As one of Vietnam’s premier tourist destinations, Nha Trang offers an incredible variety of activities for visitors to see and do. Both the land and sea are filled with interesting and exciting adventures to keep anyone satisfied throughout the duration of their stay. Listed below are some of the enduring qualities that have made the place so special for so many lucky visitors.
300 days of sunshine a year! That is what Nha Trang offers, and makes it one of the most visitor friendly cities in the SE Asian region. On the beach or in town, it’s perfect. Even during the rainy season the sun will shine most days and temperatures, being in the tropics, are ideal. The rainy season sees slightly lower temperatures but warm weather gear is not needed unless riding on a motor bike. The dry season sees warmer, more humid conditions, but there is, more often than not, a gentle sea breeze to stop you from over-heating. Be sure to put on the sun cream though, unless you want to end up looking like a beach vendor’s lobster!
COST OF LIVING
Nha Trang in particular, and Vietnam in general, are very cost effective destinations. The prices of most purchases are significantly lower than at home. So the holiday basics such as food, drink and accommodation are not going to make much of a dent in your wallet. Luxury goods such as jewellery and crocodile skin items can also be picked up at very affordable prices. For real bargains, hit the markets but make sure to haggle. You might not quite get the local price but you’ll still get a great deal and have some fun as well. What would be out of reach at home is affordable here and Nha Trang is a bargain hunter’s dream. Be sure to take advantage of it!
Vietnamese people are, by nature, extremely friendly and welcoming. For example, if you are walking down the street and make eye contact, nine times out of ten you will be greeted by a smile. How often does that happen in the West? Locals in Nha Trang are used to visitors and are quick to help if you are lost or looking for something or somewhere in particular. A good rule of thumb is that if you are friendly to locals you will get 110% return on your investment! Why not try to pick up a couple of words of the local language. You will find that a friendly “xin chào” (hello) or “cảm ơn” (thank you) are very much appreciated even if your pronunciation does cause a few giggles!
Vietnam is recognised as one of the world’s great cuisines and Nha Trang, due to its location, local produce and great seafood, is arguably the best city in the country to partake in the exceptional range available. Pork, beef, chicken, rice, fruit and vegetables are all grown locally, but it is the seafood for which the city is world famous. There is both a very large fishing fleet and intensive aquaculture supplying markets, hotels, resorts and restaurants, making it a seafood lover’s paradise. For a real Vietnamese experience, be sure to try the local food either on the street or in more upmarket locations plus there is a huge range of international cuisines available.
Nha Trang is easily accessible from all major centers in Vietnam with regular air, bus and train services. Increasingly, there are direct flights from international cities coming on line and future projections are for many new nations to be represented. Flight time from Saigon is less than one hour and just over an hour from Hanoi, so a visitor can leave these cities and still have time to look around and explore in a single day. Being on the Southern Central coast, it avoids the extreme cold of the north during winter and much of the intense heat of the south in summer. With its breathtaking beach and spectacular mountain backdrop, you will be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful spot.
THINGS TO DO
No matter how long your stay, you will have plenty to see and do. The bay itself has diving, snorkelling, boating, fishing, yachting and adventure sports on offer, and, being one of the most beautiful bays on earth, a cruise is a must do for all visitors. Of course the beach is a great attraction and relaxing on the sand or on a sun bed is a popular pastime. A visit to one of the three mudbath resorts is a popular way to spend a day plus there are spas, Vietnamese cooking classes, cultural and religious sites, adventure sports, guided tours of all types (recommended). Why not simply hire a motor bike or bicycle and go exploring. You will only be limited by your imagination. Go for it!