Nha Trang Holidays: An Overview

The capital of Khanh Hoa province in south-central Vietnam, Nha Trang makes an ideal stop-off for a luxury beach holiday between the sight-seeing of the country's north and south.

The coast around Nha Trang is renowned for its miles of white-sand beaches and the town itself is built on a beautiful bay with a palm-lined beach stretching for miles in each direction. Offshore, numerous islands and coral reefs dot the turquoise waters. These make for excellent scuba diving and snorkelling.

Sheltered by mountains to the west, Nha Trang has its own micro-climate which brings it the lowest level of humidity in all of Vietnam, with some 250 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of around 26C. Perfect conditions for a luxury beach holiday. Keen divers should avoid December and January, as rougher weather makes for poor underwater visibility, but for most of the year the climate is ideal.

Besides the beach, there is picturesque scenery in the vicinity of Nha Trang, which can be explored on a guided tour or by mountain bike. Sights in the city include the Long Son Pagoda, with its huge statues of the Buddha, and the ancient Po Nagar temples. Nha Trang is renowned for its seafood, and there are many good restaurants and cafes along the beachfront, as well as lively bars in the evenings.

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Cham Heritage Building
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Discover the Cham Heritage

For centuries central Vietnam was ruled by the Cham people, with Nha Trang at the heart of their Champa kingdom. Discover more about this fascinating past by visiting the ancient Cham temple towers of Po Klong Garai and then have lunch with a local Cham family. As the sun sets you will then witness a Cham Master conduct a scared blessing before a traditional dinner is served under the stars.

Ninh Van Bay
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Kayak to a Deserted Beach

Set off from the lovely Ninh Van Bay hotel and kayak to a secluded private beach for the afternoon. Over the course of the 45 minute kayak you'll pass various fishermen tending their nets and locals going about their daily lives, but when you arrive at the beach you'll find yourselves totally alone and able to sunbathe, go snorkelling and explore the beach's lush surroundings as you please.

Nha Trang Countryside
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Pedal Power in the Countryside

Get to grips with the authentic side of Nha Trang on a guided cycling tour of the lush rice-paddy fields and rural villages, which are a much more accurate representation of what life is like for the locals here. Stop to chat to the villagers you pass as you cycle and even visit some of the local industry workshops where rice paper is produced and cashew nuts are sorted.

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A Note on Price

Direct flights cost from £700 per person, but once there, Vietnam is pretty good value – a good 10-day itinerary (staying in four star accommodation) costs around £2,000 per person including guides and domestic transport. Those with a bigger budget should expect to easily spend around £5,000 per person.

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