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Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-town. It's more lively and urban in character than other beach destinations like Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. It's also the scuba diving center of Vietnam.

Traces of human settlement in Nha Trang date back to the Cham Empire, though in times of Vietnamese rule, there wasn't much more here than small fishing villages. The French recognized that this beautiful bay, with its islands and white sand beaches, made for a perfect bathing spot, and began the transformation into a resort town. American soldiers agreed, and Nha Trang became a favorite R&R stop during the war.
The monsoon season is from Oct to mid-Dec. Sea winds can be heavy, and sometimes the weather can get pretty chilly. Summer, naturally, brings many vacation goers into town and hotel rooms get somewhat more difficult to find.​

Nha Trang has a tropical savanna climate with... Read more

Nha Trang, Vietnam

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Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-town. It's more lively and urban in character than other beach destinations like Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. It's also the scuba diving center of Vietnam.

Traces of human settlement in Nha Trang date back to the Cham Empire, though in times of Vietnamese rule, there wasn't much more here than small fishing villages. The French recognized that this beautiful bay, with its islands and white sand beaches, made for a perfect bathing spot, and began the transformation into a resort town. American soldiers agreed, and Nha Trang became a favorite R&R stop during the war.
The monsoon season is from Oct to mid-Dec. Sea winds can be heavy, and sometimes the weather can get pretty chilly. Summer, naturally, brings many vacation goers into town and hotel rooms get somewhat more difficult to find.​

Nha Trang has a tropical savanna climate with a lengthy dry season from January to August and a shorter wet season from September to December, when 1,029 millimeters (41 in) of the city's total annual rainfall of 1,361 millimeters (54 in) is received from the north-east monsoon. During the wet season, extremely heavy rainfall from typhoons is not uncommon, though the city is shielded from the worst winds.

Nha Trang is one of the most important tourist hubs of Vietnam, thanks to its beaches with fine and clean sand and the clear ocean water with mild temperatures all year round. There are several resorts — such as Vinpearl, Diamond Bay and Ana Mandara — and amusement and water parks, in the city and on islands off the coast. The possibly most beautiful street of Nha Trang is Tran Phu Street along the seaside, sometimes referred to as the Pacific Coast Highway of Vietnam.
Lying off Nha Trang is the Hon Tre Island (Bamboo Island), with a major resort operated by the Vinpearl Group. The Vinpearl Cable Car, a gondola lift system, links the mainland to the five-star resort and theme park on Hon Tre Island.
Nha Trang is a stopover for annual yacht races starting in Hong Kong. In recent years, the city has welcomed many five-star sea cruises. In addition to sailboat racing, Nha Trang provides a rich variety of tourist activities for visitors. Island hopping, scuba diving, water sports, and other sporting activities can be enjoyed. The Nha Trang Tourist Information Center (a non-governmental organization), located near the Cho Dam Market has been set up to provide information for visitors.
The local cuisine is most famous for fresh seafood and barbecued pork rolled in rice paper. The area's bird's nest soup is deemed one of the best in Vietnam. Bird's nests are collected in the wild, on bird farms on the islands off the coast and even in some houses in the inner city. The farmed bird in question belongs to the swiftlet group, popularly referred to as yến hàng (Aerodramus fuciphagus and A. germani).


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Nha Trang, Vietnam: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the wharf situated 7 miles away from the heart of the city.
Larger liners anchor offshore and travelers are transported to the wharf by tender boats.
Usually, shuttle service (free) is provided.
Besides, you can take a taxi.

Get around Nha Trang, Vietnam


Today, most of the tourist infrastructure is in the southern part of town around Biet Thu, whereas most of the locals live around the Cho Dam in the northern half. Cho Dam Market is a popular destination for visitors as well, though.

Tran Phu is the backbone of the city, accompanied by a pleasant waterfront promenade, palm trees, and the nearly 6 km of beach.

Nha Trang has a reliable and easy-to-navigate public bus system. You will find buses 2 and 3 the most useful since they pass through the southern quarters. Alternatively, you'll find the usual selection of taxis, cyclos, and motorbikes.

Taxis are a good option, but be sure they turn on the meter to get the cheapest price.

