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'''Nha Trang''' is [[Vietnam|Vietnam’s]] most famous seaside resort-town. It's more lively and urban in character than other beach destinations like Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. It's also the scuba diving center of Vietnam.  
 
'''Nha Trang''' is [[Vietnam|Vietnam’s]] most famous seaside resort-town. It's more lively and urban in character than other beach destinations like Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. It's also the scuba diving center of Vietnam.  
  
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Traces of human settlement in Nha Trang date back to the Cham Empire, though in times of Vietnamese rule, there wasn’t much more than small fishing villages. The French recognized that this beautiful bay, with its islands and white sand beaches, made for a perfect bathing spot, and began the transformation into a resort town. American soldiers agreed, and Nha Trang became a favorite vacation stop during the war.
 
 
 
The monsoon season is from October to mid December. Sea winds can be heavy, and sometimes the weather can get pretty chilly. Summer, naturally, brings many vacation goers into town and hotel rooms get somewhat more difficult to find.
 
  
 
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==Get in==

Revision as of 17:13, 11 October 2010

Nha Trang Bay

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-town. It's more lively and urban in character than other beach destinations like Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. It's also the scuba diving center of Vietnam.

, brings many vacation goers into town and hotel rooms get somewhat more difficult to find.

Get in

By plane

Cam Ranh Airport (CXR), built on the grounds of an old American airbase in 2004, is located 30km from the city and serves only domestic destinations. Taxi fare from the airport to downtown locations is a fixed rate of 260,000 VND (with Nha Trang Taxi Company - maroon color taxi) though many hotels have their own buses. Do not offer to go by the meter here as it is about 100,000 VND more expensive than the fixed rate. A cheaper option is to take the airport bus at 40,000 VND to the old Nha Trang Airport.

By train

Nha Trang is a stop on the main railway-line connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC or Saigon). The railway station is close to the cathedral in the northern part of town. If you want a soft-sleeper (the highest class available on Vietnamese trains), book your train ticket directly at the train station as far in advance as you are able. Having a private travel agent book this ticket will quite often result in you paying the agent for a soft-sleeper — the agent will book a hard-sleeper and you will not know until you board the train and it is too late to make changes. This is one of the most common scams in Vietnam!

The journey to Nha Trang only takes between 6-7 hours so a sleeper is not really necessary, a cushioned seat in the AC car costs 190,000 VND.

A new sleeper train is available from HCMC to NhaTrang and on to Hanoi. For 535,000 VND (HCMC to Nha Trang Jan. 2009) book a soft sleeper on the Blue Train - much nicer and cleaner.

By bus

Most open tour buses arrive from Ho Chi Minh City in the south (10-12 hours) and Hoi An to the north (10 hours). They drop their passengers in the main tourist area around Bien Thu, while the public bus station is at 58, 23 Thang 10, about a 10 minute walk west of the center.

By car

Private car rental with a driver are usually modern air-con cars and can be rented for ~1,000,000 VND per day.

Car rental prices (as mostly anything in Vietnam) usually increase during holiday seasons especially around Tet (Vietnamese’s New Year). Make sure to avoid high prices by booking it beforehand with the car rental services.

Get around

Today, most of the tourist infrastructure is in the southern part of town around Biet Thu, whereas most of the locals live around the Cho Dam in the northern quarters. Cho Dam Market is a popular destination for visitors as well, though.

Tran Phu is the backbone of the city, accompanied by a pleasant waterfront promenade, palm trees and the nearly 6km of beach.

Nha Trang has a reliable and easy to navigate public bus system, where the ticket fare does not exceed 3000 dong for a ride on a modern, air-conditioned bus with Vietnamese music. You will find buses nr. 3 and 2 the most useful, since they pass through the southern quarters. Alternatively, you'll find the usual selection of taxis, cyclos and motorbikes.

There is no destination in Downtown Nha Trang that justifies a fare higher than 20,000 dong/person. Taxis are a good option, but be sure they turn on the meter to get the cheapest price.

A wonderful option for seeing the sites is to hire a cyclo-driver for the day. I agreed upon a price for the entire day (Jan. 2009-USD$10 + tip) and my driver took me to all the in-town highlights, the post office, and my choice of restaurants from 8AM-7PM. While English skills were basic, we were able to communicate. He also kept many of the touts away--a real bonus!

See

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.

The sites below can be toured in one day.

