Nha Trang – Vietnam’s most popular seaside resort-town – Part 1

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most popular seaside resort-town.

Overview of Nha Trang

• It’s more lively and urban.
• It’s a scuba diving center of Vietnam.
• Human settlement in Nha Trang dates back to the Cham Empire.
• The French recognized this beautiful bay.
• It has islands and white sand beaches.
• It is a perfect bathing spot.
• Nha Trang is a coastal city.
• It is the capital of Khanh Hoa province.
• Nha Trang area is about 265.47 square kilometers.
• Nha Trang Bay is among the world’s most beautiful bays.
• Tourists are welcome to participate in the Sea Festival.
• This festival is held biennially.
• The city was known as Kauthara under the Champa.
• The city is still home to the famous Po Nagar Tower built by the Champa.
• Nha Trang is a centre for marine science based at the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute.
• The Hon Mun marine protected area is one of four first marine protected areas in the world admitted by the IUCN.
• It is bounded by:
– on the north by Ninh Hoa district
– on the east by the Bien Dong Sea
– on the south by Cam Ranh town
– on the west by Dien Khanh district

Administrative Divisions
• Nha Trang is subdivided into 27 wards and communes.
• 20 are urban wards out of 27. They are namely:
– Vinh Hai
– Vinh Phuoc
– Vinh Tho
– Xuong Huan
– Van Thang
– Van Thanh
– Phuong Sai
– Phuong Son
– Ngoc Hiep
– Phuoc Hoa
– Phuoc Tan
– Phuoc Tien
– Phuoc Hai
– Loc Tho
– Tan Lap
– Vinh Nguyen
– Vinh Truong
– Phuoc Long
– Vinh Hoa
• The 8 suburban communes are:
– Vinh Phuong
– Vinh Trung
– Vinh Thanh
– Vinh Thai
– Vinh Hiep
– Vinh Ngoc
– Vinh Luong
– Phuoc Dong
• Many urban planned zones are:
– Hon Ro
– Bac Viet
– Thanh Gia
– Duong De
– Nam Hon Kho

Tourist Attractions of Nha Trang

• Alexandre Yersin Museum
• Boat tour on Cai River
• Palace of Emperor Bao Dai
• Thap Ba Hot Spring (Lady Tower hot spring)
• Nha Phu Lagoon
• Hoa Lan Stream (Orchid Flower stream)
• Monkey Island
• S?n Beach
• Nha Trang Booze Cruise
• Hon Tam Island
• Hon Mun Island
• Hon Con Se Tre Island
• Hon Ong Island
• Dao Yen Island
• Hon Tre Island
• Suoi Do Stream
• Suoi Tien Stream
• Hon Ba Mountain
• Cai River Minigolf & Restaurant & Marina
• Yangbay Waterfall
• Thap Ba Po Nagar Nha Trang
• Chua Long Son
• Nha Trang Oceanography Institute
• Chanh T?a Church
• Nha Trang Pasteur Institute
• Tri Nguyen Aquarium
• Vinpearl Cable Car

Best time to visit / climate

• The monsoon season is from October to mid December.
• Nha Trang has a tropical savanna climate.
• It has a lengthy dry season from January to August.
• It has a shorter wet season from September to December.
• The city’s total annual rainfall is 1,361 millimeters.

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How to get there?

1. By plane
• Cam Ranh Airport (CXR) is built on the grounds of an old American airbase.
• It was constructed in 2004.
• It is located 30km from the city.
• It serves only domestic destinations.
• Taxi fare from the airport to downtown locations is a fixed rate of 380,000 VND.
• A cheaper option is to take the airport bus at 60,000 VND to the old Nha Trang Airport.
• The tickets are sold for this mini bus at a desk near the exit of the airport.

2. By train
• Nha Trang is a stop on the main railway-line connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
• The railway station is close to the cathedral in the northern part of town.
• The journey to Nha Trang from Ho Chi Minh City takes between 6-8 hours on the SE trains.
• A cushioned seat in the AirCon car costs 190,000 dong.
• Soft seat is 310.000 dong.
• The SNT trains take over 9 hours and travels overnight only.
• For 535,000 dong one can book a soft sleeper on the SNT1 or SE1, SE3, SE5 or SE7 trains from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City.
• The SE1 train departs Nha Trang at 8.26PM and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 4.10AM.
• The SE3 train departs Nha Trang at 9.42PM and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 4.30AM.
• The SE5 train departs Nha Trang at 12.39PM and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 8.00PM.
• The SE7 train departs Nha Trang at 8.41AM and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 4.48PM.
• The SNT1 train departs Nha Trang at 6.40PM and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 5.20AM.
• The SNT2 departs Ho Chi Min City at 8.00PM and arrives in Nha Trang at 5AM.
• The train station is about 1 km away from the city centre.

3. By bus
• Most open tour buses arrive from Ho Chi Minh City in the south and Hoi An to the north.
• They drop their passengers in the main tourist area around Biet Thu.
• The public bus station is at 58, 23 Thang 10, about a 10 minute walk west of the center.
• North to Qui Nhon 6 hours on Mai Linh Express departures at 7.30,8.30,13.00 and 15.30 or 28 hours by TM Brothers bus.
• Phuong Trang has several buses per day to Da Lat.

4. By car
Private car rental with a driver are usually modern air-con cars and can be rented for 1,000,000 VND per day.

Some Travel Books on Vietnam

Vietnam (Country Travel Guide) DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Vietnam and Angkor Wat To Vietnam With Love

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at booking.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org

Blogs / Sites about Nha Trang – Vietnam

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blogs and reviews at travel.yahoo.com

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