Favorite thing: The streets of Nha Trang, especially in the market area are always lively and interesting to walk around, but there is a generally more relaxed atmosphere than in the other big cities. Maybe it's something to do with the place being a seaside resort.
Favorite thing: We rented bicycles for the day and rode to the Pagoda.You can see the Budda from all over town so we just kinda wandered around until we caught a glimps of it and then headedin that dirrection-Did it without a map of the city
Nha Trang is well on the way to becoming another Phuket or Pattaya get there while it is still relatively untouched be multi national developers. Already it is a little more expensive than other parts of Vietnam. It is well worht the visit now as the beaches are abso;lutely beautiful.
Fondest memory: It is a fun beachside holiday place.
Rainbow Divers, run by Brit Jeremy Stein, describe themselves as the best dive operators in Vietnam and they are! Top notch equipment for rental, divemasters who know their job, small groups for diving (4 pl. max).
40US$ pays for the boattrip, full equipment, two dives and lunch.
Favorite thing: We tried Crayfish from one of the vendors on the beach. I was a bit sceptical of having seafood as I did not want to get sick but for a few dollars who could resist. Well we lived to tell the tale and it was delicious. It was served for us with a very strange but very nice sauce to dip the meat in.
Favorite thing: The variety of fruit on the beach is fantastic. Try dragon fuit, it has a pink skin and inside it is white with black seeds. It is hard to describe the taste it had the consistency of a banana but tastes a bit like a kiwi fruit
We can learn so much from children
Fondest memory: We had a routine of buying fruit on the beach every morning. One day I went down to the beach without any money. A young girl not more than six years old who had got to know us asked why I was not having breakfast so I explained my fiance was coming with some money later. She was having none of this and went off to buy me some mangoes. We now refer to her as mango girl.
Receiving a gift from someone who can least afford it means so much.
Fondest memory: A young girl who sold cakes on the beach was looking very miserable so I asked her what was wrong - she had not made enough money that day to take back for her family. I feigned starvation anfd we bought most of what she had left. The next day she gave me a bracelet to thank me for helping her out. I was speechless and will treasure it forever.
It's like staying at a 5 star resort and being waited on hand and foot
Fondest memory: We would spend the whole day on the beach and found there was no need to leave. You can buy anything on the beach from fresh fruit for breakfast to freshly prepared crayfish and prawns for lunch (we didn't even get sick), coldrinks cigarettes, T-shirts, postcards and even english novels.
Favorite thing: You can get everything at Nha Trangs beach without leaving your place. Sellers with books, fruits, jewellery and much more come to you and offer their goods. Of course you can also get food like lobsters cooked right in front of you. Women who offer massages and epilation with threads (it's quite interesting to watch that :-) come along nearly every 30 minutes. Of course it's a bit nerved when someone wants to sell something to you every five minutes and you just want to relax. And you feel really decadent if you buy a lobster there or get a massage. Especially when a small woman carries the heavy equipment for cooking lobster with the "rice-swing".
Favorite thing: Ba Ho Falls is a nice day excursion out of Nha Trang. There are 3 waterfalls and natural pools for swimming. Most hotels will be happy to arrange it for you. For the more independent and adventurous, rent a motorbike and head there on your own. It's about 20 km north of Nha Trang
Favorite thing: An alternative to scuba diving is a cruise around some of Nha Trang's nearby islands. Boats depart in the morning for full day on the ocean. Fare includes lunch, some cheap wine, and snorkeling equipment. You can sign up for a cruise at almost any hotel in Nha Trang. I think the fare is around $10.
Favorite thing: Whether you're a beginner or an expert, there are plenty of dive companies in Nha Trang to serve you. If you're an experienced diver, Nha Trang might be a bit boring as there isn't a whole lot of coral. Fisherman have destroyed a lot of it with dynamite fishing. However, you may still want to go for it to put another notch in your belt. Nha Trang is a great place to learn how to dive. It's much better than learning in a pool, but not so great that you feel like your missing out on something when you're busy doing drills. Most dive centers offer all levels of PADI certification.
Favorite thing: If you're going to be travelling from North to South, or vice-versa, Nha Trang is a nice place to stop and relax. The beaches are empty during the day. Vietnamese people think dark complexions are unattractive, so they generally hide from the sun. However, don't be surprised if you're pestered by sellers. You can avoid this though, by going to the Rainbow Bar. They offer free beach chairs in an area barred from sellers so you can rest in peace.
Nha Trang - White sand, golden sun and blue seas make up Nha Trang, an alluring town with a 7 km-long beach, the most renowned coastal resort in Vietnam.
Fondest memory: It is 448km and about 9 hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City. Well worth visiting are: Po-Nagar tower, the occult Champa architecture, the Oceanographie Institute, Tri Nguyen off-shore aquarium and Hon Chong rocks.