Those who love the beach and nature, in general, will certainly love Nha Trang, a seaside resort city in the south of Vietnam. This coastal city has plenty of white sand beaches and resorts, along with diving sites and nearby islands teeming with coral reefs, fish, and other marine life. At the same time, history and culture buffs will also find plenty of places to visit. From temples and churches to the remnants of an ancient kingdom, this humble capital of Khanh Hoa Province will fill you with awe.
Another way that travelers will appreciate Nha Trang is that many of its tourist destinations are very close to hotels. You’ll have no problem getting around on bikes, motorbikes, or even on foot, which means you can make the most of your time and money when you book a combo Nha Trang tour. You may even love the idea of simply allowing your feet to take you where they lead. For those who’d rather have a fixed itinerary, however, we have a few suggestions that will make you appreciate the beauty of Nha Trang even more.
Po Nagar Cham Towers
The Po Nagar Cham Temple Complex is estimated to have been built around the 7th to 12th centuries by the Cham Tribe, who were once the rulers of Vietnam’s central plains. Located on Mount Cu Lau on the banks of the Cai River, the complex used to have ten towers dedicated to ten gods. Now, only four remain the tallest tower which is dedicated to Po Nagar (literally “Mother of the Country”); a tower near the center where Cri Cambhu, the goddess of fertility, is worshipped; and two temples that are shrines to the Hindu gods Shiva and Ganesh.
There are also statues and sculptures in the temple complex, including that of Po Nagar and Mahishasuramardini. The Cham people were reputed to be skilled sculptors and architects, and the Po Nagar Cham Towers are proof of these skills.
National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam
There aren’t a lot of museums in Nha Trang. Still, if you love visiting museums, Nha Trang has the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam to offer. It was opened in 1922 and has since sponsored marine research, breeding programs, and coral reef preservation projects, among many other initiatives.
Naturally, the museum is primarily a showcase of Vietnam’s local marine life. More than 20,000 specimens are kept here, with the ground floor housing live creatures and the upper floor being dedicated to preserved specimens. The most impressive display is the skeleton of an 18-meter, 18,000-kilogram humpback whale that was excavated in Con Dao. There are also fishing artifacts in the museum, along with displays with information about Vietnamese fishing legends, traditions, and culture.
Hon Tam Hot Air Balloons
Want to see how gorgeous Nha Trang is from above? Head on over to Hon Tam where you can ride a hot air balloon. It lasts for about 20 minutes and will take you up to about 150 meters. You’ll definitely get some gorgeous aerial shots of Nha Trang without the need for a drone. You’ll also have a memorable experience, to boot. How cool is that?
Do Dien Khanh Gallery
Those interested in photography and culture would certainly love the gallery of Do Dien Khanh, a Vietnamese photographer who specializes in portraits and photos of the countryside. His unique images capture the local life in Nha Trang, telling a different story with each snapshot. If you want to look at Nha Trang from a different perspective, this small and private gallery is the perfect place to do so. You can also support Do Dien Khanh and the community by buying some of his prints.
Hon Chong Promontory
For something unique but still involves Nha Trang’s beautiful blue waters, visit the Hon Chong Promontory. Made up of uniquely shaped granite formations and rock piles, Hon Chong looks like a giant’s attempt at the art of stone balancing. Indeed, legend has it that the area and the stone arrangements are the handiwork of giants and fairies. Apart from the rock formations, Hon Chong is also a great site for taking photographs of Cau Da Port, Tre Island, Nha Trang Beach, and the nearby islands.
Thap Ba Hot Springs and Mud Bath
To cap off your day, visit the Thap Ba Hot Springs Center to relax. You can take a dip in the sauna, or perhaps try the herbal bath or mud bath. According to the locals, the mineral hot springs help detoxify the body and remove dead skin cells, while the mineral mud bath has antiseptic properties that can help treat acne and give younger-looking skin. For those with a bit more money to spare, you can book one of the VIP rooms that come with bathtubs filled with the same mineral water from the spring, jacuzzis, and swimming pools. For ultimate relaxation, you can also have a body massage or even an acupuncture therapy.
There are many ways to enjoy the beauty of Nha Trang: swimming, island hopping, scuba diving, or even just touring the city and enjoying the sights. The bottom line is that no matter what you choose to do, Nha Trang will make you love it and want to come back again and again.