The complete Nha Trang Travel Guide 2019

There is no doubt Nha Trang City has been one of the best destinations in Vietnam for many years thanks to perfect beaches with white sand and clear blue water, unique culture and lifestyle, and exotic foods. The city has enough everything for your trip from a wide range of accommodations from luxury resorts to homestays, tours around beautiful islands, mud bathing, top restaurants and bars, Vinpearl Land amusement park, the world’s longest over-sea cable car. In comparison to other beach destinations such as Phu Quoc Island, Phan Thiet City, Quy Nhon City, Ha Long City, Nha Trang City has more facilities for travel

What are in this Nha Trang Travel Guide?

Location

What is the best time to travel Nha Trang?

How to go to Nha Trang?

How to go around Nha Trang?

What to see and do in Nha Trang?

What and Where to eat in Nha Trang?

Where to stay in Nha Trang?

Location

Nha Trang is a coastal city, the capital city of Khanh Hoa Province in South Central Vietnam. Nha Trang has a metropolitan area of 251 km2 and a population of about 500,000. Nha Trang is subdivided into 27 wards and communes, including the most well-known Loc Tho, which is considered as the center of the city, Xuong Huan, Tan Lap, Vinh Nguyen, Phuong Son, Van Thanh, Phuong Sai. Nha Trang is 434 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, 533 km south of Danang City, 620 km south of Hue City, 1,291 km south of Hanoi.

What is the best time to travel Nha Trang?

Nha Trang weather is affected by the tropical monsoon climate and the ocean climate. So that the weather in Nha Trang is less hard than the weather in North Vietnam where it is cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. Nha Trang weather is not as casual as the weather in South Vietnam where it may rain and stop raining after a few minutes. In this coastal city, it is not very cold in the winter, the summer lasts long and it is usually not very hot. The temperature is between 20 and 30 degrees Celcius. Nha Trang seldom is hit with hurricanes and flood. This beach destination is a great choice thanks to not only perfect beaches but also the perfect climate.

There are 4 seasons in Nha Trang. Below are more details about the weather in 4 seasons:

Spring runs from January to March; the temperature is between 22 °C and 25 °C; relative humidity levels are usually between 70% and 80%; it is warm, the sun is shining, it does not rain; this is the best time to visit the city, swim, and sunbathe, sightseeing, and do other activities.

Summer runs from April to June; the temperature is between 25 °C and 28 °C; relative humidity levels are usually between 77% and 82%; it is not very hot thanks to the win from the ocean, it is full of sunshine; it may rain in June but the rain is very light. So that summer is also a good time to travel Nha Trang;

Autumn runs from July to September; the temperature is between 29 °C and 30 °C; relative humidity levels are usually between 78% and 80%; it may rain during this time; however, the rain is often light and the rain areas are not large. Rain does not affect your trip so much. It is attractive with the blue and clear sky, yellow sunshine. It is recommended to come to the city during this time. Especially, August is the peak tourist season when the city is very crowded and the price is higher.

Winter runs from October to December; the temperature is between 23 °C and 26 °C; relative humidity levels are usually between 71% and 77%; it may rain lightly or heavily in a large area; it is dry and a little cold so that this is the off-peak season for Nha Trang; the city is less crowded so that it is the best time for whom need some quiet and peace. It is recommended to not travel Nha Trang in November and December when rain may affect your trip.

Do not forget to bring raincoats and/or umbrellas from June to December.

How to go to Nha Trang?

By airplane

Tourists usually choose to fly to Nha Trang (Cam Ranh Airport) from other cities including Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat Airport), Hanoi Capital (Noi Bai Airport), Danang City (Danang International Airport), Hue City (Phu Bai Airport). It takes 1 hour to fly to Cam Ranh Airport from Tan Son Nhat Airport. It takes about 1.45 hours to fly to Cam Ranh Airport from Noi Bai Airport. It takes about 1.15 hours to fly to Cam Ranh Airport from Danang International Airport. It takes about 50 minutes to fly to Cam Ranh Airport from Phu Bai Airport. Prices range from 390,000 – 1,550,000 VND, depending on time, promotion, and the airline (Vietnamese Airlines including Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Vietjet Air, international airlines including China Southern, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Korean Air). The prices offered by Jetstar and Vietjet Air are usually lower than that offered by Vietnam Airlines which is said to provide better services.

You can book the airline tickets online at:

https://www.vietnamairlines.com/vn/en/Home

https://www.vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/Home

The distance between the city center and the airport is about 35 km. It takes at least 20 minutes to get the center of Nha Trang City from Cam Ranh airport by taxi. The cost of the transfer exclusively provided by Airport Taxi is 300,000 – 350,000 VND/one way. Tourists can go outside to choose other taxis at cheaper prices. The information about good taxi brands and phone numbers are provided later in the parts how to get around Nha Trang.

You can also take bus #18 to reach the city center from the airport. Bus #18 has the longest route which is 30 km long, it takes 50 – 60 minutes to finish the route from Nha Trang center to Cam Ranh Airport. The interval is 40 minutes. The ticket costs 30,000 – 50,000 VND.

By bus

It takes about 30 hours to go to Nha Trang. Hoang Long Bus provide this service at the price 730,000 VND. However, most tourists do not choose this option.

It takes 8 – 11 hours to reach Nha Trang city center from Ho Chi Minh City. Prices range from 180,000 – 400,000 VND. Some good choices include Phuong Trang (sleeper bus, 225,000 VND), Lien Hung (45-sleeper bus, 180,000 VND), Ha Linh (VIP Limousine luxury sleeper bus, 400,000 VND), Tra Lan Vien (VIP 30-sleeper bus, 250,000 VND).

You can book the ticket online at https://vexere.com/en-US or buy it at the Saigon Railway Station which opens from 7:00 – 19:00 daily or book at trusted travel agencies. Most of the bus stations are within the city center so that it is comfortable for you to reach your hotel.

By train

It takes about 7.5 hours to go from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon Railway Station, 1 Nguyen Thong Street, Ward 9, District 3, HCMC) to Nha Trang (Nha Trang Train Station, 17 Thai Nguyen Street, Phuoc Tan Ward, Nha Trang City) by train. Prices range from 300,000 – 860,000 VND depending on soft/hard seat/bed with/without air conditioner.

It takes 10 – 12 hours to go from Hanoi (Hanoi Railway Station, 1 Nguyen Thong Street, Hanoi) to Nha Trang by train. Prices range from 300,000 – 860,000 VND depending on soft/hard seat/bed with/without air conditioner.

You can book the ticket online at https://www.vetau.com.vn/#/ or buy it at the Saigon Railway Station which opens from 7:00 – 19:00 daily or book at trusted travel agencies. Because the Nha Trang Train Station is located right in the city center, you can easily go to your hotel from the station.

