The resort town of Nha Trang is located in the central part of Vietnam, attracting tourists with its warm sea, clean sandy beaches, mineral mud springs, comfortable hotels, nightclubs and restaurants.
Who and why comes to Nha Trang
Nha Trang, located on the shores of the South China Sea, is a popular Vietnamese resort with numerous attractions. Tourists come to get acquainted with Asian culture, see Buddhist temples, huge sculptures of ancient gods.
The best time to visit Nha Trang is from March to October. At this time, the water in the sea warms up to 29 degrees, there are rarely rains and storms. Municipal and private beaches are in excellent condition. The coastal zone is strewn with fine-grained yellow sand. On the outskirts there are rocky areas with picturesque boulders. For tourists, all conditions have been created to engage in windsurfing, diving, swimming and sunbathing.
The resort town offers a versatile entertainment program. Restaurants and cafes are open on the central streets. In the evenings, discos and theme parties are held in nightclubs and bars. There are beauty salons, massage rooms, fitness centers on the embankment.
To see how the Vietnamese live outside the city, foreigners take a trip along the Cai River. Travel companies organize boat trips in the company of an experienced guide. On the tour you can explore the traditional life of the people, see unusual places, admire nature.
In Nha Trang it is nice to relax with the whole family. There are not only good beaches and warm sea, but also excellent amusement parks. Within the city limits, guests will find modern attractions, an oceanarium, a water park, and playgrounds for kids. Parents with children can go to the Khon Ba nature reserve, to the Baho waterfall, visit the islands of Butterflies and Monkeys.
Bao Dai Villas
The architectural complex, built at the beginning of the last century for the emperor of Vietnam, includes 5 beautiful houses on the hills. The buildings were designed by the Frenchman A. Creme, so European colonial features can be traced in their appearance.
In the main palace there is a museum that tells how the imperial family lived. On the territory there is a restaurant and a five-star hotel for tourists. The houses are surrounded by a lush tropical garden with ponds. Alleys are laid among the trees, benches are installed, flower beds are laid out.
Long Son Pagoda
One of the main attractions of Nha Trang is the Long Son Pagoda. The Buddhist temple, founded in 1886, rises at the foot of Mount Chai Thuy. The roofs and walls of the pagoda are decorated with multi-colored mosaics, the interior is painted with paintings on religious themes.
From the pagoda along the hill there is a road to the statue of Buddha, who is resting on a lotus flower. The height of the sculpture is 24 meters. Around sit figures of arhats — people who have reached nirvana. Ahead are two statues of dragons 7.5 meters long. The temple complex houses a monastery and a Buddhist school, and the pagoda itself is surrounded by a garden with fruit trees.
Cham Towers Po Nagar
On Mount La Lao rises a medieval temple complex, consisting of towers dedicated to different gods. In the central temple there is a stone statue of Po Nagar: the ten-armed goddess sits cross-legged. In front of the entrance to the sanctuary, the god Shiva on a buffalo is depicted on the wall. Inside the temples are altars of Hindu gods, decorated with candles and flowers.
The construction of the religious monument began in 2002 and lasted 10 years. Monks and Buddhists live in the sanctuary, wishing to improve and achieve spiritual enlightenment. There is a guest house and a Buddhist school on the territory.
Tu Van Pagoda
In the vicinity of Nha Trang there is a pagoda Tu Van — “Cleansing of sins”. Near the main entrance there is a boat on which the Buddha transported the righteous to a better world after the death. Quotes from Buddhist prayers are inscribed on her sailboats.
Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes are placed along the road. An important attraction of the temple is a two-story tower made of shells and corals, decorated with handmade drawings and sculptures of deities. The Dragon’s labyrinth is laid on the territory — a dark tunnel 550 meters long represents 18 levels of hell.
Cathedral of Christ the King
The Catholic Church in Nha Trang was built by French missionaries in 1924. The Gothic-style stone church is decorated with lancet arches, a rose window and columns.
A clock is installed on the central square tower, and the interior rooms are decorated with stained-glass windows. They depict St. John Vianney, Joan of Arc, scenes from the life of the apostles and Jesus Christ. The cathedral is the residence of the bishop.
One of the central attractions of the resort is the airport, built by the Americans during the Vietnam War. It is located near Nha Trang in the town of Cam Ranh. Aircraft make domestic flights around the country and international flights.
Due to the large influx of tourists, the airport is overloaded, so it was decided to build an additional terminal that receives 2.5 million passengers a year.
A museum of the French bacteriologist Alexander Yersin has been opened on Tran-Fu Boulevard. The scientist founded the first hospital in Nha Trang, contributed to the emergence of a medical university in the city and made a huge contribution to the development of world science.
The museum’s collection includes letters, personal items, diaries of Alexander Yersin, production and research equipment.
Museum of Oceanography
Near the South Port, you can find the Institute of Oceanography, which houses a museum that highlights the work of the institution, and an oceanarium. In the exhibition halls of the museum there are transparent glass flasks with preserved marine life.
