Consider a relaxing honeymoon or romantic getaway in the beach resort of Nha Trang.
The central and south central coastline of Vietnam, from Nha Trang to Danang and Hoi An in the north, offer some of the country’s finest beaches.
Fringed with swaying coconut palms and dotted with quaint fishing villages this is the perfect spot for a honeymoon adventure in Vietnam.
Relax on Nha Trang’s Tran Phu Beach, a 9km-long stretch of golden sand fronting the scenic Nha Trang Bay and bordered by forested mountains.
Shelving gently into the bay, Tran Phu Beach is fringed by a long park lined with mature palm trees, colourful flowers and a range of beachside facilities including bars and restaurants (mainly along the southern end of the beach).
The beach offers a range of water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking and parasailing.
Sunbathe, swim in the gentle surf or take a day trip offshore to snorkel or scuba dive the clear waters of the outlying islands of Hon Mun Marine Park (photo), Nha Trang Bay and Van Phuong Bay, which teem with coral and colourful shoals of fish. Nha Trang is a major centre for diving and snorkelling in Vietnam.
Or relax on the white-sand of Bai Tru Beach on nearby Bamboo Island and those on Whale Island in Van Phong Bay.
Explore Nha Trang on a cycle, visit the Po Nagar Cham towers, pamper your body with a soothing mud bath at the nearby Thap Ba Hot Springs and perhaps learn Tai Chi.
In the evening, savour a culinary treat at one of many seafood restaurants or try the local bird’s nest soup, regarded as one of the best in Vietnam.
A short drive up the coast along Highway 1 lie the secluded and unspoilt white-sand beaches of Dai Lanh and Doc Let, generally frequented by local Vietnamese families. To the south of Nha Trang sits quiet, sun-drenched Hong Chong Beach. All these beaches offer safe swimming and can be enjoyed on a day trip.
Away from the beach, Nha Trang offers curious newlyweds a choice of sights including ancient monuments, temples and relaxing natural springs to visit.
Inhale the sweet smell of smoking incense as you stroll around the surviving temples of this dramatic hilltop complex.
Built by the Cham civilisation between the 7th and 12th century, the temples are still used today by Buddhists devotees.
The Chams, an early Hindu empire in central Vietnam, built the Po Nagar Cham temple complex to honour Yan Po Nagar, the goddess of the country, who later came to be identified with the Hindu goddesses Bhagavati and Mahishasuramardini.
The complex was built on the site of a previous wooden temple destroyed by the Japanese in 774 AD. Of the original 10 structures, only three remain.
Stroll past pillars of carved epitaphs to Cham kings, view the original carved doors in the main sanctuary and ponder the 28m-high main tower, Po Nagar Kalan, one of the tallest Cham structures in the world.
Following the theft of statues and destruction of the original temples, the temple was rebuilt in 781 AD. With its terraced pyramidal roof, vaulted interior masonry and vestibule, Po Nagar is a superb example of Cham architecture.
The sandstone doorposts are covered with inscriptions, as are parts of the walls of the vestibule. On the pediment above the entrance to the temple stands a dancing four-armed Durga goddess with one foot on a buffalo and flanked by musicians.
Inside, sits the 1.2m-high black stone statue of the goddess Yan Po Nagar, sitting cross-legged on a lotus throne, which dates to 965 AD.
Po Ngar Cham stands on a granite rise overlooking the Cai River as it flows into the sea, a 20-minute stroll from the main beach strip, about 2km north of Nha Trang city centre.
Founded in the late 19th century, Long Son Pagoda has been rebuilt several times over the years.
The entrance and roofs are decorated with dragon mosaics constructed of glass and ceramic tile.
Inside, the main ceremonial hall is adorned with modern interpretations of traditional motifs. Don’t miss the ferocious nose hairs of the dragons that encircle the pillars on either side of the main altar.
For many visitors the main attraction of Long Son Pagoda is the huge white 24m-high Buddha, which sits on the hilltop site of the original temple that was built in 1886, but then destroyed by a cyclone in 1900.