By private car

You can contact Nhatrang Private Car, +84 93 575 33 36, https://nhatrangprivatecar.com/ to book a private car at a reasonable price.

How to go around Nha Trang?

It is relatively convenient to go around Nha Trang with railway tracks, paved roads, and a wide range of transportation including taxi, motorbike, bicycle, cycle, boat. Because popular shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels, beaches, bars, and nightclubs are set within walking distances from each other, walking is one of the most favorite choices of many tourists in the center of Nha Trang city.

By taxi

Taxi perhaps is one of the most popular means of transportation for tourists in Nha Trang thanks to comfortability and safety. Prices range from 9,000 – 17,000 VND/km, depending on car brands, number of car seats, distances. In Nha Trang, there are many brands of taxis for your choice. Good taxis include Taxi Asia (0258) 35.35.35.35; Quoc Te Taxi (0258) 3.52.52.52; Taxi VinaSun (0258) 38.27.27.27; Mai Linh Taxi (0258) 38.38.38.38; Sun Taxi (0258) 3 89.89.89; Taxi Nha Trang (0258) 3 818 181; Khanh Hoa Taxi (0258) 3 810 810; Emasco Taxi (0258) 3 515 151; Airport Taxi (0258) 3 528 528; Taxi Tram Huong (0258) 3 561 561. It is recommended to have your receptionist help you to call the taxi via phone to avoid scams. You can also call the recommended taxis on the streets, but not taxi without brand.

By bus

Buses in Nha Trang start to work at 5:00 and finish at 18:00 – 19:30. The ticket price is 4,0o0 – 7,000 VND for any bus within the town border. You should pay the ticket to the bus conductor. All buses are equipped with air conditioners and music so that it is a great choice to get around the city by bus. The intervals are from 10 to 20 minutes. Below are the list of the buses and routes:

Bus #1 (Binh Tan – Le Hong Phong – Thanh) has a 28-km route and 31 stops, takes 50 minutes to finish the route, runs from 5:25 to 19:15. It starts from Binh Tan Bus Station, Vinh Truong Ward in the southern part, past Lotte Mart, Big C, Metro shopping centers, then goes to Thanh Bus Station in Dien Khanh District.

Bus #2 (Binh Tan – Tran Phu – Thanh) has a 21-km route and 27 stops, takes 50 minutes to finish the route, runs from 5:20 to 19:20. It starts from Binh Tan Bus Station in the southern part of the city, then goes along Tran Phu Beach and past numerous hotels, restaurants, Vincomn Plaza Tran Phu shopping center, then Dam market, Long Son Pagoda, Thanh Bus Station.

Bus #3 (Nha Trang – Ninh Hoa – Doc Let) has a 50-km route, takes 1.5 hours to finish the route, runs from 5:15 to 19:30. The price is 20,000 VND. It starts from the old airport, past Po Nagar Cham Towers, Chong Rocks, and Doc Let Beach.

Bus #4 (Hon Xen – Nguyen Thien Thuat – Vinpearl) has a 19-km route, takes 45 minutes to finish the route, runs from 5:10 to 19:10. It starts from the northern part of the city, then goes past Po Nagar Cham Towers, mud bath centers, goes along the embankment past many tourist attractions, and ends near the Vinpearl cable car station.

Bus #5 (Tran Phu Bridge – To Hien Thanh – Hon Ro 1) has a 12-km route, runs from 5:20 to 18:30. It starts from the northern Tran Phu Bridge, goes through the center where there are a lot of tourist attractions such as Po Nagar Cham Towers, Stone Garden, Mud Therapy Hospital, then goes to the big southern bridge.

Bus #6 (Vinh Diem Trung – Yersin – Luong Son) has a 15.3-km route. It starts from Phia Nam Bus Station in the northern part of the city, past Long Son Pagoda, through Yersin Street, Tran Phu Boulevard, then goes north through National Highway 1 and ends at Luong Son Market in Vinh Luong Commune. This bus is for who would like to go to Big C shopping center.

By motorbike

The cost of motorbike rental in Nha Trang is around 100,000 VND/24 hours, excluding fuel. One of the trusted companies is Nha Trang Easy Rider at 3 Tran Quang Khai Street, Nha Trang City,  (+84) 2583 523319, https://nhatrangeasyrider.com/tours/motorbike-rental.

By motorbike taxi

Motorbike taxi or Xe om is popular and cheap in Nha Trang. The price is 10,000 – 15,000 VND/km. However, you may encounter some scams from motorbike taxi drivers who almost do not speak English. To avoid the scams, you can bargain the price asked by the driver, deal with him the total price of the drive, or have your hotel receptionist help.

By bicycle

Vietnam Active – Adventure Company and Dive Center, 115 Hung Vuong Street, Nha Trang 00000, Vietnam is one of the best companies providing bicycle rental service in Nha Trang. The price is 70,000 VND/24 hours.

Cyclo

If you would like to enjoy cyclo – a kind of 3-wheel vehicle in Vietnam, you should pay around 22,000/hour. You may encounter some scams from the cyclo drivers on the streets. Be careful while dealing the price with him, the duration, and the route.

By boat

Because Nha Trang is a city of beaches and islands, boat is one of the most popular means of transportation there. The cost of the motorized boat rental usually includes driver and fuel. You can call +84935 81 2225 or email taitran@friendlytravel.vn to rent a boat. The price can be read at  https://nhatrangfriendly.com/en/tour/nha-trang-boat-rental.html.

What to see and do in Nha Trang?

1. Enjoy the beach

Top alluring beaches in Nha Trang include:

The public 12-km Tran Phu beach is one of the most favorite beaches in Nha Trang. It is located right in the city center. Tran Phu Boulevard and the area around the beach are very crowded, noisy, and busy, full of hundreds of hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops, malls, clubs, bars. In addition, Tran Phu park on the beach is one of the most popular parks in the city and is the place where many important events are organized. In June 2018, USNews ranked Tran Phu Beach at 18 in the list of 50 Most beautiful white sand beaches in the world.

Nha Trang Downtown Beach is located at the northern tip of the downtown area, between Michelia Hotel and Yersin Street to the north of the Nha Trang Centre Shopping Mall.

Hon Chong Beach is 4 km from Nha Trang Tourist Center’s northern coast. It is separated by the boulder promontory named as Chong rocks. Tourists usually come to admire the beauty of moon-shaped Chong rocks as well as the beach. You can take the blue and white city bus from Tourist Center, or the bus from Hon Xen to Vinpearl, or take a 5-minute drive by motorbike/taxi from Po Naga Cham Towers. The entrance fee is 21,000 VND.

Bai Dai Beach is 28 km from Tran Phu Beach (city center). Although Bai Dai Beach is outside of the city center, it is not less crowded than Tran Phu Beach. While there are dozens of hotels around Tran Phu Beach, Bai Dai Beach is lined with tens of luxury resorts which are perfect choices for enjoying the beach. Bai Dai is about 15 km from Cam Ranh International Airport. The city center, as well as Tran Phu Beach, is about 34 km from the airport. Great location and wonderful beach make Bai Dai one of the most favorite beaches in Nha Trang and Vietnam.

