Nha Trang, located in the south-central coast of Vietnam, is a backpacker’s delight. A wonderful long coastline, miles of golden sandy beaches against a stunning backdrop of mountains, plenty of beautiful islands to explore, numerous historical attractions and long hours of relaxation - this is what Nha Trang offers you. Besides these, there are countless other mind-blowing activities that Nha Trang has on offer for you that can leave you asking for more. If you are wondering about what to do when visiting Nha Trang, then have a look at this article to get a better idea.
1. Engage in adrenaline pumping water sports
Watersports, scuba diving, and snorkeling, in particular, are some of the most popular things to do here. Blessed with vast expanses of beautiful reef under the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area, you get a chance to see the colorful marine life while engaging in snorkeling and diving. Because of its shallow waters, it is an excellent location for beginners to learn diving or even obtain an open water PADI certification. Advanced divers can experience swimming through the tunnels at Octopus Rock near Hon Rom. Rainbow Divers, Sailing Club Divers, and Angel Dive are a few names providing this service. Besides, you could experience the adrenaline rush by engaging in other aquatic adventures like surfing, jet-skiing and parasailing.
Address: 19 Biệt Thự, Lộc Thọ, Tp. Nha Trang, 650000 Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Website: Rainbow Divers
2. Set on sailing trips to nearby islands
Nha Trang has tons of little islands off the mainland like Mun, Mieu, and Tam. There are many tour operators offering boat trips to these little retreats and thus you have many options to choose from based on your budget and need. You can either share the boat with a group of 15 to 25 people or rent a private one to enjoy some alone time with your loved ones.
Moreover, you can make this trip more exciting by carrying loads of chilled beers and some munchies. Once at the island, you can either swim in the clear blue waters or visit the aquarium/fish farm or simply sit back and relax. You could choose from a day trip cruise with alcohol, seafood lunch, and snorkeling or a dinner cruise with free flow of booze and a set five-course meal.
Funky Monkey Boat Tours
Address: Địa chỉ: 34A/1 Nguyễn Thiện Thuật, Nha Trang, Việt Nam
Price: from 200,000 VND (around 9 USD)
Website: Funky Monkey Boat Tours
3. Explore the beaches
Because of its long coastline, Nha Trang has no lack of beaches. With certain sections exclusive for swimmers, you can take pleasure in an unperturbed swim. If you head south of downtown, the beaches are less populated and at times there may be a possibility that you are the only one on this long stretch of golden yellow sand.
There is a beautiful Tran Phu Boulevard, running parallel to the beach, which is packed with locals, tourists, and hawkers selling candy floss, ice cream or coconuts. A splash in the turquoise waters of the beach or an evening stroll on this beautiful promenade can be a refreshing experience. You could also relish a sumptuous seafood meal at one of the beachside restaurants. Besides if you have enough time, you could take a day trip to paradisaical Doc Let or Bai Dai beaches which a couple of kilometers away from Nha Trang downtown.
Doc Let Beach
Address: 50 kilometers (29 miles) North of Nha Trang
Access: Take a city bus / travel by bike / hire a cab
4. Take bike trips up to Ba Ho Waterfalls
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Apart from the beaches, Nha Trang has some amazing waterfalls with Ba Ho being the most impressive of them all. Ba Ho Falls is a series of 3 waterfalls and swimmable pools located among the lush green flora. Situated 20 kilometers (13 miles) north of Nha Trang, it is a short bike ride away from downtown.
The vibrant views while riding on the road along the coast and rice paddies are a treat to the eyes. Once you reach the parking space, just hike on the rocky path and follow the red arrows drawn on the rocks to reach the main falls area. The hike is tiring but rewarding as the chilly azure pools are truly mesmerizing.
Ba Ho Waterfalls cliff jumping
Address: Ninh Ích, Ninh Hòa, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
Opening hours: 8:16 a.m. to 6 p.m.
5. Go on sacred excursions
Nha Trang is home to some of the most well-maintained Cham Temple ruins as well as Buddhist temples. Built between the 7th and 12th centuries on the banks of River Cai, Po Nagar Cham temples are an active worship site for Buddhists. Its magnificent architecture draws strong resemblance with that at Angkor temples. Besides, the 19th century Long Son Pagoda, housing the 24 meter (79 feet) tall statue of white Buddha and a giant statue of Reclining Buddha, is another popular tourist attraction. This pagoda also has a fascinating cemetery dedicated to monks/nuns who lost their lives while protesting against the Diem government.
Po Nagar Cham Temples
Address: Hai Tháng Tư, Vĩnh Phước, Tp. Nha Trang, 650000 Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
Primary Deity: Yan Po Nagar (the mother of the country)
Long Son Pagoda
Address: Phật Học, Phương Sơn, Tp. Nha Trang, 650000 Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
6. Vinpearl cable car and Vinpearl Land Amusement Park
Vinpearl cable car (world’s longest oversea cable car) with a length of more than 3 kilometers (2 miles) links Nha Trang mainland to Hon Tre Island. This cable car journey offers you with breathtaking views of Nha Trang Bay as well as the city. The views at night with colorful city lights are more incredible.
