Full Travel Guide for Nha, Vietnam

Nha Trang is a coastal city with one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam (photo credit: vinpearlbaidai)

Nha Trang is a coastal city, and is the political, economic, cultural, technological, and tourism center of Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

Before becoming a part of Vietnam, Nha Trang belonged to the country of Champa. As a result, the heritage left behind by the Cham people can be seen in many places in the city.

Nha Trang was recognized as the first-level city under province of Vietnam. The city is known as the gem of the South China Sea or the blue gem for its natural values, breathtaking beauty and amazing weather.Nha Trang is a coastal city with one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam (photo credit: vinpearlbaidai)

Nha Trang is a coastal city with one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam (photo credit: vinpearlbaidai)

HISTORY OF NHA TRANG

Nha Trang is 1,280km from Hanoi, 448km from Hochiminh, 630km from Hue, 105km from Phan Rang, 260km from Phan Thiet, and 620km from Can Tho. It is located at the center of Khanh Hoa Province, with Ninh Hoa to the north, the city of Cam Ranh to the South, Dien Khanh District to the West in a valley surrounded by mountains to the north, west, and south, and meets with the sea to the east. The city, which has 27 wards, is divided into 3 parts by the Cua Be river and the Cai river. As it was previously a part of Champa, traces of the Cham people can be found at many different places in the city, such as the Cham Tower and the Po Nagar Tower.

According to historicists, the name of Nha Trang is the Viet’s transliteration word for “Ya Trang”, a Cham word meaning “Lau River” to refer to the Cai River that flows across the city. Therefore, the word went in useas a city name since 1653.

WHEN TO VISIT NHA TRANG

Like most parts of Vietnam, Nha Trang belongs tothe tropical monsoon climate zone with two seasons in a year: the rainy season and the dry season.Thanks to its location, the city is also heavily influenced by the ocean climate. Thus, the weather in Nha Trang is fairly temperate. It’s not as dramatic like in the north of Vietnam, and does not fluctuate as quickly as other parts of the south. In Nha Trang, the winter is rarely cold, while the summer is considerably long but not too hot. Although lying right at the seaside, Nha Trang are not affected by as many storms and typhoons as other coastal cities, and it thus welcomes tourists at all time during a year.

TRANSPORTATION TO AND IN NHA TRANG

Nha Trang obviously has a great location, beautiful landscapes, and rich culture. As expected, the city has taken advantage of these factors to develop its tourism industry in diverse forms. In addition, transportation to and around the city is available and very convenient by road, by air, by train, and by waterway.

By road

The roads to Nha Trang are accessible both by bikes and cars. This is because the city lies right on the side of National Highway 1A, with thousands of vehicles travelling along 24/7. Besides, the city is also close to other tourism cities. From there, tourists can choose various routes to fulfill their desire to travel. They can ride a bike along the Nha Trang – Dalat zigzag roads crossing mountains and forests, or the Mui Ne – Phan Thiet – Nha Trang route with endless sand beaches on the side, or the Nha Trang – Da Nang route to feel the amazing combination between enormous mountains and the sea. These are routes most popular among tourists, as the they are easy to travel and all the cities are also accessible by high-class buses.

By train

Nha Trang has the biggest station in Vietnam – all trains going from north to south and vice versa passes Nha Trang Station. Apart from the Thong Nhat, Nha Trang also welcomes SN1-2, SN3-4, and the high-class Saigon-Nha Trang trains.Nha_Trang_Station

Nha Trang Train Station (photo retrieved from duongsat.net)

Trains to and from Nha Trang:

