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Nice beaches and Islands but quite touristy
Nha Trang (Vietnam)
Member Name: madSEM
Nha Trang (Vietnam)
Advantages: nice place to relax
Disadvantages: not very Vietnamese
Nha Trang sits in the south of Vietnam a bit under halfway between Ho Chi Minh right in the south of the country and Hoi An in central Vietnam. Nha Trang boasts some of the nicest beaches in Vietnam; with outlying islands, plentiful marine life and coral reefs it is also one of the best places in Vietnam to go scuba diving. However despite the natural beauty of Nha Trang it has become increasingly more touristy and therefore more crowded and more subsceptible to the issues of mass tourism. Despite thisd you can still get away and explore the pleasant examples of Cham architecture in the town and enjoy some of the outlying beauty with walks down the sweeping main beach and boat trips to the islands.
Whilst I was in Nha Trang I didn't take in too many of the museums and sights deciding more to relax on the beach and leave the sight seeing to places such as Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh. However I did make it out to the Po Nagar Cham Towers just outside the city which are well worth a look and a good example of Hindu architecture. These are really interesting and a good way to spend an hour or so off the beach!
Whilst I was in Nha Trang I headed out on a boat trip and took in a few of the outlying islands pausing for some snorkelling and a wander around on one of the islands called Hon Mieu which has a good aquariumand also Hon Tre which is beautiful and has a lovely fine, white sand beach to relax on!
Many tour operators will offer trips out to the islands and also tours of the area. The Sinh Cafe is a solid bet for a boat trip but check your guide book for the exact location of the store as there are a few fakes dotted around the city! For accommodation I would suggest the Perfume Grass Inn which has a great cafe itself and then some fantastic rooms - if you go upstairs you can get sea views! The nightlife in Nha Trang is pretty lively, I would recommend checking out Crazy Kim's which is really friendly and collects for a good cause as well in vulnerable street children. Atms are easy to find and use in town and there are abundance of other facilites in town such as a post office and internet cafes.
Nha Trang is worth a stop off to chill and relax but is becoming more mainstream, it is worth considering Mui Ne (just to the south of Nha Trang) if you only have time for one beachy place.
Summary: A nice place to relax and unwind without working too hard