Nha Trang beaches are spread out around the beach resort city, offering a myriad of sightseeing and recreational activities for visitors looking to soak up the sun during their holiday. Often called the Riviera of the South China Sea, Nha Trang boasts a six-kilometre stretch of beautiful coastline with a wide array of dining and accommodation options set along the white sandy beaches.
No two beaches are the same in Nha Trang, ranging from the bustling Tran Phu Beach for travellers who want to be in the centre of all the action to the more remote Bai Dai Beach that is great for when you want to escape the often overcrowded city. Some of these locales may be a long drive away from Nha Trang City, but the tranquil scenery of the coastline makes it well worth trip.
Tran Phu Beach
Tran Phu Beach is easy to walk to from almost anywhere in Nha Trang City, making it the most popular beach in Nha Trang. It hosts the iconic Tran Phu Street, which is a beautiful seaside promenade with plenty of luxury and mid-range beachfront resorts, hostels, souvenir shops, museums, and seafood restaurants.
Nightlife around Tran Phu Beach is also popular – highly recommended bars include The Sailing Club, ZIMA, and Skylight Skydeck & Rooftop Beach Club. Alternatively, there’s a wide array of activities such as surfing, snorkelling, bicycle tours, spa treatments, meditation and yoga in Tran Phu Beach.
Priced at VND 35,000 per day, you can also lounge on beach beds and deck chairs along the beachside. Due to its popularity, there is a noticeable amount of trash such as empty bottles and cigarette stubs in places.
Hon Chong Beach
Separated only by a headland, Hon Chong is just north of Tran Phu Beach in Nha Trang. It’s a five-minute drive from the iconic Po Nagar Cham Towers, where you’re greeted with a quiet beach area and formation of piled rocks that stretch out towards the sea. The beach is free to enter, but you’re required to pay an entrance fee of VND 22,000 to climb the rocks. However, it’s well worth the money and effort as you’ll be greeted with a panoramic view of neighbouring islets and the crescent-shaped Nha Trang Beach. The atmosphere here is very tranquil as well, with several coffee shops and seafood eateries scattered along the beach. Approximately 300m south of Hon Chong is Hon Do (Red Island), which has a Buddhist temple on a hilltop while the northeast hosts Hon Rua (Tortoise Island).
Bai Tru Beach
Located on Hon Tre Island, Bai Tru Beach is adjacent to the massive Vinpearl Amusement Park. A 3,320-metre sea-crossing cable car connects the island to the mainland of Nha Trang, though you can also travel via ferry, taxi canoe, high-speed boat, car, and motorcycle.
Housing a massive aquarium, amphitheatre, shopping mall, and a variety of rides, Vinpearl Amusement Park is the main draw to the island. However, if you’re looking to enjoy a day at Bai Tru Beach, there’s an entrance fee of VND 1,100,000 which is inclusive of return speedboat transfers, buffet lunch, and access to the beach and swimming pool.
Bai Dai Beach
Situated approximately 28 kilometres south of Tran Phu Beach, Bai Dai Beach makes a popular day trip amongst tourists due to its secluded and hippy-like atmosphere. While sightseeing and accommodation options are scarce, you can unwind by the pristine beach or enjoy a day of volleyball, surfing, and swimming in its clear waters.
There are also several seafood restaurants in Bai Dai Beach, though the most popular one is called The Shack Vietnam. The charming hut-like establishment is decorated with Bob Marley posters and wooden furnishing while the kitchen serves up western favourites, fruit juices, and beers all day.
Nhu Tien Beach
The setting for the luxurious Diamond Bay City, Nhu Tien Beach is a vast stretch of white sands, palm tree, blue waters, and verdant mountains. The privately-owned beach is just a 20-minute complimentary shuttle ride from the city, making it a popular choice amongst affluent travellers for a quiet vacation in Nha Trang.
Diamond Bay Resort & Spa hosts a 76-hectre golf course, spa centre, tennis court, and five onsite restaurants serving grilled seafood, Vietnamese, Asian, and western fare while activities available here include yoga, kayaking, jet-skiing, snorkelling, and banana boating. Nhu Tien Beach is also undergoing massive development by Diamond Bay City, where 15 luxury beach resorts, seaside villas, marinas, international schools, luxury shopping malls, amusement parks, hospital, and a casino will be built within a decade.
Doc Let Beach
Doc Let Beach is situated 45km north of Nha Trang, offering mid-range and budget accommodation for backpackers looking to relax by the beach. Popular hotels here include Hoang Khang Doc Let Hotel & Beach, White Sand Doclet Resort & Spa, and GM Doc Let Beach Resort & Spa.
Featuring plenty of palm trees and fishing boats docked offshore, Doc Let is most popular for its salt fields where you can photograph the white salt mountains and locals carrying heavy baskets across the fields. Unlike the more tourist-friendly Tran Phu Beach, Doc Let Beach is relatively untouched by development save for a handful of small shops and local restaurants. The sand is soft and fine, squeaking under foot as you walk, and with few others on the beach, Doc Let is the perfect escape.
Popular amongst the backpacker community, Jungle Beach in Ninh Phuoc Village offers the ideal relaxing getaway experience thanks to its secluded locale, frills-free accommodation, verdant jungles, and charming fishing villages. Set 60 kilometres north of Nha Trang, visitors can enjoy a day of jungle-trekking, where they can spot wild monkeys, eagles, slow loris, and douc langurs. If you’re looking to stay close to the beach, there are plenty of activities to enjoy as well, including snorkelling, swimming, surfing, and beach volleyball.