Nha Trang is one of the most large and famous tourist cities of Vietnam with impressive sightseeing places and landmarks. Located in the heart of Khanh Hoa province, Nha Trang is blessed with both weather and geographical location, scenery and historical background.

Historically, Nha Trang port city is known as far back as the 3rd century CE, when it was a part of independent land of Kauthara, a Champa kingdom. In 1653, it was under Nguyen rulers of southern Vietnam and after 1802 into the kingdom of Vietnam. During French colonial period, Nha Trang was acquired by the French and became the place to put Pasteur Institute to research on tropical diseases. In the beginning of 20th century, a rail line was built in Nha Trang to connect rail way from Saigon to Hanoi. Thanks to deeply rich history, Nha Trang converged the diversity of architecture: from Champa tower to Buddhist temples, from French colonial architect to modern buildings.

Not only famous for man-made structures, but Nha Trang also owns spectacular natural beauty. A six-kilometer stretch of beautiful coastline gives Nha Trang white sandy beaches, clear waters with plentiful marine life and thriving reefs, verdant mountain ranges and 19 untouched islets. It is such amazing nature offers Nha Trang interesting watersport activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving.

What is the best time to visit Nha Trang?

During the first eight months of the year, Nha Trang is usually warm and humid. There are two distinct seasons in Nha Trang: monsoon from September to December and dry season from January to August. The city has moderate temperature throughout the year with the average low temperature of 18ºC and high temperature of 30ºC.

During summer from May until early August, Nha Trang weather is warm with little to no rainfall, that makes it ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing and other watersports. However, July and August are two hottest months of the year in Nha Trang, so if you travel this time, should prepare for sunny and hot weather.

The best time to visit Nha Trang is from February to May with moderate temperature between 26 and 27°C.  Especially, if you like diving, you can discover Nha Trang from January to October, the peak diving season. However, the best time to enjoy clear waters and coral-rich dive sites is from April to August, when Nha Trang experiences the lowest rainfall.

What to see and do in Nha Trang?

Po Nagar Cham Tower: Built in the 8th century in Vinh Phuoc ward, Nha Trang, the relic complex of the Ponagar Towers is a typical architectural work of the Cham Pa culture, which still remains intact over the years. Set atop Mount Cu Lau, with views overlooking the Cai River, there were originally ten buildings dedicated to Hindu deities, but most have been destroyed over the centuries. The four remaining towers, built in honour of Po Nagar, Cri Cambhu, Sanhaka, and Ganeca, are still used today as places of worship for the Cham people. The Ponagar Tower is not only a historical and cultural relic, but also a typical architectural ad sculptural work of the Cham people. All the towers were built by bricks, being decorated with stones and ceramics. So far, the Cham people’s technique on placing brick tighter together without any kind of mortar has still become a secret to researchers.

Long Son Pagoda & White Buddha: Founded in the late 19th century, Long Son Pagoda has stunning designs of mosaic dragons made with glass and ceramic tiles while the main sanctuary is adorned with modern interpretations of traditional motifs. Situated on the foot of Trai Thuy Hill, Long Son Pagoda is the largest one in Nha Trang city. It is famous for 79 feet tall white Buddha statue, Kim Than Phat To. Built in 1886 in they style of Taoist architecture, Long Son Pagoda has been home to many high-ranking Buddhist monks. Coming Long Son Pagoda, you will visit beautiful and unique Taoist architecture characterized by the embellishment of mythical animals and sculptures of Taoist gods. A visit to Long Son Pagoda not only gives you a chance to discover numerous architectural feathers but also historical and cultural value that the Pagoda has embodied for centuries.

Nha Trang Cathedral: constructed in provincial French Gothic style during the early 19th century, Nha Trang Cathedral is widely known as the largest church in the city, setting atop hill that overlooks the train station. The church’s official name is Christ the King Cathedral but it often referred to by locals as stone churches or mountain church. The church is built entirely one the architecture of the Catholic Church in the West. It is similar to the church in Sapa and some others in Vietnam.

Nha Trang Beach: Nha Trang Beach is well known for its pristine beaches and excellent scuba diving. Nha Trang Bay is widely considered as amongst the world’s most beautiful bays. Nha Trang is one of the most important tourist hubs of Vietnam, thanks to its beautiful beaches with fine and clean sand and the clear ocean water with mild temperatures all year round. There are several resorts—such as Nha Trang Vinpearl Land Resort, Diamond Bay and Ana Mandara—and amusement and water parks, both in the city and on islands off the coast.