A wonderful option for seeing the sites is to hire a cyclo-driver for the day. All the in-town highlights, the post office, and my choice of restaurants from 08:00-19:00. English skills may be basic. The driver will keep the touts away--a real bonus!

It's also easy to get around by bicycle. Nha Trang is quite flat and bicycles are easily found for hire. Locals on bicycles are more commonly seen at night when its cooler and no sun to burn their skin.

What to see in Nha Trang, Vietnam


The beach is the main draw here. But the beaches are littered and the water can also be polluted, so if you are going to Nha Trang specifically for the beach, and have been to other Asian destinations such as Thailand and the Philippines you are likely to be very disappointed. You will see many female vendors walking along the beach selling fruit and hot, steamed seafood. Make sure that you visit in the right season. The beach can be disappointing when the weather is grey and the waves choppy. The experience is then one of the murky sandy waters, a strip of standard brown sand with a multitude of empty beach chairs and no one to be seen.

  • Po Nagar Cham Towers, 2 Thang 4 St. 07:30-17:00. These four brick towers were built by the Cham civilization between the 7th and 12th centuries to honor Yang Ino Po Ngar, mother of the kingdom, and the aroma of incense emanating from within makes it clear that this remains a religious site for the local Buddhists of Nha Trang today. The longevity of these last vestiges of a once-dominant SE Asian civilization should impress temple enthusiasts even if the insensitive restoration and surrounding mass of tourists don't. The small complex sits on a hill which enjoys views across Nha Trang's fishing village. It is a 20-25 min walk (or short motorbike ride) from the main beach strip, however, be prepared to wander through the real Nha Trang, quite an abrupt change from the showy built-up beachside resort. Public Bus 4 stops near the Cham Towers.
  • Long Son Pagoda, Thai Nguyen St. 08:00-17:00. At this pagoda, you will see a 24 m tall white Buddha. The pagoda was established in 1963 to honor the monks and nuns who died demonstrating against the Diem government. Beware of scammers claiming they are students studying in the temple, demanding that you offer a donation to the school before going up the pagoda. These students have no affiliation with the school and entry to the pagoda is free. Free.
  • Nha Tho Nui Cathedral. On a hill overlooking the city, the cathedral shows the influence of French Catholicism. The Nha Trang area still has a strong Catholic population. There are Catholic shops around the cathedral.
  • Hon Chong. Scenic rock formation in a sea.

Museums

  • Alexandre Yersin Museum, 10 Tran Phu St, ☎ +84 58 822355. M-Sa 08:00-11:00 and 14:00-16:30. This is a scientific museum of Swiss-born Dr. Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943), who arrived in Vietnam in 1891 to study infected animals. He then, later on, produced a serum from horses and buffaloes. In this museum, you will be able to view all of his work as well as his equipment. Yersin never went back to Switzerland and spent the rest of his life in Nha Trang. Don’t try to take pictures. Do respect the rules as they're quite serious here.
  • Khánh Hòa Museum, 16 Tran Phu St, ☎ +84 58 3813 654. Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun 8:00-11:00, 14:00 – 17:00. Exhibition presents Cham statues and artifacts of the ethnic minorities of the Nha Trang area. One of the rooms devoted to Ho Chi Minh and his personal belongings.
  • National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam, 01 Cau Da (Left of the commercial port entrance), ☎ +84 58 590037. 07:00-16:00. This is like an aquarium with popular and rare species of the sea. A good place to bring kids as they will get to see sharks, turtles, coral reefs, lionfish, sea horses, and many other creatures.
  • Impressions Museum, Buu Doa - 10, ☎ +84 165 232 3028. 9 am-8 pm. Not really a museum. 3D art paintings to interact with. Great for selfie addicts but don't go alone! Ideally go as a group of 3 or more but 2 is OK but difficult to take photos of two of you together if only two of you go. Not easy to find located on the other side of the old airport to the main tourist area. Receives mixed reviews, many consider it overpriced.