  • National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam, 01 Cau Da (on the left of the commercial port entrance), 058-590-037, [19]. Admission VND15,000. Open 7AM-4PM. 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.
  • NhaTranglive, Thong Nhat Street & 2 thang 4 Street. (near Cho Dam Market), 090-714-3404, [20]. Free maps of city, drinks and tour travel guide book. Free use of wireless and computers. Largest collection of local painting by artists that lives in the area.
  • Alexandre Yersin Museum, 10 Tran Phu St., 058-822-355. Admission US$2. Mon-Sat 8-11AM and 2-4:30PM. This is a scientific museum of a Swiss-born, Dr. Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943), who arrived in Vietnam in 1891 to study infected animals. He then later on produced a serum from horses and buffaloes. In this museum, you will be able to view all of his work as well as his equipment. Yersin never went back to Switzerland as he spent the rest of his life in Nha Trang. Don’t try to take pictures. Do respect the rules since they're quite serious here.
  • 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, 2 Thang 4 St. Admission US$0.8. Open daily 7:30AM-5PM. 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.
  • 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.
  • Vinpearl land, (Take the cable car...), [1]. From the harbour you can take the cable car over to the island where Vinpearl resort and Vinpearl land is located. They have a small tivoli and some restaurants, attractions here include Underwater World (aquarium), Water Park complete with many exciting water slides and wave pool, Amusement Park with roller coaster, pirate ship, bumper cars, 4D cinema and many modern arcade machines and musical fountain and laser show at night time, usually 7pm. All included in the one price. 320,000 dong.
  • 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.
  • Yang Bay Waterfalls, (40 km west of Nha Trang). At the Yang Bay waterfalls the Vietnamese have built up a concrete beach. It used to be a lot nicer before they built it but it is still a very nice place to visit. You can swim there, and walk around in the area. You should probably bring your own food and drink when you go there though.
  • Ba Ho waterfalls.
  • Fairy Spring waterfalls.
  • Thap Ba Mud bath.
  • Bicycle tour in the country side.
  • Chong rock.
  • Nha Trang Cathedral. Located on a hill overlooking the city, the cathedral shows the influence of French Catholicism. It's a Quaint, free and quick sight to see. The Nha Trang area still has a strong Catholic population. There are Catholic Shops located around the Cathedral.
  • Thanh Dien Khanh Fortress.

Do

  • Boat Cruises – The going rate for a one-day multi-island tour is US$6, 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$40 for a best sailing experience. Call the Nha Trang Sailing Club, 058-826-528 for more information.
  • Relaxing – Thap Ba natural hotsprings: a must-have experience at an amazingly cheap price,(4$/pax) for the mineral pool and from 12.5/pax for the mudbath (incl.the mineral pool). More you are less it cost. Located on the outskirt of the city, this place provides the most relaxing services you can imagine (hot mud bath, mineral water bath and hot water pool and massages also available).
  • 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. One favourite is Fuji cafe on Yersin street. They have live music Thursday to Saturday from 8.30PM to 10PM. A small entrance fee is added to the bill (around 30.000 VND) or checkout foreign performers at Red Apple Club,Guava Bar or at the El Coyote Mexican Restaurant (every friday)
  • 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.
  • Cooking Classes - Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant, 72 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, 058 2471 674, [2]. Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun 9AM - 2 PM. Half day cooking classes for visitors to Nha Trang at a cost of $18 USD per person. It is a great experience and a must do for someone looking for variety to their trip to Nha Trang and something a little different. It involves travelling to the local market in a cyclo, a guided tour of the marketplace, where you get involved in buying the food. You then return to the restaurant where you prepare 3 dishes as chosen by the guests. It is real value for money. $18 USD per person.


Diving & snorkeling

Close off-shore from Nha Trang sit a series of islands that offer decent diving and snorkeling, easily accessible by day trip. The city has about two dozen dive shops, making for fierce competition and great value. For certification training, Nha Trang offers perhaps the best value in the world, with PADI open water courses available with full equipment rental for as little as US$200. A two-dive boat trip with equipment rental and modest lunch can be had for as little as US$25, also a phenomenal value.

Coastal and undersea construction has stirred up a lot of sediment in the area, so under-water visibility is sometimes not great. The area is heavily fished, so fish life is also limited. You wouldn't cross the world just to dive at Nha Trang. But if you always dreamed of getting a scuba certification, Nha Trang is a great place to do it, and any diver passing through would enjoy a couple of dips. The shops generally offer good-quality equipment and experienced, certified dive-masters. Diving goes on year-around, but in the October-December windy season, the boat ride can be a bit rough and diving is limited to a few sites in the lee of the islands.

Organization of the Nha Trang dive industry is sometimes complex. If you sign up for a trip with shop A, you might find yourself joined with a group and dive-master from shop B, which shares a boat with another group and dive-master from shop C, the boat itself being independently owned. Consolidation is especially active in the off-season, when few if any shops can fill a boat on their own. It's a good illustration of Vietnamese culture, which does not stand on ceremony, and loves a bargain, and is very skilled at making maximum use of resources. The local dive-masters are mostly great, friendly guys with lots of stories to tell.

