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Nha Trang

Nha Trang - the capital of Khanh Hoa province, and located on Vietnam's southeastern coastline - is an increasingly popular tourist destination, and an almost 'must-stop' on any backpacking trail through Vietnam. With a reputation as a glamorous 'party city' - it has hosted the Miss Universe pageant in 2008, the Miss World pageant in 2010, and is due to host the 2016 Asian Beach Games - Nha Trang boasts fabulous, pristine white-sand beaches, and awesome scuba-diving and snorkelling opportunities. The beautiful bay on the shores of the South China Sea is dotted with islands you can access and explore, and is home to the five-star Vinpearl holiday resort, an opulent, Disneyworld-like structure that caters for the well-heeled. One of those wonderful coastal destinations, that are as popular with locals as with foreigners, and as popular with backpackers as with more affluent travellers, Nha Trang also features some interesting cultural fare that the more discerning traveller will enjoy seeking out. Must-see tourist attractions include the Po Ngar Cham Towers (a beautiful collection of ruins dating from the 9th century); the Long Son Pagoda; the Alexander Yersin Museum (constructed in honour of the French-Swiss bacteriologist who spent 50 years living in Nha Trang); Nui Hon Chong beach; and the Lanterns Cooking Class, offered by one of the best restaurants in downtown Nha Trang. While in Nha Trang, be sure to try the local specialities, which include fresh seafood and barbecued pork rolled in rice paper. The best time to visit the area is between March and June, when daytime temperatures are bearable, and it is not as windy. However, Nha Trang is fortunate in that it is spared the worst effects of monsoon season, meaning one could visit it all year round.

Information & Facts


The official language in Vietnam is Vietnamese. Some Chinese, English and French are spoken. Tour guides can also speak Russian and Japanese. Numerous ethnic languages are also spoken in parts.


The official currency is the Dông (VND). There are no smaller denominations. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change, hotels and on the black market. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are becoming more widely acceptable, particularly in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but it is best not to rely on them elsewhere. It is recommended that visitors bring travellers cheques in US Dollars, which can be cashed at major banks in the main cities and tourist areas. US currency acts as unofficial tender and is useful as a back-up when banks won't cash travellers cheques outside the main cities, but notes must be relatively new and unmarked. Dông can be withdrawn from ATMs, which are becoming more widespread.


Local time in Vietnam is GMT +7.

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