Beaches

  • Bai Doung Beach (1.5 km N on Tran Phu St over the main bridge). Bai Duong beach is smaller than in the main tourist area. The beach has a gentle pitch, warm water, and is also calm, clean and ideal for swimming.
  • Doc Let Beach (Around 50 km N of Nha Trang). Doc Let Beach is more tranquil, cleaner and beautiful than the beach in Nha Trang. It is well-worth making a visit. Local fisher families sell and prepare seafood they will cook for you on the beach for a very reasonable price.
  • Long Beach (Bai Dai beach) (On the road to Cam Ranh airport). 20 km south of Nha Trang, this place is not yet run over by tourist masses. Blue water and a nicer (less steep and better sand) beach than in town. Seafood is served at many shacks with deckchairs right on the beach. Walk a kilometer or so and you will find yourself alone on the beach. Probably best to go by motorcycle.
There are several other beaches in the vicinity of Nha Trang. About 30 km north of Nha Trang, just when past the village of Ninh Hoa, a peninsula juts out into the South China Sea, and on its northern coast is its tinier brother, Hon Khoi. Several resorts are on the eastern beach of Hon Khoi, where you find palm trees, white sand, and turquoise waters. To get there, follow the highway north past the turnoff to Dac Lac Province/Buon Ma Thuot. Then look out for a sign reading "Doc Let-Resort", close to a filling station. Whatever place you choose to go, be sure to reserve a bungalow in advance.

Outside of the city

  • Diên Khánh Citadel, Diên Khánh Townlet (12 km W of city). Citadel was built by French officer Olivier de Puymanel for Nguyễn Ánh in 1793. It housed a royal palace, private houses, warehouses, and jail. It was fenced by walls of 3.5m height, surrounded by moats of 4-5 m deep and 10 m wide. Originally it had 6 gates, but only 4 of them remained.
  • Fairy Spring waterfalls (Suối Tiên) (about 20 km SW of Nha Trang. Go 10 km W of Nha Trang to Diên Khánh, go 5 km through the old Diên Khánh citadel to Diên Phước village, turn left 4 km to Suoi Tien village, then right 1 km to the stream). Fairy Spring is a small, cool stream and swimming hole much visited by local kids on weekends. The swimming hole is at the end of a short jungle walk. It is a pleasant place to visit in the summer. In winter the water is too cold to swim. The stream's source is the area of Hồn Bà, the highest peak in the province. Bottled and canned drinks are available, but no food is sold here yet. The area is slowly being developed and will eventually become a resort with a hotel, bungalows, and restaurant.
  • Ba Ho Waterfalls (near Ba Ho village, approximately 20 km N of Nha Trang). A series of three waterfalls and a fast flowing river tucked away in the forest. There are limited amenities, although you can buy food like rice, chicken, beers and soft drinks. Taxis are available in Nha Trang to take you there, but it's not too difficult to find yourself and with good weather, it's a pleasant drive, if you are confident on a motorbike. Its a good one hour trip from Nha Trang by motorbike through some rough, off-road tracks (especially in the wet season). The turnoff from the main highway north of Nha Trang can be easy to miss (a stone pillar), but most locals along the road should be able to point it out. From the turn off it's a straight track to the river. You may want to bring some sturdy shoes to climb across the rocks and swimming gear for a dip when you get there. It will take about 45 minutes from the entrance of the tourist area to the lakes. There is an orphanage very close to the lakes (take a right turn when you get to a T-junction in the rice fields) that would really benefit from any gifts of vegetarian food (take milk, tofu, yogurt, etc.). Call Dieu An, the nun at +84 90 5823807. She speaks only Vietnamese.
  • Hon Ba Nature Reserve (64 km away from the city). Located at the summit of Hon Ba mountain at 1,514 m above sea level.
  • Monkey Island (Hon Lao) (20 km N of Nha Trang). Catch a ferry to Monkey Island (the pier is 1km further north of island), which is full of monkeys, has a 10:00 circus and simple go-cart track.