  • Coco Dive Center, 2E Biet Thu, +84-583-522-900, [3]. is a vietnamese owned company, managed by "Seawolf" Jean Pierre, who imported recreational diving to Vietnam some 15 years ago. Very fair prices compared to most other diving facilities in town, services from snorkeling and introductory dives to Assistant instructor course. $38 for one dive (with snorkeling) and $55 for two dives. Their big boat offers a good comfort, even on windy days. English, French, German and Vietnamese fluently spoken.
  • Jeremy Stein’s Rainbow Divers, 058-826-528 is a high-touch, European-owned operation with partially expat staff. A two-dive boat trip costs US$50 (including water and fruit but not lunch), about double the best deals available in town (but much less than what Rainbow charges in other locations.) The operation is well-organized and very professional, catering to divers who aren't comfortable with the more low-key local shops.
  • Angel Dive, 1/33 Tran Quang Khai, +84 58 352 2461 is a mid-priced option for diving in Nha Trang. Expat Run, by a long living citizen of Nha Trang. PADI, SSI, SDI and TDI Certified., [21].
  • Octopus Diving, 62 Tran Phu St., 058-810-629, [22].
  • Scuba Zone, [23] 1/16 Tran Quang Khai, 058-527-208. [24]
  • Turtle Dive, [25] 1/38 Tran Quang Khai, 058-3527-885. [26]
  • Vietnam Explorer, 02 Tran Quang Khai, 058-524-490.

Work

  • Travel to Teach [27] works with a project teaching English and computer use to the kids that sleep on the beach. Crazy Kim's Bar (see below) is the headquarters for the project.
  • Volunteer in Nha Trang [28] Help NhaTrangLive to promote Nha Trang tourism and help the local community grow. Donate your salary to helping local children that can not afford to go to school get an education. [29]

Buy

As mentioned above, make sure you bargain with these vendors.

  • Bamboo, 15 Biet Thu St., 058-910-774. Open 8AM-9:30PM. This is a popular T-shirt shop in the area. Lots of tourists visit this shop to get T-shirts.
  • Groove Shack, 89A Nguyen Thien Thuat St., 058-524-738. Open daily 8AM-10PM. This is the place to update your MP3 player, very good service and prices.
  • Tashunco, 17A Biet Thu St., 058-827-035. Open 7AM-10PM. This is a mini Western market where tourists can buy products like chips, cheese, soda, etc.
  • Skateboarding and surfing – Anchor skateboard /surf shop 37 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai provides skate/surf high quality brand name products. Free surf/skate tours.
  • Maximark Supermarket, 60 Thai Nguyen, 058 3 818 727, [4]. Nha Trang now has a brand new large western style supermarket that's located near to the train station. Opened early 2010, it covers 4,000m2 in area, in a four-story building.
  • A Mart, [5]. There are a couple of well stocked modern mini-supermarkets in the main tourist area called A Mart. These are very much aimed at the tourist market and few locals will be seen shopping here. Cheaper prices for drinks, food and toiletry items will be obtainable from the more traditional family run small stores, especially so if you tell them what the supermarket price is and challenge them to offer you a lower price.
  • Shop Herman, 142 Ngo Gia Tu (Next to small market). Modern Fashion for bargain prices. Clothes from back home at half the cost.

Eat

  • Restaurant at Long Son Pagoda, (At the entrance to Long Son Pagoda). The restaurant serves vegetarian meals only. Great Vietnamese food.

Budget

  • White House, 30B Nguyen Thien Thuat St., 058-524-438. Main courses US$6-8. Open daily 9AM-11PM. This place has a very innocent atmosphere and it is very relaxing while you enjoy your Western food.
  • Truc Linh, 21 Biet Thu St., 058-821-259. Main courses US$1-10. Open daily 7AM-11PM. Both Asian and Western food can be found here.
  • Lac Canh, 11 Hang Ca Street, 058.3.821.391. 7AM-8PM. What’s different about this restaurant is that you get to cook yourself. It seems that both locals as well as tourists love it. Beer is cheap here also, a large bottle of San Miguel costs 16,000 dong and is usually served by a pretty San Miguel attired waitress. US$1-10.
  • Lac Viet Quan Chay, Vegetarian, Huynh Thuc Khang St. just Southeast of market, 1 1/2 blocks Northwest from To Hienh Thanh St. Plate of mixed vegetable and tofu/veg meat dishes with rice or a bowl of noodle soup, less than US$1. Just a little humble place, but a nice option for vegetarians and it is right next to the market that might be worth having a look.
  • Thien Thanh Restaurant.386 - 388 Le Hong Phong (""address="386), (1km from Nguyen Duc Canh/ Nguyen Tat Thanh streets to the South, or 1.4km from Van Don street to the North), +84 (0)58 3880195 (, fax: +84 (0)58 3880192). Open hours 7AM- 22PM. This modern restaurant not only serves Vietnamese traditional dishes but also provides excellent Western and Asian menu. It ensures the best quality of foods as well as services. Especially you will feast on over 100 delicious fresh seafoods dishes cooked in different ways with the cheapest price. US$1-10.
  • Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant, 72 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, 058 2471 674, [6]. Open daily 7AM - 11PM. A great local restaurant, in the heart of the tourist district, where you get to try some real authentic Vietnamese dishes. Great relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. They prepare some of the best local dishes in Nha Trang and have an offer of Western food for those who miss home. They also work closely with 2 local orphanages, where the children and their carers are invited to regularly dine at the restaurant. $1 - $7.

