Nha Trang, Vietnam

Boasting a beautiful backdrop, hemmed in by jagged peaks and ringed by tropical islands, it is also one of Vietnam’s top dive destinations. Some fear that Nha Trang is on its way to becoming the next Pattaya. There are several high-rise hotels springing up along the beachfront and the nightlife is more raucous than Hoi An or Hué, but it still retains a unique individual charm. It’s not hard to escape by boat to a secluded bay if it all gets too much.

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When to go

Nha Trang has some of the best weather to be found along Vietnam’s coastline. Officially the rains dampen the party from October to December, but in recent years they have been fairly light.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Cam Ranh International Airport, 35km to the south, is the jumping-off point for Nha Trang with connections from major hubs in Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang. With its newfound international status, direct flights are being planned for travel to and from neighbouring capitals, but for the time being there are only domestic links.
  • Trains

    The Reunification Express (www.vr.com.vn) connects the north and south of the country with Nha Trang en route. Nightly sleeper berths are available to and from Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and Hanoi – first class with air-con is really the only way to go.
  • Automobiles

    Witnessing the traffic on the coastal highway, you’ll be relieved that self-drive is unavailable for visitors. Organising a car with a driver through your hotel or travel company from Ho Chi Minh City is a more relaxing option (stop off at surfing village Mui Ne, famous for its enormous red and white sand dunes, or at the ancient Cham Towers of Phan Rang).
  • Taxis

    From the airport taxis cost about US$16, although it’s less than US$10 in the other direction. Once in Nha Trang they, along with cyclos (three-wheeled pedicabs) and xe oms (motorbike taxis) are plentiful, but ask the driver to turn on the meter or at least negotiate the fare before you head off.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Ready to chill out and cool off? Then get your swimsuit out in postcard-perfect Nha Trang, Vietnam’s top beach destination. Make like a chic castaway as you arrive at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, located on the tip of a private jungle-clad peninsula, on the resort’s speedboat, the jagged peaks that back the main town receding behind you. In your secluded over-water villa, soak up the sun, go swimming straight in the sea below you or dip your toes in your private plunge pool. You’ll have to leave at least long enough to dine on fresh seafood with expansive views on the bay stretching out before you, or perhaps for your private sunset cruise on a traditional wooden boat. Hike through the jungle to hidden waterfalls, island hop by boat to try your hand at local fishing and go scuba diving among diverse and colourful sea life. Take a cooking class to learn some traditional Vietnamese dishes and let the eco-friendly spa soothe your body. We wouldn’t be surprised if you want to be castaways here forever.

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