What to do in Nha Trang, Vietnam


  • Water Puppet Theater, ☎ +84 58 3527 828. Water puppetry is Vietnamese original folk art, that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today's Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition.
  • Cinema. There are two multiplex cinemas in Nha Trang. One on the 3rd floor of the Nha Trang Center shopping and entertainment complex. The cinema has three movie theatres with an estimated 120 seats each. US films are in English with local subtitles. The second cinema is the Lotte Cinema, on the 5th floor of the Maximart Supermarket, near the train station.
  • Boat Cruises . Snorkeling, fishing, and many other activities among the possibilities. Tours may provide lunch with drinks on board. Booking agents abound, so compare itineraries to find the best for you.
  • Swimming Pools. Obviously, people come here to swim in the sea, but there are also a number of swimming pools around. Louisiane Brewhouse has a good one and free to use but you must hire a soft chaise lounge. The Yasaka Saigon Nha Trang Hotel coffee shop in Yersin St has a small, shady pool for free use. A number of mid-range hotels also have pools, some of which can be used by non-guests. Sea and Sun Hotel has a nice rooftop pool. There is also a little-used Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool in Nha Trang. Some scuba diving companies use it for training purposes. It's a fair distance away from the main tourist area on the south side of the city. Ask someone who works in a scuba shop for directions. This is now closed the public ( I was told it is for clubs only use). There is another large public pool at Yersin st, opposite the hospital. Another option is Central Park on Tran Phu, near Louisiane Brewhouse. Buy a deckchair for 60,000 or 120,000 and swim for free. Has a small diving board for kids, a lazy river, and a pool bar.
  • Gyms, 12 Thi Sach St, ☎ +84 93 2405931. There is a large gym in town called Nha Trang Body Building Club, part of a leisure complex that includes badminton and tennis courts, basketball area and football pitch. 
  • 10 pin Bowling. On the 3rd floor of the new Nha Trang Centre shopping and entertainment complex. Half-price games after 22:00 on Friday and Saturday nights only (happy hour).

Amusement and Mud Bath Parks

  • Vinpearl Amusement Park (Take the cable car). From the harbor, you can take the cable car over to the island where Vinpearl Resort and Vinpearl Land are located. They have a small tivoli and some restaurants, attractions here include Underwater World (aquarium), a water park with water slides and wave pool, an amusement park with a roller coaster, pirate ship, bumper cars, cinema, arcade machines and a laser show at night time, usually 19:00. All included in the one price. 
  •  100 Egg Mud Bath, Nguyen Tat Thanh Blvd., ☎ +84 583711733. Amuzement park featuring mud baths, pools, hydrotherapy showers, jacuzzi and a big garden.
  • I-Resort, Offers mud and mineral baths, waterfalls and a lot of pools.
  • Thap Ba Hot Springs and Mud baths (Suối Nước Nóng Tháp Bà) (4 km NW of Nha Trang).
  • Waterland Thach Lam Stream Amusement Park, 14 Cuu Long Street, Phuoc Hoa Ward (20 km S of Nha Trang), ☎ +84 58 3873 878. Offers simple rafting, grass sliding. Also, a fair good amount of people remain unsatisfied with the park, claiming it doesn't worth the money, also that canoe rides offered are too easy.
  • Yang Bay tourist park (40 km west of Nha Trang), ☎ +84-3739-58-387. 7:30 - 17:00. At the Yang Bay waterfalls the Vietnamese have built up a concrete beach, as well as sort of eco-park with a zoo. It used to be a lot nicer before they built it, but it is still a very nice place to visit. You can swim there, and walk around in the area. Just to mention, tourist park receives a lot of negative reviews. 

Diving & snorkeling

Close off-shore from Nha Trang sit a series of islands that offer decent diving and snorkeling, easily accessible by day trip. The city has about two dozen dive shops, making for fierce competition and great value. 

Coastal and undersea construction has stirred up a lot of sediment in the area, so under-water visibility is sometimes not great. The area is heavily fished, so fish life is also limited. You wouldn't cross the world just to dive at Nha Trang. But if you always dreamed of getting a scuba certification, Nha Trang is a good place to do it. The shops generally offer good-quality equipment and experienced, certified dive masters. Diving goes on year-round, but in the Oct-Dec windy season, the boat ride can be a bit rough and diving is limited to a few sites in the lee of the islands.

Organization of the Nha Trang dive industry is sometimes complex. If you sign up for a trip with shop A, you might find yourself joined with a group and divemaster from shop B, which shares a boat with another group and divemaster from shop C, the boat itself being independently owned. Consolidation is especially active in the off-season when few if any shops can fill a boat on their own. It's a good illustration of Vietnamese culture, which does not stand on ceremony, and loves a bargain, and is very skilled at making maximum use of resources. The local divemasters are mostly great, friendly guys with lots of stories to tell.

