Letter from the editor

Welcome to Nha Trang, the premier tourist destination in Vietnam and home to one of the most spectacular bays in the entire world. With summer now upon us, people from around the world are flocking in greater numbers to this glorious city for much needed relaxation and excitement. As a beach city, there are countless activities to monopolize one’s time. A city boasting 300 days of sunshine has no shortage of opportunities for adventure, and both land and sea are filled with possibilities for memorable experiences.

My personal experience in Nha Trang has been a period of amazement and joy. As a lifelong fan of exploration and discovery, I have been able to gain new perspectives on what is possible. Since a child, I have always hoped to one day live next to a beach. As a young man I am now living this goal and I occasionally get to stop, breathe and reflect on the amazing luck and gratitude I feel for having been afforded to enjoy the luxuries of life at such an early stage in life. Those luxuries without a price tag which are most easily accessible in a place where natural wonders flourish. For me, Nha Trang is about spontaneous drives along the coast at night. It is about gentle rolling waves contrasting the powerful night sky with the stars and moonlight providing eternal beauty to its curious observers. A multicultural population of both locals and tourists always keep things new and interesting. When one wakes up beside the ocean, it is only expected that one must take advantage of this privilege, and the continuous ebb and flow of Nha Trang’s city streets are always humming with activity. Breathe in the sweet and salty air of summertime in Nha Trang and come experience life to the fullest.

Whether you are here on a family vacation, romantic getaway, or travelling this great country with friends there is something amazing for everyone. Island tours, scuba diving, countryside excursions, spa treatments, amusement parks, and luxury hotels and restaurants are all here to be enjoyed and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Let us here at What’s on Nha Trang help you discover the possibilities and fulfill the vast potentials of this tropical paradise.

Climate

Nha Trang enjoys a sultry climate, and is most fortunate to miss the cyclones that visit other parts of the country each year. The hot dry season runs from February through to October where temperatures range from 220C to 340C, and with the cooler rainy season between December to January we see temperatures ranging from 170C to 300C. During the rainy season the ocean can become quite wild, so it is best to keep an eye on the kids when you are down at the beach, and swim where the lifeguards are. They wear the distinctive red and yellow uniforms, and perch up in the bamboo towers along the beachfront.

Things to do

Nha Trang is ready and waiting to give you a wonderful holiday, with many activities to keep you busy. Relaxing at the beach, scuba diving, or snorkeling at one of the many dive spots, guided tours, cultural sites, spas, cooking classes, snake shows, or golfing at one of the world class 18 hole courses are all available for you to enjoy.

Currency

The Vietnamese currency is the Dong, but don’t be concerned if you haven’t any on hand as all the major currencies are easily exchanged at banks, the airport and around town. At the time of printing, USD$1 = VND 22,700.

Entertainment

You will be spoilt for choice, with sports bars to catch up on football, live bands, clubs, International DJ’s and cultural shows available every night of the week. There are also Western style cinemas, a bowling alley and video game arcades for the kids.

Accommodation

Nha Trang delivers every style of accommodation for the international tourist and the backpacker alike. These range from hostel accommodation through to 5 star resorts.

Population and Location

Nha Trang is located in Khanh Hoa Province, 447 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City and 1287 km south of Hanoi. The population is about 500,000.

Bars and Restaurants

Tourist central is the nerve centre for a wide variety of bars and eateries, from street food through to International cuisine. Vietnamese food is internationally recognized as the freshest and the best, and you will certainly be amazed as you wander the streets. Check out our highlighted restaurants section page 54.

Tipping

Unlike some countries, tipping is not expected but appreciated. A rule of thumb is to tip what you feel is appropriate at the time.

Transport

Cam Ranh Airport receives direct flights from several International centers and has regular domestic flights to/ from many cities within Vietnam. There is a comfortable and efficient train service running between HCMC and Hanoi calling at many towns on the line including Nha Trang. Buses are cheap and easy to arrange and all these options can be booked at your hotel or through one of the many travel agents in town.

Be Safe

Crime is not a problem in Vietnam, but like the world over, in tourist areas there will always be petty theft. Keep your smart phone in your pocket, your passport at the hotel, and wear little jewellery. If you intend to rent a motorbike, be aware that overseas licenses are not valid in Vietnam and your travel insurance won’t cover you. Best to drink bottled water as well, and slap on some insect repellent.

Street Vendors

As you walk the streets of Nha Trang, you are going to be approached by vendors selling all manner of goods. Cigarettes, chewing gum, sunglasses, jewellery, bags and wallets are all on offer. They are not nearly as ‘pushy’ as in other cities, so remember, they have families to feed and please be polite in refusal if you are not ‘in the market’.

 

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