Nha Trang is a beach resort town on the coast of the South China Sea. Known for it’s sandy breaches, clear water, excellent scuba diving, and resort town feel, Nha Trang is a popular stop for backpacker’s along the Southeast Asia Circuit. Great food, cheap hotels, and plenty to do make this a backpacker’s haven.

Getting There

Nha Trang is serviced by the nearby Cam Ranh International Airport, and is a stop on every hop-on/hop-off bus route though the country.


Beautiful resorts line the beaches of Nha Trang

Things to do in Nha Trang

  • Hit the beach- a multitude of beach resorts and clubs line the stretches of sand in and around Nha Trang. Many charge a ‘cover’ for beach access, but it’s worth it for the view and a frozen cocktail by the sea.
  • Sail the islands- One of the more popular day trips in Nha Trang is to go on an island-hopping cruise, with snorkeling and scuba diving options available. Watch out for the Floating Bar...

An island excursion in Nha Trang

  • Get jiggy- several of the beach resorts and clubs double as nightclubs, with mad parties breaking out each and every night. Again, there’s usually a cover, but nothing crazy, and the party on the beach is definitely worth it.
  • Visit Bamboo Island- Vinpearl is a massive resort and amusement park situated on Bamboo Island. You can access the island via the Vinpearl Cable Car.
  • Trek to Long Son Pagoda- a giant seated Buddha looks out over the city, and there is a huge reclining Buddha as well. A little Vietnamese Buddhist culture for you.

Long Son Pagoda

  • Eat a bowl of Bird’s Nest soup- yep, you read that right. Soup, made from a bird’s nest. Nha Trang is famous for it.


Sleeping Buddha at Long Son Pagoda

Insider Tips

  • Shop around before booking your island cruise. Compare prices and see what is offered. As always, you will have more bargaining power the larger your group is.

Beach party in Nha Trang