Nha Trang is one of the main resorts in central Vietnam. It perfectly combines classic beach holidays and excursions to picturesque national parks. The city is located along a wide bay surrounded by green mountains. Not far from the coast of Nha Trang in the South China Sea, small archipelagos are scattered, where lovers of secluded recreation and divers rush.
The tourist area of the city includes several streets where the main hotels, local restaurants, souvenir shops and numerous agencies are ready to organize an excursion to anywhere in Vietnam (and if there is enough time, even to Laos and Cambodia). If you wish, you can stroll through the local colorful markets or visit the central quarters where the townspeople live their ordinary lives.
What to see and where to go in Nha Trang?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
Cham Towers Po Nagar
In the 7th-12th centuries, the medieval principality of Champa (Chapma) existed on part of the territory of southern and central Vietnam. The towers of Po Nagar on Mount Ku Lao were erected in the 10th century during the heyday of this state. Only four buildings have survived to this day. The Tyam towers are a Hindu religious complex. Until now, they are a cult place for part of the Vietnamese.
Cable car to Hong Che Island
The cable car connects the coast of Nha Trang with the island of Hon Che, on which the Vinpearl Land amusement park, popular with tourists, is located. The length of the road is over 3 km. The design of metal supports resembles the outlines of the Eiffel Tower (due to the beautiful night illumination, an even greater resemblance to the Parisian landmark is achieved). The cable car ride lasts 10-15 minutes. During this time, the passenger has time to admire the coast and the islands.
Winpearl amusement park
Located on the island of Khon Che, Vinpearl can be called one of the most visited attractions in the city. Hundreds of tourists go to this "land of entertainment" every day. A water park, an amusement park, an oceanarium and a slot machine hall operate on a vast territory. Visitors can relax on the beaches of a local five-star hotel, dine in one of the many restaurants, and in the evening watch a colorful fountain show.
Long Son Pagoda
The main Buddhist complex of the province of Khanh Hoa and at the same time a popular attraction in Nha Trang, where all the guests of the city strive to get. The architectural dominant of the pagoda is a 14-meter white Buddha statue, which is reached by a long staircase of 150 steps. This sculpture can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Inside the pedestal on which the god sits, there is a temple.
Suoi Do Pagoda
The pagoda is located outside the city on top of a hill. Getting to it is not so easy, since the last public transport stop is an hour and a half walk from the temple. Moreover, tourists are waiting for a long climb up the mountain. But at the end of the journey, a surprise awaits all those who dare - breathtaking views of the rice fields, mountains and green surroundings of Nha Trang.
Nha Trang Cathedral
The Catholic Church of St. Mary, inherited by Vietnam from the French colonists. The cathedral houses the residence of the Bishop of Nha Trang. The building was erected in the 1930s in the Gothic style. Its façade is decorated with lancet arches, the windows are multi-colored stained-glass windows, the roof is crowned with a church tower with a clock dial. Around the cathedral there is a small courtyard with statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.
A lotus-shaped structure that adorns the city embankment. The real name of the building is the Incense Tower. Previously, there was a memorial in honor of the fallen defenders of Khanh Hoa province on its site. In 2008, partly at the expense of the Vinpearl Land hotel complex, an exhibition complex was erected that resembles a well-known flower in shape. Its premises are used for various exhibitions.
Alexandre Yersin Museum
The museum is located in the wing of the Research Institute, which was founded by A. Yersen in 1891. In Vietnam, this scientist is highly revered. Many streets and educational institutions are named after him. He devoted his life to the study of bacteria - the causative agents of plague and other diseases. The museum exposition reproduces the atmosphere of A. Yersin's office. The collection consists of books, personal items and tools.
Long Tan's photo gallery
Long Tan is a famous Vietnamese photographer who devoted his whole life to the art of black and white photography. There is a small gallery in his house, which houses a collection of photographs that depict the daily life and life of the Vietnamese. The master filmed various subjects, starting from the middle of the 20th century. His work is distinguished by diversity, originality and expressiveness. You can buy the picture you like.
Interactive Experience Museum
Entertainment complex located in the southern part of the city. The exposition of the museum is located on the territory of a traditional Vietnamese house. The collection consists of 3D paintings and optical illusion rooms where you can take funny photos. The museum will be of interest to visitors with children, as the tour is somewhat reminiscent of a fun game, during which you can immerse yourself in a magical “through the looking glass”.
Institute of Oceanography
Scientific institution engaged in the study of the deep sea since the 1920s. The institute has an oceanarium where you can look at the inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean. Stingrays, moray eels, turtles and exotic fish swim in the aquariums. On the second floor there are stuffed marine inhabitants. Part of the exposition is located in the aquariums inside the building, the other part - in the tanks on the street.
