Nha Trang is a coastal city and capital of Khanh Hoa Province in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is one of Vietnam’s most popular seaside spots and is also the country’s main dive destination. With a population of about 300,000 people, Nha Trang offers an exquisite beach destination while still retaining a small town atmosphere.
The city is located on beautiful Nha Trang Bay. What makes the beaches at Nha Trang different from other seaside resorts are the ‘peak times’. Residents flock out to the beach as early as 5am and stay on until 8am. Most of the locals fear being tanned from the sun and the sunlight is not as intense during these times, so many will enjoy beach activities at these hours. Others also take the time listening to the daily news broadcast from loudspeakers placed on electricity poles. At 8 am, the beach suddenly quiets down and all the activities seen earlier in the morning are stopped and the beach returns to its peaceful state.
Snorkeling and diving are the most popular activities at Nha Trang. Many venture off to the nearby islands and admire the corals and ocean life there. Sailing and boat cruises to the nearby islands are also popular activities.
Nha Trang has other attractions as well. Hon Chong is an area where two groups of stacked rocks and boulders are located. The first set is located near an islet called Sat Thon and the second set is out in the ocean, with its large boulders stacking on one another seemingly out of balance, yet still retaining its balance and posture.
Nagar Cham Towers is a 20 minute walk away from the beaches of Nha Trang. These towers were built between the 7th and 12th centuries by the Cham civilization. Buddhists in Nha Trang come to these towers and offer prayers and incense to the different deities each tower represents, which makes for an interesting site and aromatic experience.
Long Som Pagoda houses a tall white Buddha statue. It was built in 1963 to honor the monks and nuns who lost their lives demonstrating against the Ngo Dinh Diem government.
The National Oceanic Museum of Vietnam is a great place for the whole family to visit. It was built to study the diverse marine life in this area and contains all kinds of aquatic animals ranging from fish, sharks and turtles.
Nha Trang is a beautiful place and an excellent spot if you are looking for a beach extension while touring Vietnam. Exotissimo’s Deltas, Beaches and Plateaus tour will take you to Vietnam’s different landscapes and unique cultural attractions. These include experiences in charming Ho Chi Minh City, cruises through the waterways of the Mekong Delta and relaxation by the beaches of Nha Trang. You can also see our Absolute Vietnam tour for an extended trip into the country or see our Vietnam tours page for other recommendations.
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