THE 15 BEST THINGS TO DO IN NHA TRANG

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The coastal city of Nha Trang in Vietphái nam has been attracting both local & international tourists for years. While Nha Trang is best known for its scutía diving & long stretches of beach, the city also has a svào historical and cultural heritage that"s worth discovering.

For those wanting natural attractions, Nha Trang beaches offer a backdrop of towering roông chồng cliffs and are stunningly beautiful—while the Long Son Pagoda & its dragon mosaics are a great stop if you want to combine a temple visit with a great view over the đô thị.

For more ideas on how to lớn spkết thúc your time when visiting this ancient thành phố, take a look at our menu of top tourist attractions in Nha Trang.

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1. Long Son Pagoda

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Long Son Pagoda


Although it was founded long before that, Long Son pagodomain authority was moved to its current location at the foot of Trai Thuy mountain after it was partially destroyed by a cyclone in the year 1900. Today, this is one of the most visited pagodas in town và a beloved stop for both locals & tourists. Beautiful rồng mosaics và intrinsically decorated ceramic tiles cover the temple"s entrance và part of the roof và the altar inside.

Perhaps the most commonly associated image with Long Son pagodomain authority is the 24-meter-tall White Buddha statue, even though the concrete statue isn"t technically part of Long Son. Instead, the statue sits slightly higher up the hill, on the grounds of Hai Duc Pagodomain authority, & it"s one of the most famous sights in Nha Trang.


2. Ponagar Tower

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Ponagar Tower


The Po Nagar temple complex was built some time around the 7th century and dedicated lớn the worship of a number of deities, especially Lady Po Nagar, the Goddess who created và nurtures the Earth. The temple, with its soft stone towers & columns, is a beautiful marriage of Cmê say (an ethnic minority in Vietnam) architecture & Hinduism influences.

Of the eight original sandstone towers that were once part of the complex, only four still stand, just as magnificent as ever. The 28-meter-tall North Tower is not only the highest but also one of the most stunning—it has a terraced roof, a number of chiseled inscriptions around the doorway, and holds a 10-arm blaông xã statue of the goddess Uma inside. The other towers are dedicated lớn Hindu deities Cri Cambhu, Shiva, và Ganesh.

The complex—mix on a hill on the banks of River Cai—also features a small museum showcasing stonework & sculptures of the time. Because the buildings here are still considered active religious shrines, you"re expected to lớn remove sầu your shoes and dress respectfully (shoulders and legs covered) when visiting.


3. Vinpearl Cable Car

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Vinpearl Cable Car


A ride on the Vinpearl Cable Car is one of the top things to lớn do in Nha Trang. Connecting Nha Trang with Vinpearl Island, this gondola ride is over 3,000 meters long & takes 15 minutes to lớn reach its destination. It took over a year to lớn build the cable car, as it needed to be made not only earthquake resistant but also able khổng lồ withstvà strong winds and monsoon rains.

The ride is actually the longest overwater cable oto in the world và offers beautiful views over the sea and the Disney-like Vinpearl park that occupies center stage on the island.

The towers that sustain the cables are designed to lớn look like miniature Eiffel towers & are completely illuminated at night, making for a beautiful sight.


4. Vinpearl Land

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Vinpearl Land


Vietnam"s own version of Disneyland is right here, on Vinpearl Island. This combination of amusement park and water park offers rides & thrills for all ages, as well as plenty of opportunities to meet quality cartoon characters and even see a few wild animals.

The Vinpearl water park occupies a major section of the complex và offers lazy rivers, adrenaline-filled slides, a water obstacle course, and even a beach with sun loungers where you can rest and cool down for a while.

The amusement part of the park offers a massive sầu arcade area, rides, Disney-lượt thích castles, a 3D-movie theater, và live sầu performances by dancers and acrobats.

Right next khổng lồ the ocean you"ll also find the Vinpearl sky wheel, one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world at 1đôi mươi meters. A full circle on the wheel takes about 15 minutes và offers stunning views of the cất cánh, especially at night.


5. Hon Mun

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Hon Mon


Of all the islands dotting the waters around Nha Trang, none are more beautiful and full of things to discover than Hon Mun. The limestone cliffs, caves, and stunning blachồng rocks cover the coastline, offering beautiful photo lớn opportunities, as well as climbing and hiking. A slow stroll on the beach will also reveal ebony-blaông chồng caves hiding in the roông chồng.

Above sầu everything, however, Hon Mun"s main attractions are found underwater. The island"s coral reefs attract scubố divers & snorkelers from all over the world—they come here khổng lồ discover the colorful biodiversity of fish, sea turtles, and crabs.

The water is so clear around the islvà that even those who don"t want to lớn jump inkhổng lồ the water will get khổng lồ enjoy the marine life—boats with clear bottoms allow a direct view deep inlớn the ocean. If you have sầu your heart mix on exploring, it"s also possible khổng lồ book island-hopping tours that will allow you lớn visit not only Hon Mun but also other nearby islands.


A large complex of buildings designed khổng lồ look older than it really is, the XQ Historical Village was founded by a pair of artists in the 1990s. The original idea was to lớn create a place to lớn showcase the Vietnamese arts of painting silk & embroidery và to lớn empower women lớn focus on these "almost lost arts" as a means of starting their own businesses and continuing local traditions.

Today, more than 3,500 women—dressed in Áo Dài or Vietnamese traditional dress—work và sell their products at this village and others like it around the country.

