Over the years, Nha Trang coastal city has increasingly changed its appearance, become a city of the youthful, modern and dynamic lifestyle, which has been innovating and developing day by day. Thanks to these innovations as well as development, the beauty of Nha Trang thrives, making it one of the most memorable places to go for every traveller. In this entry, let’s delve into 7 best things to do in Nha Trang, Vietnam here!
1. Enjoying Picturesque Beaches Described As “Blue Sea – White Beach”
Nha Trang has long been famous for its breathtaking beaches. It can be said that going to Nha Trang without visiting its beaches would definitely a regrettable loss. Nha Trang beaches, which are covered by white sand, have total length of about 7 kilometers and have become a fascinating as well as passionate destination for numerous people. Under the tropical sunshine, the green color of the undulating mountains mixes harmoniously with the “crystalline” sea’s blue color and the charming white sand, creating a wonderful combination.
What distinguishes this land’s sea from others’ is its surprisingly peaceful characteristic. Unlike Sam Son Beach in Thanh Hoa Province, which is suitable for adventurous visitors with its massive waves, Nha Trang beaches would be an ideal place for visitors looking for a peaceful holiday. Thanks to its minor waves, people can immerse themselves in the blue sea of Nha Trang, totally rest and get rid of the bustling life.
Visiting Nha Trang beaches, tourists can not only immerse themselves in the blue sea but also sunbath under the sunshine. Remarkably, Nha Trang’s sunshine differs itself from other places’ in its comfort. Unlike other places’ tropical sunshine which annoys visitors by its overheat, Nha Trang’s sunshine “massages” visitors’ skin and can satisfy even the most “heat – hated” person by its amazing feeling. Lying on the beach under the yellow sunshine, immersing in the wonderful nature would absolutely not a bad idea for traveller searching for relaxing moments.
The beauty of Nha Trang beaches is like a “magnet”, which enchants a plethora of visitors each day. Every moments you look at this coastal city’s natural beauty, you will be likely to forget the passing time but merely fascinatingly absorbed in its ethereal and charming nature. Its sea, its beach, both of them are so gentle that can offer a peaceful feeling to roughly every visitors. These marvellous beaches are such wonderful presents that Mother Earth has given to Nha Trang.
Beaches in Nha Trang do not have exact addresses. However, please do not worry as every taxi driver here can take you to the right place, just tell him/her the right beach’s name. here are some highly suggested beaches in Nha Trang:
- Doc Let beach (Bãi Dốc Lết): Suitable for the elderly and children thanks to its narrow and calm sea
- Dai beach (Bãi Dài): Famous for its pristine nature
- Dai Lanh beach (biển Đại Lãnh): A wide beach being famous for its wonderful sunrise scenery
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2. Trying The Freshest Seafood
Having nutrition-rich sea, pleasant climate as well as ideal location, Nha Trang has an abundant amount of seafood, which is not only fresh but also highly-qualified. Going to Nha Trang, visitors will have a high possibility of enjoying the freshest seafood at the most reasonable price.
The reason why Nha Trang’s seafood is always famous for its fresh condition is because the food will only be prepared and cooked after being ordered. This ensures that the served dishes would be always in the most delicious condition and the culinary enjoyers would always be satisfied.
If having chance, visitors are suggested to rent a canoe or a fisherman’s boat at Bao Dai port so that they can enjoy the sea creatures right after they are catched. The feeling of enjoying seafood while floating on the beautiful sea, absolutely, will lead travellers to considerable impression.
However, there are two things to note before going to enjoy Nha Trang’s delicious seafood. First, on the weekends, the restaurant will be full of customers. Thus, culinary enjoyers are suggested to come early if they do not want to spend too much time on waiting. For first-time visitors who do not know what to eat, feel free to ask the restaurants’ staffs for recommendation. Secondly, Lobsters in Nha Trang have long been famous for their mouthwatering taste. As rumours go, their taste can “lead you to the heaven” even at your very first morsel. Its sweet taste, soft and white meat structure will definitely bring enjoyers an unforgettable experience.
