Nha Trang is a large city with around 400,000 permanent residents which receives around 1.6 million visitors a year, just over half of whom are foreign tourists. The town centre is focused towards catering for tourists with lots of hotels, restaurants and bars. The big draw for most tourists is the 6 km beach right in the city centre known as Tran Phu Beach. Tran Phu Beach has clean white sand and lots of beach front bars and restaurants, with a tree lined promenade running behind the beach in the city centre. There are also less busy beaches in the area, such as Doc Let, for those visitors prepared to travel out of the city centre.
Tran Phu Beach in Nha Trang
Whilst predominantly knowd for being a beach resort destination, Nha Trang also has some cultural attractions that will appeal to independent travellers on long trips around South East Asia:
Po Nagar Temple: Po Nagar Temple is a Hindu Temple that dates back to the 8th Century. The temple was built by the Cham civilisation which controlled large parts of South East Asia from the 6th to 15th Century. The temple is very well preserved and considered to be the best example of Cham architecture in the world and one of the best historical sites in Vietnam.
Long Son Pagoda: Located near Nha Trang Railway Station, Long Son Pagoda is a Buddhist temple which encompasses a large hill top statue of the Lord Buddha. At the base of the hill are some impressive Chinese influenced temple buildings and on the way up the giant statue are lots of interesting Buddhism related statues and sculptures.
Dam Market: Built in the mid 1970s, Dam Market is located within s Soviet style concrete building. The market sells clothes, food and a wide range of other items.