One of Vietnam’s most popular beach destinations, Nha Trang has a lively atmosphere and a beautiful setting. The beach here is impressively long, stretching for miles along a curved bay, backed by beautiful mountains in the distance. Early in the morning, many locals practise t’ai chi on the beach – rise early to watch, or even join in.
Parts of Nha Trang have a more traditional Vietnamese atmosphere, while other areas are far more westernised, with high-rise buildings and international restaurants and shops. Experience the local culture with a visit to Long Son Pagoda, which has a 24-metre-high white Buddha statue. Climb the steps for a stunning bird's-eye view over Nha Trang. Or rent a cyclo for a tour of the ruins of the Cham people, an ancient Hindu empire that dates back to the eighth century.
Watersports are readily available from the beach, with activities including wakeboarding and banana boat rides. Nha Trang is also Vietnam’s diving capital, with great marine life sighted just minutes away by boat – ideal for beginners or ‘taster’ dives, as well as more experienced divers. Visit Vinpearl – a resort, golf course, aquarium and water theme park where you can ride the cable car to Hòn Tre Island.
GMT +7 hours
Vietnamese. Some speak French and English.
A service charge is usually included in the bill in large hotels and restaurants. In small resraturants and bars, leave a tip for good service. You should also tip baggage porters, drivers and guides.
You'll find lots of eateries serving fish and seafood in this coastal resort.