– SE1 & SE2

Hanoi 19:30 – Nha Trang 21h14

Saigon 19:30 – Nha Trang 03:13

– SE3 & SE4

Hanoi 22:00 – Nha Trang 22:04

Saigon 22:00 – Nha Trang 04:52

– SE5 & SE6

Hanoi 09:00 – Nha Trang 11:36

Saigon 09:00 – Nha Trang 16:21

– SE7 & SE8

Hanoi 06:00 – Nha Trang 08:27

Saigon 06:00 – Nha Trang 13:18

– TN1 & TN2

Hanoi 13:10 – Nha Trang 17:43

Saigon 13:10 – Nha Trang 21:17

– TN3 & TN4

Hanoi 14:30 – Nha Trang 21:40

Saigon 14:00 – Nha Trang 00:22

– SN3 & SN4

Saigon 21:25 – Nha Trang 08:19

Nah Trang 18:30 – Saigon 05:51

– SNT2 & SNT1

Saigon 20:00- Nha Trang 05:10

Nah Trang 19:00 – Saigon 03:56

By air

The Cam Ranh International Airport in Nha Trang are one of the biggest airports in Vietnam. It welcomes more than one million visitors every year, with the number expected to be growing the fasted in the nation. Dozens of flights to Nha Trang are available every day, with the fare fluctuating between VND2,500,000 and VND3,500,000 (USD112 – USD157) for flights departing at Hanoi, and VND2,000,000 – VND2,500,000 (USD89 – USD112).

In addition, Nha Trang also welcomes direct flights from Singapore via Silk Airline, and Russia via Vlapostok Air.

HOTELS AND HOSTELS

With its many tourist attractions, especially the long beaches, Nha Trang is one of the biggest tourism centers in Vietnam. The city was also host to various events and festivals, such as the Sea Festival, Miss Vietnam, Miss Vietnam International 2007, Miss Universe 2008, Miss Earth 2010. As of 2013, Nha Trang has 540 hotels and hostels, with a total of 15,000 rooms, of which almost 4,500 are of high quality.

Best 15 hotels in Nha Trang

  • Mia Resort Nha Trang

Price: VND 6,000,000

  • Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa

Price: VND 2,000,000 – VND 3,000,000

  • Best Western Premier Havana Nha Trang

Price: VND 2,000,000 – VND 2,500,000

  • Novotel Nha Trang

Price: VND 1,500,000 – VND 2,500,000

  • Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel

Price: VND 1,500,000 – VND 2,500,000

Most popular hotels in Nha Trang

  • Michelia Hotel

Price: VND 1,500,000 – VND 2,000,000

  • Dendro Hotel Nha Trang

Price: VND 1,000,000 – VND 2,000,000

  • Hanoi Golden Hotel

Price: VND 1,000,000 – VND 2,000,000

  • Mua He Nha Trang

Price: VND 1,000,000 – VND 1,500,000

  • The Light Hotel & Resort

Price: VND 1,000,000 – VND 1,500,000

Cheapest hotels in Nha Trang

  • Asia Paradise Hotel Nha Trang

Price: VND 700,000 – 900,000

  • Bnh An Hotel

Price: VND 300,000 – 500,000

  • The SwissHotel

Price: VND 400,000 – 800,000

  • Hoa BinhXanh Hotel

Price: VND 500,000 – 800,000

  • Hoang HaiHotel

Price: VND 400,000 – 500,000

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN NHA TRANG

In order to keep it brief, we would like to introduce beauty spots that are located in the city of Nha Trang. We will introduce to youattractions outside of the city, such as Bai Dai, Doc Let, Binh Ba Island, or Binh Hung Island, ect. in another article.

Vinpearl Land

Vinpearl Land consists of an entertainment complex designed separately, but located close to a group of Vinpearl 5-star hotels. The whole complex covers an area of 200,000m2.

The Vinpearl aquarium

The aquarium at Vinpearl Land Nha Trang takes up an area of 3,400m2. It houses more than 300 rare and unique marine species. The sea creatures are raised in different zones in the aquarium: the North Asia climate zone, the South Asia climate zone, the Amazon zone, and the Oceanic climate zone.

