Often referred to as the Riviera of the South China Sea, Nha Trang has miles of beautiful white, sandy beaches with a backdrop of mountains hugging the coastline and more than 19 islands just offshore. Nha Trang’s clear aqua waters, abundant marine life and colourful coral reefs make scuba diving and snorkeling among a few of the very popular water sports as well as many types of boat trips available to explore the surrounding islands. Few cities in Vietnam rival Nha Trang for the sheer scope of choices when it comes to hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and nightlife to suit all tastes and budgets.
Nha Trang is located about 450km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City in the south of Vietnam. It has an airport with daily flights from all major cities, and it’s also easy to travel there by either bus or train from Ho Chi Minh City. From the north, it is also possible to catch a bus or train from Da Nang. With its status as Vietnam’s most popular seaside retreat, comes a big choice of hotels, restaurants and activities – something for everyone.
Nha Trang geography:
Nha Trang city has a metropolitan area of 251 km2 and population of about 500,000 (as of 2007). It borders Ninh Hòa town by the north, Cam Ranh city by the south, Diên Khánh town by the west and the South China Sea to the east. The city is located on the beautiful Nha Trang Bay, which was chosen by Travel and Leisure in two succeeding years 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 (in the ocean directly in front of the city's main area), blocking major storms from potentially damaging the city.
Nha Trang is next to the National highway 1A, that is the backbone South- North road in country so it is very convenient for you to go by car. The train also cross and have main station inside the city.
Cam Ranh Airport is around 45km from the South of city.
Vinh Phuoc commune, built in the 9th century by King Harivacman, boasts a group of Cham towers and a stunning 2.6m tall statue of Ponagar, wife of the god Shiva.
Nha Trang Cathedral
Built by the French in 1928 and equipped with a grand clock and three giant bells, all still in fine working order.
An imposing rocky promontory virtually in the city centre. It is said to resemble, A human hand reaching out to sea.
Doc Let Beach
Ninh Hoa distric , 50km north of Nha Trang, is a popular tourist destination with 10km of white sand beaches, moderate surf and clean air.
Dien Khanh Citadel
10km south of the city, built in 18th century by King Nguyen Anh in an architectural style influenced by contemporary Western palaces.
Dai Lanh Beach
Van Ninh distric, 80km north of Nha Trang , is a beautiful resort that also houses some relics of the American War