Nha Trang, considered the world’s 29th most beautiful bay was my third stop in Vietnam after Mui Ne. I booked a bus ticket from Sinh Tourist at $6. It’s a 5-hrs ride to get here from Mui Ne.
It’s a coastal city and capital of Khan Hoa province, on the South Central Coast of Vietnam
It’s a relatively small town where locals as well as travelers and tourists enjoy the sand and waves that Nha Trang Beach offers. Bars and restaurants inhabit the shore line of the beach. Thou there’s a lot of beach-goer and site-seeing people that goes to this area everyday, the municipality of Nha Trang was able to maintain the cleanliness of this travel destination.
What To Do Here:
1. Spend some time at Nha Trang Beach
Take a swim, enjoy parasailing, do some water sports adventure or ride a jetski, just some of the things you can do here.
Not to mention the beach is also a good spot to take picture of the sun rise, thou be sure to be at the beach front by 5am.
I suggest you stay in a hostel nearby the beach. You can find cheap, clean, fully-airconditioned, free wi-fi hostel for only $12/night. (See below to see where I stayed)
2. Cliff Jumping at Ba Ho Waterfalls – for the more adventurous traveler, rent a taxi and take a 45-mins ride towards this isolated falls.
3. Visit Po Ngar Cham Towers – the towers will give you an insight of early Vietnamese spiritual belief, added attraction is the amazing view of Nha Trang from the top
4. Drop by Mai Loc Gallery -here you’ll see amazing photos from a truly inspiring Vietnamese photographer who used to be a cyclo driver (see full story here)
5. Indulge yourself to an authentic Vietnamese dish at Lanterns Restaurant – recommended by Lonely Planet for serving superb authentic Vietnamese dish. I personally enjoyed traditional Vietnamese chicken on lemon grass. Adding the fact that the restaurant supports advocacy for less fortunate/orphaned locals of Nha Trang. A truly must try food-destination in Nha Trang!
6. Chill at Sandals Bar and Restaurant – Sandals restaurant is located on the white sandy beaches of Nha Trang. You have a choice of indoor or verandah dining with a spectacular panoramic view of the South China Sea. What attracted me to try this place thou is the intimacy and sophistication on the ambiance. The prices of their food and meals are definitely non-backpacker-friendly, but I have to spoil myself a little to experience that seemingly so-comfortable couch in the verandah. Me and the traveler I was with that time ended up ordering some fruit plates and bottled water. (waaay beyond our budget! but whatever! the couch is already smiling at us)
7. Try a Cyclo-ride – tour the town proper by riding this traditional Vietnamese transportation. You’ll enjoy the view of the surrounding on a10-15 mins tour as the driver pedals you towards your stop. Bargain wisely with the driver and you can get a tour for only $2.5