With its pristine beaches, cool waterfalls, compelling scores of untarnished mountain ranges, Nha Trang is a popular destination for tourists as well as backpackers. One of the sparkling jewels of this region is Nha Trang Bay, which is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring bays. However, there are many attractions that you can visit as you explore this area and create unforgettable experiences. Here are the TOP 10 destinations to visit in Nha Trang.
Ninh Van Bay
Nestled along the Hon Meo Peninsula, you will find a secluded beach which is truly the pinnacle of nature’s perfection. This is an ideal spot to relax among the peaceful sounds of the sea and the fresh ocean breeze. Also, you can enjoy a variety of activities such as snorkeling or scuba diving among the vibrant coral reefs. Or you can surf, windsurf, and go kayaking along the crystal clear waters. There is a variety of top-notch restaurants nearby for you to feast on fresh seafood and delectable cuisines.
Hon Chong – Hon Vo Promontory / Hòn Chồng, Hòn Vợ
The Hon Chong and Hon Vo Promontory is a picturesque rock formation with a variety of shapes and arrangements by the shore. Here you can perform activities such as fishing along the giant rocks, enjoying the sea breeze as you walk on the sand, or go rock climbing among the formations. It is one of the most majestic coastal locations for anyone who wish to take pictures and create unforgettable experiences.
Hon Tam Island, Hon Mun Island / Đảo Hòn Tằm, Hòn Mun
These two islands contain some of the most magnificent sceneries in the region. At Hon Tam Island, you can enjoy expansive views of the sea as well as Nha Trang city from a distance. With pristine white sandy beaches, you can truly enjoy the relaxing vibes and detach yourself from the hustle of the city. Hon Mun Island has been appraised by the World Wildlife Fund as Vietnam’s first marine biodiversity site. This island seeks to preserve the natural biodiversity and beauty of nature, but you can still enjoy water sports and exploration through glass-bottom boats.
Nha Trang Dam Market / Chợ Đầm Nha Trang
With its huge and imposing structure, you would never know that Nha Trang’s most popular market lies just through the doors. Inside, you will find a selection of everything Vietnamese. Here you can find many unique souvenirs as well as local-produced items. The dried seafood is locally sourced so you can get a bit of that home-cooked touch. You also catch a delicious meal at the food court and rejuvenate yourself as you continue your adventure through this beautiful city.
Nha Trang Oceanography Institute / Viện Hải Dương Học
For those who are interested in exploring marine wildlife, take a trip to the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute. Here, you can view more than 20,000 specimens of over 4,000 different aquatic species and a collection of artifacts and displays. You can also learn about a variety of topics such as the history of freshwater from this region through samples that were collected and have been preserved for many years. The Institute’s most eye-catching specimen, however, is a perfectly preserved skeleton of a giant whale nearly 26m long and 3m high. This is a great child-friendly destination and will help you explore Nha Trang’s aquatic culture.
Po Nagar Tower / Tháp Bà Po Nagar
With some of the best-preserved pieces of Cham architecture, you can explore the history and culture of Vietnam at this sacred temple. It contains four stupas, two shrines, and the largest tower shrine dedicated to the goddess Yan Po Nagar, who represented beauty, art, and creativity. This temple is still used for worship by the remaining descendants of the Cham people, who visit the temple annually during the lunar new year.
Long Son Pagoda / Chùa Long Sơn
Nestled at the foot of the Tray Thui mountain, this pagoda is also known as the White Buddha Pagoda, and formerly known as Dang Long Temple. At the top of this mountain crest, you will find a towering white Buddha statue that watches over Nha Trang city as well as an accompanying lotus flower. You can actually catch glimpses of this statue from most places in the city, however when you get close up, its magnificence is certainly understated. You can also enjoy expansive views of the city and bays below while appreciating the gentle mountain breeze and the peaceful sounds of the temple. Here you can appreciate the subtle splendor of Buddhist architecture and learn more about the deep culture of Vietnam.
Nha Trang Cathedral / Nhà Thờ Đá Nha Trang
Nha Trang Cathedral is another famous religious monument that is on top of serving as a popular tourist attraction. Its elegant and unique design allows it to stand out among the city’s more traditional Asian architecture. Many tourists and photographers come here every year to experience the religious practices and routines from a different culture. It is definitely a worthwhile place to visit.
Yang Bay Waterfall / Thác YangBay
The Yang Bay Waterfall is a combination between the sounds of flowing water and the peace of the forest. Located among dense forests and containing a selection of majestic waterfalls, this is an ideal spot that you should definitely not overlook as you explore the Nha Trang region. Here, a series of small waterfalls stream down towards a dazzling lake, creating a picture-perfect scenes. You can also discover many wooden bridges, stone steps, and small caves that will fill you with excitement and energy.
Ba Ho Stream / Suối Ba Hồ
The Ba Ho stream and waterfall are a beautiful attraction where you can sit back and enjoy the sounds of nature. When translated, Ba Ho means “three pools” and you will find that the combination of the streams, waterfalls, and pools form a picturesque paradise. For an adventurous explorer, you can attempt to scale the slippery rocks to enjoy a magnificent view on the top. Otherwise, you can take a dip in the mesmerizing waters and refresh yourself for the rest of your journey. It is recommended that you wear good hiking shoes here and follow the signs painted on the rocks and trees. Once you make it to this location, it is possible you may never want to leave.
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