  • Aloha Mark Scott's Diving Vietnam, 24/4 Hung Vuong, ☎ +84 12 29037795, e-mail: MarkBrianScott@gmail.com. 06:30-21:00. The boat has plenty of room for lounging and never rushed. American English is spoken.
  • Angel Dive, 1/33 Tran Quang Khai, ☎ +84 58 3522461, e-mail: angeldivevietnam@hotmail.com. Expat-run, by a long time resident of Nha Trang. PADI, SSI, SDI and TDI Certified.
  • Jeremy Stein's Rainbow Divers, ☎ +84 58 826528. European-owned operation with partially expat staff. The operation is well-organized and very professional, catering to divers who aren't comfortable with the more low-key local shops.
  • Octopus Diving, 29 Tran Phu (At Louisiane Brewhouse), ☎ +84 58 3521629, e-mail: info@divenhatrang.com. PADI Five Star Dive Center offering a full range of PADI courses. Fun dives, nitrox, snorkeling and Discover Scuba Diving trips to Hon Mun Marine Protected Area every day. International team of instructors and divemasters. Very small groups, maximum of 2 students on a course and only 2 divers with a divemaster, personal service.
  • Sailing Club Divers (Sailing Club), 72-74 Tran Phu, ☎ +84 58 3522788, +84 58 826528, e-mail: diving@sailingclubvietnam.com. PADI five star dive centres offering a full range of PADI courses. 
  • Biking and Rafting Tour, 1/12 Tran Quang Khai St, ☎ +84 58 3521541. Combination fast 30 km downhill biking passing through an ethnic village and meeting Raglai people. Then a 12 km rafting trip down the Cai River. 
  • Surfing Shack, Nguyễn Tất Thành, Thành, Khánh Hòa (on Bai Dai beach about 21.6 km south of Nha Trang). Bar, restaurant and surf club/school.

What to eat and drink in Nha Trang, Vietnam


Eat

Budget

  • Checkpoint Restaurant and Bar, 27 Nguyen Thien Thuat St, ☎ +84 58 3523806. Good restaurant, night bar and military museum with real old black & white photos devoted to the Soviet Pacific Fleet. Old soviet uniforms and weapons for photographs by visitors. European, Russian and Vietnamese kitchens. Russian head cook and staff, cold beer, and real Russian vodka. Children's corner, veranda, banquet room, disco-bar, and BBQ.
  • Far East Rock Cafe, 86 Nguyen Thien Thuat. 08:00-midnight. Popular restaurant and bar with both tourists and expats in the main tourist area serving international food at great prices. Many drink deals also. Well managed and maintained, plays lots of rock videos, especially from the 80s.
  • Tiem Banh Hoa Hung, 39 Phan Boi Chau St and 72 Ly Thanh Ton St, ☎ +84 58 3823141, +84 58 2211992. Bakery with sponge cake, pâté chaud, chocolate cupcake, sesame toffee. Founded in 1936.
  • Hy Lap Greek Mini Restaurant, 1 Trang Quang Khai St (Quang Khai St (The end of the road), ☎ +84 12 05318174. Awesome small restaurant with simple but delicious Greek food.
  • Lac Canh, 11 Hang Ca St, ☎ +84 58 3821391. 07:00-21:00. What’s different about this long-established restaurant (25 years) is that you get to cook, yourself, and both locals and tourists seem to love it. It's famous for its thinly sliced beef, marinated in chili source that you cook with your own mini tabletop BBQ. 
  • Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant, 34/6 Nguyen Thien Thuat St, ☎ +84 58 2471674. 07:00-23:00. Local restaurant with authentic Vietnamese and also Western dishes. Relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. The most well-regarded restaurant in the tourist area, for good reason, high-quality food served at budget prices. Expect a large crowd there every night during dinner. They work closely with two local orphanages, where the children and their caretakers are invited to regularly dine at the restaurant. The restaurant offers a half-day introduction to Vietnamese cooking. Includes traveling to the local market in a cyclo, a guided tour of the marketplace, where you get involved in learning about local produce and buying the food you will subsequently cook.
  • Thien Thanh, 386-388 Le Hong Phong (1 km from Nguyen Duc Canh/ Nguyen Tat Thanh St to the south, or 1.4 km from Van Don St to the north), ☎ +84 58 3880195, fax: +84 58-3880192, e-mail: thienthanhcom@vnn.vn. 07:00-22:00. This modern restaurant not only serves Vietnamese traditional dishes but also provides excellent Western and Asian menu. Over 100 fresh seafood dishes.
  • Truc Linh 2, Biet Thu St, ☎ +84 58 821259. 07:00-23:00. Both Asian and Western food. Especially popular for seafood. Truc Linh has been here for years but the original corner one is now the location of a new high rise hotel.
  • Cyclo Cafe, 130 Nguyen Thien Thuat St (Corner of Tran Quang Khai St). 08:00-22:00. Great budget restaurant serving Western and Vietnamese food.

