If you are planning to visit Vietnam this summer then Nha Trang should also be on your bucket list. Holding the fame of the Riviera of The East Sea, Nha Trang (meaning “white sand” in Vietnamese) has a long stretch of wonderful coastline including miles of sandy beaches with over 19 islands and numbers of historical attractions. Coming to Nha Trang, many domestic and international tourists only think of days lying on the beach and enjoy the sunshine as well as playing some water activities while the sea wind breezes. But this hot spot will give you much more experience than meets the eyes so let’s check now, list of things to do in Nha Trang!
1. Explore the beaches
Thanks to its long coastline, Nha Trang is well-known for the name of a coastal city with many beautiful white sandy beaches running along with coconut and palm trees. These mesmerizing beaches have attracted millions of tourists around the world no matter how the weather is around the year. Exploring the wonderful beaches is absolutely the first thing to do in Nha Trang.
2. Bike trip up to Ba Ho Waterfalls
Ba Ho is a series of three waterfalls which are worth spending one hour of your trip from Nha Trang and could be counted as one of the most impressive attractions here. The vibrant views while riding on the road along the coast and rice paddies are a treat to the eyes and the hiking on the rocky path is tiring but rewarding as the chilly azure pools are truly amazing.
3. Set sail
Nha Trang offers various places to go and also a lot of boat companies offering boat trips. This is a great chance to see the different islands off the mainland and a trip will often include snorkeling, a visit to the aquarium along with a fish farm plus with plenty of boat grub and alcohol. Generally, these tours are aimed towards the crowd of 18-30 people. Shop around to find a boat trip that suits your need. It is ideal if you can broaden your horizons seeing these destinations as well as experience numbers of water activities.
4. Dive and snorkel
Diving & Snorkelling might be the most popular things to do in Nha Trang that almost tourists enjoy. Just simply tread a little offshore and you will find many islands that offer this type of activity. However, if you are interested in snorkeling, the best idea is to avoid the windy season from October to December as the weather is not ideal for snorkeling. While snorkeling, you also have a chance to see the underwater life with ranges of colorful coral reefs.
5. Mud bath
Hot springs and mud baths are widely popular in Nha Trang and now are a quintessential trait of this city. There are a few locations where you can jump in the tub to feel the healing powers that the four-step process leaves you feeling extra refreshed.
6. Visit Po Nagar Cham Towers
These towers are up a little mountain so you get picturesque views of the bay. They were built before 781 AD and they still function as a worshipping site for Buddhists. This is one of Nha Trang’s highlights that one shouldn’t miss to get an insight into the history of Cham people. Notice to avoid short clothes while visiting this spiritual destination.
7. Discover the street food culture
Take a little time walking along the streets of Nha Trang, tourists will cross a lot of street vendors attractive with their tasty home-prepared meals. Thanks to being a coastal city, Nha Trang seafood is always fresh and bountiful. Popular plates recommended are rice vermicelli with grilled fish and jellyfish, grilled fermented pork roll, “can” cake and seafood. It’s a little difficult for vegetarians as they may find Vietnamese food can hardly offer plates without meat. However, there’re still some versions of classic Vietnamese dishes such as grilled lemongrass grilled with beef or pork wrapped in lot leaves, with a little bit of mock meat made of bean and soy. Food is plenty here so you don’t always have to book in advance and you can always ask vendors to change and suit your expectations.
8. Hot air balloon ride
Built in Hon Tam Island, the newly renovated center for hot air balloon rides with a protective net plus with solid handrails operates near Pham Van Dong Street. The rides will take you to the height of 150 meters with about 15 to 20 stop for you to enjoy the spectacular panoramic bird’s eye view of the whole Nha Trang city and from here you can take unique, breath-taking aerial photos of the bay as well as the sea beyond.
9. Visit places of art, cultural or historic relevance
Nha Trang has a large number of places pertaining to art, culture, and history that can keep the ardent admirers engaged. Located towards the far south end of the city, the National Oceanographic Museum is ideal for those who are not the fan of diving as here they will find tanks of marine life along with stuffed birds as well as sea mammals.
For art aficionados, there are Mai Loc, Do Dien Khanh and Long Thanh Galleries showcasing the awe-inspiring works of Vietnam’s eminent photographers. Besides, there is Alexandre Yersin Museum dedicated to Dr. Alexandre Yersin who founded the Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang and also introduced rubber and quinine-producing trees to Vietnam.
10. Visit a fishing village
About 10 km south of Nha Trang are a few floating villages. These places have majorly been populated by the poorest people over many years who cannot afford a true house on the land and they nearly make a living out of fishing farming and fishing. Visiting around the village on their small boats is really a well worth experience.
11. Vinpearl cable car and Vinpearl Land Amusement Park
Vinpearl cable car – world’s longest oversea cable car– with a length of more than 3km links Nha Trang mainland to Hon Tre Island. This cable car is not only the shortest and convenient path to Vinpearl but also allows tourists to see the spectacular view of the privileged bay of Nha Trang and Nha Trang city from above. It is recommended to enjoy this experience at night as it will give you a really special moment to witness the whole Nha Trang in beautiful night lights.
Once on Hon Tre Island, tourists can visit Vinpearl Land Amusement Park which can be called the Disneyland of Vietnam. This attraction is very popular with local tourists, especially during the summer holidays.
12. Head to Yang Bay
When it comes to things to do in Nha Trang, heading to Yang Bay, a charming excursion from the city is as well an ideal idea. Upon getting there, you can find three separate sets of falls: Yang Bay, Ho Cho, and Yang Khang. Nevertheless, when getting to Yang Bay, it is recommended that you climb to discover all of three waterfalls and immerse in the mountainous and forestation terrain to escape from the crowds of the beach for a while.
13. Shop around
If you think of some nice gifts for your friends and family, or simply you wanna find something for yourself as a souvenir and experience a little bit Nha Trang’s street food, here’s the next thing to do in Nha Trang. Xom Moi Market is a bustling local market selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and other household items. You can try out a variety of local food at this market. However, Dam Market is more popular with tourists. It sells everything that you may want to carry back home with you like ceramics, lacquerware, souvenirs, fake branded stuff, coffee, and dried seafood. Don’t forget to bargain if you want to avoid getting ripped off.
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