The best activities in Nha Trang are found throughout the coastal town’s beaches and clear blue waters, dense rainforests, historical sites, and natural hot springs. Catering to a wide range of budget levels and preference, these activities are great for experiencing the local culture and natural surroundings at your own pace.
Nha Trang boasts a six-kilometre stretch of picturesque coastline where you can enjoy a day of island hopping, scuba diving, swimming, or simply relax and take in the gorgeous sunset views. Meanwhile, its vast countryside is a great for exploring on foot, bicycle and motorcycle. If you’re looking to take a break from the coastal town’s shopping, dining and nightlife offerings, read on for our list of the most popular things to do in Nha Trang.
1. Scuba Diving
The majority of scuba diving excursions in Nha Trang takes place within Nha Trang Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA), the shallow water is most suitable for beginners to learn how to swim. You can see a wide variety of small colourful tropical fish, moray eels, and pufferfish as well as thriving coral reefs. The bay also has a natural cave and swim-through tunnels, situated at Octopus Rock. A basic 45-minute scuba diving trip costs approximately VND 1,250,000, which is inclusive of equipment rental, lunch, hotel transfers, and entrance fee to the marine park. For those looking for more than just a fun dive, there are a few PADI Dive Centres that offer full PADI certification courses – highly recommended is Sailing Club Divers on Tran Phu Beach.
Opening Hours: Daily 07:30 – 20:00
Address: Sailing Club Nha Trang, Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang
Tel: +84 58 352 2788
2. Boat Cruise / Island Hopping
Thanks to Nha Trang’s relatively calm waters, there are numerous tour operators that organise boat cruises to neighbouring islands on a daily basis. Inclusive of lunch, hotel transfers, and snorkelling gear rental, visitors can opt for the full-day trip to Mun Island, Mot Island, Tam Island, and Mieu Island. Do note that entrance fees to Tri Nguyen Aquarium (VND 90,000), Mun Island (VND 22,000) and Tranh Mini-Beach (VND 30,000) are not inclusive in the tour package. A popular boat tour amongst backpackers is The Funky Monkey, which is priced at VND 200,000. Also known as a booze cruise, it offers a unique floating bar, where patrons can enjoy an array of cocktails and beers as well as live entertainment.
Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 – 17:00
Address: 75A Hung Vuong Street, Nha Trang
Tel: +84 58 352 2428
3. Bicycle Tour
Bicycle tours are among the best (and healthiest) ways to explore Nha Trang’s beautiful countryside, pristine waterfalls, and verdant mountains. Group bicycle tours (maximum of 10 cyclists) cost approximately USD65 which is inclusive of an English-speaking guide, entrance fee, hotel transfers, meals, cycling equipment, and drinking water. You will pass by Nha Trang’s vast paddy fields, waterfalls, rural villages, and iconic landmarks such Alexandre Yersin’s Tomb and Bai Ho Waterfalls. While there are plenty bicycle tour operators in Nha Trang, the most popular one is Vietnam Active, which also provides yoga, rafting and kayaking.
Opening Hours: Daily 07:30 – 20:00
Address: 115 Hung Vuong Street, Nha Trang
Tel: +84 090 362 6061
4. Mud Baths
As odd as it may sound, mud baths are popular amongst travellers looking to relax after a day of exploring Nha Trang. Locals believe the all-natural mud contains a wide array of minerals that can help relieve fatigue, remove dead skin cells, strengthen bones, and alleviate pain. Highly recommended is the Thap Ba Hot Springs Centre which is a 15-minute drive from Nha Trang City. Open daily, the establishment is fitted with private and shared mud-baths, herbal-bath, Jacuzzi, waterfall, swimming pool, and sauna. The best time of day to go is between 12:00 and 15:00, when it is less crowded.
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 19:00
Address: 15 Ngoc Son Street, Ngoc Hiep, Nha Trang
Tel: +8458 383 5345
5. Cooking Class
As Vietnamese food is gaining massive popularity worldwide, attending a cooking class is a good way of immersing yourself in the local culture. Available in many local restaurants and five-star hotels in Nha Trang, it is a half-day session that starts with a morning stroll to the local market. An experienced chef guides participants on selecting fresh herbs, spices, and meats before they head back to prepare classic dishes such as spring rolls, hotpots, and Vietnamese curry. Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant’s classes are held four times a week, where participants are provided with their own cooking stations and a special gift bag at the end of their class.
Opening Hours: Daily 07:30 – 21:30
Address: 72 Nguyen Thien Thuat, Nha Trang
Tel: +84 58 247 1674