Mid-range

  • Hello Coffee and Breakfast, 16 Tran Quang Khai Street, 058.3.526.168. 6AM-11PM. Smart new 2 storey restaurant (opened 7th June 2010), serving Western and Vietnamese food. Has well trained and friendly staff. Good quality generous portioned food. Its name is a bit odd as it makes it sound more like a morning only coffee shop rather than an upmarket restaurant, which it is.
  • Louisiane Brewhouse, Lot 29, Tran Phu (South along Tran Phu from the Sailing Club), 84 (58) 3 521 948, [7]. 8AM-11PM. Louisiane Brewhouse has it all: tasty locally brewed beers, fresh cakes and tarts (the chocolate and mango tart is a real treat), an in-house sushi restaurant with other Japanese fare, quality pizzas, steaks, Vietnamese food, and you can pick your own fresh seafood. Add to this a nice pool, decent live music, and the fact that it is right on the beach with their own loungers. Only the pool table was a bit of a let-down, with one ball missing and children messing about. They have a sampling tray of beer (200ml each of pilsner, witbier, dark lager, and the seasonal, either a red ale or 'crystal' ale) for 75,000vnd. You can get a 1 liter stein of any for 90,000vnd. Pizzas run around 100,000-200,000vnd, trays of sushi run about 150,000-250,000vnd, and desserts around about 35,000vnd each. This is a true find in Vietnam, with world class microbrewery beer in an idyllic location matched with a wide, very tasty selection of food. 30,000-600,000.
  • Texas BarBQ and Steaks, 26 Tran Quang Khai Street, 058-224-0979, [8]. 9am-10pm. A taste of Texas in Vietnam. They import their steak, chicken, and pork from the U.S. The ribs are smoked for 5 hours a day! Charcoal fired burgers and authentic Memphis and Texas BarBQ makes this a favorite for kids and adults alike. The owners, Charlie and Wayne always have great stories to tell. Nice waitress staff who speak good English. 60,000-550,000.
  • Treffpunkt German Bar and Restaurant, 6A Tran Quang Khai Street. 9AM - 11PM. Great homemade German sausages, brown bread and Apple Pie. Sausages start from 35k Dong and brown bread is 10k Dong. The owner, an East German is very friendly and has great stories to tell about his Vietnam stay. 35,000-100,000.
  • Le Petit Bistro, 26D Tran Quang Khai Street, 058.3.527.201. In best tradition of small French Bistro, Le Petit Bistro offers affordable and fast, typical French Cuisine. One of the best selection of wines in Nha Trang makes this restaurant a popular venue to go for animated evening! Don't forget to eat the speciality of the house, Le Magret De Canard. 30,000-200,000.
  • Pasta House restaurant, 34 Hung Vuong Street, 058.3.522.206, [9]. Since 1999, Pasta House is a the only Nha Trang restaurant offering Indian food. In center and near the beach, Pasta House is open everyday. 28,000-67,000.
  • Buffalo Steak House, 1/18 Tran Quang Khai Street. If steak is what you want, look no further. Fantastic food, nice atmosphere, cocktail bar, run by a French couple. The 70,000VND local beef tenderloin is great value for money. 70,000-250,000.
  • Sailing Club, 72 Tran Phu St., [30]. Tel: 058-826-528. Main courses US$3-10. Open 7AM-11PM. This restaurant consists of Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, and Italian food, giving you many varieties to satisfy your hunger needs. With many types of food offered, this place bound to be crowded and popular especially at night when it turns into bar.
  • Something Fishy, 12b Biet Thu Street (opposite supermarket in Biet Thu street), 3525039. Makes great fish and chips as well as fantastic steaks and burgers. Also good Aussie meat pies.
  • Good Morning Vietnam, 19B Biet Thu St., [31]. Tel: 058-815-071. Main courses US$4.5-9. Open daily 10AM-11PM. If you want to take a break from the Vietnamese cuisine, and change your appetite to Italian food, this is the place to go. On the menu are pasta dishes as well as other well-known Italian food.
  • Nha Trang Seafood, 46 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St., 058-822-664. Main courses US$2-14. Open daily 9:30AM-10PM. Who ever would think seafood could be so cheap? Well, this restaurant serves fresh and scrumptious seafood any way you would like it. With an inexpensive price, everyone is here to enjoy their time. The service is also great just like their food.
  • Check-point (restaurant&bar), 27 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, +84 58.3523806, [10]. Good restaurant, night bar and-military museum with real old black&white photos devoted to Pacific fleet USSR. Old soviet uniform and the weapon for photographing of visitors. The European, Russian, Vietnamese kitchens. The Russian head cook, benevolent Russian staff. Always cold beer and real Russian vodka. Qualitative meal and lethal drinks. Happy hours on beer and alcohol. Four floors and the central air conditioner, four toilet rooms, children's corner. Verandah, banquet room, disco-bar, BBQ.

Splurge

  • Ana Pavilion, Tran Phu Blvd., 058-829-829. Main courses US$7-20. Open 6AM-11PM. This is a fancy restaurant located inside the Ana Mandara resort. The food and the service here is exceptionally well-done. It is an Asian/Continental type of restaurant, and it is the most excellent on the coast.

Drink

Nha Trang at night offers plenty of clubs, music, and people.


