7 Best Things to Do in Nha Trang for South Africans in 2024
Nha Trang – a peaceful seaside town in the South Central Coast of Vietnam – has become increasingly popular for both domestic and international tourists because of its natural beauty, delicious seafood and best scuba diving spots. Let us introduce you best things to do in Nha Trang in 2024.
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1. Diving

Nha Trang beach is one of the best dive locations in Vietnam. The sea of Nha Trang beach is home to a broad diversity of marine life from the coral reefs to schools of fishes. There are a few spots to take a deep dive into the ocean including Madonna Rock and Mushroom Bay. Visibility is good all year round and the water temperature varies between 23 and 29 Celcius. There are a number of courses and dive excursions offered by experienced instructors. For the first time diver, it is also possible to get a PADI here in Nha Trang.

Diving under the clear water in Nha Trang, Vietnam

2. Island Exploring

Staying on shore is great, but getting off shore is even better, what can be more exhilarating than wandering around the pristine islands on Vietnam’s east sea in Nha Trang. The islands offer a tranquil escape from the world. All you have to do is lie on the sand and bathe in the warm ocean. There is always the opportunity to barter with the fishermen for the freshest seafood when you see the boats come in. Hon Tre, Hon Mun, Hon Tam and Monkey Islands are the most popular destinations here.

Hon Mun island, Nha Trang

Hon Tre island, Nha Trang

Monkey island, Nha Trang

3. Have a lobster

The Lobster in Nha Trang is mouth watering and finding yours for lunch is as easy as crossing the road from the beach choosing the restaurant. But if you are staying on the shore, walk to one of the local women that serve fresh lobster grilled on a charcoal grill box.

Grilled lobster on burning charcoal

4. Playing water sports

Travellers from around the world choose Nha Trang to enjoy the array of water sports on offer, flying boards, parasailing and water skiing to name but a few. The equipment is regularly checked to ensure tourists will have both a thrilling and safe experience.

Flying board on Nha Trang beach

Parasailing on Nha Trang beach

5. Visit Doc Let beach

Doc Let beach will satisfy all of your needs for a group beach trip. Unlike other beaches, Doc Let beach is not crowded and has kept its unspoilt beauty. The beach stretches for approximately 18 kilometers with chalk-white sand and shallow turquoise water. The giant bay is divided into 3 sections, with most travellers choosing to visit the north and the south sections.

Doc Let beach clear water, Nha Trang

Doc Let beach's fisherman and his basket rowing boat

The northern part is where most of the tourist action is, with a cluster of beachfront hotels and cheaper guesthouses. The isolated southern section is backed by a wooded promontory and is the place to get away from it all.

6. Visit Long Beach

If you love Doc Let beach, you will also fancy Bai Dai (Long) beach which is only 20km away from the south of Nha Trang. The Shack, with its Bob Marley Posters is the place to be seen, have a burger, and drink fruit shakes or Jager Bombs. Long Beach is at its finest from October to April. The entrance fee payable to access the beach goes towards the conservation efforts in the area.

Long beach white sand, Nha Trang

Long Beach's resting chair beach view

7. Visit Long Son Pagoda

Founded in the 19th century, Long Son Pagoda is another attraction for tourists to take a climb onto Nha Trang’s mountain. The steps to the pagoda are rather steep so watch your step while climbing up or down. The entrance and the roof of the pagoda rise strikingly, decorated with mosaic dragons constructed of glass and ceramic tiles. Behind the pagoda, stands the majestic white Buddha statue sitting on a lotus blossom along with six other Buddhist monks who died by self-immolation in 1963.

Overview of Long Son Pagoda from the entrance

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