Nha Trang is a seaside town, also the capital city of Khánh Hòa Province – on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Nha Trang is considered as the Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-town and has been voted as 1 of the 29 most beautiful bays in the world by travel & leisure magazine. Nha Trang attracts tourists by pristine beach and 19 large and small islands, the hot springs, diversified kinds of fish, and the colorful coral reef underwater which have made Nha Trang become one of the best spots for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Nha trang has a mild climate with longer dry season and shorter wet season than other parts of Vietnam due to the topography. The city is shielded from storms and typhoons (high mountains and islands in the bay to protect). Coming to Nha Trang in the period from January to August, tourists have chances to experience the most wonderful weather for swimming and sunbathing.
7-9 Biet Thu Street,
Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
Forming a magnificent sweeping arc, Nha Trang's 6km-long golden sand beach is the city's trump card. Various sections are designated for swimmers, where you won't be bothered by jet skis or boats. The turquoise water is fabulously inviting, and the promenade a delight to stroll.
Islands in Nha Trang bay should not be omitted from the list of places to see. In a tour, tourists have time to visit many the most beautiful beaches with particular activities:
Mun Island (Hòn Mun): is a home of coral reefs and various special tropical sea creatures - the best place for snorkeling in Vietnam.
Tre Island (Hòn Tre): has a complex Vinpearl resort and Spa with municipal beach at the North, connected to the continent by a system of cable car. Tre Island remains in major in its natural and wild state. It should be noted that many beaches which border the island are completely virgin and accessible by boat, the occasion of a pleasant excursion lions of crowd.
Mieu Islet (Hòn Miễu): (also called Tri Nguyen island) as the site of an outdoor aquarium, an important fish-breeding farm, where over 40 species of fish, crustacean and other marine creature are raised in separate compartments. Visitors may take a walk around the lake or seating on the house close to the edge of the water to see many kinds of colordul sea-fishes throughout clear blue water.
Một Islet (Hòn Một): is a good spot for snorkeling and escaping from Nha Trang. It has a stunning beach backed by rocky hills and is home to a few fishermen. There's not much to do on Hon Mot, however this is part of its charm and it is a convenient daytrip destination from Nha Trang.
Hon Tam Islet (Hòn Tằm):is now an eco-tourist site thanks to areas of pristine nature, beautiful scenery and pure air. Visiting Hon Tam, tourists can sightsee, bathe, rest, relax or enjoy entertainment services such as karaoke, massage, climbing the mountain, exploring the forest, fishing, parasailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, jet skiing, kayaking and scuba diving.
Address: 01 Cau Da Street
A little run down but worth a visit all the same, the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam is essentially an aquarium facility with various ponds and tanks housing creatures harvested from the waters around Nha Trang and beyond from deeper ocean areas. Small tanks at the back of the museum house specimens such as puffer fish, lionfish, clownfish, reef sharks, turtles, sea anemones and sea horses. Giant turtles and crocodiles are also resident in outdoor areas. The main museum area features around 20,000 specimens of preserved sea-life including the skeletal remains of both a whale and a sea cow.
Located 60km far from the city center, with the height of 1578m, Hon Ba Peak is regarded as “the second Da Lat of Vietnam”. Ones will need to drive about 25km of mountain pass and bendy slopes until reaching this area. Being overheated by the temperature of sunlight and ocean? The pure air and cool temperature here will definitely ease your feelings. Scientists estimate that there are more than 40 rare floras and 60 endangered species living in Hon Ba Mountain. If you are tired of beaches, Hon Ba may be a great place to visit.
Address: Apr 02nd Street, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province.
Built between the 7th and 12th centuries, these four Cham Towers are still actively used for worship by Cham, ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists. Originally the complex had seven or eight towers, but only four towers remain, of which the 28m-high North Tower (Thap Chinh), which dates from AD 817, with its terraced pyramidal roof, vaulted interior masonry and vestibule, is the most magnificent.
All of the temples face east, as did the original entrance to the complex, which is to the right as you ascend the hillock. In centuries past, worshippers passed through the pillared meditation hall, 10 pillars of which can still be seen, before proceeding up the steep staircase to the towers.
The towers stand on a granite knoll 2km north of central Nha Trang on the banks of the Cai River.
Address: 22, Oct 23rd Street, Phuong Son Ward, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa Province.
Long Son pagoda is the most impressive construction in Nha Trang founded in 19th century. The pagoda was first built on Mount Trai Thuy in 1886 and named Dang Long Pagoda. In 1990, however, it was damaged in a storm and then being rebuilt down the mountain to its present location on Thai Nguyen Street. The entrance and roofs are decorated with mosaic dragons constructed of glass and ceramic tile while the main sanctuary is a hall adorned with modern interpretations of traditional motifs.
The new Long Son Pagoda is now the largest pagoda in Vietnam. It is dedicated to Buddhist monks and nuns who set themselves on fires to protest Diem regime. On the hilltop behind the pagoda, there is a huge Buddha seated on a blossoming lotus, symbol of perfection and purity.