Mid-range

  • BBQ Un Inn. Great new place alongside the river. Same owners as Lanterns. Their specialty is bbq pork ribs.speciality is bbq pork ribs.
  • Good Morning Vietnam, 19B Biet Thu St, ☎ +84 58 815071. 10:00-23:00. Pasta as well as other Italian food. 
  • Louisiane Brewhouse, Lot 29, Tran Phu (S along Tran Phu from the Sailing Club), ☎ +84 58 3521948. 08:00-23:00. Microbrewery with locally brewed beers, restaurant with fresh cakes and tarts, sushi, quality pizzas, steaks, Vietnamese food, and seafood. Pool table, live music, and own loungers right at the beach or pool available. Even if you get a chair on the beach, you still have pool access.
  • Nha Trang Seafood, 46 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, ☎ +84 58 822664. 09:30-22:00. Serves fresh and scrumptious seafood. Inexpensive prices and good service.
  • Le Petit Bistro, 26D Tran Quang Khai St, ☎ +84 58 3527201. Traditional small French bistro, offers typical French cuisine. Big selection of wines. Specialty of the house: Le maigret de canard. All you can eat BBQ Sundays from 11:00-16:00
  • Sailing Club, 72 Tran Phu St, ☎ +84 58 826528. 07:00-23:00. This restaurant serves Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, and Italian food. Crowded at night, when it turns into the bar.
  • Salut (Formerly, Hello), 16 Tran Quang Khai St, ☎ +84 58 3526168. 06:00-23:00. Two story corner restaurant serving Western and Vietnamese food.Quang Khai St, ☎ +84 58 3526168. 06:00-23:00. 
  • Texas BarBQ and Steaks, 26 Tran Quang Khai St, ☎ +84 58 2240979. 09:00-22:00. A taste of Texas in Vietnam. They import their steak, chicken, and pork from the US. The ribs are smoked for 5 hours a day. Charcoal fired burgers and authentic Memphis and Texas BBQ. Nice waitress and staff, who speaks English well. 

Splurge

  • Ana Pavilion, Tran Phu Blvd (In the Ana Mandara ResortMandara Resort), ☎ +84 58 829829. 06:00-23:00. An Asian/continental restaurant, and it is excellent. 

Vegetarian

  • Lac Viet Quan Chay, 72 Huynh Thuc Khang St (SE of market, 1.5 blocks NW of To Hienh Thanh St), ☎ +84 58 3513 716. Vegetarian restaurant. A small, humble place, but a nice option for vegetarians and it is right next to the market. 
  • Restaurant at Long Son Pagoda (At the entrance to Long Son Pagoda). The restaurant serves vegetarian meals only. Great Vietnamese food.

