Discover Nha Trang’s exquisite beauty of the coral reef via snorkeling in Hon Mun, visiting Po Nagar Tower, or discovering Yang bay waterfall will leverage your experience to the fullest.
With over 3,000 km stretch of coastline, Vietnam possesses numerous beaches, yet the best ones are found in the southern half of the country. Among which, Nha Trang – a beach of calm, clear water, white sands and swaying palm, exudes somehow a benign and immortal beauty.
Nha Trang, the capital of Khanh Hoa province, is located on the south central coast of Vietnam, just over 400 kilometres northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. A train journey of as little as seven hours or 45 minutes by plane delivers travellers to the best city beach Vietnam has to offer. But those who yearn for a variety of scenery and pace need only venture outside to find rice paddies, quiet scenic roads along the ocean and a fortress of mountains that shields this bustling city.
Snorkeling in Hon Mun – Hon Tam – Hon Tre
The shallow, warm water with minimal waves and diverse coral ecosystem in Hon Mun Marine Protected Area offer the best condition for snorkeling and diving, or siting in glass-bottomed boat. The best time to dive or snorkel is April to October – most optimal in July and August. You can expect fair visibility and a wide variety of small colourful tropical fish, though no big ticket animals like reef sharks or turtles.
Visit Po Nagar Cham Tower then treat yourself in mud bath
Dedicated to Yan Po Nagar, the goddess of the country, the temple tower was founded sometime before 781 AD and therefore plays a big part in the history and archaeology of the country. Traveling up a mountain, you get a good view of the beautiful landscapes of Nha Trang. After a sweltering trek, you can give yourself a treat with the hot springs and mud bath, which can do great to your health as the mud contain numerous medical healing properties.
Chilling besides Yangbay in “Dan da” sound
Situated at 100 meter above sea level, this 570-hectare valley is covered in pristine forest. Among several waterfalls – Yang Bay, Yang Khang and Ho Cho, Yang Bay is the grandest – 2000 meter in length and 80 in height. At Yang Bay, tourist can swim, walk around or go cycling, while enjoying the sound of the “Dan da”, a typical musical instrument made of stone slabs of the Raglay ethnic people.
Get away to off-the-beaten-track beaches
Though being quite far from the city center, Doc Let beach, about 50 kilometers north of Nha Trang and Dai Lanh Beach, 80 kilometers north of the city, will definitely be worth it. The water is consistently mild and has a timeless blue color.
Nearer, Ninh Van bay is a get-away beach bliss, as there is no road access to the region. The pristine beauty of this small island from its sprinkling sand and blue waters draws visitors here. There are several high-class resorts, such as Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, that offer a wide range of activities as water sports, cooking call or spa.
Explore Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam
At the far south end of Nha Trang is the National Oceanographic Museum. Great for those who do not like the idea of diving because here there are tanks of marine life and stuffed birds and sea mammals. This museum preserve nearly 20,000 specimens of over 4000 sea species. Particularly, it features a giant whale skeleton of 26 m in length, 3 m high that has been fully restored.