Known for its beaches, islands and beautiful diving areas, the coastal city in Southern Vietnam is a popular stop for travellers making their way up the coast. Plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants combine to produce a very lively nightlife. Despite having a lot of seafood on offer there are a number of vegan options available throughout the city. You can find several cheap local Vietnamese restaurants with plenty of vegan alternatives. City Fast Food is a fast food joint that’s open very late, not exactly healthy but perfect for a post-night out snack. Here are six things to keep you busy whilst visiting Nha Trang. Here a
Boat Trip & Island Hopping
Obviously one of the most important things to do whilst surrounded by beautiful islands is to go island hopping and spend the day travelling by boat. Funky Monkey offer a great tour that leaves from a number of popular hostels throughout Nha Trang. Spend the day drinking on the boat, snorkelling through stunning coral reef and floating in clear waters. Definitely a party option for some but also a great, reasonably cost-effective way to explore the area.
Snorkelling & Scuba Diving
There’s a number of different options for scuba diving whilst in the coastal city. Whether you’re a complete beginner or are a more experienced diver. Rainbow Divers is a popular company that offer group diving, certifications and include all equipment.
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Located near Nha Trang and next to Cai River, the temples were built at some point between the 7th and 12th century by the Cham people. The Cham ruled Vietnam for 10 centuries and are well known throughout the country for their architectural skills and art they’ve left behind. The towers are dedicated to Yan Po Nagar, the goddess of the country.
Long Son Pagoda
Built in the 19th century, the Buddhist temple is one of the most important sites in the city, the other being Hai Duc Temple. Located 400m west of the railway station, the breathtaking views attract a large number of tourists with a huge statue of Gautama Buddha close by.
Sitting in mud with a group of other people may sound strange but it’s actually a great experience. There are so many hotels and resorts around Nha Trang that offer the treatment, it’s best to put aside an afternoon or morning for this. With prices ranging from affordable to luxury, across several resorts. We really enjoyed the Thap Ba Hot Springs resort which has a number of mineral and mud baths, swimming pool and massage treatments.
Ba Ho Waterfalls
Vietnam has so much beautiful countryside to offer, it would be a shame to miss out on an opportunity to see a waterfall. Around a 40-minute drive from Nha Trang, which you can reach via motorbike easily, there are also tours available with English-speaking guides where you can stop off at other attractions along the way such as Monkey Island.
With so much to do in Nha Trang, here are just a few options to keep you busy. What's your favourite thing to do in Nha Trang? Let us know in the comments below.
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