Nha Trang is a seaside town, also the capital city of Khánh Hòa Province – on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It’s about 1200 km from Hanoi and 450 km from Ho Chi Minh City.
According to historical records, Nha Trang was known as Kauthara under the Champa, as it is still home to the famous Po Nagar Tower built by the Champa. Until the French colonization, Nha Trang used to be no more than small fishing villages.
The French recognized Nha Trang as a perfect place for bathing, so they invested in the transformation to turn Nha Trang into a resort town.
Nha Trang has consistently maintained its position as one of the most beautiful bays of the world. It’s considered Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-town; Nha Trang attracts foreign tourists for not only its stunningly pristine beaches but also the urban atmosphere of a young tourist city.
How to get there?
- By Flight: To Nha Trang, 4 daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City (1 hour) and 3 from Hanoi (1.5 hours). Cam Ranh Airport, which is about 30 km away from city center, used to be an old port for military goods during Vietnam War.
- By Bus: From Ho Chi Minh City, it is recommended that you purchase a ticket from Mai Linh or Phuong Trang or tour bus. The trip lasts 9 hours. Public buses depart from Eastern bus station but expect guests pick-up along the way and not recommended.
- By Train: One of the popular options to travel to Nha Trang is by train.
+ From Ho Chi Minh City, there is currently only option of overnight train to Nha Trang, which often arrives very early in the morning.
+ Trains departing from Hanoi are lengthy and make many stops along the way – each one way trip can take as long as 12-20 hours.
When to go?
The best time to visit Nha Trang would be from February till April, when temperature is kept moderate at around 26-27 degree Celsius, and precipitation stay at the lowest level of the year.
May to Jun is good for outdoor activities here but getting very hot. Spring months are also the best time to dive here. Some coral-rich dive sites that diving enthusiasts should not miss out on are Small Hill, South Reef, and Moray Beach After, all around Mun Island.