Where is Nha Trang?
Nha Trang is a coastal city in south-central Vietnam. Nha Trang is a small resort town, known for its incredible beaches and upscale resorts, though there are plenty of budget options as well. Though its just a small town, Nha Trang has more than its share of attractions within the city itself, all of which can fit into the plan of a budget traveler.
Nha Trang is a fairly walkable city, and it's not too hard to get around on foot.
How to get to Nha Trang
You can reach Nha Trang by night bus from Hoi An or Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). It's located about halfway between both cities. Strangely, there aren't many buses that depart from Da Nang to Nha Trang, but it's easy enough to get to nearby Hoi An to catch the night bus.
You can also take the train. Nha Trang is located along Vietnam's main railroad line.
What to do in Nha Trang
Although Vinpearl Land, a private resort island and amusement park just off the coast, may be a bit expensive, check out these cheap or free things to do in Nha Trang instead.
Many people visit Nha Trang to visit the Vinpearl Land amusement park and resort, but that doesn't mean that visiting Nha Trang is expensive. Check out these FREE or budget-friendly attractions instead.
Tram Huong Tower
The Tram Huong Tower is the symbol of Nha Trang. Built in 2008 and designed to look like a lotus flower, the Tram Huong Tower sits right on the beach along Nha Trang's main road. The tower is a small art museum, displaying local art and photographs, though it's main purpose is to be photographed itself!
The Tram Huong Tower is completely FREE to visit.
Nha Trang Cathedral
The Cathedral of Christ the King in Nha Trang is famous for its beautiful stained glass windows. The cathedral is located near Vincom Plaza shopping mall.
Built in 1886, this beautiful and historic cathedral is a great example of French colonial architecture in Vietnam.
The cathedral is open to visitors, and is completely FREE to visit.
Nha Trang Beach
The most popular thing to do in Nha Trang, of course, is to go to the beach! The beaches are beautiful, and as such can be very popular, especially during the high tourist seasons. Many locals avoid the sun during the day, however, so you'll find the beach much less crowded if you visit from late morning through early afternoon.
The beach is totally FREE to visit.
National Oceanographic Museum
The National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam, located just south of the city, is an interesting aquarium and oceanographic research station. The museum is fairly small, but has an extensive collection of marine specimens preserved in its library, which visitors can see as they walk through the museum.
The most interesting part of the museum is the sea turtle breeding area.
While it's possible to reach the museum on foot from the city center (we did it, but the walk took well over an hour), it's advised to rent a motorbike or bicycle, or even to take the frequent public bus that runs up and down Nha Trang's main road. The museum is about 5km south of the city center, located on the main road right on the coast.
The National Oceanographic Museum costs only 30,000 VND per ticket.
Po Nagar Cham Ruins
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The Po Nagar ruins, located about 5km north of the city center, are one of Nha Trang's biggest attractions. These khmer-style ruins date back nearly a thousand years! Though the site is fairly small, it's a fascinating look at the history of the Champa Kingdom that once ruled central Vietnam.
The entrance fees to Po Nagar ruins cost 22,000 VND
Exploring the city on foot
Nha Trang is not a big city. It's easy enough to walk from place to place, though if you are going to the Oceanographic Museum or to the Po Nagar Ruins, you might want to take the city's public bus or hire a taxi.
Traffic in Nha Trang is not bad at all, and there are decent sidewalks and plenty of areas for pedestrians. Nha Trang is one of the more pedestrian-friendly cities in Vietnam.