Hon Tam Beach is 7 km southeast of the city center. You can take a motorbike or taxi from your hotel to Hon Tam port, then take a 20-minute canoe taxi from Hon Tam port to Hon Tam island.

Jungle Beach is located in Ninh Phuoc village, about 60 km from the city center. You can reach there by motorbike or taxi.

The 2,5-km-long Doc Let Beach is about 45 km from Nha Trang city. You can take public bus or taxi to go from the city center to this beach. The entrance fee at Doc Let White Sand is 30,000 VND/person.

Dai Lanh Beach is 87 km from the city center. The beach can be reached by taxi or motorbike.

Nhu Tien Beach is 15 km from Nha Trang center. The beach can be reached by taxi or motorbike.

Tru Beach in Hon Tre Island (Bamboo Island) is 5 km east of the city center. Just take over-water cable car, taxi canoe, speedboat, ferry to reach the beach from Cau Da Port, which is about 3 km from Tran Phu. On Hon Tre, there is also Bai Dua (or Dua Beach, Coconut Beach, Robinson Beach) which is beautiful and less touristic than the others.

San Beach, Tranh Beach in Mieu Island will be mentioned below.

Most beaches in Nha Trang are attractive with white and soft sand, blue and clear water, vast sky, lines of coconut trees. The beaches are perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

2. Visit islands

Nha Trang does not have only great beaches but also beautiful islands. Cai River and Cua Be River divide the city into 3 parts with 19 islands. Visiting wonderful islands in Nha Trang is a must thing to do in the city. Below is the list of the most well-known islands in Nha Trang.

Mieu Island

Located about 5 km southeast of Nha Trang city center, Mieu Island (or Hon Mieu)  is the best inshore island in Nha Trang Bay. It takes about 15 minutes to get to Hon Mieu by canoe/boat from Cau Da port. Tri Nguyen Aquarium, which is an outdoor fish lake with many rare species of marine life, especially live corals and designed to a fossil ship shape with clinging moss, is one of the main attractions in the island. Entrance fee at the aquarium is 150,000 VND/adult. Other highlights include Tri Nguyen Fishing Village where tourists can learn more about local life and enjoy fresh seafood dishes, San Beach with colorful gravels in different shapes, Tranh Beach where tourists can walk on the stones, embark a boat to get around the island, jet ski (450,000-660,000 VND for 2 people within 15 minutes, including guide), swim, camp, fish, parasail (450,000 VND/person), ride banana boat (600,000 VND/boat for 5 people within 10 minutes), scuba dive (500,000 VND/person) or get onto a glass-bottom boat to see coral reefs. Entrance fee at Tranh Beach is 50,000 VND/adult.

Mun Island

Mun Island (or Hon Mun, Ebony Island) has high-rise cliff with dangerous wattles forming caves and grottoes and stones which are as black as ebony. Hon Mun is home to an abundant and diverse group of marine species, especially swallow migrating to the island and building their nests there. Mun Island is one of the best places in Vietnam to explore sea creatures’ life, go scuba diving (750,000 VND/person/1 dive, 1,100,000 – 900,000 VND/person/2 dives), take glass-bottom boat (60,000 VND/person) to admire sea creatures and 1,500 species of impressive corals in different colors. Most diving centers come and stop at this island. Mun Island is located about 10 km from Cau Da Port, it takes approximately 45 minutes to reach the island from the port by boat (220,000 VND/person) or canoe (300,000 VND/person). The entrance fee at Hon Mun is 22,000 VND. Price for swimming at the beach on Hon Mun is 66,000 VND. There are many choices including resorts (Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang), hotels (Novotel Hotel), villas, homestays if you would like to stay overnight on Mun Island.

Tam Island

Located about 7 km southeast of Nha Trang city, Tam Island (or Hon Tam, Silkworm Island) has attracted lots of tourists thanks to long beach, clear water, wild tropical forest consisting of hundreds of ancient trees and colorful flowers, especially sunflowers and daisies. Tourists can do many activities such as mountain hiking, climbing, parasailing (600,000 VND/person/10 minutes), jet skiing (600,000 VND/person), windsurfing (600,000 VND/person), scuba diving (900,000 VND/person/30 minutes), sea walking (800,000 VND/person), kayaking (500,000 VND/person), flyboarding (1,400,000 VND/person/15 minutes), seabreacher (1,000,000 VND/person), banana boat (800,000 VND/person), canoe surfing (950,000 VND for 6 people within 15 minutes), snorkeling (300,000 VND/person/30 minutes).  You can take a 20-minute ferry to the island from Hon Tam Pier which is 4 km from the city center. The cost of visiting Hon Tam including canoe, buffet lunch (traditional Vietnamese foods and grilled seafood), umbrella, sunbathing bench, swimming pool, float, basket rowing, kayaking, beach soccer and volleyball, golf (20 balls), mini golf, tennis, floating park, nerf gun (20 minutes), music performance, fresh fruit buffet, kid club with baby sister, pottery village, wine village, conical hat village, brocade village  in Hon Tam is 580,000 VND/adult. The cost without canoe and buffets is 220,000 VND/adult. 5-star MerPele Hon Tam Resort is the only accommodation on this island.

Mot Island

Located 9 km off the coast from Nha Trang, Mot Island (or Hon Mot) is the smallest island in Nha Trang Bay. Nice beaches, white sand, clear water, beautiful colorful coral which can be seen without diving. Activities on this island include getting on glass-bottom boat, glass-bottom basket, jet skiing, fishing. There are about 200 people living on the island and making their money by fishing, farming lobsters and seafood, planting coconut, mango, and cashew trees. You can stay overnight on the island at homestays.

If you do not want to go to the port/pier and book the ferry, boat, canoe yourself to go to the islands, you can simply book an island tour. They organize different tours to the islands (half-day/full-day tours, group/private, visiting one island or different combinations of the islands, including/excluding entrance fee, sports tickets, other activities). The most popular island tour takes you to 4 islands within 1 day: Mieu, Mot, Mun, and Tam Islands which are near the city center. Other  option is renting private boat (700,000 – 1,800,000 VND/day) or canoe (800,000 – 1,900,000 VND/day) to visit 4 islands Mieu, Mot, Mun, and Tam Islands.

