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Seaside Splendour

3 Days 2 Nights
Writer
Izzat Haziq
Nha Trang coastline Vietnam

Soak up the magnificent views and intriguing history of Southeast Asia’s hidden gem, NHA TRANG in Vietnam.

Fondly known as the Riviera of the South China Sea, Nha Trang is a city of bustling coastlines with a vibrant atmosphere that you’ll never forget. Explore the sights and sounds of this quaint town with these must-visit spots in just three days.

Day 1

From the Cam Ranh International Airport, make your way to the trading centre of the coastal city, Nha Trang Market (Dam Market). Interestingly, the lotus-shaped market was built in 1972 on a former swamp. Here, expect to indulge in all your needs and wants from souvenirs, dried seafood delicacies and household appliances.

Next, make your move to Long Son Pagoda, located just a stone's throw away from the Dam Market. The main attraction of the temple complex is the colossal Buddha statue that sits on top of a lotus pedestal. Situated at the foothills of the Trai Thuy Mountain in the centre of Nha Trang, this peaceful spot is perfect for you to enjoy a sweeping view of the vibrant city.

Nha Trang Market (Dam Market) (L), Long Son Pagoda at Trai Thuy Mountain (R).
The Nha Trang Market (Dam Market) (L), and Long Son Pagoda at Trai Thuy Mountain (R).

Of course, you wouldn’t want to miss going for a stroll at Nha Trang’s gorgeous beaches. We’d recommend going to the Tran Phu Beach due to its easy accessibility from anywhere in the city. Be captivated by sun and sand aplenty as you explore the boulevard overlooking the beach.

The Night Market at Nha Trang is a lively affair as well. The fun starts at 9pm and as usual, you can find myriad souvenirs and novelty items sold in the stalls that line up and down the street.

Tran Phu Beach (L), and the lively Nha Trang Night Market (R).
Tran Phu Beach (L), and the lively Nha Trang Night Market (R).
Day 2
The traditional Banh Cuon.
The traditional Banh Cuon.

For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with this one! Commonly sold at Nha Trang’s street markets, the Banh Cuon is a traditional Vietnamese spring roll made out of steamed rice flour crepe with ground pork and minced mushrooms fillings, perfect to keep you fueled throughout the day! For halal options, look out for A&M Fresh’n Fast Food on Tran Quang Khai Road for burgers, paninis, salads and wraps in big portions.

Then, head north to the Ba Ho Waterfalls (meaning “three-pool stream” in Vietnamese) to refresh and rejuvenate. There are three pools altogether, and you’ll reach the first pool soon enough after a short 15-minute hike. Enjoy the quiet ambience of the surrounding nature as you chill out in the cool water.

Views at Ba Ho Waterfalls (L), and Hon Lao Island (Monkey Island) (R).
Views at Ba Ho Waterfalls (L), and Hon Lao Island (Monkey Island) (R).

If you’re down for some monkey business, then head straight to Monkey Island, which is also located down north. Home to over 1000 monkeys, Hon Lao Island or Monkey Island is usually thronged by visitors every week, eager to witness the extremely friendly monkeys firsthand.

Nha Trang is a food haven for those with big appetites. Don’t miss out on the chance to sample a bowl of authentic Vietnamese Pho noodle soup. Those with a hankering for seafood flavours can opt for the Bun Cha Sua, a dish consisting of rice vermicelli in savoury fish broth. There is also Banh Xeo or Crispy Pancakes, pan-fried together with ingredients such as meat slices, shrimps, and bean sprouts, which is a great appetiser. For vegans and vegetarians, head to Senta Vegetarian Restaurant on To Hienh Thanh street for meatless versions of authentic Vietnamese food.

Day 3
Po Nagar Cham Towers Vietnam
The majestic Po Nagar Cham Towers.

No trip to Nha Trang would be complete without a visit to the ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers. Dating back to the 8th century, the remarkable red brick structures were said to be built in honor of the goddess Yan Po Nagar or ‘Mother of the Country’. Po Nagar Kalan is one of the tallest out of four buildings that remain, standing impressively at 25 metres.

Meanwhile, Nha Trang is not without its own hipster scene. The rather swanky LIVIN Collective is a restaurant, boutique, and co-working space all bundled together. Here, you can find Vietnamese brands and products created by local artisans like handcrafted fashion accessories, premium fruit jam, Vietnamese chocolate, illustrated notebooks, small leather items, and more. Their Courtyard Restaurant serves delicious American-style food such as barbeque meats, burgers, and quesadillas. Other chill-out spots include a number of stylish cafes around town such as KAT Coffee, City Fox Cafe and Alley Café, suitable for your next Instagram photo op.

LIVIN Collective Nha Trang Vietnam
Find unique gifts and a great atmosphere at LIVIN Collective (Photo: FB @LIVINCollective)
Getting There

AirAsia has direct flights from the second terminal of KL International Airport, klia2 to Cam Ranh International Airport and it takes about 50 minutes to reach Nha Trang city centre from there. Start planning for a trip with your loved ones or best friends today!

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