Vietnam’s premier beach resort, Nha Trang stretches along a beautiful curve of sand that frames a scattering of offshore islands. It’s renowned for its scuba diving and pulsing nightlife, as well as being on the doorstep of some of Vietnam’s most enchanting historic sights.
Things to do in Nha Trang
Tran Phu Street is the main thoroughfare in Nha Trang, with a palm-lined promenade and plenty of seafood restaurants overlooking the sands. Be sure to ride the cable car over to Hon Tre Island to relax on its idyllic beaches and wander the historic fishing villages.
Visit the ancient temple site of Po Nagar Cham, a complex of four brick towers built between the 7th and 12th centuries by the Cham civilisation. They honour the Hindu goddess of Po Nagar, with intricate stone statues and sculptures in the distinct Tra Kieu style of Cham art.
Another can’t-miss Nha Trang religious site is the Long Son Pagoda, which nestles in the foothills of Trai Thuy Mountain. Its immense white Buddha statue can be seen from across the city, while its pagoda features ornate Taoist architecture depicting mythical animals and gods.
Want to explore below the water’s surface? Join a scuba diving or snorkelling trip to visit the nature reserves of the Hon Mun and Hon Tam islands. Those who don’t want to get wet can visit the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam to see local marine species, such as sea turtles, sharks and lionfish.
Getting around Nha Trang
Cam Ranh Airport is the main gateway to Nha Trang located around 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Trains connect to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, while public buses, taxis and cyclos access most corners of Nha Trang.