Tre Island

Located about 5 km east of the city center, Tre Island (or Hon Tre, Bamboo Island) is the largest island in Nha Trang Bay. Tre Island is well-known for boundless forest covering the mountainsides, beautiful beaches, temperate climate, pristine flora, the 3,320-meter long over-water cable car – the world longest cable car connecting the island to the continent, Vinpearl Land Nha Trang – a large amusement park, and 5-star hotels and resorts on the island. The cost of Vinpearl Land amusement park ticket is 880,000 VND/person including all activities transport between the island and Cau Da Port during one day. Tourists usually book one or some nights in the hotels/resorts (Vinpearl Resort & Spa Nha Trang Bay, Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang, Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang, Vinpearl Nha Trang Bay Villas, Vinpearl Discovery 1/2 Nha Trang) including the cable car/ferry/canoe taxi, the amusement park ticket, and 3 buffets at the price from 3,500,000 VND/1 room for 2 people/1 night.

Located in the south of Hon Tre Island, Con Se Tre Tourist Village is built into a romantic tourist area tourists can find the sceneries of old villages in a peaceful atmosphere full of poetry. Houses, restaurants, bridges, tables, chairs are made of bamboo. Entrance fee is 30,000 VND, showering after swimming costs 15,000 VND, renting tent costs 200,000 – 500,000 VND/1 night, cost of renting float, swimming glasses, and snorkel is 20,000 VND. You can take a boat from Cau Da Port to Con Se Tre, it takes about 15 minutes.

Monkey Island

Located about 2km off the coast from north of Nha Trang, Monkey Island (or Dao Khi, Hon Lao) is famous for approximately 1,500 monkeys. The main attractions are the colony of monkeys that are free to roam anywhere on the island and the “dog & monkey show”. Other highlights include nice beach, entertainment activities in water, gardens, shops. Entrance fee is 180,000 VND/person. Many interesting activities on the island include scuba diving (480,000 VND/person), swimming and see corals (100,000 VND/person/30 minutes), racing (80,000 VND/person/4 rounds), monkey show (30,000 VND), betting o dog racing (30,000 VND). To reach this island, you should take a motorbike/taxi from the city center to Nha Phu Port (or Long Phu Port) which is about 20 km from the city center. It takes 15 minutes to reach the island from the port by boat. You can rent a tent at 80,000 VND/person or pay about 400,000 VND/person to stay overnight in a room.

Above are the islands which are rather near the city center. Below are some great islands which are farther and less crowded and popular than the above. It takes at least one day to visit and enjoy each island.

Diep Son Island

Located 65 km north of Nha Trang, Diep Son Island is famous for the 2-meter-wide and 700-meter-long path (also called sand bridge) submerged under the sea, connecting three islands with Van Gia town. The path is visible when the tide is low, from 6:00 to 10:00 AM and it is 1 meter under the water when the tide rises. You can go to Van Gia Port from the city center by motorbike or taxi. Then take Phuong Dong boat from Van Gia Port to Diep Son Island. It takes 30-40 minutes to reach the island. The boat from the port to the island starts at 9:00 – 11:00 AM (sometimes 3:00 PM), the boat from the island to the port starts at 5:00 – 6:00 AM. The price is 20,000 VND. The price of a private boat is 200,000 – 300,000 VND/one way for 6 people. Tourists can rent tents to stay overnight on the island.

Yen Island

Located about 25 km northeast far from the mainland, Yen Island (or Canary Island, Noi Island) stands out from the others thanks to Vietnam’s most beautiful and unique double beach with long sand dividing the vast ocean into two sides: a warm side and a cool side. The island has magnificent scenery of vast blue water, white sand, the great Du Ha Moutain, beautiful corals that could be seen from a glass-bottom boat. The island was named Canary because it is home to hundreds of swift caves and the Temple of the salangane nest’s ancestor. It is a big chance to learn more about swift nest farming and buy the salangane nest – a specialty of Nha Trang City as well as Khanh Hoa Province. The island is under the authority of Khanh Hoa Salanganes Nest Company. To explore the island, you can take a taxi or motorbike to Cau Da Port, buy the ticket, get on a boat, and you will reach Yen Island after 1.5 hours. The price of the ticket is 350,000 VND/person. The price includes breakfast, bird nest drink, cake, and fruits. You can book a full day tour including transport, exploring swift nests, admiring the beauty of corals by glass-bottom boat, enjoying the double beach, lunch, Du Ha Moutain, the Temple of the salangane nest’s ancestor. The price of the tour is from 390,000 VND. You can also enjoy amazingly delicious and healthy birds nest soup that costs about 260,000 VND.

Ong Island

Located about 100 km north of Nha Trang city center, Ong Island (or Ong Island, Whale Island) is considered as a paradise for beach lovers. No one lives on the island, the only resort is Whale Island Resort offering foods, boats, rooms, etc. It takes 15-20 minutes from Dam Mon Port to the island by the boat provided by the resort. You can take a taxi/motorbike/private car to go from the city center to the port. Activities on the island include swimming (Chinh Beach is the most perfect), snorkeling (160,000 VND/person/hour), kayaking (200,000 VND/person/2 hours), standing surfing (200,000 VND/person/2 hours), windsurfing (350,000 VND/person/2 hours), catamaran (1,000,000 VND/person/2 hours), trekking, scuba diving, hiking. Most tourists do not stay overnight on this island.

3. Sports and Activities

Water Sports and Sea Activities

Water Sports and Activities are a big draw to Nha Trang. Although there is some information provided above with the island’s information. I would like to give more details about Water Sports and Activities in this beach city where there are many water sports shops and centers.

Diving & Snorkeling

Nha Trang gives you the best value-for-money PADI course in the world, and all-inclusive diving trips starting at 1,100,000 VND. The courses are 3-4 days long, the diving trips are usually during the day only and include lunch. Sailing Club Divers, Vietnam Active, Rainbow Divers are good diving centers in Nha Trang.

Sea-walking

One of the most trusted operators for this experience is Friendly Travel Nha Trang, offering a 20-minute sea-walking session at Tam Island. The price is about 2,000,000 VND, including transport from your stay.

Surfing

You can spend a whole day at The Shack Vietnam: Surf Club, Bar & Restaurant on Dai Beach for surfing and chilling. “The city spot” which is next to Chong Rocks, and the Dark Reef at the coordinates “12.159090, 109.208477” on Google Maps are also best places to surf in Nha Trang.

Water-skiing, wakeboarding, kite-surfing, and parasailing

One of the best choices is Sailing Club Nha Trang.

Fly-boarding

The price of 5-minute flying-board or flying-skateboarding is 600,000 VND, training session, safety equipment, and a personal instructor. Flyboard Nha Trang – Motonuoc is your best bet to fly-board and jet-ski.

Jet-skiing

Flyboard Nha Trang – Motonuoc offers a 4-hour island tour on which you cruise to great locations around the city. Some shops offer 30-minute jet-ski rentals at about 400,000 VND.

Other Activities

Biking, hiking, cruising to explore the city are popular activities in Nha Trang. You can easily rent a bicycle, motorbike, boat or book tours operated by trusted companies.

Hot air balloon ride takes you to a height of 150 meters and includes 15-20 stops. You can pay 200,000 VND for the ride on Tam Island.

