The best things to do in Nha Trang are set against a stunning backdrop of white sandy beaches, verdant mountains, and untouched islands. Great for history buffs, Nha Trang is home to remnants of the Champa Kingdom, Buddhist temples, and gothic-style Catholic churches. Natural hot springs, salt fields, and unique waterfalls offer a myriad of sightseeing and recreational activities.

    While it’s fairly easy to explore this popular Vietnam district on foot, bicycle, and motorcycle, there are numerous tour operators within Nha Trang city centre that organize day excursions to Nha Trang’s most popular attractions. Read on to discover the places that you should not leave off your travel itinerary.

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    Ponagar Tower

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    Ponagar Tower, also known plurally as the Po Nagar Cham Towers and locally as Tháp Bà Ponagar, are the defining features of Nha Trang. The landmark dates back to between 8th and 11th centuries and is set atop Mount Cu Lau, with views overlooking the Cai River.

    There were originally 10 buildings dedicated to Hindu deities, but most have been destroyed over the years. The 4 remaining towers, built in honor of Po Nagar, Cri Cambhu, Sanhaka, and Ganeca, are still used today as places of worship for the Cham people. Found within a 10-minute stroll from Tran Phu Beach, Po Nagar Cham Towers can get pretty crowded during the annual Thap Ba festival, which falls around the end of April and the beginning of May.

    Location: 61 Hai Thang Tu, Vinh Phuoc, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa 650000, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 5.30 pm


    VinWonders Nha Trang Vinpearl Land

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    VinWonders Nha Trang Vinpearl Land offers fun-filled activities for traveling families, with unique water slides, a massive aquarium, a wave pool, amphitheater, a shopping mall, and a variety of rides.

    Situated on Hon Tre Island, the theme park is connected to the mainland of Nha Trang via a 3,320-metre sea-crossing aerial cableway, which offers great views of the bay along the way. It’s hailed as the biggest of its kind in Vietnam.

    Location: Vinh Nguyen, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

    Phone: +84 (0)1900 6677


    Long Son Pagoda

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    Long Son Pagoda is a modern Buddhist pagoda in Nha Trang that features stunning designs of mosaic dragons made with glass and ceramic tiles. Founded in the late 19th century, the pagoda has a main sanctuary adorned with modern interpretations of traditional motifs.

    At the top of the hill is a massive white statue of Buddha sitting atop a lotus blossom, as well as fire-ringed relief busts of Thich Quang Duc and 6 Buddhist monks who died in self-immolations in 1963. There are 150 stone steps to reach the top, but around the halfway point lies a 14-metre-long sleeping Buddha and an entrance to another hall of Long Son Pagoda.

    Location: 22 Đ. 23/10, Phuong Son, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa 650000, Vietnam


    Thap Ba Mud Bath

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    Thap Ba Mud Bath, also referred to as Thap Ba Hot Springs Center, is a great place to relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploring Nha Trang. It is believed that the natural hot mineral springs help detoxify and soothe fatigued muscles, remove dead skin cells, and supply minerals to the body. 

    Accessible within a 15-minute drive from Nha Trang City, the establishment is fitted with private and shared mud-baths, herbal-bath, Jacuzzi, waterfall, bathing pool, and sauna. Due to its popularity, Thap Ba Hot Springs Center can get very crowded, so the best time of day to visit is between midday and 3 pm.

    Location: 438 Ngo Den, Ngoc Hiep, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)258 3837 205


    Ba Ho Waterfalls

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    Ba Ho Waterfalls is comprised of 3 natural waterfalls that end with a clear lake surrounded by dense rainforest, offering a peaceful retreat for bathing, picnics, and fishing. The waterfalls have been left in their natural state, for the most part, with several arrow pointers and cement steps set along the more challenging routes.

    The site is a 40-minute drive from Nha Trang City, with wonderful stretches of coastlines and paddy fields throughout the journey. Alternately, visitors can join a day tour, which usually offers a guided trip to prominent attractions in northern Nha Trang, including Ba Ho Waterfalls, Monkey Island, and Doc Let Beach.

    Location: B01, 18 Hung Vuong, Ninh Ic, Ninh Hoa, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam


    Nha Trang Cathedral

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    Nha Trang Cathedral, set atop a hill that overlooks the train station, is widely known as the largest church in the city. It was constructed in provincial French Gothic style during the early 19th century, featuring beautiful stained-glass windows and a square clock tower surmounted by a large crucifix. Its 3 cathedral bells, which were cast in France in 1789, are still in working order.

    There are also 4,000 tombstones mounted on the sides of the Cathedral, which were placed after the neighboring cemetery was leveled in 1988 to extend the city train station. Na Thrang Cathedral serves the local Catholic community, with Mass being held between 5 am and 6.30 pm daily.

    Location: 01 Thai Nguyen, Phuoc Tan, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa 650000, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 4.30 am to 11 am and from 2 pm to 8.30 pm


    Hon Khoi Salt Fields

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    The Hon Khoi Salt Fields is one of the most unique attractions in Nha Trang, where female workers harvest mounts of natural salt from shallow fields. The harvests usually take place between the months of January and June. The fields are an hour’s drive from Nha Trang city centre, and you can find these salt fields along the way to Doc Let Beach.

    Thanks to Vietnam's extensive coastline, salt production is a thriving industry in Nha Trang, generating about 737,000 tons every year. Hon Khoi Salt Fields are also popular spots for photography, where visitors can capture great views of the salt mountains and locals carrying heavy baskets across the fields.

    Location: Hon Khoi, Ninh Hai, Ninh Hoa, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam


    Alexandre Yersin Museum

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    The Alexandre Yersin Museum commemorates the late French bacteriologist with exhibits of his personal belongings and laboratory equipment. The museum also features original letters and photographs from his travels around Vietnam. Some of his vital contributions to Vietnam include the founding of Da Lat, the discovery of a vital plague-causing bacterium, and research on agricultural methods and meteorological forecasting.

    In addition to the displayed artifacts, visitors can also view a short movie about Yersin’s life at the museum. There is a small entrance fee to visit, but the museum offers guided tours in French, English, and Vietnamese.

    Location: Pasteur Institute Nha Trang, 10 Tran Phu, Xuong Huan, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa 650000, Vietnam

    Open: Monday–Friday from 7.30 am to 11.30 am and from 2 pm to 5 pm (closed on weekends)


    Suoi Do Pagoda

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    Suoi Do Pagoda is a 50-year-old temple that was built in honor of Quan Am, the goddess of mercy. It is believed that a young girl claimed to have seen the goddess while playing with her friends at the nearby stream. Set atop a mountain, it takes about 200 steps to reach the pagoda, where you’ll be greeted with panoramic views of paddy fields, banana plantations, and neighboring hills.

    The pagoda is a 30-minute drive from Nha Trang. Due to its hidden locale, it’s best to join a tour or ask locals for directions. Do note that wheelchair facilities are not available here, so travelers who are less physically able may find it challenging to visit.

    Location: Suoi Hiep, Dien Khanh, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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