Nha Trang Photos And Helpful Travel Tips
Are you planning travel to Nha Trang, Vietnam?
This is a photo diary from my time in Nha Trang, a coastal beach city in Vietnam popular with travelers. A lot of people have a great disdain for Nha Trang. Many say it’s too touristy. I will admit it that it is. I met a lot of backpackers who said they were mugged there. I didn’t have that problem since I was given a heads up by local friends to be careful. I didn’t get so drunk I couldn’t look after myself. I made sure to get into a taxi at night even if my hotel was only a block away. It was worth the $1 ride to be safe. I have been pickpocketed in Canada, so it’s not really about the place.
I enjoyed myself in Nha Trang thoroughly thanks to ex-pat friends who I befriended here. Many of them have moved on but this place marked a turning point in my travels and allowed me to open up to people even more. I can be very guarded sometimes but being around such friendly people let me know that regardless of where you are, there are good people around.
Thank you to the Nha Trang crew…hopefully we can all reunite once again somewhere!
Some photos from my time in Nha Trang:
Welcome to Nha Trang!
Cloudy days in Nha Trang
Crouching Tiger, hidden Asian
Buddha is into napping….a lot
Another angle of sleepy Buddha
Learning to weave
Rice, rice baby!
Tropical breakfast at the Ha Van Hotel in Nha Trang
Boat party vibes
Fun with local ex-pat friends on a boat!
Beach vibes in Vietnam
Outside the Sailing Club
The Surf Shack at Bai Dai Beach
This is where I learned to surf!!
Helpful tips for Nha Trang:
- If you fly into Nha Trang, instead of taking the taxi from the airport, take the shuttle to the old airport (now closed). From there you can take a taxi to your accommodations. It’s much cheaper and you’ll save money.
- I stayed at the Ha Van Hotel which is a really simple place. I had a basic room with air conditioning because I was out all day at the beach or exploring. It came with the breakfast seen above. I also stayed in the Golden Rain Hotel which was really cheap for something that is similar to a Best Western or Holiday Inn.
- Take a taxi at the end of the night rather than walking to your accommodations if you have been drinking. Even if you’re a pair, it’s worth the dollar taxi fare. Many travelers have gotten mugged late at night or had their bag slashed by someone on a scooter.
- At the time of my trip, ATMs only dispensed approximately $200 at a time (many hotels wanted cash payment or would charge a surcharge to use a Visa or Mastercard). Be aware especially if you are charged transaction fees
- Explore the beaches further away. I really enjoyed Bai Dai aka Long Beach. Try and get a whole crew of people and get the taxi driver to stay for the day or if you have access to a scooter, go for sure. It’s about 30 minutes away. The surf shack seen above is where we hung out and learned to surf! My friend Becky raved about Doc Let Beach which I did not make it to. It looks very beautiful, though!
- When going to temples be sure to be covered up properly or you cannot go in. No tank tops! No shorts! Bring a scarf so you’re covered. Be respectful…it doesn’t matter if you’re hot. Wear flip-flops to make shoe removal easier.
- When you’re tired of Asian food, there’s an Italian restaurant called Good Morning Vietnam (cheesy, I know) that’s actually quite good. I ate pizza here twice. The owners are Italian ex-pats.
- Enjoy Vietnam and how cheap and delicious the food is!!
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