Perched on a pristine stretch of the southern coast, Nha Trang is a playground for sunseekers. Days here are spent dining on delicious seafood, snorkeling around stunning islands, and partying on the sand after dark. Nha Trang lays claim to some of the country's finest luxury resorts and thrilling watersports. Despite the development boom, colourful fishing villages and serene riverside restaurants are just a stone's throw away.
During the day, Nha Trang Beach is awash with sunbathers. A few kilometres south of the city, Long Beach is home to its own clutch of local seafood joints, as well as a couple of surfing spots which provide lessons and board rentals to visitors. If you feel like exploring farther, hire a motorbike and have a breezy ride north to Doc Let or Dai Lanh beaches.
One of Nha Trang's most unique attractions is its mudbaths and hot springs. Hidden in the hills just north of the city are a handful of spa-like facilities, which offer travellers the opportunity to sit in a pool of warm mud before rinsing off and relaxing in hot mineral water. Book a few extras such as massages and saltwater pools and make a day of it.
Daylong island excursions will show you around Nha Trang Bay, and a series of small islands nearby where you can snorkel to your heart's content. Monkey Island, Hon Mun Island, and Yen Sao Island all present beautiful, untouched shores. Closer to land, you'll have your pick of watersports, from jet skiing to para-sailing.
Long Son Pagoda and its towering, 78-foot-tall Buddha statue are a sight to behold, as are the centuries-old Po Nagar Cham Towers. Less-visited spots like the Bao Dai Villa just south of downtown Nha Trang also shed light on the area's historical importance.
Nha Trang plays hard during the day but its nighttime energy is unmatched. International acts and DJs regularly play beachfront parties at the city's Sailing Club, while dozens of other lively venues and rooftop bars around town keep the party going well into the night.