Beaches in Vietnam are really popular during the summer. If you are in Vietnam on your vacation, you can “run away” from the hot and humid cities for a short getaway at the beaches. Please grab Nha Trang bay which is best known for its beautiful white sandy beaches that stretch for 6 kilometers, cool waterfalls, ranges dramatic backdrop of mountains, with nineteen Islands, and an interesting history as well as unique culture & heritage.

Nha Trang is known as one of the most attractive coastal cities in Vietnam and it is also characterized by tropical savannah climate in a trasational zone between forest and desert. Within the sun’s almost always shining all form January to August. No wonder who you go with or you’re the type to go it alone, Nha Trang coastal city always has several activities which are the local’s perspective on the city, culture and heritage at the memorial in your own mind. Here are some favorite things where you can do in Nha Trang:

1. Heritage history

You can start your motorbike tour (Vietnam) as the sun rise over Nha Trang to see the beautiful and the historic area. It is said that the good experience is not always about fancy, the old and worn has it own charm. Especially in Nha Trang, back then as far as the 3rd century CE, its history was known as Kauthara under Champa kingdom. It is ancient Indochinese Kingdom and established by the Cham – a people of Malayeu – Polynesia and Indian Culture followed by the Chinese, it is acknowledged that people were strongly influenced by Cham culture. Other than that, In French colonization, this city was acquired by the French to established the Pasteus Institute for research in tropical diseases Nha Trang today generally are the result of the state’s long story of trading and colonization by Oriental and Western conception. If you love history and culture with a multicultural living heritage from the east to the west you can visit some historical places being practice and influence Champa and French culture and heritage.

Po Nagar Cham Towers: It is an excellent ancient architecture built between the 7th and 12th centuries. All of structures are a complex of 8 towers with a terraces pyramidal roof, vaulted interior masonry and vestibule. The towers stand on a grantie knoll 3km northen of city central. Early morning is a pretty good time to stop and enjoy the beautiful structures are filled with a rich history. Today, these temples still practices for worship by Cham, Chinese and Vietnam Buddism for maintaining spiritual life and social structure of the Cham.

Po Nagar Cham Towers | Saigon Riders

Po Nagar Cham Towers

Long Son Pagoda: Such an amazing sight to see, a peaceful experience as well as a pretty decent place to relax. Long Son Pagoda was founded in the late 19th century, there is the Taoist temple style on the ground for many local people come here to pray, then you can walk up to the hill around 150 steps you will see the 24-metre white tall Buddha seated on a lotus throne. From there, you can enjoy the great view of Nha Trang city the sea beyond as well as the surrounding landscape from the top of the hill. It will be a very great in your spritirual experience.

Long Son Pagoda | Saigon Riders

Long Son Pagoda

Christ the King Cathedral: An amazing western architecture was established by French early 19th century when Vietnam was the part of French Indochina. Nha Trang Cathedral actively serves the local Catholic community on a daily basic. If you want to see how French colonists influenced throughout Vietnamese culture – region, this place must be visited. There are two paths leading up to the church, you either can take 53-step stone stairway to the entrance or just walk on the stone pathway from the city square to the yard behind the church. Please note that it is closed for the visitation on Sunday.

The National Ocenographic Museum of Vietnam: Located at the foot the outcrop where Bao Dai – Name of the last emperor of Vietnam- Village is constructed. It is also another a grand old French-colonial building opened in 1992 in Southern Nha Trang bay. Museum is a large collection of marine life and ocean creature including reef sharks, turtles, anemones, pufferfish, lionfish, clownfish, seahorses, and a whole array of colorful coral.

2. Beach time

Beaches and Islands in Nha Trang are very popular destinations among the locals and also for the international tourists who love embracing sunny beaches on range of white sand, swimming as well as playing water sports. The central Nha Trang beach strip is extremely lively which are a lot of restaurant and bar action for party on the beach. If you prefer to enjoy quiet and natural-oriented lifestyle, you can explore to any bunch of island or bay and catch up the very popular and amazing sunrises and sunsets from the sea. This is absolutely the most natural picture to see for your beach time.

Scuba diving Nha Trang | Saigon Riders

Scuba diving in Nha Trang

Other than that, Nha Trang bay is a place for surfing and water sport during this time for any level of experience. The beaches with a great waves are the most popular area for surfing during Southeast Asian Typhoon season (from November to March). Also, Nha Trang is the diving capital of the Vietnam which is the most beautiful spot in South-East Asia. You may discover the whole fantastic array of creatures under the tropical sea is truly an excellent and amazing in your own experience. It can be peaceful, relaxing and exploring some magical things, the beauty and power behind the creation that you have ever seen on the Earth. You can feel you are part of the marine life culture while flying into the blue.

White sandy beach in Nha Trang | Saigon Riders

White sandy beach in Nha Trang

3. Local cuisine

Interestingly, local food and drink tour is not only part of the traveling but also the concept of cultural experience. Visitors to the Nha Trang always want to try delicious local and traditional food with rich taste of the sea, that you can go and try anywhere in Nha trang such as in the luxury restaurants, on the streets as well as local markets.

One of the most popular cuisines definitely is grilled fermented pork roll (nem nuong). Coming up with a tasty dish you canot miss before you leave Nha Trang, you can try the soft, sticky and tasty of 2 types of of pork pork which are fermented pork and grilled pork with vegetables, ricepaper and sweaten spicy fish sauce. Secondly,the most popular street food is rice vermicelli soup with the with the broth features the long-steamed pork-bones white rice noodle and Jellyfish or fish sausage and complete the bowl with chili and sweet herb. While Pho is the most soup for travellers in Saigon, rice vermicelli (bun ca), is the most tasty soup of the coastal city. Last but not least, seafood – of course – you must to try a wide range of snails and seafood. It’s obvious that all of them are fresh and nutrient. Tasty snails and seafood are cooked with chilli, lemongrass, butter, garlic become the the key of of the most authentic culinary brands in Nha Trang.

Rice vermicelli soup | Saigon Riders

Rice vermicelli soup (bun ca)

We hope that learning about culture in your trip with incredible historical scenery, adventurous experiences underwater or relaxation with local food in Nha Trang can inspire you to travel the world. It is even more interesting if you ride a bike a be a pillion rider to get to Nha Trang in a motorbike tour (Vietnam) departing from Saigon. Read more about the journey here.

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