Nha Trang has some amazing cultural sites that represent the various historical and religious influences throughout the ages! Start off at Nui Catholic Cathedral, built around 1933 on a hill overlooking the city. It has amazing views and great architecture (built in French Gothic style).
After visiting the cathedral, jump in a taxi for the very short trip to Long Son Pagoda. Founded in the late 19th Century, this Buddhist temple is famous for its 27 meter high shimmering white statue of Buddha that can be seen from all over the city. You can get great views and photographs of Nha Trang city and the countryside that sprawls beyond—it certainly makes the climb worth it!
One place which should definitely be on your list is Po Nagar Temple, built by the Cham people in the 8th Century. Structured in 3 levels, high steps lead up to two rows of towers, the highest of which is 25 meters tall. Here you can see the monks at prayer and view traditional dances performed by the remaining indigenous Cham people. It is particularly beautiful either at sunrise or sunset due to the warm, golden colors reflected from the temple bricks.
In the afternoon head to the mud baths. There are three natural mud baths and mineral springs in the city; I-Resort, 100 Egg Mudbaths and Thap Ba. Spend a few hours to immerse yourself in the natural clay mud that is rich in minerals and wash off in balmy water of the hot springs. It will leave your skin and body feeling completely rejuvenated!
There is such a vast array of restaurants in Nha Trang that it can be difficult to choose! If you’re craving good quality Vietnamese food, then Lanterns is a great choice, or for international food try Lunar Rooftop Bar and Grill. After, take a trip to LIVINcollective where you can pick up some high-quality Vietnamese souvenirs and locally produced handicrafts that you won’t find in the tourist markets.
As night falls, the city livens up, and this is the time to visit Sailing Club, the most popular beach club in town.
After seeing so many sites on your first day, the second day is all about relaxation!
There are plenty of great spas in Nha Trang that are very reasonably priced. Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa has an exceptional service, and a number of packages available. A 60-minute massage starts at around US$14, so it’s fantastic value for money.
With around 21 islands just off the coast, hiring a private boat for the afternoon and exploring the incredible seaside scenery of Nha Trang is highly recommended. See the islands and islets in style, and charter your own private yacht for half-day trip (13.30-16.30) from Sailing Center Vietnam.
Seafood in Nha Trang is not to be missed; most hotels do excellent seafood buffets or if you want to sample more local style head north of the river and choose a busy restaurant—the best way to guarantee freshness!
There are so many great activities in Nha Trang—on your last day you should choose between the sea and the land. Either spend the day diving or snorkeling, golfing or just having fun at the theme park.
With over 15 years of experience, Sailing Club Divers offer PADI accredited diving courses, Fun Dives and snorkeling trips at the protected marine reserve, Hon Mun Island. It’s a great way to see the beauty of the underwater world with impressive corals on display and many species of marine life unique to the region.
On Vinpearl Island, just across the bay, there is both a theme park and waterworld along with a world-class golf course (Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang), a great way to end your holiday!