The Underwater World as a whole is a 2-storey block inside an artificial mountain. It has a self-contained raising technology constructed following strict international technical standards.Tourists admiring sea creatures at the Vinpearl Aquarium (photo retrieved from dulich24.com)

Tourists admiring sea creatures at the Vinpearl Aquarium (photo retrieved from dulich24.com)

Besides, to best serve the needs of visitors to explore the underwater world, Vinpearl has constructed a tunnel with an escalator meticulously designed. Exploring the underwater world, admiring marine creatures while on an escalator in the tunnel, visitors will experience the feeling of travelling under the ocean, swimming and playing with thousands of colorful sea creatures. The diversity in the aquarium will fulfill your curiosity towards the underwater life.

The water park

The Vinpearl waterpark is the first and only fresh water park in Vietnam to be constructed on a beach. The park covers an area of 60,000m2 and is surrounded by a hundred-meter-long beach and the Luoi River. Consisting of a group of artificial mountains taking up 30,000m2 and the Rung Ron Cave, the park hosts a large variety of exciting water games.

The outdoor game area

Apart from indoor activities, visitors to the Vinpearl Land Nha Trang can also have fun with various outdoor games, including:

– The Alpine Coaster, Asia’s first island alpine coaster system,

  • Bungee Jump, ideal for visitors who love astounding and wonderful experience of floating in the air by healthy flips and jumps,
  • Sky Drop,
  • Swing Carousel,
  • Merry-go-round,
  • Elephant merry-go-round,
  • Pirate Ship,
  • Roller Coaster,
  • Tea Cup,
  • Stage for animal performances
  • Stage for music performances

The indoor game area

Situated inside the 24 meter high artificial mountains, the indoor games area of Nha Trang Vinpearl Land offers a rich range of games, suitable to different ages. You will find here a 4D Movie Theater, the Fairy Garden, Kids’ Paradise, Games Supermarket, and a Karaoke Room.

The shopping street

Inspired by the serenity and hallucination of Hoi An ancient town, Vinpearl Land Nha Trang’s shopping street is designed to promote a traditional yet refined and modern space, creating a shopping fever for visitors.

The Cuisine Town

Nestled by the poetic beach, the Cuisine town, whose path is overlaid with natural stones, is the ideal destination for visitors who love a peaceful, refreshing and romantic atmosphere. It’s where you enjoy the delicious culinary after playing time.

The Institute of Oceanography

The Institute of Oceanography is one of the oldest science institutes in Vietnam. It is also South East Asia’s biggest center for marine artifact preservation and ocean studies. Visitors coming here will have a chance to visit the museum, which holds more than 20,000 specimens of 4,000 marine species over its history. They will also see real, living fishes and other sea creatures raised and exhibited in glass tanks.

An important part of the Institute of Oceanography is the Oceanographic Museum. The museum has been attracting great attention since the 1930s, when it was still known as “The fish tank of Institute of Oceanography”. Nowadays, it is expanded and upgraded into a complex with tanks of sea creatures for studies, exhibition and education, and the nation’s biggest specimen preservation house. From here, many specimens have been sent to different laboratories and museums all over the world.

Visitors to the museum will admire the beauty of hundreds of living tropical marine species, and study moe than 10,000 specimens creatures living in the South China Sea. There is also a collection of samples of creatures living in the waters of Vietnam, Cambodia, and nearby waters. You will find in the collection samples of extremely rare animals such as the Dugong, which is in danger of extinction.

In addition, the museum also exhibits the skeleton of a huge humpbacked whale, which is 26m in length and 3m in height. The skeleton is believed to have been buried in the Red River Delta for more than 200 years before it was discovered. It is an extremely valuable heritage from mother nature.baotanghaiduongnhatrang

Skeleton of a huge humpbacked whale in the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography (photo retrieved from hongphong.dot.vn)

Furthermore, the museum also provides information on the natural characteristics of the South China Sea, its natural resources, the seaside landscapes. It also offers insights on various ecosystems such as sea meadows, coral reefs, and mangrove forests. The information helps raise public awareness on environmental issues, and plays as a reminder for the public to protect the environment for the sake of future generations. The Oceanographic Museum serves a place for exhibition and education on the Vietnamese’s history of exploring and preserving the sea. IT is no doubt one of the most important sea science institutes in Vietnam.

