First Time in Nha Trang - What To Do

Nha Trang Survival Guide

If this is your first time in Nha Trang, planning your itinerary can be a daunting task. This coastal destination is located in the south of Vietnam, where you can find a 6 km stretch of pristine beaches. It’s surrounded by verdant mountain ranges and over 19 neighbouring islands. It’s a lot to look at and it can be difficult to narrow this huge selection down to just the best bits.

There are many sightseeing options reachable from Nha Trang town centre, and you can enjoy them and various water sports throughout your holiday. To help you get the most out of your trip, we’ve compiled this Nha Trang survival guide. It’ll help you to navigate your first few days in this vibrant town.

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Nha Trang at a Glance

Nha Trang offers a good mix of cultural and sightseeing opportunities. You can find centuries-old pagodas and French colonial buildings in the city centre, while expansive beaches and national parks are less than 20 minutes away. Hotels here range from mid-range city hotels to luxurious resorts, with fine-dining venues and easy access to the beach.

  • Places of interest are easy to reach
  • Very clean beaches
  • Good choice of beachfront restaurants and bars
  • Relatively traditional setting
  • Beaches are packed during weekends and holidays
  • Little nightlife in the city

Things You Can Do in Nha Trang

Nha Trang attractions are set against a stunning backdrop of white sandy beaches, verdant mountains and untouched islands. It’s also home to Buddhist temples, gothic-style Catholic churches and historical sites that date back to the Champa Kingdom. Nature lovers can find natural hot springs, salt fields and unique waterfalls. Most of these landmarks are close to Nha Trang’s most popular hotels and resorts, so you can easily get around on foot, bicycle and motorcycle. If you see nothing else during your first time in Nha Trang, we suggest checking out the follow.

  • Na Thrang Cathedral

    Na Thrang Cathedral (locally known as the stone church or Nui Church) is the largest church in the city. Set atop a hill Read More»

  • Long Son Pagoda

    Lang Son Pagoda, also known as Chua Long Son, is situated on the foothill of Trai Thuy Mountain in the city of Nha

    Built Read More»

  • Thap Ba Hot Springs Centre

    Thap Ba Hot Springs Centre is a great place to relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploring Nha Trang. Great for a Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Nha Trang

Shopping in Nha Trang is very relaxed and local. You won’t find overcrowded malls or high-end designer stores here. Street markets, such as Vinh Luong and Dam, are great for observing the daily life of the local population, as well as shopping for handicrafts, clothing and jewellery. There are also souvenir shops along the beach that sell artwork and quality clothing. We prefer exploring the markets than shops as you can bargain for lower prices and enjoy street food as well. The following are our personal favourite places to shop in Nha Trang – check them out!

  • Nha Trang Market

    When it comes to street markets in the popular coastal town, Nha Trang Market is hailed as the busiest of its kind. Open Read More»

  • Nha Trang Centre

    Nha Trang Centre is well-regarded as the first shopping mall of its kind here, and has been since it opened in 2011. Read More»

  • Vinh Luong Market

    Set nearby Nha Trang Port, Vinh Luong Market offers an authentic shopping experience where fishermen sell their Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Nha Trang

The best nightlife in Nha Trang is located on its beaches, especially Tran Phu Beach. Rooftop nightclubs and five-star hotel lounges are popular among more affluent travellers. If you’re travelling with family, Nha Trang has several cultural spaces offers nightly traditional puppet shows, light shows and traditional music. There’s also Vinpearl Amusement Park, where you can enjoy unique water slides and fun rides, as well as an amphitheatre and a shopping mall. When planning your evenings during your first time in Nha Trang, be sure to put these places on your bucket list.

  • Sailing Club

    Sailing Club has been Nha Trang’s definitive nightlife spot since its inception in 1994, making it as a must-visit for Read More»

  • Skylight Skydeck & Rooftop Beach Club

    Skylight Skydeck & Rooftop Beach Club is a must-visit if you’re looking to party in style during your holiday in Nha Read More»

  • Nha Trang Water Puppet Theatre

    The Nha Trang Water Puppet Theatre is a vibrant live performance which showcases the daily life of farmers, traditional Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Nha Trang

The restaurants in Nha Trang are often pricy, but you get to enjoy quality seafood and local dishes, as well as beautiful views and excellent service. The local fishing village supplies freshly-caught giant prawns, squid, urchins, crabs, jellyfish and shellfish to these places, so you’ll get your money’s worth here. The following are our absolute favourite places to eat in Nha Trang, making them well worth checking out.

  • Cookbook Cafe Nha Trang

    Cookbook Cafe Restaurant is a great place to enjoy culinary delights from all over the world during your vacation in Nha Read More»

  • Sandals Restaurant in Nha Trang

    Sandals Restaurant is set within Nha Trang’s iconic Sailing Club, offering an eclectic menu of Vietnamese and Read More»

  • Sen at Sailing Club

    Sen at Sailing Club is a favourite dining spot amongst affluent locals, expats, and tourists in Nha Trang. Offering

    The Read More»

Hotels in Nha Trang We Recommend to Our Friends

Nha Trang hotels are available in abundance, ranging from frills-free guesthouses to world-renowned resorts. Elegant Mediterranean-style villas can be found along the beach while the city centre mostly has mid-range and budget hotels. While not as convenient for the beach, the sand is only ever a short motorcycle or bicycle ride away. The following are our favourite places to stay in Nha Trang, with an option each in the budget, luxurious and middle price ranges.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay offers an exclusive high-end accommodation choice in a superb natural setting a few kilometres north of Read More...

LegendSea Hotel

Located in Nha Trang (Tran Phu Beach), LegendSea Hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tram Huong Tower and Nha Trang Night Read More...

Nha Trang Inn

Located in Nha Trang (Tran Phu Beach), Nha Trang Inn is within a 15-minute walk of Tram Huong Tower and Nha Trang Night Read More...


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