Nha Trang – Vietnam’s most popular seaside resort-town – Part 3

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

Beaches of Nha Trang

1. Doc Let beach
• Around 50 km north of Nha Trang.
• Doc Let beach is more cleaner and beautiful than the beach in Nha Trang.

2. Bai Dai beach
• On the road from Nha Trang to Cam Ranh airport.
• The road to the Cam Ranh airport is a very scenic road.
• After passing over the mountains there is a very long and nice beach named Bai Dai.

3. Bai Duong Beach
• 1.5 km north on Tran Phu street over the main bridge
• Bai Duong beach is smaller than in the main tourist area.
• The beach is ideal for swimming.

Waterfalls of Nha Trang

1. Yang Bay Waterfalls
• 40 km west of Nha Trang
• The Vietnamese have built up a concrete beach up here.
• Swim there, and walk around in the area.
• Bring your own food and drink.

2. Ba Ho waterfalls
• Near Ba Ho village
• Approximately 20 kms North of Nha Trang
• This is a series of three waterfalls.
• It is a one hour trip from Nha trang by motorbike.

3. Fairy Spring waterfalls
• Suoi Tien, Dien Khanh District
• Approx 20km SW from Nha Trang
• Fairy Spring is a small, cool stream and swimming hole.
• This swimming hole is at the end of a short jungle walk.
• It is pleasant in summer.
• In winter the water is too cold.
• This streams source is the area of Hon Ba, the highest peak in the province.
• There is a small admission charge.
• 10,000 dong per person, 3,000 dong per motorbike.
To get there:
– go 10km west of Nha Trang to Dien Khanh
– go through the old citadel to Dien Phuoc village
– turn left 4km to Suoi Tien village
– then right 1km to the stream.

4. Thap Ba Hot Springs and Mud baths
• 4km NW of Nha Trang.
• This is on the north side of Nha Trang.
• 50,000 dong for hot and cool swimming pools and thermal waterfall only.
• Extra for the mud.
• 100,000 dong for shared mud bath.
Costs 150,000 dong features:
– Shower
– Hot/cold water jets
– Hot Jacuzzi
– Hot waterfalls
– Swimming pool
– A massage by trained masseuses
– Entrance to the hot swimming pool

5. Waterland Thach Lam Stream
• Suoi Cat – Cam Lam – Khanh Hoa
• Near Alexandre Yersin temple
• About 22 km south of Nha Trang
• ? +84 58 387-3878
• It is the first eco – sport amusement park in the province. One can:
– Swim
– Play rafting
– Paint ball shooting
– Slide on grass
– Have food and beverages

Must Do
Boat Cruises
The price for a one-day multi-island tour is US$6. This includes:
– Snorkeling
– Fishing
– Many other activities
– Tours may provide lunch with drinks on board.

– Get a group together and hire a captain for about US$40
– Call the Nha Trang Sailing Club
– +84 58 826528

– Head out to The Shack for surf lessons.
– The Shack is located in Bai Dai beach about 21.6 km south of Nha Trang.
– Website for info www.shackvietnam.com

Biking and Rafting Tour
– 1/12 Tran Quang Khai St
– ? 058,3521541
– Combination fast 30km downhill biking passing through minority village and meeting Raglai people.
– Then a 12 km rafting trip down the Cai River.
– From US$45.

– Thap Ba natural hotsprings
– 4$/pax for the mineral pool and from 12.5/pax for the mud bath. It provides:
• hot mud bath
• mineral water bath
• hot water pool
• massages

Diving & Snorkeling
• Close off-shore from Nha Trang sit a series of islands that offer decent diving and snorkeling.
• easily accessible by day trip.
• The city has about two dozen dive shops.
• PADI open water courses available with full equipment rental.
• Price: US$250.
• A two-dive boat trip with equipment rental and modest lunch for US$45.

Some centres for Diving

Coco Dive Center
• 2E Biet Thu
• +84-583-522-900
• $38 for one dive (with snorkeling)
• $55 for two dives
• English, French, German and Vietnamese fluently spoken.

Jeremy Stein’s Rainbow Divers
• 058-826-528
• A two-dive boat trip costs US$75

Aloha Mark Scott’s Diving Vietnam
• 24/4 Hung Vuong
• ? +84-122-903-7795
• MarkBrianScott@gmail.com
• 06:30-21:00
• $60 for TWO dives (with certification) and $70 for two Introductory Dives
• American English spoken

Angel Dive
• 1/33 Tran Quang Khai
• +84 58 352-2461
• PADI, SSI, SDI and TDI Certified.

Octopus Diving
• Louisiane Brewhouse, 29 Tran Phu.
• +84 58 352-1629
• Dive Vietnam with Octopus Diving
• http://www.divenhatrang.com

Sailing Club Divers
• Sailing Club Nha Trang, 72-74 Tran Phu.
• +84 58 352 2788
• www.sailingclubdivers.com

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

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