Nha Trang, the coastal resort city
Located in Khanh Hoa Province, 450km north of Ho Chi Minh City, 1,287 km south of Hanoi, 624 km south of Hue. The new airport is located some 20 km south of the city and serves only domestic destinations.
Nha Trang is a coastal resort city in southern Vietnam known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands. Its main beach is a long, curving stretch along Tran Phu Street backed by a promenade, hotels and seafood restaurants. Aerial cable cars cross over to Hòn Tre Island, and the nature reserves of Hòn Mun and Hòn Tằm islands, reachable by boat, have coral reefs.
Main attractions: pristine beaches, off-shore islets, Cham towers, hot springs and some water sports: scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, wind surfing, parasailing, etc. Whale Island, 60km north of Nha Trang, is a little paradise for nature lovers with simple bungalows and aquatic activities.
Nha Trang is endowed by nature with deep, quiet and warm waters all the year round, surrounded by archipelagoes, islands, mountains and white sand beaches – a wonderful and attractive tourist resort. With 6km white sand beach and emerald sea water, where hundreds of oceanic creatures inhabit, Nha Trang can be compared to the Mediterranean Sea. In the average temperature of 23°C, the warm sunlight shining on a line of a meticulously manicured stand of coconut trees, Australian pine, broad-leaved arjun and scarlet flamboyant, has made this coastal city the paradise of leisure and relaxation.
To the north of Nha Trang stands the Chong mount which looks like a wide open hand over the sea. Far offshore, the Yen (Swallow) Island appears with lush green colors where salangane nests have been harvested for years to make the traditional “bird’s nest” tonic and food. Hon Tre Island is 36km² and belongs to a group of islands located southwest of Nha Trang.
Nha Trang benefits from topographical advantages of the sea, islands, mountains, and deltas, with endless mountain ranges where a wide variety of animals and birds live. These natural features provide an ideal condition for tourists to practice various kinds of water sports as well as hiking and mountaineering. The magnificent coral makes it ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Along a coast lie a series of modern and charming resorts, ranging from 3 to 5 stars, with all kinds of facilities and conveniences able to satisfy various needs and demands at every inch. Sunbathing lazily on the soft white sand of the pristine beach or participating in dynamic sport activities like snorkeling, water-skiing, parasailing, canoeing, fishing, diving… will truly refresh both your mind and body.
Who doesn’t love a picturesque white sand beach? Throw in the stunning turquoise waters of the East Sea and a scenic display of lush offshore islands dotting the horizon and you’re probably wondering if you even need to read the next nine reasons.
While Tran Phu Beach is the largest and most popular of Nha Trang’s beaches, head for the beaches near Hon Chong Promontory for more of a local flavor or take a day trip to nearby Bai Dai Beach for an even more off-the-beaten-path experience.
Nha Trang’s tropical savannah climate means the sun’s almost always shining, except for a few wet months between September and December when monsoon rains strike. Plan your visit to Nha Trang for January through August and you’re golden. With temperatures in the 80’s year-round and almost no wind, thanks to the mountains and islands that shelter Nha Trang Bay, Nha Trang is looking more and more like a beach-lover’s dream destination. But, there’s more…
Unlike its seaside counterparts in Mui Ne and Phu Quoc, Nha Trang is uniquely cosmopolitan. Soaring high-rises, trendy restaurants, and chic boutiques fill the well-groomed beachside promenade on Tran Phu Street, while the vibrant nightlife scene picks up at sundown. Your options to dine and do are as endless as in any bustling city, with the added luxury of white sand beaches nearby. In short, Nha Trang is as cosmopolitan as you want it to be, a perfect combination of urban and coastal.
When it comes to nightlife, Nha Trang does not disappoint. In fact, party town (or laid-back drinker) is written all over it. From rooftop lounges to nightclubs and beachfront dance floors, there are plenty of reasons to stay out late in Nha Trang. Unlike the hindering curfews of the capital, Nha Trang stays open late. For a late night bite, visit Phu Dong Park for a full-fledged night food market.
19 tropical islands sit just off of Nha Trang’s coast. Snorkel over coral reef, cannonball off the catamaran into crystal clear seas, and accept cocktails from the floating bar. Nha Trang’s vacation vibes follow you right out into the sea. You’ll be hard pressed to find another spot in the world where island hopping is as accessible, affordable, and amazing as it is in Nha Trang.