Nha Trang

While Mui Ne is cosier, Nha Trang is famous for extravagant nightlife and other resort (in)activities.

Nha Trang BeachNha Trang Beach | photo: Aleksandr Zykov (cc-by-sa)

Vietnams most popular resort town

Nha Trang is definitely the most famous beach location in all of Vietnam. While it lacks the cosy flair that Mui Ne has to offer, the laid back island atmosphere that makes Phu Quoc worth a visit or the picturesque old town of Hoi An, Nha Trang has a certain point that makes many visitors come back every year.

The islands off the shore of Nha Trang offer nice boat trips and excellent scuba diving opportunities and a stunning view on the modern city with its backdrop of mountains and the turquoise waters dotted with little islands. The sweeping stretch of sandy beach stretches into the distance and the beachfront itself has improved with parks, squares and gardens during the last decade.

Of course the whole city is as touristy as it can get. The prices are higher than elsewhere and shady services targeting more or less drunk tourists can be encountered at every corner, especially at night.

Nha Trang is probably the most contrasting city in Vietnam. While the beaches and resorts are overflowing with visitors, the city itself is a perfectly normal example for a working Vietnamese town like any other. The tourist life is concentrated along the beach.

Nha Trang offers some of the best restaurants of the country apart from Saigon and Hanoi and at night when the restaurants slowly shut down, you experience the second reason beside the beach why Nha Trang is the most famous resort town of Vietnam: The nightlife! Nha Trang is Vietnam's number one party town and contrary to the capital up north, the bars and pubs are open til late.

In case cocktails and loud music are not your thing, you can experience some less action laden things in Nha Trang. A nice spa treatment refreshes the senses and is soothing for body and soul. You can book cruises and island tours, scuba diving classes or visit the ancient Cham towers of Po Nagar. Yes, the city is not the desination of choice for back road adventurers, but in case you get dragged there by your beachbumming family members, there is still a lot to see and adventures to undertake to make your stay worthwhile.

Apart from scuba diving and snorkelling there is a plethora of other water sports on offer, such as kite boarding, water skiing, windsurfing or steering katamaran sailboats.

What to See in Nha Trang

Museums in Nha Trang

  • Alexandre Yersin Museum
  • Nha Trang Pasteur Institute
  • Nha Trang Oceanography Institute
  • Trí Nguyên Aquarium

Historic Places of Nha Trang

  • Palace of Emperor Bảo Đại
  • Tháp Bà Pô Nagar Nha Trang

Churches, Temples and Pagodas in Nha Trang

  • Chùa Long Sơn
  • Chánh Tọa Church

Islands of Nha Trang

  • Monkey Island
  • Hòn Tằm Island
  • Hòn Mun Island
  • Hòn Con Sẻ Tre Island
  • Hòn Ông Island
  • Đảo Yến Island
  • Hòn Tre Island

Nature in Nha Trang

  • Suối Đổ Stream
  • Hoa Lan Stream
  • Suối Tiên Stream
  • Thap Ba Hot Spring
  • Hòn Bà Mountain
  • Yangbay Waterfall
  • Nha Phu Lagoon
  • Sạn Beach

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