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Destination Inspiration: Nha Trang, Vietnam

Why go?

Nha Trang's sandy beaches are lined with palm trees

Nha Trang's sandy beaches are lined with palm trees

Nha Trang proves you can seamlessly combine cosmopolitan living with a beach holiday. This city of white sand and high-rises sits on Vietnam’s South Central Coast, where you can spend your days are sunbathing and your nights exploring the buzzing city centre.

Start your morning by taking a long stroll on the promenade – dotted with prune trees and sculpture gardens – and along the crescent-shaped beach, beside the green-tinged South China Sea. Hòn Tre Island is just off the shore and can be reached by cable car, while a short boat trip to Hòn Mun and Hòn Tằm islands offers world-class snorkelling and scuba diving.

Fresh seafood is cooked on an open fire and topped with spring onions

Fresh seafood is cooked on an open fire and topped with spring onions

Jungle-covered mountains form a dark green backdrop to the skyscrapers in the city centre, where rooftop bars and seafood restaurants make up the best of Nha Trang's nightlife.

When to go?

Unlike the rest of Vietnam, Nha Trang only experiences rain between September and December

Unlike the rest of Vietnam, Nha Trang only experiences rain between September and December

In Nha Trang the sun is almost always shining. In fact, the rainy season only really hits between September and December – the rest of the year it’s warm and dry, with the mountains and islands sheltering the bay from wind.

Where to stay?

Hotel Novotel Nha Trang – Nha Trang, Vietnam

Hotel Novotel Nha Trang

Hotel Novotel Nha Trang

The sleek Hotel Novotel Nha Trang overlooks the white sands of the bay. If you opt for a room with an ocean view the balcony is idyllic for a cocktail at dusk. Guests especially loved the big breakfast buffet, where you can start your day with everything from fresh seafood to a stop at the noodle bar.

Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang – Nha Trang, Vietnam

Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang

Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang

With a location just a bit south of the centre, Evason Ana Mandara benefits from direct sea access and the highly rated spa is an extra perk. Emerge from the palm trees surrounding this peaceful spot, and you can sit right on the sand.

Amiana Resort and Villas Nha Trang – Nha Trang, Vietnam

Amiana Resort and Villas Nha Trang

Amiana Resort and Villas Nha Trang

Set on a private bay north of the city, Amiana Resort and Villas is made for a romantic getaway. Everything here delivers the 5-star experience: landscaped tropical gardens, luxurious villas with dark wood floors and bathtubs strewn with rose petals. The three pools are a standout – the resort features a natural seawater swimming pool and two freshwater infinity pools.

Sheraton Nha Trang – Nha Trang, Vietnam

Sheraton Nha Trang

Sheraton Nha Trang

Rooms at the Sheraton are fabulous with big beds and floor-to-ceiling windows that make the walls look like they’re made of water. If the views from your room aren’t enough, the sea-facing pool and bar are lovely spots to relax. A central location right on the promenade means that you can get to both the beach and city centre in a few minutes.

Mia Resort Nha Trang – Nha Trang, Vietnam

Mia Resort Nha Trang

Mia Resort Nha Trang

Mia Resort is all about relaxation. Located 20 minutes outside the centre of Nha Trang, the villas face the calm sea or tropical gardens and include private hammocks and bathtubs. There are free yoga sessions on Saturdays, and a day spa where you can book massages to really unwind.