Next Stop: Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang is a mid-size town along the South Central coast of Vietnam, and is bordered on three sides by mountains and on the fourth side by a handful of islands (which makes for incredible views). The area is best known for beaches and scuba diving. If seafood is your thing, Nha Trang has more restaurant options than you could visit in a lifetime. We found plenty of fantastic vegetarian/vegan restaurants as well.

Once again, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the language barrier was not an issue (although we’ve managed to pick up enough Vietnamese to help with reading the odd sign or menu item). The French influence is still present in this part of Vietnam, and was particularly noticeable in the cuisine (translated: we ate a lot of croissants).

While Nha Trang offers fewer historic sites and tourist attractions than some of the other destinations we’ve visited, it does have some big ones: mud baths, a hot spring, and Vinpearl Land Amusement Park. Uniquely, access from Nha Trang Bay to the park is via a 3,320 metre long gondola lift. There is presently quite a bit of construction taking place, and the population is growing rapidly. The economy relies largely on tourism, but also on industries like shipbuilding and fishing.

Lastly, we would be remiss if we did not mentioned the coffee. Ah, Vietnamese coffee. Our taste buds will forever be ruined towards any other caffeinated beverage….

Next on our radar: Singapore!

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2 thoughts on “Next Stop: Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • Hilda Fletcher February 16, 2018 at 4:10 am Reply

    Love those mountains and 4 miles of beach to walk along! Interesting that, having left the material world behind, you would come across a “fabrics” smoothie. I never associated Vietnam with wonderful coffee. Just another insight coming through your adventures.

    Love those mountains and 4 miles of beach to walk along! Interesting that, having left the material world behind, you would come across a “fabrics” smoothie. I have never associated Vietnam with great coffee. Just another little nugget from your blog. Thanks and see you in Singapore.

    • Kristen & Andrew February 19, 2018 at 2:25 pm Reply

      The mountains were our favourite thing about Nha Trang! We were itching to get out and hike them, but couldn’t seem to find any posted trails. Your material world/fabrics smoothie made us both chuckle- so very true! The coffee is out of this world. Most commonly, Vietnamese coffee is served with condensed milk (we drank it black). Strong, but delicious!

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