The Po Nagar Tower

The Yang Po Inu Nagar (also known as Po Inư Nagar, or Po Nagar) is a Chamtemple situated on top of a small hill at an altitude of 10 to 12m above sea level. The hill lies next to the estuary where Cai River meets the sea. It belongs to Vinh Phuoc Ward, and is 2km to the north of the city center.The Po Nagar Tower (photo by Lonely Planet)

The Po Nagar Tower (photo by Lonely Planet)

Although name of Po Nagar Tower is usually used to refer to the whole temple complex, it in fact is the name of the tallest tower, which is 23m in height. The temple was constructed during the hay day of Hinduism in the country of Champa, when it was known by the Chinese as “Huanwang”. Therefore, the goddess sculpture imitates the figure of Shiva’s wife, Umar.

Thap Ba hot springs

The Thap Ba Hot Springs provide various health care services, are important attractions of Nha Trang. It is most famous for the mud bath service. You can find the springs behind the Po Nagar Tower, a 20-minute drive or 4km to the north of the city center.

Hon Chong and Hon Vo

The Hon Chong Rock Promontory are two clusters of rocks lying on the beach at the foot at La-san Hill, formed as a result of the cavitation of sea water on the hill. The larger part called Hon Chong (Husband Rock) is a group of massive big and small rocks lying on top of one another. On the side that faces the sea, there is a hand-shaped dent on a rock.

Legend has it that the dent is the handprint of a giant man who gripped the rock to keep from being pulled away when a big fish Another legend is that the giant man, while going sightseeing at this place, caught the sight of fairies taking bath. Immersed into the scene, he accidentally slipped his feet. As he fell down, the giant man gripped a mountain, causing rocks to slide down, one of which with his handprint. Interestingly, a big footprint with 5 toes exists at the Suoi Tien (Fairy Spring) area.

Also lying in the promontory are various strange looking rocks, such as the stone “gate”. The second cluster has a name that relates to the first one, Hon Vo (Wife Rock). This cluster is smaller and attract less attention from visitors.

The Nha Trang Bay Club

Looking out from Hon Chong, you will see Hon Yen Island. To the right are Cau Da Wharf, Hon Tre Island, and the 6-km long beach of Nha Trang. Behind the Lasan Hill is the Nha Trang, you will see the estuary and Cu Lao Fishermen’s Wharf. Hon Do Island where a temple is built will also be within your sight.

On the way to Hon Chong, you will see the Nha Trang Bay Club, a place to exhibit photos and paintings of Hon Chong and other beauty spots in Nha Trang. The club house is designed following Hue traditional “nha ruong” style.

Long Son Temple

Long Son Temple, also known as the White Buddha Temple or Dang Long Tu. It is located at 22 October 23 Street, Phuong Son Ward, Nha Trang. The temple was constructed more than a hundred year ago and has been undergoing various reconstructions before becoming the most famous temple in Khanh Hoa, Vietnam.Long Son Temple (photo retrieved from dulichlongson.vn)

Long Son Temple (photo retrieved from dulichlongson.vn)

The temple was established in 1886 by Buddhist monk Thich Ngo Chi (real name Nguyen Tam Van Nghi, born 1856). In the early days, it was called “Dang Long Tu” and was only a small cottage on the hill of Trai Thuy, where the White Buddha sculpture is lying. In 1990, a fierce storm partly destroyed the temple. Seeing the risks, Thich Ngo Chi decided to move the temple down from the hill, and rename it Long Son Tu.