Vinpearl Complex in Tre Island and Diamond Bay Golf Course at Diamond Bay Resort are paradises for golf lovers in Nha Trang. Vinpearl Complex provides a challenging layout of 6787 yards stretching over 180 hectares, it has 18-hole, par 71 championship worldwide. Situated close to Nhu Tien beach and 15 minutes by car from the Cam Ranh International airport, Diamond Bay Golf Course is designed by the famous American architect Andy DYE and has an 18-holes championship. Operation hours are from 6:00 am – 7:30 pm.

Nha Trang Paintball at 117 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street is where you are given a gun, protective gear, equipment, and divided into teams to compete for the matches.

4. Vinpearl Amusement Park Nha Trang

As mentioned above, Vinpearl Amusement Park on Bamboo Island is one of the main attractions in Nha Trang thanks to the world’s longest over-water cable car, and luxury hotels and resorts with great beaches and services. Open time is from 8:30 to 21:00. The ticket costs 880,000 VND/person, including:

  • 2-way cable car transfer from Cau Da Port on the mainland to the park on the island and all of the games. The cable car is 3,320 meter long and the ride lasts about 12 minutes.  It is totally amazing to sit in the cable car while looking over the immense sea, blue water, the Nha Trang City, and the island covered with green forests, nice castle-like constructions on the island.
  • A variety of outdoor rides: swing carousel, merry-go-round, pirate ship, small roller coaster, evolution rice, sky drop, giant sky chaser, bumper cars, “extreme carousel” which goes upside-down while spinning. The most favorite ride perhaps is the Alpine Coaster which usually has a long line waiting. Firstly, you are taken to the top mountain station (540m vertical assent), then you control their way back down to the lower station using a hand braking system. The ride is 1,760 meters long and offers perfect views over Nha Trang Bay.  It is recommended to enjoy outdoor rides right after you reach the park before the sun is stronger in the afternoon. After the rides, you should go to the water slides and games area. And spend your time in other areas in the afternoon and evening. Open time is from 8:30 to 20:45.
  • 60,000-square-meter water slides and games which are given names as “space hole”, “tsunami”, “black hole”, “kamikaze”, the “lazy river” featuring 900-meter gentle floating along while wearing a swimming ring, the “wave pool” emulating different sea conditions from stormy to choppy, and a pool for kids.
  • Indoor arcade game area features racing and fighting games, dodgems and basketball games, a small 4D Cinema with 3D glasses, a moving platform, moving at your seat, some water and wind effects.
  • A large aquarium in a 2-story building with an area of 3,400 m2, a tunnel through which you can admire no less than 300 species of colorful fish. Some impressive species perhaps are shark, rays, moray eels. Especially, the mermaid show (11:00 – 11:100, 15:00 – 15:10) and fish feeding section (10:00 – 10:15; 17:00 – 17:15) are awe-inspiring enough. The aquarium is open from 9:00 to 21:00.
  • Musical and outdoor performances including water music show at night (from 19:00 to 19:25), dolphin show (14:00 – 14:20), street performance (18:00 – 18:30, 19:30 – 20:00)
  • A huge kids area.
  • Many cafes and drink stalls sell drinks, ice creams; shops selling souvenirs, clothes, convenience items; restaurants including Lotteria fast food restaurants, restaurants serving bbq, Vietnamese foods, crepes, etc. Note that the park permits you to bring foods and drinks excluding a bottle of mineral water.

You can choose to stay in the city center or at hotels and resorts owned and operated by the park on Bamboo Island. If you choose the first option, you can take a taxi or bus #4 (Hon Xen – Vinpearl) from your stay to Cau Da Port where you will buy the ticket. In case you do not want to wait at the ticket booth, you can buy the ticket before on Viator. The second option is a good choice because you will have easy access to the park. There are electric buses transferring guests from the hotels/resorts to the park.

What to bring with you? You should bring swimsuits, towels, umbrellas or hats (if you are aware of the sunshine). They sell swimsuits at the park but the price is high.

5. Mud baths

Mud baths are fun, relaxing, and good for your health. Below are top places for mud baths in the city:

Thap Ba Hot Springs is located at 15 Ngoc Son Street, Nha Trang City, about 8 km northwest of the city center. Prices range from 200,000 – 1,000,0o0 VND/person depending on the number of guests in the pool/private room, duration, massage, with/without herbs. Open time is from 7:00 – 19:30.

100 Egg Theme Park on Nguyen Tat Thanh Boulevard, Nha Trang City is about 8 km southwest of the city center. Prices range from 200,00 – 300,000 VND. Open time is from 8:00 – 19:00. Egg Theme Park’s highlights include unique design, green nature, egg-shaped bath tubes.

I-resort Hot Mineral Spring at 19 Xuan Ngoc Street, Nha Trang City is about 9 km northwest of the city center. The price starts from 230,000 VND. Open time is from 8:00 – 20:00.

6. Nha Trang Water Puppet Theater

At Nha Trang Water Puppet Theatre, you have a huge chance to enjoy a vibrant live performance that showcases traditional dances, the daily life of farmers, and mythical legends of Vietnam. This folk practice dates back to the 11th century when flooded rice fields in Red River Delta led to villagers using handmade puppets for entertainment. After many activities on the beaches and islands, you can have some fun, relax and learn more about the unique culture of Vietnam at the water puppet theater.

Address: 46 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang City.

Opening Hours: 16:00 – 20:45.

Price: 90,000 – 140,000 VND.

Schedule:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 15:00 – 16:00, 17:00 – 18:00, 20:00 – 21:00.
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 15:00 – 16:00, 20:00 – 21:00.

7. Po Naga Cham Towers

Situated on 50-meter Cu Lao Hill, the Po Naga Cham Towers were built between the 7th and 12th centuries and are still used for worshipping Chinese, Cham, and Vietnamese Buddhist. The original complex had 7 or 8 towers, but only 4 towers remain.  Po Nagar Cham Towers owns a unique architecture and almost intactness overtimes. The most impressive is 29-meter Thap Chinh (North Tower) vaulted interior masonry, terraced pyramidal roof, and vestibule.

Address: 2 Thang 4 Road, Nha Trang City; at the end of Xom Bong Bridge, on the northern bank of the Cai River, 3 km north of the central Nha Trang.

Opening Hours: 7:00 – 17:00.

Entrance fee: 22,000 VND.

8. Dam Market

Built around 1908, the 7-hectare Dam market is one of the busiest and most vibrant markets in Nha Trang. It is not only popular with locals but also tourists who come to learn more about local life and buy some gifts. Everything including fresh meat, fishes, dried foods (fruits and seafood), convenience items, clothes, shoes, fabrics can be found at the market. It is ok to buy souvenirs and dried foods, especially dried seafood. It is recommended to bargain, do not pay more than half the initial asking price of any items. You should not buy electronic items at the market because most of them are fake. You also have a big chance to enjoy a wide range of local foods and drinks at the stalls in the market. Most of the specialty foods as well as must foods to eat in Nha Trang can be found at the market.