  • Ly Ly's Nudies, 81 Huong Vong Street (Next to Bamboo). 6pm-10pm. A little outdoor smoothie shop that is the best value in town. 15,000 vnd for every drink! Stop by and chat with Ly Ly, a very nice young woman who speaks good English and is very friendly. The best place to get a juice or smoothie in town! 15,000 vnd.
  • Crazy Kim Bar, 19 Biet Thu St., 058-816-072. Closed at 1AM. If you are young and wild, this is the place to be.
  • Guava, 17 Biet Thu St., . Closed at 1AM. Music is great here, but it is more suitable for younger crowd. Expat bar with comfortable lounge seating and movies in the daytime. Featuring resident DJ's and the only vinyl decks in Nha Trang.
  • Guava Sports Lounge & Restaurant, 34F Nguyen Thien Thuat, [11]. 7AM-midnight. Guava sports lounge is the second location in Nha Trang. Featuring satellite TV, 2 big screens, free high quality pool tables, darts and quiz nights. Restaurant featuring roast dinners, steaks, sandwiches and breakfasts. Has generator back-up for when mains power is off.
  • Ha Van 'A' Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant, 3/2 Tran Quang Khai, 5th floor, 058.3.525.454. 7AM till late. On the 5th floor of the Flamingo Suites' Ha Van Hotel, offering the coldest beers, drinks and cocktails. Excellent music and ambiance. Small but very good menu of food. Great city views. One of expats favorite joint. Great fun every night. Internet stations and Wi-fi free (good connection). 50 inch TV for movies and sport events. Live NHL hockey available in the morning (Montreal Canadian mostly but other teams available, ask a day before). Football fans are welcome. Canadian run & managed. Ask for Benny, Mike or Nick. Great alchool at budget price but only quality products | no ethanol served here.
  • Red Apple Bar, Nguyen Thien Thuat (South of the intersection with Biet Thu), [12]. Located in front of the Backpacker Hostel, this bar is easily identified by an old Willies Jeep parked out the front, and the neon red apple on the wall. Drinks range from cheap and massive to expensive and small, dependent on whether you are happy with no-name local brand spirits or would rather have a well-known brand from home. 45,000 dong will get you a "bucket" (approximately a pint of your chosen cocktail - quite strong), and the backpacker hosts who circulate through the bar will also often be giving away shots or other drinks to keep the mood flowing. Not a bad place to lose a night in Nha Trang.
  • Sailing Club, Nha Trang, 72-74 Tran Phu St. Open till late, and even later on Saturdays. Popular night club, with a good mixture between foreigners and local guests. They have a reasonable cover charge in the weekends, and it comes with a drink anyway. Every Saturday, except in low season, they have massive beach parties.
  • SinhTo20, 20 Hoang Hoa Tham St., 058-3525-870. This place has a very good yogurt and many kinds of cocktails. Prices are very reasonable.
  • Why Not Bar, 24 Tran Quang Khai St., 058-811-652. Open late. There is also a dance floor for whoever wants to dance. This bar is usually most popular after 2AM (when the Sailing Club closes) and lasts until 4AM. The bouncers have been reported to be unreasonably aggressive.


Cafés

These 4 places are an alcohol-free zone. If you are not into the bar atmosphere, head here for some relaxation and a cup of coffee.

There are a number of cafés in Nha Trang, and you should check them out by seeing them directly. A few are listed below.

  • Nha Trang Bakery and Tearoom, 99B Nguyen Thien Thuat, 058-85-562.
  • Café Louisiane, Tran Phu St., 058-812-948.
  • Banana Spit, 58 Quang Trung St., 058-829-115.
  • Rainbow Bar, 90A Hung Vuong St., 058-524-351.
  • HQ Cafe, 55/8 Nguyen Thien Thuat street., [hqcafevn.com]

Sleep

Staying in Nha Trang can range from luxury suites in five-star hotels and spa resorts to motels. There are quiet numerous options offered for everyone depending on the size of their pockets.

  • 53 Yersin, 53 Yersin. This is a small mini hotel located in the middle of the city. It is not at the beach, but you have walking distance to the beach and to most sights in town. The staff is friendly and the rooms are clean.
  • Memento Resort, 15 Le Chan St.,Nha Trang, [13]. This resort is in the country side around 15 kilomters west of Nha Trang. In the middle of the rice fields you will find this little family owned resort. If you like a traquil place and want to enjoy the country side, then this is the place for you. They don't have a swimming pool at the resort, so you will have to take a trip into Nha Trang to swim.
  • Vinpearl resort. Vinpearl resort is on an island in the Nha Trang bay. You can get too and from the island by cable car. It is a 5 star hotel with the biggest pool in Vietnam. If you stay here, you can have unlimited access to the water park etc. It's quite expensive though.