In 1936, following Thich Ngo Chi’s last words, the temple was transferred to the An Nam Buddhist Club to revive Buddhism in Khanh Hoa. It was recognized as “Sac tu Long Son tu” in the 14th year of the Bao Dai regime, 1938. Nowadays, the temple remains an office for the Khanh Hoa branch of the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam.

In 1941, Ton That Quyen, head of the Buddhist club and another Buddhist, Vi Dinh Thuy, renovated the temple. The temple lost part of its tile roof in 1968. In 1971, Venerable Thich Thien Binh renovated the temple again, following a design by architect Vo Dinh Diep. Only 60% of the renovation work was done when political changes happened in 1975.

Nha Tho Nui Nha Trang (the Mountain Church)

The official name of the Catholic church is “Church of King Cathedral”, but local people like to call it Nha Trang Church (as it’s in the city of Nha Trang), stone church (because the church is made of stone), Nga Sau church (as it’s close to an intersection). The most popular nickname of the church is Nha Tho Nui (mountain church), which indicates the church is built on a small mountain.

The Bao Dai Villas Tourist Area

The Bao Dai Villas covers 3 small hills on the Canh Long Mountain, which overlooks the sea. You will find here fresh, cool air, a serene atmosphere, sea breeze all year round, lush green coconut palm, birds singing, blue sea and a white sand beach.

The history of the Bao Dai Villas is associated with the establishment of the Indochina Institute of Oceanography (now known as the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography). Since Nha Trang is situated in the middle of the South China Sea where there is significant marine biodiversity, French scientists decided to establish their base in the city and conduct their studies there.

In 1923, Doctor Krempt, a French scientist of German descent, directed the construction of the five villas on the hill top (now called the Cau Da Villas). The five villas were named after the flowers and plants in their garden: Les Agaves (the Agaves), Les Frangipaniers (the Frangipaniers), Les Bouguinvilles (the Bougainvillea) , Les Flamboyants (the Flamboyant), Les Badamniers (the Badamier).

The first inhabitant of Les Agaves was Doctor Krempt, Director of the Institute of Oceanography. When Bao Dai took the crown in 1926, the French transferred to him two of the villas, Les Agaves and Les Frangipaniers. The new king used these two as a holiday resort for him and Queen Nam Phuong, hence the name Bao Dai Villas. After 1954, Les Agaves was renamed Nghinh Phong (English: to welcome the wind), and Les Frangipaniers became Vong Nguyet (English: to admire the moon). These names remain until today.

The old village of Phu Vinh

It may come as a surprise to many people that apart from long beaches and beautiful islets, they can find in this coastal city a very traditional Mid-Vietnam old village. The Phu Vinh village welcomes thousands of visitors on guided tours every year. It has a history of more than 200 years, and still retains many old houses in traditional style. Six of the old houses are situated on an archwise road across the village. The inhabitants in those houses are families that have been living and working there for hundreds of years since the very early days.

Cho Dam

The central market of Nha Trang, Cho Dam, is a special architectural construction. It is the biggest market, a symbol of trade and commerce, a shopping destination, and a tourist attraction in the city.

The name Cho Dam (swamp market) originated from the location of the market – it was built on an swamp covering an area of 7 acres. The swamp, which is now obturated, links to the Nha Trang estuary at the Ha Ra Bridge. In the market are various household and souvenir items, and a lot of seafoods. You can find right next to the entrance of the parking lot the vendors that sell fresh seafoods, dried seafoods, baked rolls, among others. Sold at the center of the market are daily necessities.

NHA TRANG CUISINE

Seafoods

As a coastal city, Nha Trang offers amazingly fresh and diverse seafoods that you can enjoy at restaurants or seaside vendors. Try Nha Trang’s shrimps, squids, scallops, snails, and especially the famous baked fish.

  • Seafood restos in Nha Trang

To enjoy seafood at low prices, find the restaurants along the Thap Ba street. For restaurants with a view to the sea, go along the Tran Phu Embankment.