Address: Ben Cho Street, Van Thanh Ward, Nha Trang City; right in the city center; 3.5 km northwest of Tran Phu Beach.

Opening Hours: 4:00 – 21:00.

9. Nha Trang Cathedral

Set atop a hill that overlooks Nha Trang Train Station, Nha Trang Cathedral (or Nui Church) is the largest church in the city, a great spot for photography, and a popular tourist attraction in the coastal city. It was designed in provincial French Gothic style by Priest Louis Vallet during the early 19th century. The cathedral is entirely made of stones and features stained glass windows. Other highlights include many statues of saints, 4,000 tombstones, a square clock tower surmounted by a large crucifix and three bells, which was cast in 1789 in France and still works today.

Address: Nguyen Trai Street, Phuoc Tan Ward, Nha Trang City; right in the city center; about 3 km from Tran Phu Beach.

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 05:00 – 17:00, Sunday 04:30 – 20:00.

10. National Oceanographic Museum

Built in 1923, the 20-hectare National Oceanographic Museum in Nha Trang is home to an extensive collection of over 20,000 live marine specimens (reef sharks, turtles, anemones, puffers, scorpionfish, lionfish, seaweed, coral reefs, etc.), preserved specimens, animal skeletons including the 18-m whale skeleton, fishing artifacts, and local boats. The Institute sponsors ongoing community projects and research including captive breeding programmes, regeneration and preservation of local coral reefs. The museum

Address: 14 Tran Phu Street, Vinh Hoa Ward, Nha Trang City; about 3 km south of Tran Phu Beach; near Cau Da Port.

Opening Hours: 6:00 – 18:00.

Entrance fee: 40,000 VND.

11. Long Son Pagoda

Built in the 19th century, restored many times, then rebuilt in 1940, Long Son Pagoda is the most famous pagoda in Nha Trang thanks to impressive Buddha statues, 1500-kg Dai Hong Chung bell since 2002, dedicated architecture, beautiful and peaceful landscape.

Address: 22 23 Thang 10 Street, Phuong Son Ward, Nha Trang City; about 4 km northwest of the city center.

Opening Hours: 7:00 – 21:00.

12. Ba Ho Waterfall

Ba Ho Waterfalls consisting of 3 natural waterfalls attracts lots of tourists thanks to picturesque landscaped, fresh air, a clear lake surrounded by dense rainforest. It is a favorite spot for swimming, fishing, hiking, picnics. The waterfalls are for adventurous tourists who reach there by motorbikes, there is no tour to this place.

Address: Ninh Ich Commune, Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province; about 28 km north of Nha Trang city center.

Entrance fee: 20,000 VND.

13. Hon Ba Mountain

Hon Ba Mountain, which is 1,578 meters above the sea level, is a favorite destination for tourists thanks to its mild climate, high peaks, and primeval forests. It is a great spot for trekking and hiking. The top of the mountain is surrounded by white clouds all year round and it is a great spot to view the beautiful Nha Trang. House of Alexandre Yersin – a French scientist lived and worked in Hon Ba, Suoi Dau Stream that begins from the mount top, Suoi Nguon Waterfall along the road to the mount top are the highlights that should not be missed. It is a bit adventurous to drive to the foot of Hon Ba Mountain.

Address: Khanh Son District, Khanh Hoa Province; about 50 km west of Nha Trang city center.

What and Where to eat in Nha Trang?

Mui Ne offers a wide range of great foods including specialty and seafood dishes. Below is a list of top Nha Trang foods that should not be missed.

Top Nha Trang specialty foods

Rice Noodle Soup/Soup Cake with Fish Cake/ Jellyfish

Rice Noodle Soup with Fish Cake is one of the most famous specialty food in the coastal Nha Trang City. This food distinguished from other Vietnamese rice noodle soups by the long thin round rice noodles, the flavorful and clear broth cooked from bones and heads of seawater fishes, toppings including chewy fried and steamed fish cakes, fish flesh, vegetables, herbs, pickles (pickled shallots). They also top the noodle soup with jellyfish and call the food Rice Noodle Soup with Jellyfish. Instead of the long thin rice noodles, they use thick rice noodles which are called soup cake noodles. The food is called Soup Cake with Fish Cake/ Jellyfish. You will learn how to use chopsticks and spoon to eat this food. A portion of Rice Noodle Soup/Soup Cake with Fish Cake/ Jellyfish can warm and fulfill your stomach after doing interesting activities in the city.

Top places to eat Rice Noodle Soup/Soup Cake with Fish Cake/ Jellyfish in Nha Trang:

Bun Ca Nguyen Loan, 123 Ngo Gia Tu Street, Nha Trang City; Price: about 40,000 VND/bowl; Open time: 5:00 – 22:30.

Bun Ca Co Ba, 123 Yersin Street, Phuong Sai Ward, Nha Trang City; about 35,000 VND/special bowl; Open time: 6:30 – 11:00; 16:00 – 21:00.

Ninh Hoa Grilled Pork Patties, Rice Noodles with Grilled Pork, and Fermented Pork

Ninh Hoa Grilled Pork Patties should not be missed by any tourist visiting Nha Trang. The food is very impressive from the taste as well as the eating way which can be strange to Western people. A portion of Ninh Hoa Grilled Pork Patties consists of chewy, sweet-tasty, smelling Grilled pork patties, extremely crispy fried rice paper rolls, rice paper, vegetables and herbs (cucumber, green mango, lettuce, heartleaf, chives), sweet and sour pickled carrot, shallot, gelatinous orange dipping sauce which is made from shrimp and other secret ingredients. To eat, diner uses a piece of rice paper to wrap the others into a roll, then dip the roll in the dip before tucking in. Restaurants serving Ninh Hoa Grilled Pork Patties also make and sell Fermented Pork which is chewy, sour, and very smelling. Bun Thit Nuong consisting of rice noodles, vegetables and herbs, grilled sliced pork, grilled pork patties, fried pork rolls, pickles is also a specialty of Nha Trang. Top places to eat these Nha Trang specialty foods include:

Nem Nuong Vu Thanh An, 15 Le Loi Street, Xuong Huan Ward, Nha Trang City;  Price: 45,000/portion of Ninh Hoa Grilled Pork Patties, 35,000 VND/bowl of Rice Noodles with Grilled Pork, 4,000 VND/1 sheet of Fermented Pork; Open time: 7:00 – 22:00.

Nem Nuong Dang Van Quyen, 2 – 4 Phan Boi Chau Street, Xuong Huan Ward, Nha Trang City; Price: 45,000/portion Ninh Hoa Grilled Pork Patties, 35,000 – 55,000 VND/bowl of Rice Noodles with Grilled Pork; Open time: 15:00 – 22:00.