Drink

  • Altitude (28th28th floor, Sheraton Hotel). 16:00-23:00. For a great view of Nha Trang at night, perhaps visit the highest bar in Nha Trang. 
  • Skylight. 8:00–14:00, 16:30–00:00. 360˚ Skydeck & Rooftop Club. Besides, it also features a Skywalk, located on the 43rd floor.
  • Booze Cruise, 110 Nguyen Thien Thuat St. 10:00–02:00. One of the more popular bars in town, though also one of the most expensive. They generally show most major sporting events on their large flat screen TV. They make great burgers and pizza as well as limitless different types of cocktails. 
  • Crazy Kim Bar, 19 Biet Thu St, ☎ +84 58 816072. Closes 01:00. If you are young and wild, this is the place to be.
  • Ha Van 'A' Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant, 3/2 Tran Quang Khai, 5th floor (On the 5th floor of the Flamingo Suites Ha Van Hotel), ☎ +84 58 3525454. 07:00-late. Offering the coldest beers, drinks, and cocktails. Small, but very good menu of food. Great city views, and a favorite of expats. Internet stations and Wi-Fi free (good connection). 50-inch TV for movies and sports events. Live NHL ice hockey available in the morning. Football fans are welcome. Canadian-run & managed.
  • SinhTo20, 20 Hoang Hoa Tham St, ☎ +84 58 3525870. This place has very good yogurt and many kinds of cocktails. Prices are reasonable.
  • The Wave Bar and Restaurant (Formerly Club Blue Dragon), 126 Nguyen Thien Thuat, ☎ +84 58 3523021. This friendly spot has a pool table (free), dart board and TV. Clients are also encouraged to play DJ from the bar's iTunes selection. The owners are super friendly. You'll never feel lonely here.
  • Why Not Bar, 24 Tran Quang Khai St, ☎ +84 58 811652. Long-running and still one of the most popular late-night bars for the young Western crowd in Nha Trang. Dance floor, pool tables, cheap drinks available until late. By midnight the entire backpacker crowd will be at this bar. Although a place gets lots of very bad reviews, reviewers mention petty theft, being beaten up by stuff, often wrong and increased prices in a total bill. 

Coffee shops

  • Iced Coffee, Nguyen 31 Huynh Khang St. Coffee shop in a similar style to the large chains such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee, i.e. espresso styles, lots of comfy seating inside and out with upstairs seating too. They also sell cakes and pastries and have a small food menu too. 

Shopping in Nha Trang, Vietnam


  • ​A-Mart, 27 Biet Thi St (Corner just beyond Crazy Kim's if walking away from the sea). There are a couple of well-stocked modern mini-supermarkets in the main tourist area called A-Mart. These are very much aimed at the tourist market and few locals will be seen shopping here.
  • Maximark Supermarket, 60 Thai Nguyen (Near the train station), ☎ +84 58 3818727. Large Western-style supermarket. It covers 4,000 m2 in area, in a four-story building. The supermarket itself is on the 1st floor, a cinema on the 5th floor and a food court on the 4th floor that includes Jollibee fast food restaurant. There is also an arcade games area on the 4th floor.
  • Nha Trang Center, 20 Tran Phu. New shopping and entertainment complex on the main beach road. On the 3rd floor is a multiplex cinema, 10 pin bowling alley, a games arcade, mini 5D cinema, and a food court. On the 2nd floor is the Citimart supermarket. On the ground floor are KFC and Highlands Coffee.
  • Shop Herman, 142 Ngo Gia Tu (Next to small market). Clothes from back home at half the cost.
  • Sunsport Sportwear Stores, 97 56A Nguyen Thien Thuat St, ☎ +84 97 7221295. Major brands available: Nike, Adidas, North Face, Speedo, Greg Norman.
  • Big C. Large supermarket from Thailand.

Safety in Nha Trang, Vietnam


Nha Trang generally has a low crime rate, though the risk of petty crime especially late at night is high compared to most other places in Asia. The most common crime is pickpocketing after midnight near the Sailing Club. During the day, it is relatively safe though bag snatching on the beach is not uncommon, so don't take any valuables to the beach. Staying cautious at all times is best. Do not wear too much jewelry, and keep an eye on your belongings. 

Drive-by motorcycle theft is fairly common in Nha Trang. Banknotes and wallets have been snatched from tourists' hands.
If hiring a motorbike, check what coverage your insurance company gives for riding motorbikes in Asia, and it is frequently none.
Do not argue with locals who try to hustle money from you. This includes tourist touts, moto-taxis, etc. They can become violent and aggressive easily, often resorting to the use of rocks or even concealed weapons. Although they can be a bit harder to get rid of than in other places, it is best to avoid these people altogether.
There was one negative report about TM Brothers buses. It's claimed, that they have a bad reputation, and some of the seats are broken and you can find cockroaches on the bus. However, their buses are usually a few dollars cheaper than other companies.

Language spoken in Nha Trang, Vietnam


Vietnamese is the official language. English is widely spoken in tourist places.

