Nha Trang’s Overview

Nha Trang is known as the beach capital of Vietnam belongs to Khanh Hoa Province on the South Central Coast. The city is located on the beautiful Nha Trang Bay, which was chosen as one of 29 most beautiful bays in the world. Nha Trang is surrounded on all three sides by mountains and a large island on the fourth side, blocking major storms from potentially damaging the city.

Nha Trang beach

Nha Trang is situated 1350 km from Hanoi and 450 km from Ho Chi Minh City. It has Cam Ranh Airport is around 45km from the South of city with daily flights from all major cities. And it is also easy to travel there by either bus or train from Ho Chi Minh City. From the north, it is possible to catch a bus or train from Hue or Da Nang.

Nha Trang is also the center for politics, economy, culture, science and tourism of Khanh Hoa Province.

Historically, the city was known as Kauthara under the Champa hundreds years ago. Until now there are still a lot of heritages and Champa culture remaining here, especially the Po Nagar towers. The name Nha Trang derives from a false Vietnamese spelling of a geographical name in the Cham language of the Ya Trang (literally Reed River, now is Cai River).

Being well known for its pristine beaches and excellent scuba diving, Nha Trang is fast becoming a popular destination for international tourists, attracting large numbers of travelers. It is compared as a precious pearl of Vietnam tourism as well as the famous entertainment center of Vietnam, with series of complexes such as Vinpearl Land, Tri Nguyen Aquarium, Hon Tam Resort, to name a few.

Vinpearl Land

How to get to Nha Trang

By plane:

Cam Ranh Airport is located 30km from the city and serves domestic destinations as well as Russia and South Korea. To Nha Trang, there are 4 daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City (1 hour) and 3 from Hanoi (1,5 hours).

By train:

Nha Trang is a stop on the main railway-line connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Book your train ticket directly at the train station as far in advance as you are able. Trains departing from Hanoi are lengthy and make many stops along the way – each one way trip can take as long as 12-20 hours. The journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang takes between 6-8 hours. The railway station in Nha Trang is about 1 km away from the city center, close to the cathedral in the northern of town.

By bus:

From Ho Chi Minh City, it is recommended that you purchase a ticket from Mai Linh or Phuong Trang Company. The bus is spacious and the service is of high standard. The trip lasts about 9 hours. Public buses depart from Ben Xe Mien Dong (Mien Dong Bus Station) but expect guest pick-up along the way.

From Da Nang, there are daily departures to Nha Trang with similar price and travel time as from Ho Chi Minh City.

From Da Lat, there are 4 daily buses by Mai Linh Company. The trip is 3-4 hours.

By car:

Private car rental with a driver are usually modern air-con cars and can be rented for VND 2.000.000 (USD 90) per day. Car rental prices (as mostly anything in Vietnam) usually increase during holiday seasons especially around Tet (Vietnamese New Year). Make sure to avoid high prices by booking it beforehand with the car rental services.

You can also arrange private taxi transfer from to Mui Ne. Book and pay online via PayPal.

Best time to visit

Thanks to Nha Trang’s warm and comfortable weather, anytime during the year can be favorable for a trip to the tourism city. The summer often starts from May with sunlight and hot weather, suitable for natural tourism such as ecotourism, ocean tourism or water sports; while the other months could be pleasing for tourists to visit cultural and historical places such as Ponagar Temple Tower, Bao Dai Villa, Vinpearl or The Nha Trang Aquarium.

While most of the South of Vietnam is turned into water for half of a year by monsoon winds, Nha Trang experiences only four “wet months”, from September till mid-December, which are also a time to reconsider visiting Nha Trang. In the first eight months of the year, this coastal city enjoys a warm and beautiful weather and so any day between January and August is good time to start your holiday in Nha Trang.

Though long dry season gives beach lovers a big time budget to enjoy the sun-sea-sand in the area, tourists are advised to visit here before the late of June to avoid high humidity and tropical heat in two hottest months of the year (July and August).

The best time to visit Nha Trang would be from February till April, when temperature is kept moderate at around 26-27 degree Celsius, and precipitation stay at the lowest level of the year. Spring months are also the best time to dive here. Some coral-rich dive sites that diving enthusiasts should not miss out on are Small Hill, South Reef, and Moray Beach After, all around Mun Island.

If your trip is firmly scheduled for July or August, remember to give Hòn Bà (30 km far from city center) the first position on your tourist attraction list. The mountain with cool climate all year round is absolutely a great place to hide from the summer heat.

In general, autumn travel in Nha Trang is not recommended. Though it is not cold, heavy rain, tropical storm and typhoon may annoy most of tourists. Travelers planning to visit the area from September till December should keep your eyes on the local weather forecast.

Source: collected from the INternet.

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