Can Cake and Vietnamese Pancake

Can Cake is a Vietnamese traditional cake which is crispy outside, tender inside, topped with a variety of fillings including squid, shrimp, beef, quail egg. The cakes are cooked in a special terracotta pan with many small holes and lids. The cakes are served with mango strips, chopped green onions oil, deep-fried shallots, dipping fish sauce, and sometimes meatballs.

Besides Can Cake, the crispy Vietnamese Pancake (Banh Xeo) which is as small as a human hand is also worth trying in Nha Trang. Similar to Can Cake, Banh Xeo can be topped with squid, shrimp, beef.

Top places to eat these Nha Trang specialty foods:

Banh Can Co Tu, 120 Thap Ba Street, Nha Trang City, at the opposite of Po Nagar Cham Towers; Price: 60,000 VND/a plate of 10 Can cakes; 10,000 VND/1 Banh Xep Open time: 9:00 – 23:00.

Banh Can Ut Nam, 127 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Nha Trang City; Price: 20,000 VND/a plate of 8 Can cakes; Open time: 15:00 – 21:00.

Dien Khanh Wet Cake

Wet Cake (Banh Uot) is a thin steamed rice paper sheet which is tender and chewy at the same time. In Nha Trang, Dien Khanh town has had the best restaurants serving Wet Cake. Dien Khanh Wet Cake has become more and more popular and one of the specialty foods of the entire city. The cake is topped with chopped green onion oil, ground dried shrimp or mung bean.

Besides Wet Cake, Beat Cake (Banh Dap) is a grilled girdle cake topped with a wet cake, then beaten.  These 2 cakes are usually eaten with grilled meat and Vietnamese pork roll (Cha lua), dipped in a special dip made from fish sauce or fermented fish (Mam nem) and the broth cooked from pork, fish, shrimp.

Where to eat Dien Khanh Wet Cake and Beat Cake in the center of Nha Trang?

Address: 16A Hong Linh Street, Nha Trang City; Price: 4,000 VND/1 Wet Cake, 7,000 VND/1 Beat Cake, 3,000 VND/portion of grilled pork or pork roll; Open time : 7:00 – 10:00; 15:00 – 19:30.

Bloating-fern Shaped Cake

Bloating-fern Shaped Cake is small steamed rice flour cake topped with fried pork skin, chopped green onion oil, ground dried shrimp, eaten with sweet and sour dipping fish sauce. The cakes are steamed and served in very small bowls.

Where to eat the best Bloating-fern Shaped Cake  in the center of Nha Trang?

Be Tu, 15 Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Nha Trang City; Price: 18,000 VND/tray of 10 cakes; Open tiem: 12:00 – 21:000 VND.

All of the restaurants I have listed above are popular with local people and located in the city center so that you can reach there easily.

Seafood Dishes

Seafood Dishes is a big part of the coastal Nha Trang City where they fish and farm a wide range of seafood. Best dishes from seafood in Nha Trang include Jellyfish Salad, White Sardine Salad, Grilled Lobster with Cheese, Grilled Unicorn Leatherjacket, Seafood Hot Pot, Sweet Snail with Butter and Garlic, Grilled Squid, Boiled Ocean Crab, Grilled Sea Urchin, etc.

Where to eat Seafood Dishes in Nha Trang?

Nha Trang Seafoods, 46 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Nha Trang City; Prices: 45,000 – 495,000 VND; Open time: 9:00 – 23:00.

Gio Bien Restaurant, 10 Pham Van Dong Street, Nha Trang City; Prices: 50,000 – 200,000 VND; Open time: 10:00 – 22:00.

Bo Ke Restaurant, 42B Cu Lao Trung Street, Nha Trang City; Prices: 30,000 – 165,000 VND; Open time: 8:00 – 23:00.

Nhat Phong Restaurant, 63B Cu Lao Trung Street, Nha Trang City; Prices: 100,000 – 500,000 VND; Open time: 9:00 – 1:00.

Top 13 restaurants in Nha Trang

Cookbook Cafe Nha Trang

Address: Intercontinental Nha Trang, 32 – 34 Tran Phu Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City.

Open time: 6:30 – 22:30.

What to eat: authentic Vietnamese dishes, chargrilled meats, seafood dishes.

Price: 100,000 – 500,000 VND.

Ganesh Restaurant at Sailing Club

Address: 72 – 74 Tran Phu Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City.

Open time: 7:30 – 20:00.

What to eat: classic Tandoori, Mughlai and Bengali delicacies.

Price: 40,000 – 200,000 VND.

Sandals Restaurant at Sailing Club

Open time: 7:00 – 22:00.

What to eat: Vietnamese and Mediterranean delicacies made with Pacific Rim ingredients.

Price: 50,000 – 500,000 VND.

Sen Vietnamese Restaurant at Sailing Club

Open time: 7:30 – 20:30.

What to eat: Vietnamese foods.

Price: 300,000 – 750,000 VND.

Veranda Restaurant

Address: 66 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang City.

Open time: 9:00 – 22:00.

What to eat: Vietnamese and Western foods.

Price: 45,000 – 715,000 VND.

Louisiane Brewhouse

Address: 29 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang City.

Open time: 7:00 – 1:30.

What to eat: Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese foods.

Price: 120,000 – 715,000 VND.

Pita Greek Restaurant

Address: 7G3 Hung Vuong Street, Nha Trang City.

Open time: 9:00 – 21:00.

What to eat: Greek foods.

Price: 100,000 – 1,000,000 VND.

Yen’s Restaurant

Address: 73/6 Trang Quang Khai Street, Nha Trang City.

Open time: 10:00 – 23:00.

What to eat: Vietnamese foods.

Price: 15,000 – 720,000 VND.

La Mancha Espanol Restaurant

Address: 17 Biet Thu Street, Nha Trang City.

Open time: 7:00 – 23:59.

What to eat: Spanish dishes.

Price: 45,000 – 200,000 VND.

Da Fernando

Address: 96 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Nha Trang City.

Open time: 8:00 – 23:00.

What to eat: Italian foods.

Price: 60,000 – 350,000 VND.

Bo Nuong Lac Canh

Address: 44 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Nha Trang City.

Open time: 10:00 – 23:00.

What to eat: marinated pork, beef, prawn, squid grilled at the table by yourself, local beer.

Price: 35,000 – 275,000 VND.

Lantern Vietnamese Restaurant

Address: 72 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Nha Trang City.

Open time: 8:30 – 21:00.

What to eat: Vietnamese dishes and Western dishes, best of which are lemongrass chicken, seafood noodles, hot pots, seafood clay pots.

Price: 40,000 – 120,000 VND.

Dining by The Bay at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Address: Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Van Ward, Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province; 70 km from the city center, 20 minutes from Cau Da Port by speed boat.