Budget

  • Pho Bien Hotel, 64/1 Tran Phu, 058.3.524.858, [32]. Mini hotel close to beach and restaurants. All rooms have air-con, en-suite, cable TV, fridge and wifi. This place is clean, has a terrific location & really is great value for money. Room 503 (dble) has an enormous balcony with fabulous sea views & costs US$15 Price range from US$10-20.
  • Happy House Hotel, 64/13 Tran Phu, 058.3522.175, [14]. Budget mini hotel close to beach and main tourist area in quiet and safe location. All rooms have air-con, en-suite with hot water, cable TV, fridge and wifi. Hotel has 15 rooms on 5 floors and has an elevator. US$8-15.
  • Aloha Motel, 26A Tran Quang Khai St., 058-224-0979. A quaint hotel near the beach with nice rooms. Plenty of restaurants and bars within minutes of the hotel and a 5 minute walk from the beach. Air conditioning, a small flat screen, and a refrigerator in each room. A small hotel, but nice, clean rooms and a nice staff. Prices from $10-15.
  • Nha Trang Hotel, 127 Thong Nhat St., (058)3.820.476. A home-sharing living environment that allows visitor to stay over night for about $6. Breakfast and dinner included. Also has a travel information center with helpful suggestions.
  • Ha Thu, 64/2 Tran Phu., 058.522800. A budget hotel well worth the money, rooms ranging from US$6 to US$12 per night. Rooms are clean, and staff is friendly. There is a nice, new computer with internet in the lobby, free for use, as well as wireless internet in the lobby and in the rooms. The top floor room is huge, with a big, private, covered balcony with an incredible view of the sea as the sun rises. All of the rooms have air conditioning, except for the top floor room, but the windows open and a cool breeze from the sea makes me more than bearable.
  • Blue House, 12/8 Hung Vuong St., 058-824-505. Staying here will make you feel more at home because it is structured like a shore house run by a family. They are very friendly and will welcome you warmly. Breakfast is provided and it is home cooked. Though there are only a few running the place, but the service is great. Your money is worth it here. Price ranges from US$6-13.
  • Viet Hai Hotel, 13B2 Hoang Hoa Tham St, 058.3.523.684, [15]. Mini hotel close to beach, central market, train station and cinema. All rooms have air-con, en-suite, cable TV, fridge and wifi. US$6-12. (12.2468,109.1940)
  • Thanh Ngoc 2, 14 Tue Tinh (tel : 058-517759). Excellent value for money. Low-season prices starts from US$8 and all room all equipped with TV, hot-water, air-con and spacious beds. New building (2007) and clean rooms.


  • Perfume Grass Inn, 4A Biet Thu St., 058-826-345, [33]. Family-run and flexible to travelers' needs. Within walking distance from all the bars and restaurants, too. Price range from US$15-25.
  • Dream Hotel, 96A/7 Tran Phu (tel: 058-524 247). Located directly across from the water park, away from the central shops, bars, and restaurants. This 2 star hotel is clean, safe, and comfortable. The staff are not particularly helpful with only basic English skills. My stay in January 2009 experienced major problems with the hot water for showers, elevator, and Internet connection. Although they advertise a roof top bar, this has closed. At USD$18-25, it is at the higher end of the budget hotels. The front room on each floor has an excellent balcony view of the water park and ocean, however this is a very noise street. A good choice if you are here to visit the water park, but not a good value for the money. All rooms include A/C, TV, and mini-fridge. WiFi does not actually work in all the rooms. Hourly Internet connections and computers are available in the lobby.
  • Ha Van Hotel, 3/2 Tran Quang Khai St, +84 58 352 5454 (). The Ha Van Hotel is a 36 Rooms budget hotel located in downtown Nha Trang. It is the only Canadian budget hotel of Nha Trang and offer all the services and amenities expected from foreign run hotel. No hidden fees, cheating, diapering objects or excessive commission. #3 hotel on Tripadvisor for Nha Trang. Most Double Rooms with double paned windows. All rooms with free Wi-Fi (good speed/connection), A/C, Fridge, Cable TV (some with 32'LCD), very good shower (strong and very hot water) and cleaned every day. Excellent atmosphere, you'll like our staff (efficient, friendly and honest without being lackeys). Moreover, we have the Rooftop Lounge of Nha Trang (already an institution) awaiting for you. Visit our website for more information. $18 to 30 (breakfast included).
  • La Suisse Hotel, 34 Tran Quang Khai St, 058-352-4353 (), [16]. This is a quality hotel with budget prices. It has internet access for those who need to stay connected with wifi in all rooms and three modern computers with slim LCD screens in their large comfortable reception area. Use their elevator to visit their rooftop bar and enjoy the panoramic view of Nha Trang, whilst sipping ice cold drinks. Overall, this hotel is friendly and the atmosphere that surrounds this hotel is very much alive. Free pick up from train and bus stations. US$20-40.

