Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort town , as well as the scuba diving center in the country. Compared to Mui Ne and Phu Quoc, Nha Trang is livelier.
The city is bordered to the east by the East China Sea and is located on the beautiful Nha Trang Bay. On the other three sides, it is surrounded by mountains.
How to get to Nha Trang
The city is served by Cam Ranh Airport (CXR), which only receives domestic flights. Nha Trang is located 30 km from the airport and many hotels offer their own buses for transfer. But there is also a public bus connecting the airport to the resort city.
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Should you fly from abroad, the only option is to come via Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City and then either fly to Nha Trang , take the train (6-8 hours from Ho Chi Minh City) or bus (10-12 hours from Ho Chi Minh City and 16 hours from Hanoi).
The city has a tropical savanna climate. The dry season lasts from January to August. The monsoon season lasts from September to mid December. Sometimes the weather can get quite cold and the winds blowing from the sea are heavy.
Som3 temperatures in Nha Trang
Dec , Jan avg high 26C / avg low 21C
May — Aug avg high 31C / avg low 26C
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Where to stay
During the summer, it can be a bit tricky to find rooms in hotels , so make sure to book yours ahead of time. But, thankfully, the prices are really affordable and even the cheap hotels offer en-suite bathroom and AC.
Things to do
You can find most of the tourist infrastructure in the southern part of town around Biet Thu. Needless to say, the locals live in other parts of the city, so if you are looking for an authentic experience, consider staying around Cho Dam. By the way: the Cho Dam Market is very popular among tourists as well.
The most important attractions in the city are the promenade, the 6 km beach and Tran Phu. If you want to avoid the backdrop of the hotels when you sunbath, the best options are: Doc Let beach (50 km from the city) and Cam Ranh beach (on the road to the airport).
If you travel with the kids, consider taking them to the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam, which is like an aquarium featuring rare species of the sea.
Head to Po Nagar Cham Towers for the lovely views across Nha Trang’s fishing village. You can easily get here on foot from the main beach (about 20-25 min walk). It is a religious site for the local Buddhists, but it might get quite crowded and has been restored. Or if you want to see some samples of French Catholicism, visit the Nha Trang Cathedral , located on a hill overlooking the city.
If you like to be active, you can take a biking tour in the countryside. Arm yourself with a bike, water and comfortable clothes. Don’t forget to get fresh fruits on the way. Or you can visit the waterfalls located close by: Yang Bay Waterfalls (40 km from the city) and Ba Ho waterfalls (20 km from the city).
Thap Ba Hot Springs and Mud baths are an excellent way to relax while here. It’s a cheap experience , totally worth your time. Snorkeling is also quite decent here and the dive spots are easily accessible as part of a day trip from the city.