- Hai san Gio Bien
Location: 10 Pham Van Dong, Vinh Hai, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa
Opening hours: 11 am – 0 am
- Hai san Lang Chai Nha Trang
Location: 44/14 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Xuong Huan, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa
- Bo Ke restaurant
Location: 52 Cu Huan, Vinh Tho, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa
Opening hours: 8 am – 11 pm
Phone: 0258 3706 611
3. Visiting Amazing Entertaining And Cultural Sites
Nha Trang is not a mere beach, it is the paradise of entertainment as well as an accommodation containing great ritual values.
For tourists who use travelling as a means of seeking happiness, Nha Trang would be an ideal place for you as it is home of Vinpearl Nha Trang, a world-class amusement centre. With the modern architecture designed based on the combination of natural beauty and state-of-the-art equipment, Vinpearl Nha Trang would be an appropriate choice for adventurous people. Customers here can try some most interesting thrilling games, let themselves relaxingly watch the water dancing performance – a harmonious performance of water, light and music or participating in numerous other activities.
On the other hand, for culture-learners who always discover the destinations’ culture while travelling, Nha Trang would also suit you. This place is a culture-rich area, which is home to various ritual areas, which reflect indigenous people’s beliefs as well as religious.
To be more specific , the most striking place, evidently, may be Goddess Ponagar tower (of which full name is Yang Po Inu Nagar) – the place that worships Goddess Ana – the mother of Champa nation. Thap Ba can be considered as a symbol of Nha Trang since this is Champa’s largest architectural complex in the Central region. All the statues and sculptural details in the temple are the reflection of Champa’s two talenting techniques: making round statues and embossing carving.
Another tourists attraction is Long Son Pagoda, which has a remarkable history of over 100 years. This is the largest Pagoda in Nha Trang, owning a plethora of Vietnam’s largest outdoor Buddha Statues. Each year, numerous visitors come here to look for peace in mind. This is an ideal accommodation for people who want to temporarily get rid of the city’s hustle and bustle.
- Thap Ba (Ponagar Godness Tower)
Location: 2 Thang 4, Vinh Phuoc, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
Opening hours: 8 am – 6 pm
- Long Son Pagoda
Location: 20 Road 23/10, Phuong son, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
Opening hours: full day
4. Making An Island Adventure
One of the most attractive aspects of Nha Trang that mostly all tourists should experience is a wide range of islands with clear water, each of which has its own features and beauty. For those who are passionate about travelling, conquering these numerous mysterious islands would evidently be an integral experience when travelling to Nha Trang.
First, let us go through some common aspects that can be found in most islands. Opposite to most people’s assumption, Nha Trang’s islands are not a wild place for adventurous travellers but it is more likely to be the most appropriate place for peace-hunters.
The blue sea, together with the pristine beach, offers a perfect “sanctuary” for those who want to temporarily escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Moreover, if you are a beauty-lovers, “hunting” sunrise or sunset on an island would definitely a must-try. The “clear” and “naive” beauty of these two sceneries absolutely will take your breath away. Such a pristine beauty!
Secondly, each island in Nha Trang has its own “characteristics” that can allure any visitors. For example, Swallow Island, which is home to thousands swallow family, amazes visitors by its numerous swallow nests. Besides, visiting Swallow Island, tourists would have a chance of learning about Nha Trang’s Swallow Nest, one of the highest qualified Swallow Nests in the World. Another recommendation for visitors would be Hon Tam Island, in which glass-bottom boats are offered, helping travelers observe its various coral reefs without having to dive into the sea.
Each island is a “live” biology book, through which you can acknowledge yourself about the beauty of our nature. Travelling to Nha Trang’s Islands, you delve yourself into a wonderful and amazing world that Mother Nature has meticulously created.
Editor’s Tip: You can book your island tour at your hotel as this service is available at mostly everyone
5. Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
Snorkeling as well as scuba diving are also considered as two most interesting activities in Nha Trang. These two water sports, though, literally require a lot of special skills, it is possible for inexperienced divers to experience, but of course, with careful support of master divers. Almost all diving companies will also provide suitable programs for new triers, so please do not worry if you are a newbie in these sports.
Usually, snorkeling (swimming with glasses and snorkel) is one of the simplest types of diving, which is evidently more suitable for new divers.