Mid-range

  • HQ Cafe and Apartments, 55/8 Nguyen Thien Thuat street., 058 6252524 [34]. Newly built 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in the centre of the nightlife and restaurant area of Nha Trang. Rooms have free use of an inroom computer with internet, Large fridge with minibar, satellite TV, LCD TV. 2 bedroom apartments also have a loungeroom. There is a coffee shop that serves great coffee and juices in the foyer. Prices range from $25 to $49 US per apartment a night. Very clean and great service.
  • Vien Dong Hotel, 1 Tran Hung Dao St., 058-821-606. Price ranges from US$35-45. Well-known and affordable, with all the basic amenities needed plus some live entertainment at night.
  • Que Huong Hotel, 60 Tran Phu Blvd., 058-825-047. Another hotel within the walking distance to the beach. There is a nice restaurant accompanied with a pool hall and some disco. Great amenities offered as well as the services. Price ranges from US$55-105.
  • Nha Trang Lodge Hotel, 40 Tran Phu St., 058-810-500, [35]. For those who love the view of the ocean, this is the hotel to stay at. Most rooms overlook the beach giving you an extraordinary sea views. Rooms are equipped with phones, satellite TV, a minibar, etc. Service is great. Price ranges from US$60-170 per night.
  • Starlet Hotel, 32-34 Tue Tinh (Down Tue Tinh, just before the Hospital on the left), [17]. checkout: 12PM. This place has a bit of a business feel, but its very clean rooms have classy, attractive decor, if lacking a bit in character. Many of the rooms offer balconies with fantastic city and sea views, its location is great, and the included breakfast buffet is nothing to turn your nose up at. There is free wifi in the rooms, a good selection of reasonably priced room service, and it has a pool and gym. The staff is very friendly, and you can change dollars at the front desk at decent rates. $40-50.

Splurge

  • Nha Trang Hilton Bed & Breakfast, 058-820-476. It's is the only type of its kind, a bed & breakfast in Vietnam. Most lodging are in forms of resort and hotels, but this unique living arrangement; the Hilton Bed & Breakfast (not related to the Hilton Hotel) allows guest to interactive with the local Vietnamese and share in with their daily life & activities. This included the traditional morning walk to the beach (only 4 minutes away) for a morning dive into the warm bay. Then it is to the coffee table (street vendors) for a morning chat and taking in a new day. Back home for a big Vietnamese breakfast before helping one kid get ready for school. Then onto the road to drop off the little Ms. Nhi before exploring Nha Trang in your own personal car or motorbike. Other stay back to learn traditional Vietnamese cooking and prepare lunch for all guests. Yes, free cooking school. This include a trip to the local market for fresh produce, meat & fish. Lunch is a family thing and dinner is usually dinned at one of the many local restaurants or on a boat cruising the bay.
  • Six Senses Hideaway, 058-3728-222. [36] The only way to get to this resort is by speed boat to Ninh Van Bay. Price ranges from $405 to 1,255 per night. This is more of a private resort, suitable for whoever wants to get away from everything to spend time relaxing with love ones. This resort lurks itself between the rocks and mountains and oversees the white sand beach. Dining is fabulous in the open air where the breezes slightly stroke through your hair. While taking your time to have a lovely dinner, the sun will slowly set, giving you a miraculous view of Nha Trang at night. Of course, there are many other amenities that are endless to meet your needs. You would think Six Senses Hideaway secluded enough? To make this resort even more secluded, they have added their own private beach located two bays over. So, if you would want more privacy, this is the beach to rent. The downside is you can only rent this for a day, but it will be worth it.
  • Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa, Tran Phu Blvd., 058-3522222. [37] if you don’t mind the price, this is the spot to go all out and get the once in a lifetime royal treatment. It has been known to be the finest resorts in the region. Finest in all aspects from the setting of the place to the hospitality to the food and to the people. Available fine-dining restaurants where the food can alter to your own tastes. Of course, there are many other amenities that are endless to meet your needs. Price ranges from US$210-450 per night. The resort also offer great tours. Make sure you take advantage of that to learn more about the area and the culture.
  • Yasaka Saigon-NhaTrang Hotel, 18 Tran Phu St., 058-820-090, [38]. This hotel is a Japanese and Vietnamese joint style. Service here is very friendly, and it has all the amenities you would need. What is good about this hotel is that it is just walking distance to the beach. Price ranges from US$100-355 per night.
  • Sunrise Beach Resort Nha Trang, 12 Tran Phu St, 058-920-999, [39]. This resort is all polished marble and white columns with 10 floors. It has a great view of ocean-side as well as the sky from its glass rooftop. Price ranges from US$140-500 per night.
  • Diamond Bay Resort & Spa Nha Trang Diamond Bay, Song Lo 058-711711 [40] This extremely spaciously laid out resort hosted the 2008 Miss Universe pageant. Hotel rooms, suites and villas. Enormous pool (non chlorinated) spa, fitness, several restaurants & bars, tennis, expatriate exec. chef and expatriate GM. Two private beaches. Prices range from $125-600 per night. Book with wotif.com.au for USD57 per night with breakfast for 2 garden view room.
  • Novotel, 50 Tran Phu (in the central tourist location), +84 (0) 58 6 25 69 28, [18]. Four star hotel. Awesome staff, food, room, internet. Smaller pool, but the ocean is less than 100 meters away. $105.