LOCAL TIME

3:59 am
November 12, 2019
Asia/Saigon

CURRENT WEATHER

24 °C / 75.2 °F
sky is clear
Tue

22.91 °C/73 °F
light rain
Wed

24.2 °C/76 °F
light rain
Thu

22.33 °C/72 °F
light rain
Fri

22.69 °C/73 °F
light rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

VND

1 USD = 0 VND
1 EUR = 0 VND
1 GBP = 0 VND
1 AUD = 0 VND
1 CAD = 0 VND

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 ||| Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Po Nagar, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Average: 10 (10 votes)

Po Nagar is a Cham temple tower founded sometime before 781 and located in the medieval principality of Kauthara, near modern Nha Trang in Vietnam....
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Average: 9.4 (10 votes)

The InterContinental Nha Trang is a beachfront hotel in Nha Trang, located between the Sheraton Nha Trang and the Havana hotel Nha Trang. Originally...
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 ||| Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Average: 9.8 (10 votes)

Long Sơn Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Long Sơn) is a Buddhist temple in the city of Nha Trang on South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is regarded as one of...
Van Phong Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Average: 9.3 (10 votes)

Vân Phong Bay is a scenic area in Khánh Hòa Province, Vietnam. It is one of 21 Vietnam National Tourist Areas. The area is the site of the planned...
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0 ||| Public domain Vinpearl, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Average: 9.7 (10 votes)

Vinpearl is a resort company operated by Vietnamese billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong. It merged with Vincom in 2007. Vinpearl Land is a resort island...
Yersin Museum, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Average: 9.1 (10 votes)

The Yersin Museum is a museum in Nha Trang, Vietnam. It is dedicated to Alexandre Yersin the bacteriologist. It is located on 8 - 10 Tran Phu...
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0 ||| Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Vinpearl Cable Car, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Average: 9.6 (10 votes)

Vinpearl Cable Car is a 3311 metres long gondola lift, which links Hon Tre Island with Nha Trang. It was built by POMA and uses 7 offshore support...
Novotel Nha Trang, Vietnam
Average: 9 (10 votes)

Novotel Nha Trang is a hotel located in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.It is located in the heart of the city of Nha Trang, a coastal resort...
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Average: 9.5 (10 votes)

The diocese of Nha Trang (Latin: Dioecesis Nhatrangensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese of Vietnam. The current bishop is Joseph Võ Đức Minh, since...

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New Year Cruise


This is the route of our New Year's cruise:  Singapore - Malacca (Malaysia) - Penang (Malaysia) - Phuket  (Thailand) - Thilawa (Myanmar) - Porto Malai (Malaysia) - Port Klang (Malaysia) - Singapore - Nathon (Thailand) - Laem Chabang (Thailand) - Sihanoukville (Cambodia...

There are several markets in  Nha Trang , and one of them which we visited is called Cho Dam. It is the largest market in the city. It is located not very far from the center. You can buy clothes, accessories, souvenirs, bags, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other products at this market...
The  Po Nagar Towers complex  was built during the reign of the Cham King Satyavarman in 813-817. This is one of the oldest buildings on the territory of modern  Nha Trang . Originally, there were 10 towers, but only 4 of them have survived to our times. They...
In Louisiane, Nha Trang, you can swim in the pool, eat in the restaurant, and drink tasty beer which is brewed right there. This is a restaurant with its own brewery. There are guided tours where you can watch the process. The menu has beer recipes created by a brewer from Australia...
Paragon Beach is located in the southern part of  Nha Trang,  close to the cable car in  Vinpearl . This beach belongs to the hotel called Paragon Villa situated within a stone's throw from the beach. In addition to the hotel, there are villas and cottages. Many of them...
There is a beautiful Doc Let Beach 28 miles (45 km) northward of  Nha Trang. We went to the beach by taxi. The taxi driver waited for us there, and all this fun cost 1100000 VND ($50). The road to the beach is good, you do not need to go on an unpaved road. There is a toll road...
20 km southward of  Nha Trang , there is a beach called Bai Dai which means "long beach". It was impossible to get to the beach until 2004 as it was occupied by the military. There are 8 miles (13 km) from the beginning of the beach to Cam Ranh International Airport, and the...

Nha Trang, Vietnam shore excursions



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