Open time: 7:00 – 23:30.

What to eat: authentic Vietnamese dishes, seafood dishes, etc. Some great dishes are Vietnamese Pancake (250,000 VND), Wok-Fried Beef Tenderloin And Potato Chips (890,000 VND), Luong Son Seafood In Claypot (530,000 VND)

Price: 100,000 – 1.000,000 VND.

Where to stay in Nha Trang?

As mentioned above, there are hundreds of accommodations in Nha Trang which is always full of tourists.

Most of the hotels are set in the area near Tran Phu Beach and the city center where tourists can easily reach some top attractions such as Po Nagar Cham Tower, Chong Rocks, do many activities on Tran Phu Beach, hot springs and mud bath center, go shopping, eating, drinking, and have fun at night clubs. Tran Phu Boulevard is lined with many hotels, many of which are the best 5-star hotels in the city. Note that these hotels have beach-view rooms, but do not have private beaches. Some of the best hotels in this area are:

  • 5-star Intercontinental Nha Trang, 32 – 34 Tran Phu Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City; Price from 255 USD.
  • 5-star Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel, 26 – 28 Tran Phu Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City; Price from 120 USD.
  • 4-star Novotel Nha Trang, 50 Tran Phu Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City; Price from 100 USD.

The small streets around Biet Thu Street is the main Nha Trang backpacker area, which is tucked in alleyways and relatively near Tran Phu Beach. Some good hotels include:

  • 3-star Asia Paradise Hotel, 6 Biet Thu Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City; Price from 40 USD.

The 15-km Pham Van Dong Boulevard, which connects Tran Phu Boulevard with National Highway 1A is lined with many luxury restaurants, resorts with private beaches.

  • 5-star Amiana Resort and Villas, Nha Trang Bay, Pham Van Dong Street, Vinh Hoa Ward, Nha Trang City; Price from 40 USD.

Luxury resorts on other beaches, which is not very far from the city center, are perfect choices for whom like to relax on the beach, enjoy fresh seafood, have some fun with water sports and activities. Some of the best resorts include:

  • 5-star Mia Resort and Spa, Dong Beach (Bai Dong), Cam Hai Dong Commune, Cam Lam District, Khanh Hoa Province; 16 km south of the city center; Price from 250 USD.
  • 4-star Diamond Bay Resort and Spa, Nhu Tien Beach, Cam Hai Dong Commune, Cam Lam District, Khanh Hoa Province; 12 km south of the city center; Price from 150 USD.

A number of resorts on islands offer you exclusive experiences. Below are some great island resorts:

  • 5-star Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang, Tre Island, Vinh Nguyen Ward, Nha Trang City. Price from 170 USD. The other accommodations in this Island are Vinpearl Discovery Nha Trang offering price from 160 USD, Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang offering price from 350 USD, Vinpearl Discovery Nha Trang offering price from 150 USD.
  • MerPerle Hon Tam Resort, Tam Island, Nha Trang City. Price from 130 USD.

Although many Vietnamese tourists choose to stay overnight at homestays on islands in Nha Trang, I would like to recommend foreign tourists should visit the island during the day and come back to the city center before the dark and sleep in a hotel in the center in case they do not want to stay at expensive resorts.

What and where to buy in Nha Trang?

What to buy in Nha Trang?

Specialty foods (dried seafood, salangane nest, mango rice paper), souvenirs (artwork, handicrafts), pearls, and clothing are things recommended to buy in Nha Trang.

Dried seafood

Dried seafood including dried squid (from 500,000 VND/kg), dried shrimp (from 500,000 VND/kg), and dried fishes (from 900,000 VND/kg) are worth buying at:

  • Dam Market.
  • Xom Moi Market, 49 Ngo Gia Tu Street, Tan Lap Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 6:00 – 17:00

Salangane nest

Nha Trang is famous for the high-quality Khanh Hoa salangane nest which is very good for the health. There are some shops sell faux Khanh Hoa salangane nest so that you can buy the genuine on your visit to Yen Island or at Khanh Hoa salangane nest shop in Maximark Nha Trang, 60 Thai Nguyen, Phuong Sai Ward, Nha Trang City. The price is around 3,000,000 VND/100g.

Mango rice paper

The sweet, sticky, and fragrant Mango rice paper is one of the most favorite foods to buy in Nha Trang. The price is around 30,000 VND/200g. You can find this food at:

Dam Market.

127 Yersin Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City. Pearls

Although pearls can be found easily in Vietnam and other countries in the world, it is worth buying pearls in Nha Trang which great nature condition and the ocean make the pearls exclusive. Prices are from 2,000,000 VND.

Artwork

A good place to buy artwork in Nha Trang is XQ Su Quan, 64 Tran Phu Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 7:30 – 22:00; Prices range from 500,000 VND to one hundred of million VND.

Fine art handicrafts

Some recommended items include clay pots with Champa patterns, lacquer, bamboo handicrafts, burned eggshells. Prices range from tens of thousands to millions VND. You can find the handicrafts at:

My Village, 6G Hung Vuong Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 9:00 – 22:00.

Bau Truc Pottery, 135 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 9:00 – 22:00.

Fabric and tailoring

Hoang Yen Tailor, 128 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Tan Lap Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 8:00 – 22:00.

Silk and Silver Nha Trang, 6 Tran Quang Khai Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 8:00 – 22:00.

Where to go shopping in Nha Trang?

In Nha Trang you can go shopping at local markets such as Dam Market, Xom Moi Market, Nha Trang Night Market or shopping center such as Lotte Nha Trang, Vincomn Plaza, Maximark Nha Trang.

Markets

  • Dam Market which information has been provided above.
  • Xom Moi Market, 49 Ngo Gia Tu Street, Tan Lap Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 6:00 – 17:00. What to buy there? – Everything, dried foods are recommended.
  • Nha Trang Night Market, 78 Tue Tinh Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 5:00 – 24:00; What to buy there? – Clothes, accessories, jewelry, and souvenirs.

Shopping malls in Nha Trang

  • Maximark Nha Trang in Vincom Maximark, 60 Thai Nguyen, Phuong Sai Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 8:00 – 22:00.
  • Lotte Nha Trang, 58 23 Thang 10 Street, Phuong Son Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 8:00 – 22:00.
  • Vincomn Plaza Tran Phu, 78 – 80 Tran Phu Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 9:30 – 22:00.
  • Vincomn Plaza Le Thanh Ton, 44 – 46 Le Thanh Ton Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City; Open time: 9:30 – 22:00.

All of the listed places where to buy in Nha Trang have been chosen carefully and located right in the city center so that you can go there easily, even in walking distances.

Are you ready for the perfect trip to Nha Trang? I hope this Nha Trang Travel Guide will help you to plan your trip at its best. Do not skip the trip and do not hesitate to comment for any question. I will do my best to answer as well as give you the information you need as soon as possible.

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