Stay safe

Nha Trang generally has a low crime-rate, though the risk of petty crime especially late at night is high compared to most other places in Asia. The most common crime is pickpocketing after midnight on the beach near the Sailing Club. During the day, it is relatively safe. Still, staying cautious at all time is best. Do not wear too much jewelry, and keep an eye on your belongings. It would be smart to travel in groups when you are out roaming the streets at night. Also, people coming home from the clubs should take a taxi.

Motorcycle robbery is fairly common in Nha Trang - banknotes and wallets have been snatched from tourists' hands. Be very wary when leaving bars and nightclubs - male tourists receiving a lot of attention from young Vietnamese women have later discovered that their valuables have been taken from their pockets.

Info Center/ Contact

Internet access can be found in many hotels and through cheap internet cafes all over town. The farther away from Bien Thu, the cheaper the rates — 6000 dong/hour is the going rate at most places, although even cheaper can be found.

When using the telephone at a hotel be sure to check what service provider they use. A Skype phone will cost a few dollars US for a lengthy phone call whereas a land line charges US$1 per minute. Be wary.

Contact the Nha Trang Tourist information center at (84) 90.714.3404. It is a privately own business that provide free information to tourist and travels. They give away free city maps and allow people to use their wireless internet connect. The NhaTranglive Information Center can also be reached by search for NhaTrangLive on any major search engine or visit: www.nhatranglive.com

Cope

Get out

There are several other beaches in the vicinity of Nha Trang. About 30 km north of Nha Trang, just when past the village of Ninh Hoa, a peninsula juts out into the South Chinese Sea, and on its northern coast rides its tinier brother, Hon Khoi. Several resorts are located on the eastern beach of Hon Khoi, where you find palm-trees, white sand and turquoise waters. To get there, follow the highway north past the turnoff to Dac Lac Province/Buon Ma Thuot. Then look out for a sign reading "Doc Let-Resort", close to a filling station. A taxi will take 2 persons for about 200,000 dong, while a Xe Om should not be more expensive than 100,000 dong. Or catch a through-bus plying highway Nr.1 and jump off at the turn off. There will always be some motorbike-drivers waiting to take you. Whatever place you choose to go, be sure to reserve a bungalow in advance.

  • Bai Dai (Long Beach) At 20 KM south of Nha Trang, this is best keep secret in town. Fantastic bleue water and a nicier (less steep and better sand) beach than in town. Come there to find fresh seafood serve at many shacks right on the beach. Best to go by motorcycle or ask your hotel to organise a taxi for you(and don't forget the pickup back). Walk a kilometer or so and you will find yourself alone on that fantastic beach. Do it now, they have begun to build access roads for the soon to come resorts.
  • Ba Ho (3 lakes) About 20km north of Nha Trang are a colection of 3 small lakes and scenic waterfalls. The entry cost is 10,000D and you may want to bring some sturdy shoes to climb across the rocks and swimming gear for a dip when you get there. Hire a taxi or take a motorcycle to get there. It will take about 45 minutes from the entrance of the tourist area to the lakes. There is an orphanage very close to the lakes (take a right turn when you get to a T-junction in the rice fields) that would really benefit from any gifts of vegetarian food (take milk, tofu, yoghurt etc). Call Dieu An, the nun on 0905 823807 - she speaks Vietnamese however.

Resorts

  • Doc Let Beach Resort, sign-posted; Tel. 058-849663, Fax 849506. The best known place and closest to the mainland. Though it started out as a traveller's secret, it quickly became a destination for domestic tourists, who basically flood the place during weekends and holidays. There is some socialist charm to the not so "white palm beach turquoise waters"-like architecture of the place, but it's definitely not the old Robinson-feeling you might be craving. A 333 beer plus 6 huge langoustines will set you back all of 90,000 dong!
  • Jungle Beach [41] (84) 91-3429144 or local # (058)622-384,[email protected] is reportedly slightly more upmarket, with prices being US$22 or 350,000 dong per person, even if you sleep on the beach or one of the beach side huts. Run by a Canadian-Vietnamese couple, all meal is included, and it's the most remote of the resorts here.
  • Paradise Resort, Nha Nhi Thien Duong, follow the signs from Doc Let-Resort through Dong Hai-village, 0084-58-670480 (, fax: 0084-58-670479). Run by an elderly gentleman and his Vietnamese family. Vladimir is a very interesting, jovial guy and his family cooks up wonderful food. beers are cheap and you just mark a chit on a sheet on the refrigerator to keep track of your total. He is also a bit cheap, and may scrintch on the water supply to your bungalow. Just tell him to turn it back on! The beach in front is beautiful and usually deserted except for some village kids. It is very easy to sleep a week away there in a hammock kissed by sea breezes. Usually a wonderful bunch of travellers there to socialize with at meals and in the evenings. You can rent a motorbike in Nha Trang for the easy ride up to Doc Let. Any buses can also drop you on the main road for a 10 minute walk to Paradise. Vladimir will also drop you in Nha Trang on the back of his scooter if he's going into town. Bungalows are US$16-18 (US$11-14 for a single person), depending on how close they are to the beach. Meals are included, and prices for drinks are reasonable. Water, fruits, coffee and tea are free.. Create category
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