Top places to travel in Vietnam (Part 12): Nha Trang - The Glorious Pearl of the East Sea

Nha Trang Bay is listed as one of the 29 most beautiful bays in the world. Nha Trang Bay is not only rich in natural resources, beautiful landscapes but also associated with the beauty of marine culture and unique and attractive cultural-tourist spots... Besides, the coastal people are always hospitable, friendly with a smile on your face welcoming visitors to Nha Trang.

1. General Information about Nha Trang 

Nha Trang Is a coastal city and is the political, economic, cultural and tourist center of Khanh Hoa province. East of Nha Trang is bordered by the East Sea. The West borders Dien Khanh district. The South borders Cam Lam district. The North borders Ninh Hoa town. Nha Trang is about 1300 km from Hanoi and 430 km from Ho Chi Minh City. It is also known as a festival city: Sea Festival, Miss Universe 2008, Miss World 2010, ... Before becoming a land of Vietnam, Nha Trang belonged to Champa. The relics of Chiem people still exist in many places in Nha Trang such as Cham towers and Ponagar towers.

2. Climate and the best time to travel

Nha Trang has a monsoon climate. However, the city is also affected by oceanic climate. Therefore, the climate of Nha Trang is relatively mild, not too harsh as in the North and not too erratic as in the South. Winter in Nha Trang is less cold while summer often lasts but sun is not too hot. Weather in Nha Trang also has two distinct rainy and dry seasons.
  • From January - August: The dry season, the weather is quite dry and cool, airy, extremely suitable for traveling in Nha Trang.
  • September – December: Rain and cold weather. Sometimes it will affect your sightseeing plans. Therefore, if traveling in the last months of the year, you should prepare all necessary items such as umbrellas or raincoats, to avoid troubles when the rain suddenly affects you

3. Transportation 

Travel by Plane
Tourists can choose to travel by plane to Cam Ranh airport; then from Cam Ranh airport, they will go to Nha Trang city center. Some airlines operate flight to Nha Trang including: Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Vietjet Air. In addition, there are a number of international airlines having flights to Nha Trang such as China Southern, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Korean Air ...

Travel by Train
  • Hanoi - Nha Trang: 1315 km
  • Saigon - Nha Trang: 411km
Travel by Coach, Car, Van, Bus
  • Hanoi – Nha Trang: 30h48′
  • Saigon – Nha Trang: 8-10 hours
Moving in Nha Trang: very convenient. Transportation services are available and very diverse with reasonable prices.

4. Foods

Not only attracting tourists with beautiful beaches, Nha Trang also has another attraction by many delicious and unique dishes. When coming to this place, visitors will discover extremely characteristic dishes made by friendly coastal local people.There are some dishes you should try when visiting Nha Trang such as Seafood, Thick Vietnamese Noodle With Fish Ball, Jellyfish salad – Shellfish salad, Grilled Sea-chestnus, Nha Trang grilled pork sausage, Bánh Căn, Steamed thin rice pancake (Bánh ướt), Small steamed savory rice cakes (Bánh bèo), Vietnamese Rice Crackers with Grilled Pork...

Click here to know more information about the Nha Trang foods.

5. Famous tourist spots in Nha Trang

Nha Trang with natural conditions along with the historical and humanistic foundation has become a famous tourism destination attracting many tourists yearly.

Nha Trang Beach: Nha Trang is known as the pearl of the East Sea because of its natural value as well as its climate and beautiful blue water sea.

Vinpearl Land: This place is considered the No. 1 paradise of entertainment in Vietnam. Vinpearl Land is located in an ideal area with a total area of 200,000m2 and international standards of 5-star luxury hotels, food courts and a series of entertainment facilities for all ages.

Ponagar tower was built in the 8th century to the 13th century during the Hindu period. This is one of the largest architectural complexes of the Cham culture in Central Vietnam. Ponagar Tower is located a peak of a hill about 50 meters above sea level.

Hon Mun Island with clear waters and beautiful coral ecosystems, has been assessed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as the best marine biodiversity area in Vietnam. To Hon Mun Island, visitors should not ignore the activities such as: Floating bar at sea, diving to explore coral, swimming...

Hon Tam Island covers an area of about 110 ha, 7 km from Nha Trang City to the Southeast. From Hon Tam, tourists can see both Nha Trang city in the north and Cam Ranh peninsula in the south. In addition to the beautiful beach, this place is also famous for its seabed exploration and snorkeling services.

Hon Tre is a large island in Nha Trang. Before being known as a tourist island, Hon Tre was the place sheltered fishing boats from storms. Today, with a large area, along with owning beautiful scenes, this place has become a tourist destination that attracts many tourists to visit.

Hon Ong Island is also known as Whale Island. This island has an area of up to 40,000ha. But so far only 2 ha has been used to build a resort. The whole remaining area is mountains and forest. When traveling on the island, all your dining and leisure activities will be served by Whale Island Resort because there is only one resort on the island, no houses, no shops.

The Institute of Oceanography is the place that holds the most specimens in Vietnam. Founded in 1923 by the French, in 1952, it was handed over to Vietnamese for management. With more than 20,000 specimens of more than 4000 sea creatures and many other living creatures.

Ninh Van Bay is about 60 km from Nha Trang coastal city, located on Hon Meo Peninsula. It is especially suitable for those who want to find a sense of relaxation in a calm space. In addition, you can also observe corals, snorkel or try surfing, windsurfing, kayaking.

Van Phong Bay is located in Van Ninh district (Khanh Hoa), about 40km from Nha Trang city center to the north. It attracts visitors with the unspoiled beauty of the islands and islets.

Long Son Pagoda: also known as White Buddha Pagoda. This pagoda was built over a hundred years ago, underwent many restoration works, and is by far the most famous pagoda in Khanh Hoa province. the pagoda has a giant White Buddha statue.


6. Nha Trang Tours 

Vietnam Scenery Travel Agency provides many types of Nha Trang Tours for tourists to choose. Click here to know more about our tours.

Hope that with all above information, you will have a nice Nha Trang trip. Thank you so much for reading!!!


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