Nem Ninh Hoa pork roll

“Nem Ninh Hoa” is the name for fermented pork and baked pork rolls in Ninh Hoa, Nha Trang. The main ingredient for the nem is the lean meat from the thighs of the local “dat do” pig. The nem chua (fermented pork) is packed into banana leaves. Next, the maker tightens itwith a bamboo slice. Finally, theyties the nems together into clusters. There will be some garlic in the nem to make it more crispy and the flavor stronger.

Nem nuong, pork rolls, are also made of crushed lean meat, together with chopped pork fat, and some other spices. First, these ingredients are mixed together and made into balls . After that, the cookgrill them on coal fire. These nems are served with various kinds of vegetables rolled into a thin rice paper, and dipped into a special sauce.

Good nem nuong places in Nha Trang:

– 25 Le Hong Phong

– Dang Van Quyen, 16B Lan Ong

– Nha Trang 39 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai

– Ngoc Tin 59 LE Thanh Phuong

– Vendor number 50 Thong Nhat

– Vendor number 178 Thong Nhat.

Bun ca Nha Trang (rice vermicelli with fish)Nha Trang vermicelli with fish roll

Nha Trang vermicelli with fish roll (photo retrieved from amthuccuoituan.com)

A bowl of Nha Trang fish vermicelli always has both fried and steamed crushed fish to enrich the taste. The fish used in this dish must be the sweet and chewy mackerel. The steamed crushed fish ball is usually covered with a layer of egg yolk, while the broth is made with sailfish or the bone of mackerel to make it fresh and naturally sweet.

Good fish vermicelli restaurants in Nha Trang:

– Bun ca Duc B8 Phan Boi Chau Street

– Bun ca 87 Yersin Street

– Bun ca 23A Yet Kieu Street

– Bun ca Ninh Hoa #1 Dang Tat Street

Bun la ca dam

Bun la ca dam (rice leaf with chopped fish), particularly the Ninh Hoa’s Bun la ca dam, is a specialty of Khanh Hoa. To visitors to the city, this is a must-try food. There is a village in Ninh Hoa that specialize in making this dish, called the Dien Lac Bun La Village.

Good bun la restos in Nha Trang

– Bun la Ninh Hoa, #2 Lan Ong Street

– Bun la Hang, #37 Tran Nhat Duat

– Bun la Song Ngu, #5 Phan Chu Trinh

Bun sua (Rice vermicelli with jellyfish)

Bun sua is made in the same way as bun ca, but with jellyfish, shrimp, crab, pork, steamed crushed fish or fish ball, adding peanut and other herbs for stronger flavors. Usually, only the tentacles are used instead of the whole jellyfish. The crushed fish used is of mackerel – some are made into balls and fried, others are covered in egg yolk before steamed and chopped.For the broth, the cook use chopped mackerel and shrimp sauce

Banh uot Dien Khanh (Dien Khanh steamed rice roll)

Banh uot Dien Khanh, or Banh uot Thanh, is a specialty of Dien Khanh. The banh uot restos are usually in country-side style: most of them are street vendors, with a soil-made rice roll cooker and several small tables and chairs. The seller would spread a rice leaf onto a dish, and putting on it shrimp paste, onion in oil, before making it a roll. Then, the roll is served with a bowl of mixed paste or fish sauce.

In the earlier times, the Dien Khanh rice rolls come with a trio: onion in oil, mung bean, and shrimp paste. These days, people have simplified the ingredients and would only choose wither mung bean or shrimp paste. What makes the roll a great dish is actually the sauce, usually made of fish intestine. The making of the sauce is not difficult, but every steamed rice roll seller has their own way of mixing up the ingredients to create a unique experience for the diners.

Good banh uot places in Dien Khanh

– Banh uot at #43 Truong Dinh Street

– Banh uot Ha, 23/10 Street, right at the fourth km pole 4 (from Nha Trang, go pass Cau Dua by 400m. The place is on the right side of the road).

