Nha Trang Activities
What to Do in Nha Trang
This section comprises interesting Nha Trang activities that travellers can enjoy during their holiday. One of the first things people do on arrival in Nha Trang is to head straight down to the beach, but there’s more things on offer here apart from soaking up the sun. Catering to all budget levels and preferences, you can also easily plan these activities to suit your time and pace.
A fast-growing holiday destination, Nha Trang boasts a six-kilometre stretch of picturesque coastline where you can enjoy a day of island-hopping, scuba diving, swimming, and sailing. Its vast countryside is home to tranquil fishing villages, dense rainforests, and natural hot springs, all of which are easily accessible on foot, bicycle and motorcycle. Experience the coastal town unique culture and natural surroundings with our comprehensive list of what to do in Nha Trang.
Activities in Nha Trang
Nha Trang is flanked by 71 islands, and the sea at most times of year, is crystal clear so the plethora of boat trips daily heading out plus the easy availability of booking agents is self-explanatory. Trips are not expensive and are more often than not party cruises but with a fair amount of snorkeling and fishing fitted in between the drinking. Check whether lunch is included or not and compare deals before booking.
If you are not an extremely early riser then charter a boat the day before. Most hotels can handle the booking but the place to book in person is the Cau Da Dock. Read More...
Biking trips are the best way to enjoy the beautiful countryside of south central coastal area of Vietnam. Some organized tours take you through rural areas, visiting some historic sites along the way. You can also combine biking with rafting down the Cai River. Tours usually includes light lunches.
Biking and Rafting Tour
Address: 1/12 Tran Quang Khai
Shamrock Irish Pub, organizes a variety of rafting trips catered for each age group. Address: 56a Nguyen Thien Thuat Read More...
As Vietnamese food is beginning to be appreciated worldwide, a cooking class is a good introduction to this wonderful cuisine. A half-day class usually begins with a trip to the local market to select fresh herbs, spice and meats. Back in the kitchen, you will be taught how to handle a wok and the correct way to chop, slice or grind.
Lantern, 72 Nguyen Thien Thuat
Sheraton Hotel, 28 Tran Phu, Tel: +84 58 388 2222
Nha Trang has 10 or so dive shops, so this is a 'buyer-friendly' market! Students looking for certification will find that the value for money here is superb, with PADI open-water courses available with full equipment rental. A two-dive boat trip with equipment rental and snacks can be had for a very reasonable sum. As with everywhere in Asia, check what you are getting for your money and make sure you speak to the Instructor who'll be teaching you, not just a 'salesman'. Diving, and especially training, should not be chosen by price alone.
- Rainbow Divers: PADI-National Geographic Dive Centre: 90a, Hung Vuong Street. Tel: +84 58 352 4351
- Angel Dive: SSI Dive centre. 1/33 Tran Quang Khai Tel: +84 58 352 2461
- Octopus Diving: PADI Divecentre 62 Tran Phu Street Tel: +84 58 381 0629
- Vietnam Explorer: SSI Divecentre 02 Tran Quang Khai Tel: 058-524-490
- Amigos Divers: 60 Nguyen Thien Thuat, Tel: +84 58 352 3341
- Scuba Zone: 1/16 Tran Quang Khai, Tel: +84 58 352 7208
- Sailingclubdivers: 72-74 Tran Phu, Tel: +84 58 52 2788
Half-Day Bike Tour of Nha Trang
Check out Nha Trang's attractions by bike. The Hon Chong Promontory, the Po Nagar Cham, Long Son Pagoda, with its huge seated Buddha, and Bao Dai's Villas. All these sights are within a hired bike ride away from each other.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Established in Hon Tam Island in 2010, the new centre for hot air balloon rides now operates from near Pham Van Dong Street.
The hot air balloon has solid handrails and a protective net. The ride takes you to a height of 150 metres, and includes a 15-20 stop so you can enjoy the panoramic bird’s eye view of the city and take those hard-to-get aerial photographs of the bay and the sea beyond.
- Address: Pham Van Dong Street, or inquire at travel agents.
Golfers will not feel left out in Nha Trang, where a few professionally designed 18-hold golf courses are to be found at:
Vinpearl Complex, in Hon Tre Island, just across the bay of Nha Trang;
Diamond Bay Golf Course, at Diamond Bay Resort, Nguyen Ta Than, Tel: +84 58 371 1666
The mud baths at Thap Ba natural hot springs are a healthy and fun way to spend a few hours. The best time of day to go is between 12:00 and 15:00 when they are less crowded. You will be offered single or shared mud baths and obviously the single ones are more expensive yet the communal tubs are more fun. Shower off in mineral-rich water afterwards or let the mud dry on you first for additional benefits before showering.
Nha Trang Paintball
Nha Trang Paintball runs two paintball excursions a day. You will be given a gun, protective gear and equipment. An instructor is on hand to divide teams to compete for the matches. Booking is required. Bring towels and a change of clothes.
- Address: 117 Nguyen Thien Thuat
- Tel: +84 128 380 3593
The Nha Trang Water Puppet Theatre is a vibrant live performance which showcases the daily life of farmers, traditional dances, and mythical legends of Vietnam. This folk practice dates back to the 11th century, when flooded rice fields in Red River Delta led to villagers using handmade puppets for entertainment. It was also performed for the king’s longevity ceremony.
Nha Trang Water Puppet Theatre takes place in Tran Phu Cultural House in the form of colourful wooden puppets, light shows, and traditional tunes. The stage is a waist-deep pool of water, with 400 puppets manoeuvred using long rods by skilled puppeteers hidden behind a massive screen. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 16:00 – 20:45
- Address: 46 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang
- Tel: +84 58 352 7828
The same applies for renting out a yacht except this is a calmer (albeit more expensive) way to go out island hopping from May to September.
Dividing the cost among a group is a good way to go.
- Tel: +84 58 382 6528
Thap Ba Hot Springs Centre is a great place to relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploring Nha Trang. Great for a temporary retreat away from the bustling city, the hot springs centre is set against a mountain backdrop with plenty of greenery and flowers. It is also fitted with private and shared mud-baths, herbal-bath, Jacuzzi, waterfall, swimming pool, and sauna. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 19:00
- Address: 15 Ngoc Son Street, Ngoc Hiep, Nha Trang
- Tel: +8458 383 5345
Vinpearl Amusement Park, situated on an island across the bay from Nha Trang Beach, is a large-scale theme park featuring water slides and games, a large aquarium, a wave pool, and a variety of rides. The Park is reached by cable car that connects Nha Trang City to this island resort. The 3,320-metre long ride offers dazzling views of the bay, a promise of the fun-filled day that is to follow. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00 Monday – Thursday, 08:00 – 22:00 Friday to Sunday
- Address: Vinpearl Resort Island, Nha Trang Bay
- Tel: +84 58 3 598 188