Around the statue’s base are carved relief portraits (framed in flames) of Thich Quang Duc and six other Buddhist monks who died in self-immolations in 1963 to protest against the corrupt Diem regime of (the former) South Vietnam.
The Buddha can be seen from all over Nha Trang and is easily reached after climbing 152 stone steps from the pagoda to the top of the hill; the effort is rewarded by the panoramic views over Nha Trang.
Nha Trang offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all honeymoon budgets, including the following…
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Location: Ninh Van Bay
Prices: from AUD874 per room
Description: Overlooking the sea, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Vietnam offers luxurious and spacious villas with private pools. It has a spa, 4 restaurants and is a 20-minute boat ride from Nha Trang City. Each villa at the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay features a garden terrace or sundeck and separate living area. Villa amenities include a mini wine cellar, satellite TV and DVD player. Guests can enjoy body and foot massages at the award winning Six Senses Spa, which features a yoga pavilion, fitness room and salon. Customized detox programs and advanced oxygen therapies are also available. International fusion, local dishes and a buffet breakfast are served at the Dining by the Bay Restaurant. A 6-course menu and wine is featured at Dining by the Rocks, which overlook the sea. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Vietnam is accessible from the Six Senses Hideaway Lounge in Nha Trang City, which is a 1-hour drive from Cam Ranh Airport.
Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang
Location: Tran Phu Blvd, Nha Trang
Prices: from AUD275 per room
Description: Evason Ana Mandara is Nha Trang's only beachfront resort. It offers luxurious villas with sea or garden views, and free internet. It has a spa, tennis courts, 2 outdoor pools and a private beach. Guests can enjoy traditional Vietnamese body treatments and massages at the Six Senses Spa. A fitness room, tennis courts and free weekly Yoga and Tai-chi classes are provided. Evason Ana Mandara has its own water sports centre offering island trips and activities like fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Guests can also hire a motorbike to explore the area. Villas are spacious and come with a cable TV, DVD player and a bathroom with bathtub and a rainshower. A minibar, safe and tea/coffee making facilities are also provided. The 24-hour Ana Pavilion Restaurant offers panoramic views of Nha Trang Bay with its delicious Vietnamese and International dishes. Located next to the infinity pool, The Beach Restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating and music performances. The resort boasts 4 dining venues. Evason Ana Mandara is located 1 km away from Nha Trang's town centre. The property offers a chargeable airport shuttle service from Nha Trang Airport, a 40-minute drive away.
InterContinental Nha Trang
Location: Tran Phu Blvd, Nha Trang
Prices: from AUD200 per room
Description: The latest addition to the InterContinental family in Vietnam is InterContinental Nha Trang, situated in the Nha Trang City's popular Tran Phu Street. The hotel provides complimentary WiFi access in all areas of the property. Elegantly furnished with earth-tone décor and wooden furnishings, the luxurious air-conditioned rooms and suites include a balcony, seating area, minibar and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. En suite marble bathroom comes with a bathtub, separate shower and bathrobes. Complimentary tea/coffee making facilities are also provided daily. InterContinental Nha Trang offers a myriad of facilities and amenities for guests to enjoy. At Cookbook Café, guests are able to tantalise their tastebuds with all-day dining a-la-carte menus, evening buffets and even candle-lit dinners with a variety of local seafood. Spa InterContinental offers modern and traditional treatments, while the fitness centre comes equipped with 3 outdoor pools. Alternatively, guests may enjoy cocktails at either the Lobby Bar or the Aqualine Bar. InterContinental Nha Trang is 1 km away from the Nha Trang beach area, 2 km away from the Nha Trang Train Station, and 28 km away from the Nha Trang Airport.
