Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang, central Vietnam's top beach resort town for fun and relaxation

what to do in nha trang vietnan

Nha Trang is a seaside resort town in Central Vietnam, located about halfway between Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). It's a great place for a short trip, or even a weekend getaway, because it has an international airport! Regular flights arrive from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, HCMC, Hanoi, and other major hubs in Southeast Asia. Nha Trang is a laid-back city was a chill party atmosphere. There are some cool sights to see, but you won't go wrong if you just decide to relax on the beach or at a cheap resort or hotel. Don't forget to pack your sunscreen and a good book!
  • Easy to get to - there's an international airport!
  • Cheap! - visiting Nha Trang won't break your budget
  • Relaxing - there are only a few things to do besides chilling on the beach, and I'll tell you all about them here
pink tower and sea in nha trang vietnam
This pink tower, designed to look like a flower, is one of the landmarks of Nha Trang.

Getting to Nha Trang

Nha Trang is super easy to get to, and won't require much time or effort until you are relaxing on the beach. Nha Trang has an international airport, and flights arrive daily from major hubs such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Make sure you have a visa, though! You can apply for a Vietnamese visa at a Vietnamese embassy (the one in Bangkok is easy to get to), or try out the government's new official online e-visa application site: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/trang-chu-ttdt

Just be sure to either have a visa in your passport or an e-visa approval document before you arrive!

Getting around Nha Trang

  • There's a public bus in Nha Trang that runs up and down the main road alongside the beach. A ticket costs a flat rate of 5000 VND (about $0.25).
  • Nha Trang is small enough that you're generally able to walk to the most popular sites on foot.
  • Taxis are plentiful and affordable. Make sure the driver uses the meter, or negotiate a fair price beforehand.
  • I like using the app Grab. The app is available in Vietnam, and works well in Nha Trang. You can book a taxi or car and pay a fair rate.

the beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam
the beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam

What to do and see in Nha Trang, Vietnam

While you'll probably spend most of your time at the beach - and honestly, who could blame you? - there are some other cool sights to see in Nha Trang, too.

Cathedral of Christ the King

This Roman Catholic cathedral was built in 1886 by the French colonial government. It's a beautiful example of French-Vietnamese church architecture, and it's free to visit and look around.

the gothic-style roman catholic cathedral of christ the king in nha trang, vietnam
Nha Trang Cathedral
Pay attention to the beautiful stained glass windows, seen as some of the finest in Vietnam!

stained glass windows in nha trang vietnam cathedral
inside the cathedral

The Ruins of Po Nagar

The area around Nha Trang was once home to the ancient Cham culture. Today, the ruins of Po Nagar are found at a historical park about 5km north of the central part of the town. It costs 22,000 VND to visit. The site is fairly small, but is interesting to see.

po nagar ruins in nha trang vietnam
Po Nagar Ruins, Nha Trang, Vietnam

The temple at Po Nagar dates back to the 2nd century. Although it's been destroyed and rebuilt since, it's been an important holy site in central Vietnam for hundreds of years.

top sight sin nha trang include the ancient po nagar ruins
ancient ruins in Nha Trang

National Oceonographic Museum of Vietnam

Head around 5km south of the central part of the city to the National Oceonagraphic Museum. Here, you'll learn all about Vietnam's oceanographic history, marine ecology, and conservation efforts.

National Oceonographic Museum of Vietnam in Nha Trang
the National Oceonographic Museum of Vietnam
There's also a small aquarium with a few specimens that you can see. The most interesting to me, though, are the sea turtles who live in a small hatchery area at the museum. This museum is an important institution of Vietnam's marine conservation efforts.

a sea turtle at the National Oceonographic Museum of Vietnam in Nha Trang
a seaturtle at the museum

What to eat and drink in Nha Trang

  • Food in Nha Trang can be a little expensive, especially if you are eating at one of the popular tourist restaurants. You can get standard fast-food options for cheap prices at Vincom Plaza Shopping Mall.
  • A banh mi sandwich is a popular cheap street food.
  • Have a delicious cafe sua da, or iced coffee with milk, from Highlands Coffee. I think that Vietnames coffee is the best in the world, and I'm very fond of Highlands Coffee in Vietnam.
  • When you visit the minimarts in Nha Trang, keep your eye out for the local rum. It comes in flavors like chocolate, mango, and banana, and a bottle only costs around 60,000 VND ($3)!
  • Of course, Vietnam is famous for its cheap beer. A can often costs less than 20,000 VND ($1).
  • Do yourself a favor and enjoy some of Nha Trang's amazing seafood. Even if seafood can be a little bit expensive, it's worth it for at least one special meal.

Where to stay in Nha Trang

When it comes to accomodations in Nha Trang, prices and quality vary wildly. High-end international resort hotel chains, such as beachfront Novotel, Sheraton, and InterContinental offer amazing facilities at corresponding prices. These places tend to be out of reach for me as a budget traveler. I have stayed at and can recommend the Ha Thu Hotel and the CR Hotel. Both of these are private budget accomodations. They aren't fancy, but they are clean, comfortable, and in a great location. Of course, there's always the Vinpearl Resort, a five-star resort on a private island reached by cable car from Nha Trang, but it can be pretty pricy.

Check out Booking.com to find more great deals on hotels and accomodations that will fit any budget. I love Booking.com because of their great loyalty program that offers discounts once you become a "genius".


Budget travel in Nha Trang

Nha Trang isn't too expensive as long as you plan your trip well and avoid overpriced tourist shops and restaurants.

  • You can save money by walking rather than booking a taxi. The town is small enough that you can generally get everywhere you want to go on foot.
  • Shop at Vinmart Supermarket at Vincom Plaza shopping mall. I usually buy bread and peanut butter, instant noodles, and oatmeal to keep in my hotel room, that way I don't have to eat every meal out.

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