The Best Beaches in Nha Trang: Explore Paradise in Vietnam

Nha Trang city has always been famous for its beautiful, crystalline, and white sand beaches. Having a six-kilometer stretch of the coastline, the beaches of the city attract tourists with their variety and own charms. No beaches in Nha Trang are the same whether if it is the lively Tran Phu beach, the pristine Jungle Beach, or the hippy-like atmosphere of Bai Dai beach. Although some of the locations require a bit of driving away from the city center, the alluring destinations and the tranquil scenery across the way will make the trip worth it.

Tran Phu Beach

Located in one of the most bustling districts of Nha Trang, Tran Phu Beach is a perfect place for those who enjoy the city atmosphere. The nightlife around the area attracts many tourists and the locals come to relax with friends or socializing with others.

There is a myriad of hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars, and seafood restaurants across the shoreline of the beach. The recommended bars include The Altitude Rooftop Bar, The Sailing Club, The Skylight Rooftop Bar, and the Cheers Sports Club.

Many sports activities are also available at Tran Phu Beach. Scuba-diving, snorkeling, surfing, and playing beach volleyball are beloved activities at the beach by tourists. You can also please yourself by having a spa session, meditating, or doing yoga in Tran Phu Beach.

Hon Chong Beach

Only 5 minutes drive away from Tran Phu Beach, you will find Hon Chong Beach. It is loved for its pristine beach, impressive nature piled rocks, and mystical local stories.

In contrast to the lively Tran Phu Beach, Hon Chong is one of the most beloved quiet beaches in Nha Trang with natural beauty. Hon Chong Beach is suitable for beach and nature lovers who prefer less crowded destinations. There are not so many activities to do around the area but the charming view is definitely worth a visit.

To climb the rocks at Hon Chong Beach, you need to pay around 20.000vn (1 dollar) but you will be amazed by the panoramic view of the beautiful Nha Trang coast.

Hon Chong is also close to other interesting tourist attractions. Hon Vo, Hon Do (Red Islands), and Hon Rua (Tortoise Islands) can be seen by walking 300 meters to the South of Hon Chong. Po Nagar Cham Tower is also only 5 minutes drive from Hon Chong Beach.

Bai Dai Beach

Located further away from other beaches and the main tourist area of Nha Trang, Bai Dai Beach is an excellent destination for a day trip.

Bai Dai Beach is famous for its beautiful beach, soft white sand, and freshest seafood in the area. The destination is suitable for beach lovers and those who seek a relaxed environment with untouched nature. You can participate in active activities with the locals or other tourists. These include playing beach volleyball, beach soccer, surfing, diving, and swimming.

The area is a potential touristic destination in the future. Many high-quality projects, companies, hotels, and resorts are putting investments in the area to develop tourism . A trip to Bai Dai Beach before the destination becomes popular to tourists would be a recommended thing to do.

Doc Let Beach

If you are looking for a budget trip in Nha Trang, Doc Let Beach offers wide options of mid-range to cheap accommodations. The area is well-known for backpackers seeking low-cost and relaxed travel.

Doc Let Beach is also a family-friendly destination because the waves are light, making swimming easy for kids and elders. As the destination is not touristic as much as Tran Phu Beach, you can still observe the daily life activities of the locals in the area. Fishing boats and white salt fields are the most two iconic images of the destination.

The untouched nature, soft sand with swaying palm trees at Doc Let Beach pleased every beach lover coming to the destination. Doc Let Beach is also one of the best budget places in Nha Trang to enjoy the freshest seafood dishes. Nothing is better than spending your time with your beloved people, enjoying local food while immersing in the pristine nature of Doc Let Beach.

Son Dung Beach

Son Dung Beach is one of the most beautiful and fascinating spots in Nha Trang that attracts tourists for its uniqueness. The beach is located in Van Phong Bay, Van Ninh district, Khanh Hoa province, around 100 kilometers away from Nha Trang.

Although the beach is quite far, the road that leads to Son Dung Beach will satisfy any drivers with the spectacular scenery along the route. There are barely any vehicles on the road which will make the drive pleasant and easy. The stunning views and good roads make the trip suitable for motorbikes or even walking.

There are many interesting facts about Son Dung Beach. For example, the local people around the area have been using the groundwater taken right beneath the sand for domestic use for many years. The groundwater at Son Dung Beach is fresh and sweet, even though the sea is located right next to these flows.