Visitors will mainly dive in shallow sea area near the shore while watching the coral reefs and colorful fish through the swimming goggles. Another type of diving, scuba diving, has a wider range of lever, ranging from Try Dive (for beginners), Discovery Scuba Diving (for the experienced) to Fun Dive ( master level). The higher the difficult level is, the more adventurous the experience is. Dive deep into the sea and you will find out another world – a world of various colorful sea creatures.
No matter which type of diving you are interested in, there are some basic safety rules you have to follow to have a safe diving experience. Before diving, visitors are highly recommended to ask the instructors about the basic techniques as well as notes. Though these sports are apparently more suitable for people being able to swim, as long as you accompany the instructor carefully while diving, even those who cannot swim can take part in these activities. Be prepared as under the water, the only communicating way is by gestures.
Normally, travellers should dive about 1-2 hours after eating. Participants have to ensure their health as well as nervous system are strong enough for these activities since these two sports would require a lot of strength and endurance.
Usually, the peak season of diving is from June to August. At that time, Trang Trang’s sea will be at its clearest and most beautiful condition. In the rainy season, as the sea level will be higher, divers should be considerably careful while doing this activity.
Suggested diving locations:
- Hon Mot diving location
- Monkey Island snorkeling location
- Hon Mun Island diving location
Suggested diving company:
- Vietnam Active – Adventure Company and Dive Center
Location: 115 Hung Vuong Street, Nha Trang
- Sailing Club Diver
Location: 74 Tran Phu, Loc Tho, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
Opening hours: 7.30 am – 8 pm
Phone: 0258 3522 788
- Happy driving center
Location: 88 Nguyen Thien Thuat, Loc Tho, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
Opening hours: 6.30 am – 10 pm
Phone: 091 411 60 06
6. Having A Relaxing Mud Bath
Mud bathing is a popular leisure activity among visitors to Nha Trang. For the first time hearing about this “weird” activity, most people will think this is just a joke as mud seem to have no benefits. In fact, mineral mud in Nha Trang is a type of natural mud, which is mineral-richer than any other types.
Covering yourself by the thin mud layer, your skin would be detoxified, the blackheads will be eliminated, the aging process is made slow. Enjoyers’ bodies will be purified and blood circulation is also supported. For the elderly, mud bath even helps the treatment of osteoarthritis, surprisingly.
Most mud baths in Nha Trang have 2 main forms of bathing, liquid mud and a thicker form of mud. In addition, each mud bath resorts will have several other types of mineral bathing, which aims at meeting the needs of a wide range of customers.
- Tam Bun Thap Ba Nha Trang:
Location: 438 Ngo Den, Ngoc Hiep, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
Opening hours: 7 am – 7.30 pm
Phone: 0258 3837 205
- Tam bun Tram Trung:
Location: Nguyen Tat Thanh, Phuoc Dong, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
Phone: 0963046363 / 0934156363
7. Immersing In The Bustling Nightlife
Nha Trang’s nights can bring tourists an indescribable feeling. Along Nha Trang beach at night, there will be a number of interesting nightime activities in Nha Trang.
Some people who love exploring the sea at night can hire a small trip, then try floating and go fishing in the dark night. Other tourists, who like trying delicious cuisine, they can come to Phu Dong Park and enjoy the night market held here. The market’s price range is various, ranging from the affordable familiar dishes of Vietnam to higher-price restaurants or even luxurious ones. Or for someone who prefers a quiet atmosphere, sitting by the sea feeling its gentle and “salty” wind would definitely not a bad idea.
It can be said that, Nha Trang at night is evidently an appropriate place for everyone. Roughly any travelers can find something suiting them in Nha Trang at night. This place has both peaceful and energetic beauty.
Before the dark night totally covers Nha Trang, visitors can enjoy its breathtaking sunset. After a hustling day, people can spend time enjoying this peaceful moment, immersing themselves in the fresh atmosphere to have the “fullest” relaxation.
Coming to Nha Trang, you are coming to another world. Its natural scenery, the memorable thrilling games as well as its cultural values, undeniably will bring every tourists an unforgettable tour.