Nha Trang is a coastal resort city in southern Vietnam known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands. Its main beach is a long, curving stretch along Tran Phu Street backed by a promenade, hotels and seafood restaurants. Aerial cable cars cross over to Hon Tre Island, and the nature reserves of Hòn Mun and Hon Tam islands, reachable by boat, have coral reefs.
Tran Phu street is the backbone of the city, accompanied by a pleasant waterfront promenade, palm trees and the nearly 6km of beach. Careful when you cross the road - one of the most dangerous in Vietnam.
Population: 500,000 people
Gateway: Cam Ranh Domestic Airport
Before 15th Century, Nha Trang was apart of Cham Pa Kingdom, and then Vietnam Kingdom conquered it in 15th Century
In 16th Century, Nha Trang was an wild land with small inhabitants. At that time, there was a fishing village in this coast..
In 1925, Nha Trang was built up as small town under French Colonial Support.
In Vietnam War ( 1954 -1975), Nha Trang belonged to the South Vietnam
In 1975 April, Nha Trang was taken over by the North Communists
Nha Trang Bay covers an area of 507 sq km2 in emerald water, with over 19 islands and islets. It has been a tourist city since 2000, many hotels are built here.
Nha Trang has a tropical savanna climate with a lengthy dry season from January to August and a shorter wet season from September to December, everage temperature is around 26 oC.
Nha Trang's economy relies largely on tourism and is one of the most important tourist hubs of Vietnam, thanks to its beautiful beaches with fine and clean sand and the clear ocean water with mild temperatures all year round.
Popular Places you should visit
- National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam: This is like an aquarium with popular and rare species of the sea. A perfect place to bring kids as they will get to see sharks, turtles, coral reefs, lionfish, sea horses, and many other creatures
- Long Son Pagoda: The pagoda was established in 1963 to honour the monks and nuns who died demonstrating against the Diem government. Beware of cheaters claiming they are students studying in the temple demanding that you offer a donation to the school before going up the pagoda
- Po Nagar Cham Towers: These four brick towers were built by the Cham civilization between the 7th and 12th century to honor Yang Ino Po Ngar, mother of the kingdom, and the incense aroma emanating from within makes it clear that this remains a religious site for the local Buddhists of Nha Trang today. The longevity of these last vestiges of a once-dominant South East Asian civilisation should impress temple enthusiasts even if the insensitive restoration and surrounding mass of tourists don't. The small complex sits on a hill which enjoys views across Nha Trang's fishing village.
- Fishing village: The fishing village is located between the old and the new bridge. When the fishing boats are coming in or going out it is a beautiful sight
- Monkey Island: Catch a ferry to Monkey Island, which is full of monkeys, has a 10AM circus and simple go-cart track
- Thap Ba Hot Springs and Mud baths: a good place for mud bath and massageNOTE: The monsoon season is from October to mid December. Sea winds can be heavy, and sometimes the weather can get pretty chilly.