Once on Hon Tre Island, tourists can visit Vinpearl Land Amusement Park which can be called the Disneyland of Vietnam. This attraction is very popular with local tourists, especially during summer holidays. There are amusing animal shows, fun rides, 3D cinemas, performing troupes, an underwater aquarium, food village and shopping mall available at Vinpearl Land. A visit here, if not astounding enough, can at least be a complete entertainment package for the entire family.
Vinpearl Land Amusement Park
Address: Hòn Tre Island, Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Website: Vinpearl Land Amusement Park
7. Visit Yang Bay Eco Park
Yang Bay Eco Park is a charming little nature park located a short drive away from the town center. This park is full of trees with small water bodies in between. Taking a dip in the hot spring, listening to the sound of rushing water at the waterfall, feeding the animals, riding the ostrich, and watching pig races are a few activities you can do here. This is a perfect place to enjoy the calm and natural environment. Besides, the kids will love playing with animals.
Yang Bay Eco Park
Address: Yang Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam
8. Go on a hot air balloon ride
The hot air balloon ride center near Pham Van Dong Street has been recently renovated. This was originally established in Hon Tam Island in 2010. With vibrantly colored balloons and safety equipment, the rides carry you to around a 150-meter (500-foot) height above the ground. It is a 20-minute ride offering 360 aerial degree views of the city. Besides, these balloons which look like tiny specs of color in the sky from below are delightful to watch during the day.
Hot air balloon ride
Address: Pham Van Dong Street
Price: 100,000 VND (around 4.5 USD) during the day and 120,000 VND (around 5.5 USD) in the evening
9. Visit places of art, cultural or historic relevance
Nha Trang has a large number of places pertaining to art, culture, and history that can keep the ardent admirers engaged. Located towards the far south of the city is the National Oceanographic Museum providing chunks of information about marine life. For art aficionados, there are Mai Loc, Do Dien Khanh and Long Thanh Galleries showcasing the awe-inspiring works of Vietnam’s eminent photographers. Besides, there is Alexandre Yersin Museum dedicated to Dr. Alexandre Yersin who founded the Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang and also introduced rubber and quinine-producing trees to Vietnam.
National Oceanographic Museum
Address: Institute of Oceanography, Trần Phú, Cầu Đá, Vĩnh Nguyên, Tp. Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10. Go shopping at the local market
Xom Moi Market is a bustling local market selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and other household items. You can try out a variety of local food at this market. However, Dam Market is more popular with the tourists.
It sells everything that you may want to carry back home with you like ceramics, lacquerware, souvenirs, fake branded stuff, coffee, and dried seafood. Don’t forget to bargain if you want to avoid getting ripped off. Besides, there is a night market which dazzles with vivid lights and brightly colored displays at the stalls. Here, you will find ‘I Love Vietnam’ tee-shirts, bags, hats, souvenirs and other novelty stuff.
Address: Vạn Thạnh, Nha Trang, 650000 Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
Opening hours: 7 AM - 6 PM
11. Bar and club hopping
After an activity-packed day, you can head to one of the local of international bars over here and try out their signature cocktails. Many of these bars are open late night and are located close to each other. So you can simply hop from one to another and try out a variety. However, Sailing Club and Louisiane Brewhouse, located at Tran Phu Boulevard, are the hot favorites. With an elegant ambiance, they allow you to sit by the seaside and relish one of their in-house brews/cocktails or sip wine and enjoy the cheery setting.
Address: 72-74 Trần Phú, Lộc Thọ, Tp. Nha Trang, 650000 Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
12. Take a mud bath or unwind at a spa
A visit to Nha Trang is not complete without going for a mud bath. Claimed to have all sorts of healing properties, mud baths have become synonymous with Nha Trang. To experience it yourself, you can visit Thap Ba Hot Springs or i Resort or 100 Egg Mud Bath or other places which offer this service.
And if sitting in a tub filled with mud isn’t appealing to you, head to a spa, found throughout the streets of Nha Trang. Most of them offer good professional massages and lots of other treatments. You could also try the Thai-style spa by a blind masseuse at The Blind People Light Centre for a unique experience.
100 Egg Mud Bath
Address: Nguyen Tat Thanh Blvd, Phuoc Dong
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Website: 100 Egg Mud Bath
Nha Trang never runs out of opportunities to delight you
With so many things to do, Nha Trang never runs out of activities that will keep you thoroughly delighted. You can never feel bored in this happening and energetic town. After having read this, I am sure that you feel that this place definitely deserves a visit. Come along, indulge in these mind-boggling recreations and revel in a lighthearted vacation.
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