Mia Resort Nha Trang
Location: Cam Lam, Nha Trang
Prices: from AUD189 per room
Description: Free beach yoga sessions on Saturday and buggy services around the property are provided at the 5-star Mia Resort Nha Trang. An outdoor pool and relaxing massage treatments are also available. Guests can also take part in cooking classes, snorkelling trips and day tours. Spacious and luxurious, all the air-conditioned villas enjoy free WiFi, beautiful ocean views, hammocks and comfortable lounge areas. Some villas also have a private pool. Indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a bathtub, are included. Daily trips to Hon Mun Marine Protected Area are organised by the resort. Guests can also visit Xanh Spa for an afternoon of pampering. The resort also provides a business centre, car rentals and laundry services. Sandals Restaurant & Bar offers seafood dishes and international cuisine. Mojito's Restaurant & Bar specialises in Japanese food. Daily buffet breakfast spreads are available at both restaurants. A short 3-minute walk from Bai Dong Beach, Mia Resort Nha Trang is less than 5 km from the beautiful golf course at Diamond Bay, created by Andy Dye. It is a 25-minute drive from Cam Ranh Airport, Nha Trang Train Station, Long Son Pagoda and Vinpearl Theme Park.
Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa
Location: Tran Phu Blvd, Nha Trang
Prices: from AUD181 per room
Description: Centrally located on Tran Phu Street, Sheraton Nha Trang features 6 food and beverage options, an outdoor infinity-edge pool on the 6th floor and Vietnam's first cooking school. Sheraton's elegant rooms offer sea views. Rooms also come with a sitting area, 37-inch flat-screen TV with satellite channels and minibar. The en suite bathrooms provide a separate bathtub and rain shower. Guests can work-out at the gym or relax with a massage at the luxurious Shine Spa. Sheraton Nha Trang also offers an Adventure Club and can arrange for scuba diving and snorkelling off one of the nearby islands. A 24-hour business centre is also available. Located on the ground floor, the modern and chic Toastina is an al fresco café offering freshly baked breads, cakes and pastries. It also serves smoothies, shakes, ice blended coffees along with an a la carte menu of bread, pastas, wood fired pizzas and Asian food. It is a 45-minute drive to Cam Ranh International Airport from the hotel. Local attractions such as Po Nagar Cham Tower, Thap Ba Mineral Hot Spring Centre and Hon Chong Promontory (Husband Rock) are 2 to 3 km away.Free 24-hour covered parking facilities are provided.
Vinpearl Nha Trang Bay Resort and Villas
Location: Hon Tre Island, Nha Trang
Prices: from AUD152 per room
Description: Vinpearl Nha Trang Bay Resort and Villas is a 5-star resort with spacious, air-conditioned rooms offering free WiFi. The resort is nestled within lush, private gardens, offering an infinity pool overlooking the beach, five dining options as well as a spa. Each room has a flat-screen cable TV, safe and minibar. A seating area and private bathroom with bath, shower, hairdryer and free toiletries are included. Villas feature a separate living and dining area, a kitchen and a private pool. The 24-hour front desk offers currency exchange, tour arrangements, ticketing and concierge services. Other facilities include a games room and spa treatments at Vincham Spa. The resort's club house serves up a daily buffet breakfast and all-day dining as well as pre-dinner drinks and canapés. Vinpearl Nha Trang Bay Resort and Villas is 3 km from Bao Dai Palace and 3.2 km from the Institute of Oceanography. Vinpearl Nha Trang Golf Club is 3 km away. This resort is 24 km from the nearest airport, Nha Trang Airport.
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The best time to visit Nha Trang is between February and April, although anytime during the dry season from January to August is good.
This region of Vietnam is generally sunny all year round; protected by the Truong Son mountains, it avoids the fierce northerly storms.
The average temperature is 26°C (78°F) with a high of 33°C (91°F) in summer (June, July and August), and a low of 21°C (70°F) in winter (December to February).
The wet season lasts from September to December and the dry season from January to August.
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Nha Trang is located on the south central coastline of Vietnam in a region that offers some of the country’s finest beaches.
The most convenient route to Nha Trang is by air to Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR), located 30km (18.6mi) from Nha Trang.
From most international destinations this requires flying into Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) or Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), followed by a connecting flight to Nha Trang's Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR).
Major hotels and resorts meet quests on arrival at Cam Ranh International Airport by prior arrangement.
Alternatively, you can ride the Reunification Express train from Ho Chi Minh City, around 530km (330mi) away. The overnight sleeper is an easy option for the 12-hour trip. Or you can take a tour bus with day or night option for the 10-hour trip.
Latest update: Nha Trang honeymoon: 7 January, 2020
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