Located on the south center coast of Vietnam, which is less than an hour flight from Saigon, Nha Trang is one of the most famous beach city in the country. Whether you are staying a local hotel or a nice resort in this city, the ocean is always less than a 15-minute walk away. Beside its sandy beaches, the city is also known for its diving sites in offshore islands, such as the coral reefs in Hon Mun and the nature reserve of Hon Tam islands.
The best time to visit Nha Trang beach is between January and September, when you can enjoy the blue skies and average temperatures at 27°C (81°F). During those months, the city is also graced with calm blue waters and sunny weather. Sitting in its own micro-weather system, monsoon rains strike in Nha Trang from October through December with showers in the afternoon.
Here is what you can do during your beach break in Nha Trang:
Po Nagar Cham Temple
Po Nagar Temple, built sometime in the 8th century, is located in the medieval principality of Kauthara, about 3km north of central Nha Trang. The temple is dedicated to Yan Po Nagar, the goddess of the country, who came to be identified with the Hindu goddesses Bhagavati and Mahishasuramardini.
Originally, the temple had seven or eight towers, but only four remain, of which the 28m-high (92ft) North Tower with a terraced pyramidal roof and vaulted interior masonry and vestibule, is the most magnificent. The complex was the biggest religious center of the Cham people for centuries, these impressive towers are still actively used for worship by Cham, Vietnamese and Chinese Buddhists. A visit to the temple while you are in Nha Trang would give you some ideas of the Cham’s architectures and civilizations a thousand year ago.
Mud baths is perhaps the most unique service in Nha Trang, it is a quintessential Nha Trang experience. Sitting in a tub of mud feels as odd as it sounds, but the mud in this city is purported to have all sorts of healthy, healing properties. I-resort, about 8km from the city center, is one of the four recommended places to test out the theory. The facilities include Jacuzzis, mineral water swimming pools, heated mineral pools, spa and massage services.
Island Hopping, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Not only famous for pristine beaches and clear waters, Nha Trang is also known for its endless island hopping opportunities. There are up to 19 tropical islands locating just off the Nha Trang’s coast, where you can snorkel in the crystal waters for the coral reef, cannonball off the catamaran into the clear seas and enjoy a cocktail from a floating bar. Nha Trang’s vacation vibes follow you right out into the sea, it is hard to find another spot in the region where island hopping is as accessible, affordable, and amazing as it is in Nha Trang.
One of the island for snorkeling and scuba diving is Hon Mun Island. Surrounded by coral reef and a protected marine area, Hon Mun is the perfect launching point to some incredible dive sites. This 12,000-hectare Marine Protected Area of Hon Mun Island also happens to be one of the best places in Vietnam to learn how to dive. Thinking of getting a PADI certification? Then Nha Trang is the place to go for it.
Where to stay?
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay: As a star in the country, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay offers a perfect beach break accommodation. This isolated five-star resort is 30 minutes by car to the north of Nha Trang city, and then 20 minutes by speedboat. Travelers staying here are awarded with the white sand beach and towering mountains setting in an off shore island. This is one of our favorite hideaway beach resort.
Amanoi Nha Trang: This high-end resort is located 2-hour drive to the south of Nha Trang or 1,5 hours from Cam Ranh International Airport. Here the shoreline reveals Amanoi's swathe of golden sand – a private beach looking out to the quiet and sheltered waters of Vinh Hy Bay, and enjoys an uninterrupted horizon of blue.
Surrounded by hills on the coast of the Nui Chua National Park, this serene resort overlooks Vinh Hy Bay and the East Sea. All you need for a beach break is available at this remote property, including a refined restaurant with a sea-view terrace, as well as a luxury lakeside spa and a fitness center. Guided hikes, sailing and kayaks are also available at Amanoi.