Nha Trang, Vietnam – Where to Stay ? Visit, Transport – Page 1

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Nha Trang – Maps – Orientation

Map – The Center of Nha Trang :

Look at the following Map :

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And look at this Interactive Google Map :

Interactive Map – Nha Trang :

  1. Points in Green : Airport + Bus Central Station + Train station.
  2. Points in Red : Tourist Attractions.
  3. Points in Blue : City Center.

The most central point in Nha Trang, is this square, located exactly on the beach (marked with a red star, on the map above).

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In the square there is a building in a Lotus form – (Thap Tram Huong Tower).

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In front of the square, there is a small night market, for tourists

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There are 2 shopping malls in the town centre, they have also a food court at the top floor.
One mall is called “Vincom Plaza” and the other “Nha Thrang Center”. See them on the maps above.

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How is city of Nha Trang ?

A typical seaside resort town, tourists are coming here to lay on the beach and to eat, it is not specially a place for cultural sightseeing.

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Still, there are some waterfalls and pagodas in the surroundings and boat trips and an amusement park to keep you busy.

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The centre is quite animated, also in the evenings. There are many places to drink and dance at night.

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It is a medium sized city , with tall hotels on the front line.
The tourists in Nha Trang are mainly from Russia (60%, I guess) and 40 % from China (the exact percentage, can change depending on the season). In most restaurants and travel agencies the signs are written in Russian. Sometimes, you will have difficulties to tell if something is written in Vietnamese or Russian.

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Both Russians and Chinese don’t speak any english, so it is fun.
So, here is a good reason to visit Nha-Trang, you can immerse yourself in Russian culture without traveling to Russia (it is much colder in Russia). For instance, you can eat mashed potatoes in one of the many restaurants, apparently Russians like very much mashed potatoes.
As you can see from the following picture, there are plenty of ATMs in town, from which you can withdraw cash.

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How to Arrive to Nha Trang ?

Nha Trang is located 320 Km north-east of Saigon (line distance) and 85 Km from Dalat.

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By Bus

Although it is relatively a short distance, If you arrive from Saigon, a bus ride may take 11 hours. From Dalat 4 hours. There are many buses operating in Vietnam. There are private bus companies and there are national buses going from the central stations. Ask your hotel or one of the many travel agencies  and they will offer you a bus ticket.

By Flight

The preferred way to arrive to Nha-Trang (if you don’t want to be hours inside a bus). Flights from Saigon are very cheap if you catch it at the right moment (could be 50 dollars) and the flight time is very short (less than 1 hour). There are flights also from the rest of Vietnam, of course.

The airport of Nha Trang (Cam Ranh airport) is located 30 Km, south from the center (see it on the Map).

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A taxi from and to the airport costs around 300,000 Dong. There is also an airport bus, but it is much easier to catch it from the airport, than from the city.
From the airport, the bus goes when there are flights, which is very clever, but unpredictable.

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From the city to the airport, the bus passes through the city centre, but since there are no fix schedules and no clear stops, I personally didn’t feel safe enough to wait for it and took a Taxi. Things may change, so inform yourself.

By Train

Yes, there is a train station in Nha-Trang and it is located quite in the center.

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A train travel between Nha-Trang and Saigon takes about 8 hours. There are trains during the day and during the night. Usually, you take a bed, also during the day.

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It is not expensive to travel with the train and it is a better option than the bus, in my opinion.

Where to Stay in Nha Trang ? – Hotels

Let’s look again on the Map of the town center :

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In a city like Nha Trang, you want to stay near the beach, and indeed most of the hotels are concentrated on the first 3 parallel streets of the beach. These streets are very animated, also during the evenings. The most central point of Nha Trang is the square with the “Lotus monument” (a red star on the map).

See Hotels in Nha Trang. After you click and fill the dates, you will see a Map icon. Click on the Map icon, it is a great way to search for the right hotel (you immediately see the price and the score received by visitors). You also know from the map, where is the centre of town (it is where are most hotels).

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How is the Weather in Nha Trang ?

A weather suitable for the beach, during all the year. During the day it could be 30 degrees Celsius and at night 22 degrees. There is air conditioning in the hotels. The rainy season is during the months of September, October, November and December.

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How to Move in Nha Trang ?

Buses are not really an option in Nha Trang. Taxi and Moto-Taxi are cheap.

By Foot

You will probably stay in the center, near the beach, most of the time, so you can just walk.

By Taxi

A very short distance in town may cost about 30,000 Dong. To the airport which is a distance of 30 Km, it may cost 300,000 Dong.

By Moto-Taxi

A good way to move around Nha Trang, if you are travelling solo. The service of Grab-Moto (motorbikes), is excellent , but you need a Smartphone and a phone number (see what I wrote about Grab, in the Saigon Transport page ). A short ride in town may cost 12,000 Dong (I always leave a Tip).

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There are also the “free lancers” with motos. They will address you on the streets. It is much less attractive than using Grab. Their motos is in bad shape and they will ask you for an higher price and they will try to take you to places you didn’t ask for.

Rent a Motorbike

Yes, tourists can rent a moto in Nha Trang. It is convenient (and cheap) in order to visit the surroundings.

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What to Eat in Nha-Trang ?

Russian food. There are so many Russian restaurants and the menu is written in Russian and English. For me, being a vegetarian, I can eat in these restaurants only the mashed potatoes, apparently a very popular dish in Russia.

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There are also Russian Pancakes sold in every corner of the streets (they call it French pancakes but they are more Russian style)

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The Pancakes are good, and different from the ones usually found in Asia.

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There is corn, sold on the streets. An excellent solution if you don’t feel like sitting in a restaurant.

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There is of course, a lot of Vietnamese food in Nha Trang. Here in the photo a Vegetarian rice noodles, from the food court at Vincom mall.

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If you are vegetarian, use the application Happy Cow, there are vegetarian options in town. For all restaurants, you can use the restaurant guide of Tripadvisor, it has opinions of travellers for each place.

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