Son Dung Beach is also known as the homeland of a minority group in Vietnam. These people are said to originate from Malaysia and Indonesia from the 18th to 19th century. Visiting the area, tourists can enjoy the spectacular nature of the pristine beach, mountains, and fresh air; appreciate the slower-pace life with the locals at the fish villages.

Bai Tru Beach

Located on Hon Tre Island, Bai Tru Beach is famous for being close to the Vinpearl amusement park. The amusement park is filled with a gigantic aquarium, large shopping malls, and other entertainment venues. The place is a family-friendly destination.

The island can be easily reached by the world’s longest sea cable car, connecting the island with the mainland of Nha Trang. Other options to get to the island include going by ferry, taxi canoe, high-speed boat, car, or motorcycle.

If you are looking for beautiful nature, Bai Tru is a good destination to visit. The location of the island makes the beach very calm. It is suitable for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, or walking by the seashore. Other activities such as fishing and shrimping are also available for tourists to try out. For all these reasons, Bai Tru Beach is considered a must-visit destination once you have arrived at Nha Trang.

Nha Trang Beach

Located on the lively Tran Phu street, together with Tran Phu Beach, Nha Trang Beach is considered one of the most appealing Nha Trang beaches in the center of the city.

Nha Trang Beach is famous for its perfect location. Many luxury hotels, resorts, and restaurants are located on the shoreline of the beach. From Nha Trang Beach, it is easy to reach most places in the city. The beach is great for relaxing activities such as enjoying a day at the spa, lie on the pristine beach, swim or watch the sunset.

Adventurous activities are also available on Nha Trang Beach for you to try. Parasailing, windsurfing, diving, and coracle paddling are the activities that you should give a try during your visit. It is highly recommended destination to visit if you plan to stay in the center of the city.

Hon Tre Beach

Also known as the Bamboo Island, Hon Tre Beach is an ideal destination to enjoy the beauty of an alluring undiscovered island without the disturbance of other tourists.

While visiting Hon Tre Beach, you can witness the spectacular nature of the area with forests, mountains, and beaches. Close by Hon Tre Beach, you can visit other beaches close by such as the Gold Stream or the Chen Beach. Each beach on Bamboo Island has its own charm you will get attracted to at first glance.

There are also many local cultural attractions close by the beach for you to explore. Ba Chua Xu temple, Ong Nam Hai temple, and Duoi Ha Ba temple are the religious attractions on the island. People living on the islands built many temples for the gods of the seas to ask the gods for good fishing trips and to protect them from the strong waves. Hon Tre Beach is definitely a highlight of Nha Trang city.

Jungle Beach

Popular among adventurous tourists, Jungle Beach offers its visitors lush jungles, a beautiful pristine beach, and green resorts with fascinating nature habitats.

Jungle Beach is famous as a location in Nha Trang for jungle trekking. During the treks, tourists can observe wild monkeys, eagles, slow loris, and douc langurs. Swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and beach volleyball are also available to do on the beach. The beach is an ideal destination for a getaway vacation.

Nhu Tien Beach

If you are looking for a quiet beach in Nha Trang city, Nhu Tien Beach is an optimal choice for your vacation. Only 20 minutes drive away from the center, the private-owned beach is considered a luxury destination.

Located on Diamond Bay City, Nhu Tien Beach has a scenic view with mountains, clear water, white sand, and a tranquil atmosphere. You can easily find a variety of different restaurants serving different cuisines such as Asian, Western or Vietnamese. Visitors can try out activities such as yoga, snorkeling, jet-skiing, and kayaking are ready for the visitors to try out. The location is the best match for those who looking for a laid-back, easygoing holiday.

Nha Trang is a must-see destination for any traveler looking to explore the Vietnamese coastline. With its beautiful white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and bustling nightlife, there’s something here for everyone. For more information on the incredible places in Vietnam, check out our guide to traveling around Vietnam where you’ll find even more amazing travel tips from locals who know what they’re talking about!

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Written by My Huynh
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As a local expert of Vietnam, born and raised in Saigon, I am proud of my homeland's majestic mountains, dreamy rivers, and abundant forests and seas. Every corner of Vietnam carries a heroic historical story I always wanted to share.