I’m just going to put it out there… Nha Trang (for me) was a little plain. Not as culture rich as perhaps the rest of Vietnam, very touristy and for some reason there is a particularly large amount of russian travellers and residents.
Nha Trang’s draw card is its beach. Nha Trang beach is quite pretty to look at, however very touristy. You can find equally, if not more, beautiful and secluded beaches throughout Vietnam.
Where to stay!
I stayed at two hostels in Nha Trang. This was because I was too lazy to walk down the night before check out to extend my stay, so instead I booked somewhere else on HostelWorld from the comfort of my bed. I know its tragic, but I swear backpacking can really take it out of you sometimes. The first place I stayed at was called ‘Mojzo Dorm‘, it was super nice. Clean, nice chill out spot, rooftop bar and one of the nicer bathrooms I’ve had in Vietnam! I’d say equally so was ‘IHome‘. Both hostels I stayed at had some sort of free beer hour. Mojzo served free beer from 5-6pm which is pretty rad.
What to do in Nha Trang!
I spent a lot of my time in Nha Trang relaxing and catching up on sleep…One night I sat out on the balcony at Mojzo Dorm and watched the Banh Mi cart across the road and the traffic passing by. I love a bit of people watching!
I did do a day boat trip! I booked this through my hostel ‘Mojzo Dorm’. It was quite an enjoyable day, going from island to island. Most of the places you stop however had an extra sort of entry fee (which Mojzo Dorm staff warned us about), but we had been given a bit of a heads up on which ones are worth seeing versus which ones aren’t. The tour guides were a crack up! A couple of backpackers had come thinking it was a ‘booze cruise’ type affair and at the start were a little disappointed. However it quickly became pretty close with beers being sold, music played and a microphone being introduced! The snorkeling was pretty fun, however the water wasn’t extremely clear or anything so it wasn’t the most beautiful but I love it anyway.
The food on the boat was super yummy! They set up the middle of the boat as a table and just kept bringing out food, which is always enjoyable. Especially as us backpackers sat there and devoured the food like it was their last meal, while the other classier tourists watched on. After lunch they had a bit of entertainment, including their very own band! Also, the views from the boat were quite beautiful.
What to eat!
Food was a bit more expensive on average in Nha Trang. Seeing as its a bit more of a city and plenty more tourists I wasn’t surprised. There was a strange little restaurant pretty much next to Mojzo Dorm which was quite cheap and the food was pretty good. However if you’re missing a bit of food from home it is great for that. Plenty of western food around. We had pizza one night and it was super great. There is also plenty of seafood in Nha Trang seeing as it is a city by the beach!
Note: I think upon reflection I could have done without visiting Nha Trang.
Travelers! Tell me your Nha Trang highlights! 🙂
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The Virgin Backpacker xx
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