Nha Trang: The Beach

In this post, Nha Trang: The Beach, we will discover exactly why Nha Trang is the most famous and popular beach in Vietnam.

Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang

Nha Trang’s beach measures 6km in length, making it Vietnam’s longest stretch of sand. It is reputedly the most beautiful beach in Vietnam and while there is no denying that it has something special, I personally think there are much better beaches in Vietnam, such as on Phu Quoc Island, for example.

There are actually plenty of things to do in Nha Trang, but the beach is the main draw. It is very popular with surfers, thanks to the ferocious waves, and there are some dive centres too, offering trips around neighbouring islands.

If you are going to Nha Trang just for sunbathing then you should be aware that Nha Trang Beach is not the cleanest; the sand is quite littered and there isn’t much of a cleaning programme in place from the local authorities. The sea is pretty polluted too.

You should also be aware that the weather in Nha Trang is not always the same as the weather in the rest of Vietnam…

Meteorological Moods on Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang

They say that the weather in Nha Trang is like a woman with unpredictable mood swings: dangerous!

The weather in Nha Trang is not necessarily the same as in the rest of the country or even as in the surrounding area, and with its own microclimate, the weather in Nha Trang, and especially on the large open expanse of Nha Trang Beach, can be quite unpredictable.

The heat is a saturating, tropical heat that burns immediately upon exposure.

The wind is a crashing, relentless wind coming off the South China Sea, taking everything that’s not nailed down and spoiling even the most rigid of hair styles.

The enormous waves of the South China Sea that pound Nha Trang Beach are just as relentless and ferocious as the wind.

Then there’s the rain: the sporadic and frequent heavy downpours that appear sometimes out of nowhere and often last less than 10 minutes bring menacing black clouds that linger all day, blocking the sun and threatening more rain.

So any trip to Nha Trang requires a very carefully planned wardrobe! You have been warned…

Beach Feast on Nha Trang Beach

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One of the best things to do on Nha Trang beach is to eat!

Once you’ve found your spot on that famous golden beach you don’t have to move for the rest of the day, weather permitting.

Drinks will be brought to you as and when you need them by the cool-box carrying women: cold beer, water, soft drinks… If they haven’t got what you want, they will get it.

Souvenir shopping can be done from the comfort of your sun-lounger as the jewellery sellers make their rounds.

And you will be kept well-fed by the fruit flavoured crackers and the amazing seafood barbecues.

Nha Trang Beach Barbecue

We had a feast of a lunch one day on Nha Trang Beach when one of the seafood women came around with her balancing scales baskets full to bursting with the sea’s bounties.

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We ordered a lobster, loads of massive prawn things, a crab and something else in a huge shell that had to be chopped into small pieces.

The woman removed the basket of seafood to reveal a metal barbecue on which she proceeded to cook everything with the help of a friend.

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We paid about 15€ for what would have cost about 60€ at home in Spain.

Everything was absolutely delicious with the barbecue flavour and we were so full that we could not eat anything else for the rest of the day!

But we did manage to consume an amazing quantity of beer later that evening at Louisiane Brewhouse after I had one of the major loves of my life, my iPhone, stolen! More about that here

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  1. We found Nha trang to be over crowded and pretty dull.
    You seem to have had a good time there.

    Did you like Vietnam in general?

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Empty Rucksack, and welcome to inmyshoestravel,
      I did indeed have fun on that beach in Nha Trang. The seafood was delicious, the chef was quite novel and all was an experience. I didn’t love Nha Trang in general though. As I say in that post, Nha Trang was my least favourite place in the whole country. And if you read my other posts about Vietnam then you will understand why.
      However, I stayed for one month in Vietnam and loved the country in general; I thought that, thanks to its shape and geography, it was one of the most diverse places I’ve ever visited. I realise, after reading your blog, that you did not feel the same about Vietnam and I hope that one day you can visit some parts of the country that your appreciate more 🙂

  2. Lily Lau says:

    What an experience! Haven’t visited it yet but I can understand why you didn’t like it as much as other places. Thanks for sharing this with us, Lisa!

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