Banh canh (thick rice noodle)

Banh canh is a very famous specialty of Nha Trang, and isitors to the city should try it at least once. The secrets behind the amazingly delicious banh canh are not only the sweet and sour broth, but also the soft, fresh, boneless mackerel meat.

Good Banh cant places in Nha Trang

– Banh canh Ba Thua #55 Yersin

– Banh canh Phuc, #25 Van Don

– Banh canh co Ha, #14 Phan Chu Trinh

– Banh canh Co Loc, #30 Phan Chu Trinh

– Banh banh Number 4, Tran Thi Tinh

– Banh canh #7 Bach Dang-Mac Dinh Chi

– Banh canh 3 Thong Nhat-Ba Trieu

– Banh canh 05/14 To Hien Thanh

– Banh canh at the corner where Phan Boi Chau Street met Hai Ba Trung street)

Banh xeo muc (pancake with squid)

In Nha Trang, the banh xeo (fried pancake) is made in a clay pan so it’s more crispy and is not that oily. Banh xeo Nha Trang is served with fish sauce and various herbs. The best time to enjoy these Vietnamese pancakes are in the morning or early evening.

Banh xeo muc places in Nha Trang:

– At the wharf area on Vo Thi Sau – Binh Tan (only open in the morning)

– Along Thap Ba Street and the embankment to the north of Tran Phu Bridge (open morning and afternoon)

Com ga xe Nha Trang (Rice with shredded chicken)

Apart from the popular Lac Canh grilled beef, nem nuong, different kinds of vermicelli, you should definitely try com ga (chicken rice) when visiting Nha Trang. This dish is so loved there is a whole street with dozens of restos serving diners with it. The dish basically consists of golden rice, white shredded chicken, laska leaves, pickles, sauce, and a bowl of steaming chicken broth.

Nha Trang com ga xe places:

– The restos along the roundabout where Yersin Street meets with To Vinh Dien Street

– Com ga Tram Anh at #8A, Ba Trieu Street

– Com ga 06 Tran Binh Trong

Lac Canh grilled beef

Every local Nha Trang person knows the Lac Canh Restaurant at #44 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street. It’s a casual resto, opened along time ago and has always been crowded with diners. Its house grilled beef is named after the resto itself: Bo nuong Lac Canh.

The marinated raw beef will be offered to the diners, who put it onto a grill with burning coals underneath. Usually, the grilling takes about 15 minutes. During the waiting time, the diners will become very excited as they look at the flaming grill, listen to the sound of oil burning, and smelling the amazing aroma of the grilled meat. The beef will be soft and sweet, red in peppers but won’t taste as spicy as it looks. It is served with salt and lime juice – a combination that will waken all your taste buds.

Cau Dua duck

If salanganes’ nest is the first thing in the must-try food list for visitors to the coastal city of Nha Trang, then Cau Dua duck will second it. The Cau Dua area is about 4km to the south of the city center, and the Duck street belongs to this area on National Highway 1A. Their distinctively flavorsome duck recipes has won the heart of many local and international food hunters.

Good places to try duck dishes in Nha Trang:

– Hung Cau Dua, #96, 23/10 Street

– Resto #26 Han Thuyen

– Xoi xeo vit #141, To Hien Thanh – Le Quy Don Roundabout (or #39 Le Quy Don)

NHA TRANG RECOMMENDED SCHEDULES

In these schedules, we assume that you’re already in Nha Trang for Day 1. You can find information on how to travel from your city to Nha Trang elsewhere on the internet. Use the schedules flexibly to make the most use of your time in the city.

Recommended schedule for Nha Trang

Day 1 : Explore Vinpearl Land

– Buy a ticket to Vinpearl Land, and spend a whole day playing there. And even the night, if you can.

– 15:00: Go back to explore downtown.

– Enjoy Nha Trang cuisine in the evening.