Chi Nguyen Aquarium
The aquarium is located on one of the islands off the coast of Nha Trang. The original building of the oceanarium is made in the form of a pirate ship. The locals called it "Neptune's Palace". Chi Nguyen was founded by a simple fisherman Le Can, who was remembered by his contemporaries for his love of nature and his country. In 1971, at his own expense, he dug a pond, where he began to breed representatives of the marine fauna. Over time, his collection grew into a large maritime museum.
Dien Khan Citadel
The fortress is located about 10 km from Nha Trang. Presumably, it was erected in the 18th century during the reign of one of the last emperors of independent Vietnam. During the construction of the citadel, brick and marble were used. Only a part of the buildings has survived to this day, since Dien Khan was badly damaged during the French invasion. The surviving gates and part of the walls are in a fairly neglected state.
Khon Ba Reserve
The reserve is located on the mountain of the same name, a few dozen kilometers from Nha Trang. This is a real kingdom of impenetrable green forests and foggy horizons. Most of the park is located at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level, so the local climate is very different from the coastal and plain. In the middle of the reserve on the top of the mountain stands the house-museum of Alexandre Yersin.
Eco Park Young Bay
A visit to the Yang Bay Natural Park is included in many excursion routes. It is located about an hour from Nha Trang. Here, tourists can admire the waterfalls of Yang Kan, Yang Bei and HoCho, feed the crocodiles, ride an ostrich and watch the musical performance of the local Raglai tribe. Also, for visitors, such entertainments as pig races and cockfights are arranged.
Ba Ho Waterfall
Ba Ho is a group of three waterfalls located in the vicinity of Zoklet Beach. To get to this natural attraction, you need to overcome a rather difficult road that passes through the mountainous area. Most tourists limit themselves to visiting the first waterfall out of three, only a few reach the last one, since only physically hardy people can overcome the path to it.
During the period of Soviet-Vietnamese friendship, monkeys were bred on this island to be sent to the USSR. Then the supplies were stopped and the animals flooded the entire territory. Now Monkey Island is a protected area, a real “kingdom of monkeys”, where, according to various estimates, more than 1,500 individuals live. For tourists, entertainment shows are organized here, cafes and restaurants are open, and a beach is also equipped.
Hong Mun Island
Almost the entire territory of Hon Mun Island is classified as a protected area and is under the auspices of the World Wildlife Fund. People come here not only to relax on the white sandy beaches. The coastal waters of Hon Mun are inhabited by amazing marine life, so all tourists who want to scuba dive and enjoy the beauty of the underwater world flock to the island.
Hot Springs Thap Ba
A large spa center near the Po Nagar temple complex. It is located in a picturesque area surrounded by eucalyptus groves and flowering gardens. In Thap Ba you can spend the whole day taking healing hot baths, swimming in the pools and enjoying healing treatments. Local healing mud helps with many ailments. After visiting the resort, tourists can purchase jars of this substance as a souvenir.
Another "mud bath" of Nha Trang, which is worthy of competition with the sources of Thap Ba. Packages of services are available to visitors, which include various procedures. A visit to I-Resort is a great alternative to a beach holiday, especially on a cloudy day (the water in the pools of the center is always warm). The main pool of the complex is stylized as a sea beach with white sand.
100 Egg Mud Bath
A new spa resort that opened in 2012. The complex covers an area of 23 hectares. Here, in addition to pools and hot springs, there is a botanical garden, a zoo, an impromptu ethnic village, a temple and observation decks with magnificent views. The name "100 eggs" is associated with the legend of the love of a dragon and a magical bird. From the eggs laid by the bird, one hundred nationalities of Vietnam subsequently hatched.
Cape Hong Chong
Hon Chong is located in the server part of Nha Trang. The cape is strewn with stones of all possible sizes and shapes. Sometimes the blocks are assembled into bizarre figures, against which spectacular photographs are obtained. In the local souvenir shop, you can buy a picture made of stones as a keepsake. The cape offers breathtaking views of the expanses of the South China Sea, especially during sunrise and sunset.
Salt plantations of Khon Khoi
On the fields of Khon Khoi, industrial salt mining is carried out. They are located about 50 km from Nha Trang near Zoklet beach. Plantations are flooded with sea water, which evaporates within a few days and leaves snow-white crystals. After that, the salt is collected and sent for processing. Work is carried out in the morning hours, since the salt collected in the very heat is considered unsuitable for consumption.
Zoklet is considered one of the best beaches in Nha Trang and the surrounding area. It is located 50 km north of the city. You can get there by taxi, bike or public transport. Tourists appreciate this place for the beauty of the scenery, the clear sea and the opportunity to be in relative seclusion, as there are usually few people here. Zoklet is ideal for families with children due to the gentle slope and shallow sea.
Nha Trang beach
The city beach stretches for several kilometers along the sea line. It is free, but you will have to pay for the rental of sun loungers and umbrellas belonging to the hotels. A stone-paved promenade with squares and equipped places for recreation leads along the beach. The ideal time for swimming is the first half of the day, as the waves rise in the afternoon and the water becomes cloudy.