The beach is the main draw here. While not up to the standard of Thailand's white-sand finest, it's certainly pleasant. You will likely see many women vendors walking along the beach selling fruit and hot, steamed seafood.
Make sure that you visit in the right season, though. The beach can be disappointing when the weather is grey and the waves choppy. The experience is then one of murky sandy waters, a strip of standard brown sand with a multitude of empty beach chairs and no one to be seen.
Other highlights, sights and things to do are:
- Enjoy the fresh sea food. The sea food in Nha Trang is famous in Vietnam. All kinds of cuttle fish shell fish, fresh fish etc can be found and it is very delicious.
- Kayak on the Cai River, the legendary river of Khanh Hoa. Kayak from Tra Lien Village to Khanh Vinh passing through forest and hills on the lands of the Raglay Ethnic People.
- Trekking - Trek the prohibited valley (Dr Yersin Path). Few years ago this valley was still prohibited to foreigners. Now you can take the new road to Dalat and see the mountains of the Annamite Chain where many Ethnic minorities live.
- Cycling – Hire a bike and explore the countryside like paddy fields, lakes, rivers, hills and mountains.
- Live music at the cafes. Many cafes in Nha Trang have live music at night time. They vary in type and quality, so ask around.
- Boat Cruises – The going rate for a one-day multi-island tour is around US$8, with snorkeling, fishing, and many other activities among the possibilities. Tours may provide lunch with drinks on board. Booking agents abound, so compare itineraries to find the best fit for you.
- Sailing – Get a group together and rent out a captain for about US$40 for a best sailing experience. Contact the Nha Trang Sailing Club for more information.
- Long Son Pagoda, Thai Nguyen St. Free admission. Open 8AM-5PM. At this pagoda, you will see a 79 ft. tall white Buddha. The pagoda was established in 1963 to honour the monks and nuns who died demonstrating against the Diem government.
- Po Nagar Cham Towers, these towers were built by the Cham civilization between the 7th and 12th century to honor Yang Ino Po Ngar, mother of the kingdom. The local Buddhists of Nha Trang occupied this place for prayers and worshipping, and there are many incense lighted giving the place an interesting aroma. The Po Ngar Kalan is a very glorified structure with amazing architectures filled with stunning colors. It is a 20-25 minute walk from the main beach strip, however be prepared to wander through the 'real' Nha Trang, quite a shocking change from the showy built up beach side resort.
Address: 2 Thang 4 St. Admission US$0.8. Open daily 7:30AM-5PM.
- Fishing village, (Between the old and the new bridge.). 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. Well worth seeing!
- Bao Dai Villa, (Near the oceanographic institute). The Bao Dai Villas are located on top of a small hill. You have a beautiful view of the Nha Trang bay from there. The wind is cool and it is a nice place to relax at when it is too hot in the city.
- Doc Let beach, (around 40 km north of Nha Trang). Doc Let beach is more tranquil, cleaner and beautiful than the beach in Nha Trang. It is well worth taking a tour there. Local fishermen families sell and prepare seafood which they will cook for you on the beach for a very reasonable price.
- Cam Ranh beach, (On the road from Nha Trang to Cam Ranh airport). The road to the Cam Ranh airport is a very scenic road and worth going just to enjoy the scenery. As you have passed over the mountains there is a very long and nice beach (around 15 - 20 km from Nha Trang city center) which is clean and beautiful. You can buy seafood from small restaurants at the beach.
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