The coastal city and capital of Khanh Hoa Province, Nha Trang, is a town of around 400,00 people. Historically, it was at the heart of the Champa Empire and was called Kauthara. The famous Po Nagar Tower is to be found here. This superb coastal city is famous for it’s magnificent beaches and its great scuba activities. Sun seekers and water sports enthusiasts will simply adore this place in Vietnam tours. The Bay is considered to be one of the finest anywhere in the world.
The city has been selected to host the 2016 Asian Beach Games. It is as fine a resort as you will find anywhere. First made popular by the French colonists it developed under their rule. Then during the war the American soldiers discovered the beauty of the town for themselves and it became their favoured R & R spot. The short wet season here between September and December means that for most of the year it is glorious sunshine all the way. It’s close proximity to Saigon means it has become an extremely popular get away spot for local people. The palm tree lined beach and picture postcard blue waters make it the ideal spot for kicking back and relaxing.
Cam Ranh Airport is a small former military airport, about 20 miles from the city. It receives local flights from around the country, plus some from Russia. Taxis into town are readily available but the bus is the cheaper option and does the job just fine. Use Mai Linh taxis where possible and from the airport, accept the fixed rate which is cheaper than the meter. Vietnam Airlines customer service: +84 (0) 20 3263 2062 Vietjet customer service: +84 (0) 1900 1886 Jetstar Call Centre: +84 (0) 1900 1550
Nha Trang is one of the main stops on the Reunification Express line between Saigon (6 to 8 hours) and Hanoi. Whilst departure and arrival times are somewhat loosely interpreted, the service is good. Local trains take passengers to Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An. The journeys from here have the added incentive of providing some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.
Nha Trang main bus station is a few minutes walk from the town centre. Many open tour buses drop passengers off around Biet Thu, the main tourist part of town. Timetables and routes are at best sketchy.
The best way to get round the city center is on foot. The center is small and easily accessed. The roads are certainly not as busy as Hanoi or Saigon, but travellers still have to take care. Taxis are cheap and readily available, but drivers do not tend to use the meter. No journey in town should be more than VND20,000 per person. Renting a motor bike is as always a great way to give yourself the freedom that you need to explore the whole city and beyond. Nha Trang is quite flat and hiring bicycles can be a great way to go.