwater world without having to go diving.

12/Dam Market is an exotic market with all kinds of goods ranging from fresh seafood to suitcases, clothing… You may like to try the fresh fruits and fruit juice while visiting this amazing place.

Nha Trang Dam Market
Nha Trang Dam Market

13/Nha Trang Night Market is a fun place to spend your night in Nha Trang. This is where you can taste fresh seafood, local cuisine, get cold drinks, or go shopping…

Things to do, Sightseeing Tours, Luxury Holidays in Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a lovely tourist destination and you certainly will not get bored on holidays in this city. Be it you have a couple of days or several days in Nha Trang, you’ll always wish for more… Let’s see what you can do in this city then.

Nha Trang Bay, which has turquoise see water and replete with marine life, is perfect for snorkeling or scuba-diving. A boat cruise or a diving package would take a day. Hon Mun and Hon Tam Islands are excellent places for a scuba-diving course and underwater tours. Paradissa has day tours for you to explore Nha Trang Bay either boat tours visiting fishing villages and islands, or scuba-diving tours exploring the marine life. If that is not enough, then you can take part in many active water sports: parasailing, jetski tours, waterskiing, sea-walking tours, flyboard training, fishing…

Parasailing in Nha Trang Vietnam
Parasailing in Nha Trang Vietnam

Those of you have more passion for rivers and the countryside, then let’s join Paradissa on a river boat tour which takes a day to explore the Cai River. This tour brings you more understanding of the life of local people and gets you lovely photos of the less seen landscapes of Nha Trang. Alternatively you can join Paradissa on a half day cycling through villages in the countryside of Nha Trang.

Nha Trang can be the base for you to explore the cool mountains and waterfalls to the west of the city which is located over 1,500m above sea level with cool climate all year round. The tour to Yang Bay Waterfall and Hon Ba Nature Reserve by Paradissa takes a full day.

For those who are interested in history and culture, then join Paradissa for a full day cultural and historical tour that explores the city of Nha Trang in-depth.

Taking part in too many activities on your holidays may tire you out, then you may want to relax. Why not have a full day for a message or luxury spa experience then. And do not forget to have a full day for relaxing at Thap Ba Hot-Spring for getting soaked in the warm mineral water or mud-bathing.

For shopping enthusiasts, you’ll have an overwhelming collection of items in Nha Trang be it dry seafood, local handicrafts,...or goods of international brands. There are several street shops and upscale shopping malls for you to try.

Nha Trang Beach, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
Nha Trang Beach, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

As the day draws to a close, you may like to enjoy some cold drinks by the seaside adoring the heavenly seascape. There are several seaside bars and rooftop bars from budget to luxury ones in Nha Trang. And for more of luxury you may like to contact Paradissa’s tour specialists for a once in a lifetime dinner cruise on the Nha Trang Bay…

Paradissa has several luxury travel packages in Nha Trang for honeymooners, for couples, for families with kids and for senior travelers. Do not hesitate to consult our team for a worthwhile customized vacation of your dream then.

Accommodations in Nha Trang
There are many hotels in Nha Trang ranging from simple guest houses to luxurious five star beach resorts. The hotels on the beachfront road of Tran Phu offer stunning views of Nha Trang Bay but having no private beach. There is only one luxury resort in Nha Trang City with a private beach. But there are quite a few ultimate luxury resorts located on off-shore islands of Nha Trang Bay which offer intimate getaway holidays. Staying on these islands, then your meals are to be served right in the resort and you do not have other choices. If this sounds of interest to you, then do not hesitate to contact Paradissa tour specialists for an exquisite luxury vacation package on a secluded island of Nha Trang Bay.

A pristine beach at Nha Trang Bay
A pristine beach at Nha Trang Bay

Getting there and away
By air: Nha Trang is 1 hour flight from Da Nang, 1h30' flight from Ha Noi or Thanh Hoa or Vinh or Hai Phong, and 45' flight from Ho Chi Minh City. There are daily flights between these cities and Nha Trang.

There are several daily flights between Cam Ranh and China, Russia, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Korea,…

Nha Trang Railway Station
Nha Trang Railway Station

By train: Nha Trang takes you a full day train from Da Nang and an overnight train or day train from Ho Chi Minh City. The trains can range from simple hard seats with open-air conditioning or luxurious sleepers with air-conditioning compartments.

By road: Nha Trang is 450 km north of Ho Chi Minh City (1 hour flight from Sai Gon). north of Ho Chi Minh City and 250km north of Phan Thiet - Mui Ne, 106km north of Phan Rang (Ninh Thuan Province). The road conditions are good, even though traffic may be busy sometimes. The drive between Nha Trang and Phan Thiet - Mui Ne offers stunning scenery of sand dunes, white sand beaches and blue sea water. The drive takes 5-6 hours from Phan Thiet Mui Ne and full day from Ho Chi Minh City.

Getting around
On foot: Nha Trang City and the beach front can be explored on foot.

Bicycle: There are many hotels or shops renting out bicycles to tourists in town. With a bicycle you can explore Nha Trang at a relaxing pace.

Motorbike: you can hire motorbikes from many shops in town for exploring different tourist highlights of Nha Trang and the suburban area in 1 day or 2 days.

Taxi: Some hotels are located off the city center and it's recommended to take a metered taxi.