Paddling along the Nha Trang coastline. By Garry Imranshoev
During the day, Nha Trang Beach is awash with sunbathers. A few kilometres south of the city, Long Beach is home to its own clutch of local seafood joints, as well as a couple of surfing spots which provide lessons and board rentals to visitors. More adventurous beachgoers can hire a motorbike and head north to Doc Let or Dai Lanh beaches.
One of Nha Trang's most unique attractions is its mudbaths and hot springs. Nestled in the hills just north of town are a handful of spa-like facilities, which offer travellers the opportunity to sit in a pool of warm mud before rinsing off and relaxing in hot mineral water. Extras like massages and saltwater pools only add to the appeal.
Back on the bay, several boat tours ferry passengers around Nha Trang Bay, sometimes providing equipment for snorkeling or diving. These are typically daylong excursions that travel between the mainland and a series of small islands nearby.
Those who prefer to stay dry can also hop on the city's iconic cable car to visit Vinpearl Land, the country’s most famous amusement park. The island is also home to one of the country’s best golf courses, with views of the surrounding sea from nearly every green.
For those who require a break from the beach, Nha Trang's other sights are equally worthy of your time. Long Son Pagoda and its towering, 78-foot-tall Buddha statue are a sight to behold, as are the centuries-old Po Nagar Cham Towers, while less-visited spots like the Bao Dai villa just south of downtown Nha Trang also shed light on the area's history.
Nha Trang plays hard during the day but its nighttime energy is unmatched. Beachfront parties routinely take place at the city's Sailing Club, while dozens of other lively venues around town play thumping dance music well into the night.
Pay a visit to Long Son Pagoda in the early morning before grabbing a bowl of bún chả cá for lunch. Spend the afternoon catching rays on the beach or poolside at the waterfront Louisiane Brewhouse before stopping by Hon Chong in the late afternoon. Rally for a night out on the town.
For your second day, make the trip out to the Po Nagar Cham Towers in the early morning before heading to the mudbaths. In the afternoon, spend another afternoon putting in beach time, or if you're feeling adventurous, cross the water to Vinpearl Land for a bit of adrenaline-inducing fun.
To tack on an extra day to your visit, book a full-day snorkeling or diving tour for some on-the-water fun or head out to nearby Ba Ho Waterfall for a half-day hike.
Rainy season in Nha Trang takes place from April to September but the southern coast is less prone to heavy storms than its northern counterparts. Travellers can arrive in Nha Trang at any time of year and still enjoy their visit.
As one of the country's most popular destinations, Nha Trang sees travellers from near and far. Travellers have the option of arriving by plane, train or bus. Flights from Vietnam's three major cities – Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang – regularly arrive in Nha Trang, while trains travel the coast from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and vice versa. Sleeper buses also reach the city from many southern destinations.
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