XQ is a chất lượng phối of working space, art galleries, and shops. Visitors can simply walk around admiring works in progress, choose lớn buy an impressive wall hanging or a small scarf, or sit in the gardens for a cup of tea while listening khổng lồ soft music.


There are plenty of markets in Nha Trang to fulfill your every need, but none of them are more authentic, busier, or more varied than Dam Market. Housed in a circular two-story building, the market is open from 4am, when it attracts mostly locals who arrive sầu here for their daily shopping.

Despite the apparent disarray of the place, there"s some lô ghích khổng lồ how the stalls are mix inside the market, so you can walk around to lớn discover areas for food, clothing & handbags, handicrafts and souvenirs, designer knockoffs, & a large section for fresh seafood và produce in the baông xã.

There are other markets in Nha Trang—including the food-focused Xoi Moi Market and the Nha Trang Night Market for souvenirs—but Dam Market is an experience in itself. Just walking through the massive sầu open space is an adventure for the senses, but you can push it a step further by trying some street food from some of the stalls mix around the indoor fountain.


While you can find quiông xã things khổng lồ eat almost anywhere in Nha Trang, there are a few particular dishes you should be trying when visiting the đô thị. Even better, most of these dishes are easily available from street vendors, so you"ll not only get a chance lớn taste something good, but also have sầu the experience of trying real Vietnamese cuisine from local vendors.

Two common dishes you will find street food carts selling are nurong la lot (grilled beef wrapped in leaves) & banh can, a local delicacy made of mini rice flour pancakes topped with meat và eggs và cooked over coals.

Nha Trang has a huge seafood culture, & many of its local markets, especially Xoi Moi Market, sell seafood by the bucket (literally, fresh food is placed in a bucket và weighed for sale).

For those willing to lớn "get their hands dirty," Nha Trang is also famous for its cooking classes, offered through hotels & private companies or as part of city tours.


9. National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam

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Sea turtles at the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam


The Nha Trang Oceanography Institute dates baông chồng to lớn the early 20th century, & it"s one of the oldest scientific research institutes in Vietnam. It"s also the biggest Vietnamese research center focused on marine biodiversity và ecology.

Housed in a beautiful French-colonial building, the museum section of the institute houses thousands of marine và bird specimens, as well as displays & exhibits meant lớn educate the public on marine conservation & the life of aquatic species.

Some of the highlights of the museum include the 18-meter-long skeleton of a humpbaông xã whale found underground, glass tanks holding puffers & turtles, & even examples of local boats.

Visitors are free lớn wander around the museum, which offers exhibits in English explaining sacred sea-related legends, showing the devastating power of tsunamis, and exploring the fishing culture of the country.


The Ba Ho Waterfalls are a picturesque 40-minute ride away from the city, reached after driving alongside the turquoise coastal waters và the soft rocking of paddy fields.

Of the three waterfalls that trang điểm the group, the bottom one is the most crowded but also the easiest to lớn reach—but even it is still a half-hour trek through the bright green jungle to get there và be able to dip your toes in the cool water pool.

Waterfalls 2 and 3 require a harder climb using stone steps và large boulders & pushing through thicker forest. Wear proper hiking shoes, as the rocks can get slippery, especially during the rainy season. There are painted arrows pointing the way, but you can just as easily follow other climbers up.

All three waterfalls are popular cliff-jumping areas, with jumps as high as 11 meters from the rocks to lớn the refreshing pools below.


Nha Trang is trang chính to several stunning soft Trắng sand beaches offering everything from perfect sunbathing spots to lớn plenty of recreational activities. The city"s most popular beach is Tran Phu Beach, which attracts tons of tourists—this means lots of activity day & night, making the beach noisier but also full of amenities, including great restaurants and places to rent equipment for water sports.

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If you want peace và quiet, Bai Dai Beach might be a better option—it"s full of locals, which means the beach và its surroundings aren"t as well developed. This can be good or bad, depending on your idea of a heavenly coastline—but the svà is still soft và the waters a clear blue if that"s all that matters.

Hon Tre beach is one of the largest beaches in Nha Trang, và it"s also where some of the biggest festivals in town are celebrated—including the colorful February festival Ba Chua Xuch to honor a Vietnamese prosperity goddess.

For the ultimate in luxury, the privately-owned Nhu Tien Beach cannot be beat—it offers a golf course with stunning views over the palm-fringed sands and lush mountains, yoga and snorkeling, và plenty of other activities.


A museum dedicated to lớn the French-Swiss bacteriologist who co-discovered the bacteria that causes bubonic plague might seem out of place in Nha Trang, but Yersin had strong ties khổng lồ the country and did much of his groundbreaking work while living in Vietphái mạnh.

The museum, housed in Yersin"s former trang chủ in Nha Trang, features a large collection of original equipment và furniture (including his desk & bed), letters, và documents. There"s also a large collection of photographs Yersin took of Vietnam"s ethnic groups during his travels around the country.

While Yersin is best known for his contributions lớn science & giải pháp công nghệ, he also worked in other fields while in Vietnam giới. He"s actually responsible for the import và cultivation of rubber trees inlớn Southeast Asia & also for starting a project khổng lồ acclimatize the quinine tree (used lớn create a remedy against malaria) to Vietnam. The exhibits, which are in English và Vietnamese, also include short films.


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