The coastal city of Nha Trang, in Khanh Hoa Province in Central Vietnam, lies on the trans-Vietnam highway, 1,278km from Hanoi and 448km from Ho Chi Minh City and is a gateway to the former French retreat of Dalat, in the Central Highlands, just 2 hours away by car. The city can be reached from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by air to Cam Ranh airport, 30km from town, or by train from Danang or Ho Chi Minh City.
Khanh Hoa Province has three famous bays: Nha Trang Bay is a premier beach resort with a long sandy beach and many bars, restaurants and dive shops along Tran Phu Boulevard, with many offshore islands ideal for snorkeling and diving; Van Phong has a long white-sand beach and lagoons and a deep seaport for industry; and Cam Ranh is an off-limits naval base.
For many years Nha Trang has been a popular holiday destination for both Vietnamese and international travelers, with its 7km of white-sand beach overlooking the bay, perfect for swimming in its quiet, calm waters and taking day trips out to the islands. Now travelers have the opportunity to enjoy an overnight cruise in the bay on a luxurious Emperor Cruises ship.
The main beachfront road, Tran Phu, is lined with bars, restaurants and dive shops. The resort appeals to all ages as the young can let their hair down, the very young can be entertained at the country’s best theme park, Vinpearl Amusement Park, and all ages can enjoy the beach and its facilities. The enjoyment of Nha Trang is enhanced by the arrival of the Emperor Cruises ship so elite travelers can escape on a luxury overnight cruise through the bay.
The islands of Mot and Mun are marine protected areas and are preferred places for scuba diving and snorkeling. Yen Island is lush and green and this is where the nests of the salangane birds have been harvested for years to make the traditional "birds’ nest soup”.
Nha Trang experiences sun year round, with an average temperature of 23°C due to mild northern winds. The rainfall is less than anywhere else in the country and the area is rarely threatened by storms as it is protected by the Truong Son Mountains and Ca Pass.