Nha Trang is a very popular holiday destination for mostly Russian travellers and local Vietnamese people. Of course also backpackers make a little stop to enjoy the white sand beaches, lively nightlife and perfect dive spots. There are 90 islands around this coastal resort city.
Top Things To Do And See In Nha Trang
Snorkel and dive - This are definitely the most popular things to do in and around Nha Trang. There are islands that offer both activities. If you can it is best to avoid the windy season (October to December). This makes the water very blurry with zero visibility. Getting your open water scuba certificate will cost you around 9,000,000 VND (400 USD). 2 dives will cost you around 1,700,000 VND (75 USD).
Hot springs - The hot springs and mud baths are very popular. The mud claims to have all sorts of healthy properties and healing powers. There are also jacuzzis and mineral water swimming pools. The salty mineral water and mud baths will remove dead skin cells, strengthen bones, reduces stress and fatigue, relieve aches and pains and make your skin smooth again. It costs around 130,000 VND (6 USD).
Visit Ba Ho waterfalls - Rent a motorbike and drive along the 27 kilometre scenic coastal road. Hike an intense 25 minute up to reach the first of three falls. You can swim in this natural pool if the water is not too cold. This waterfall is very quite because most tourists go to Yang Bay Waterfall.
Relax on the beach - If you want to escape the overcrowded Nha Trang beach you can visit Long Beach or Bai Dai Beach. It is nearby and the beaches have gorgeous white sand. There are little cafes and restaurants serving delicious seafood. Always take care of your belongings since there are thieves around to steal your stuff.
Costs In Nha Trang
Nha Trang is the most popular beach destination for backpackers, families and locals in Vietnam. That makes that this beach town is quite expensive compared to other places in Vietnam. Excursions and accommodation are overpriced. Try to come in low season to avoid the crowds.
Food and drinks - Western food usually starts at 75,000 VND (3,5 USD) while street food will only cost you around 16,000 VND (0,70 USD). If you go out and eat local food in a restaurant it will start at 25,000 VND (1 USD). Beers are usually around 20,000 VND (0,90 USD) in a restaurant. If you go to a local place it will only be around 3,000 VND (0,15 USD). Since food is really cheap it is better to go out for dinner instead of cooking your own meals.
Hostels - A dorm bed starts from 75,000 VND (3 USD) but a reasonable hostel will be around 100,000 VND (4,5 USD). Wifi is mostly free to use.
Hotels - A low cost room in a hotel starts from 135,000 VND (6 USD). Prices for nicer rooms go as high as 450,000 VND (20 USD) per night. Free Wifi is standard and a lot of hotels offer free breakfast. The closer the hotel is to the beach the more expensive it will get.
Resorts - There are a couple of resorts in Nha Trang and its surroundings. Rooms start from 1,700,000 VND (75 USD) per night.
Transport - If you stay near the beach you won't need any transportation, you can walk everywhere. Meter taxis start at 25,000 VND (1 USD) per kilometer. Only use the green and white taxis!
Nha Trang to Mui Ne starts at 320,000 VND (14 USD) 5 hour sleeper bus
Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City starts at 520,000 VND (23 USD) 12 hour sleeper bus
Nha Trang to Hoi An starts at 520,000 VND (23 USD) 12h30 min sleeper bus
Nha Trang to Dalat starts at 295,000 VND (13 USD) 4 hour standard seat
Don't buy separate bus tickets if you can buy an open bus ticket from Ho Chi Mi to Hanoi with multiple stops included. The ticket is always valid. For example : Ho Chi Minh - Mui Ne - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Ninh Binh - Hanoi for only 55 USD!
It was hard to ignore the invasion of the Russians. We would walk along the footpath, looking for a nice restaurant to get lunch but then you find out that we literally can't understand a word of the menus. Not because the menu was in Vietnamese but because the menus were in Russian only. We were shocked by this weird hype. There was no other choice than going to a Vietnamese restaurant with a Russian menu. We walked in and sat down waiting to get an English menu when this Vietnamese local waiter comes up to us and starts speaking Russian to us. These Vietnamese people speak Russian!!! This was mind blowing and we just couldn't understand why. We have no problems with Russian travellers but this was just way too much for us. The time we spend here was good but it was definitely a once-in-our-life visit.
It was too touristic and overpriced for us. We like it more rough and quite and we only found that little peace at the Ba Ho Waterfalls. The beach is nice but not amazingly beautiful. Also because you share this beach with a million other travellers. And the chance that you get pickpocket is huge.