Day 2 : Nha Trang beauty spots

– 08:00: Depart from Nha Trang to visit Bai Dai Beach and Cam Ranh Bay.

– 11:00: Stay at Bai Dai to enjoy Nha Trang’s seafood

– 12:00: Go back to visit the tourist sites downtown

– 13:00: Visit the Institute of Oceanography, which was establish by the French in 1923. Admire the biggest exhibition of marine life in South East Asia.

– 14:00: Visit Long Son Temple, the headquarter of the Khanh Hoa Buddhist Sangha, one of the oldest and most beautiful temples in Nha Trang.

– 15:00: Visit the Po Nagar Tower, which was constructed some time between the late 7th century and the 12th century. This tower was built to honor the contribution of Goddess Yang Ino Po Nagar. It has become the symbol, and a pride of the Champa people.

– 16:00: Try the hot spring therapy at Thap Ba Hotsprings, where squirts of warm water will massage and destress your body and mind. Besides, the mud bath and hot spring bath are also worth trying, as they’re proved to be good for skin and neural system, especially suitable for those with rheumatic symptoms.

– 18:00: Discover Nha Trang culinary and take a rest at your hotel.

Day 3 : Nha Trang – Island tour – Diving

– Find a one-day tour at a tourism company to visit the islands of Hon Mun, Hon Mot, Bai Tranh, and the Tri Nguyen Aquarium.

– Nha Trang has one of the most beautiful coral reefs in Vietnam, and it would be a pity if a visitor misses the chance to admire this gift that mother nature has given to the coastal city. A common choice is to combine the island tour with the coral watching activity. Based on the package you buy, the tourism company will pick you up at either your hotel or the Cau Da Wharf. From the wharf, ships leave for the bay of Nha Trang.

Day 4: Doc Let – Van Phong Bay

Doc Let is situated in Ninh Hoa, about 50km from the city of Nha Trang. After that, go for another 30km and you will reach Van Phong Bay. These two places are a little far from the city center, and would be more suitable to a lone traveller than a family. Also, it’s best to ride a bike in Nha Trang to go explore Doc Let and Van Phong Bay.

Day 5 : Yangbay Waterfall

– 08:00 – 09:00: Depart for Yangbay

– 09:30 – 11:30: Take a tramcar tour around Yangbay Park. Visit Yang Bay Waterfall and take a bath in the spring.Aboriginal people performing music right at the foot of the spring. (photo: retrieved from baodulich)

Aboriginal people performing music right at the foot of the spring. (photo: retrieved from baodulich)

– Have lunch at a restaurant in the park

– In the evening, visit the wild bear reservation area, the folk games area, and the pig racing field where you’ll experience exciting pig races.

– Go back to Nha Trang in the late afternoon.

Recommended schedule for Nha Trang – Binh Ba trip

Day 1: Nha Trang historical sites and Bai Dai

– 08:00: Visit the Institute of Oceanography, which was establish by the French in 1923. Admire the biggest exhibition of marine life in South East Asia.

– 09:00: Visit Long Son Temple, the headquarter of the Khanh Hoa Buddhist Sangha, one of the oldest and most beautiful temples in Nha Trang.

– 10:00: Visit the Po Nagar Tower, which was constructed some time between the late 7th century and the 12th century. This tower was built to honor the contribution of Goddess Yang Ino Po Nagar. It has become the symbol, and a pride of the Champa people.

– 11:00: Have lunch and take a rest in Nha Trang

– 13:00: Depart from Nha Trang to visit Bai Dai Beach and Cam Ranh Bay.

– 15:30: Go to the wharf to take a ship to Binh Ba. Be on time for the 16:00 ship.

– In the evening, enjoy the island and try Binh Ba lobster.

Day 2: Explore Binh Ba

– Spend your whole day exploring the beautiful island. Check the article on Binh Ba backpacking experience for more information.

– In the afternoon, take the ship back to Cam Ranh and Nha Trang.