A place not to be missed Nha Trang is Vietnam’s top beach destination and it’s easy to see why. A long stretch of beautiful white sand runs the length of the city center beside a stretch of well-maintained parks and ocean front resorts. It’s easy to spend a few days here just lying on the beach and enjoying the view or getting your adrenaline pumping with any number of water sports from jet skiing to para-sailing and more.
One of the best ways to enjoy the water is to book an island hopping day trip. For around $8 CAD a person you can enjoy a day long boat trip including lunch, snorkeling and a few happy hour drinks. It’s a great way to get out of the city and meet other travelers as well. Be warned that karaoke is mandatory for foreigners on some of these boat trips so you may want to enjoy a few drinks before it gets underway and you find yourself singing Canada’s theme song “Our Hearts Will Go On” from Titanic.
In case you’re still in need of more of more action packed fun, Nha Trang has one of Vietnam’s best amusement and water parks. Located on a separate island and reached by the world’s longest oversea cable car you can spend a full day at Vinpearl Park being a kid again going on roller coasters, playing arcade games, hanging in the lazy river and screaming your head off going down the water slides (or at least I did). You’ll want to get here early to make the most of your day. I highly recommend a turn (or two) on the bungee-trampoline; I think I may have found my next career as a Cirque Du Soleil acrobat.
With the action packed days comes action packed nights as well. Loud music and cheap buckets can be found at a number of bars along the main strip with music blaring until about 4 am. For a quieter and more relaxed although pricier hangout, the Sailing Club offers swanking lounges right on the beach.
If you really want to get down and dirty you can spend an afternoon at the mud baths and mineral pools. Supposedly good for your skin, but overall really just a great just a great excuse to bath yourself in muddy water.
Lastly, no Vietnam city would be complete without its share of temples, Buddhas and pagodas, so if you’re sick of sun tanning and mud baths there are a few interesting sites nearby including the Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda, both worth paying a visit too.
Jen’s Overall Rating: Something for everything in this bustling resort, a definite top place to see in Vietnam.