Tourists get acquainted with the fauna of the South China Sea, study the collections of algae, shells and corals. Stuffed birds and animals are kept in the hotel room, as well as the skeleton of a huge whale.
On the embankment, the Museum of the History of Khanh Hoa Province hospitably opened its doors. There are several exhibitions in a small two-story building. Tourists are shown archaeological finds dating back to the 2nd-3rd centuries, ancient ceramics, household items, coins, and weapons.
In the museum, you can learn about the times of French colonization and see photographs showing what Nha Trang looked like at the beginning of the last century.
Museum of Impressions
A few years ago, a new entertainment museum opened in the city. The interactive exhibition was set up in a two-story house, where the main entrance is guarded by dragon statues. In the courtyard there is a garden with an artificial waterfall, decorated with traditional Vietnamese lanterns.
The rooms contain exhibits that are interesting to interact with. Tourists are offered to go into a room-shifter, run away from a vampire, dodge a rushing steam locomotive, try on a fairy or wizard costume. For the little ones there is a special playroom.
Forty kilometers from the city there are salt fields, where Vietnamese workers work, extracting salt.
The area looks like a huge rice plantation. It is poured with sea water and waiting for the liquid to evaporate, leaving white crystals. Salt is collected and sent for cleaning and packaging. Tourists come to the field to admire the unusual landscape and take spectacular photos.
In the vicinity of Nha Trang there is a waterfall that falls from a height of 60 meters. Its water forms three lakes at different levels. The road to the waterfalls goes through the jungle and mountains along the river. Along the way there are palm trees, fig trees, creepers, pines.
Songbirds and rare butterflies live among the greenery. It is better to go on an excursion to Bajo for people with good physical fitness, as in some places the ascent is quite difficult and the path is blocked by stones.
To the north of Nha Trang is the Hon Chong Cape. Tourists are regularly brought here on a sightseeing tour to show the Rock Garden. The attraction is boulders of different sizes, standing along the coast. This is the perfect place to dream in silence and admire the vast expanse of the South China Sea.
Cafes and souvenir shops are open at Cape Honchong. There you can try national seafood dishes and buy stone paintings.
Orchid Island is located in Nha Phu Bay near Nha Trang. This is a wonderful nature reserve suitable for families. Deer, monkeys, ostriches, elephants live in it. Animals are not afraid of people and willingly accept food from the hands of travelers.
A tour of the island includes riding ostriches, watching a circus show with the participation of Himalayan bears, visiting reservoirs with clean fresh water. But the main attraction of the protected area is a flower park with orchids.
Monkey Island is located 20 km from Nha Trang. Once there was a monkey nursery, but after the institution closed, the animals scattered around the island and bred in incredible numbers. Now the territory has been turned into a tourist zone, within the boundaries of which there is a forest, a seashore, a restaurant and souvenir shops.
Guests can enjoy scenic walking, electric car rides, spa treatments and relaxing on the beach. The ticket price includes feeding the monkeys and an interesting performance with their participation.
Thapba hot springs
Thapba springs were discovered in 1994. Since then, they have attracted millions of people who want to improve their health.
The clinic offers mud and mineral baths that strengthen the immune system, restore the function of the musculoskeletal system, as well as the functioning of the nervous and endocrine systems. Treatments using healing mud have rejuvenating properties, so the flow of patients does not dry out all year round.
Parks and entertainment
Ecopark Young Bay
Young Bay Park, surrounded by high mountains, attracts tourists with its scenery and virgin nature. There are rice fields, turbulent rivers, waterfalls, tropical forests, lakes with fish. There is a small zoo for children. Children can look at piglets, bear cubs, crocodiles and horses, and at the same time ride ostriches.
Hot mineral springs, mud baths are available for adults. Raglai village is popular — in the settlement you can see shamanic rites and entertainment shows.
To feel the real Vietnamese flavor, tourists go to the Cho Dam market. This is the largest outlet in Nha Trang, focused on foreigners. Here you can buy fresh seafood, fruits, pearl crafts, silk-embroidered paintings, leather shoes, belts, fashionable clothes.
A visit to the market is a fascinating excursion and an opportunity to try exotic dishes, buy souvenirs, and at the same time learn about the way of life of the Vietnamese.
Winpearl amusement park
Hon Che Island has the best amusement park in Vietnam. Tourists come here by boat or by cable car and immediately get into the magical world of five-star hotels, spas, restaurants, shops.
The freshwater water park gets rave reviews. It offers swimming pools, slides, water guns, boats, air mattresses. An amusement park operates in the central part of Vinperl: high-speed attractions, playgrounds, karaoke rooms, roads for cycling, electric cars and rollerblading are installed in the open air.
Chi Nguyen Aquarium
There is an aquarium built in 1971 on the island of Bonngguyen. Its appearance resembles an old ship raised from the seabed. Inside are large and small aquariums. They are inhabited by sharks, moray eels, rays, jellyfish, giant tortoises.
Chi Nguyen Marine Aquarium invites adults and children to a fun show with fur seals every day. Near the building there is a beautiful park with fountains, benches and pools.