Explore Nha Trang – The pearl of far east Vietnam
When you come to Nha Trang, never forget to set your inner mood to Nha Trang mood: exploring the exquisite sandy beaches, undersea wonders, fascinating experience and those blessing days that you will never forget. Let’s figure out all about Nha Trang with AAV Travel!
Nha Trang, which is known as the pearl of far east Vietnam, is one of the most stunning seaside towns in our country.
Nha Trang Destination
In the past, Nha Trang was a part of the Cham Empire, which had only some small fishing villages. Not until Vietnam became a part of the French colony, this coastal city was recognized as a beautiful bathing spot and being invested for its transformation into a resort area. After the Vietnam war ended, many Russian military personnel made this town their homes and established tourism businesses which attracted more visitors to the beautiful Nha Trang. Nowadays, it is nominated as one of the sexiest beaches on the planet with the coastal arc line, white sandy beaches, lush coconut trees, green mountains – which makes it become heaven on Earth. By staying here for 4-5 days, you can discover almost interesting activities in this area.
How to go to Nha Trang
From an international terminal, you can take a flight to Cam Ranh International Airport and start your endless funny days in Nha Trang. After arriving at the airport, you could travel to the city center by taxi which costs around 200,000 VND. A better option would be the shuttle bus which costs around 40,000 VND, then you can share your trip with other travelers as well. The scenery from Cam Ranh to Nha Trang city center is stunning and majestic, don’t forget to take some photos of it.
The best time to visit Nha Trang is summer, especially in August. Although the weather is affected by the tropical climate, its location near the sea helps cool down the heat in summer and makes its sea color more vivid. The average temperature is 26°C in this season, which is suitable for all outdoor activities such as sunbathing, scuba diving, surfing, etc. Laying under the coconut trees’ shadow, putting on sexy swimwear and chilling in the tender sunlight at Nha Trang beach will be more than enough for your summer vacation experience.
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Sunbathing and swimming
Nha Trang’s geological location and weather are suitable for sunbathing and swimming. No matter you spend time running on the sandy coastal line, reading a book under a coconut tree or dipping yourself into the cold and salty water of Nha Trang – those activities are all chilly and funny.
Nha Trang beach, which is located at south Cai river, is the main beach of the city. The beach has a large strip of sand, and the calm water is sufficient for swimming. It also has a beautiful walking path, monuments, and leisure spaces. Mainly there are many restaurants and local food stores around that you can fill an empty stomach full of yummy dishes, either main courses or junk food only.
If you prefer less crowded beaches, Nha Trang beach may not satisfy you. You may go to Hon Duong, Hon Chong or Hon Tre beach instead, which are few kilometers away from city. Those beaches do not have many people so they will be cleaner and quieter.
Diving & snorkeling
In Nha Trang, diving is budgeted and straightforward. You will be able to see Nha Trang‘s marine life from 50 feet under water which is vivid and diversified. Around 350 species will be seen in this area such as coral, lionfish, moray eels, etc. The possibility of sighting fishes is higher from January to April, while viewing seahorses is available in a more extended period between January and August.
Affording an advanced diving certificate here is a great idea. Not only will it be at an affordable price, but also a stress-free adventure with fabulous marine life to keep you entertained.
Amusement and mud bath parks
From the harbor, you can visit the Vinpearl Amusement Park by cable car. There are heaps of exciting indoor and outdoor activities here including water slides, water pools, roller coaster, pirate ship, aquarium, etc. All of them are paid once included in the entry fee, which is 600,000 VND per adult (26 USD); 450,000 VND per child (19 USD) and 430,000 VND for over 60-year-old people.
Thap Ba hot springs and mud bath is also a must-see destination. It has showers, water jets, heated jacuzzi, waterfall and swimming pools which entry fee costs around 50,000 VND (2 USD) and 100,000 VND for mud bath (4 USD).
Po Nagar Cham Towers are the most famous temple in Nha Trang. They were built by Cham civilization back to the period from the 7th century to the 12th century to honor Yang Ino Po Nagar – mother of the kingdom. This complex is located on a small hill that could be reached easily by motorbike. By visiting this historic site, you could comprehend more about Cham culture and enjoy the lookout across Nha Trang’s fishing village.
Long Son Pagoda and Nui Cathedral are other well-known temples in Nha Trang that you should take a glance when visiting this seaside city.
Cuisine in Nha Trang is available at a different price range, from the budget to select options. In this city, you can enjoy fresh seafood as much as possible in some seafood restaurants surrounding Nha Trang beach with the price from 300,000 VND per person (13 USD). Besides that, jellyfish and fish noodle soups served with fresh sliced fish, mung bean, pineapple, and cabbage – are the most popular budget dishes here.
If you want a more familiar taste, mid-range western restaurants selling steaks, pizza, and seafood in the city center could be another option. Vietnamese vegetarian meals are also available around the city center. Therefore you will have more choices with your dietary.
Rooftop bars will be the best option to enjoy the nightlife in Nha Trang. For example, Skylight (38 Tran Phu) and Lunar Rooftop Bars (20 Tran Phu) are the most reliable address recommended by both local people and visitors. Otherwise, to merely chill with some beers and junk food, Nguyen Thien Thuat street has different small street beer shops to entertain you. Coffee shops with excellent drinks and yummy brunch are around the city center as well.