Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most famous and developed seaside resort city. It’s sort of like the Miami beach of Vietnam. It’s a destination, with a nice beach and some other sites, so I planned to spend a day there.

Like Mui Ne, Nha Trang is full of Russians, and all the signs are in Russian. Unlike Mui Ne, Nha Trang is a big city. But it’s a city right on the beach, and the beach is very nice. Free of vendors, and free to access, not hidden away by resorts, like on Phu Quoc Island. There is a nice promenade along the beach.

Beaches are boring, so I spent a day seeing the sites. First I headed to the Cham towers, on a hill right in town. They were similar to the ones in Mui Ne. But unlike those towers, which I only shared with Vietnamese kids, these were mobbed by Chinese tourists.

At the beach with the Russians.
At the beach with the Russians.

Next I headed to the cathedral, which was also mobbed by Chinese tourists. There wasn’t a Russian in sight.

Another site was the temple, not surprisingly mobbed by Chinese tourists. I guess Russians are only interested in the beach. There was a ceremony going on in the temple and the hill gave nice views of the city and the beach.

I waited for sunset to visit the seaside rock garden. It was scenic, but it was difficult to get pictures without Chinese tourists in them.

Nha Trang's beach is very nice.
Nha Trang’s beach is very nice.

With my sightseeing done I had to buy some toothpaste. That proved to be surprisingly difficult because I can’t read Russian so didn’t know what the stores were selling.

After my day of sightseeing I decided to spend a day working on photos. But I’ve been taking so many I didn’t finish. So I extended my stay by another day. With all my work done, I’ll be able to head to the Ho Chi Minh Highway with a clean slate.

Climbing to the Cham towers.
Climbing to the Cham towers.
Nha Trang's fishing fleet.
Nha Trang’s fishing fleet.
Nice view from the Cham towers' hill.
Nice view from the Cham towers’ hill.
The Cham towers.
The Cham towers.
Like all churches in Vietnam, the Nha Trang cathedral had a huge nativity scene.
Like all churches in Vietnam, the Nha Trang cathedral had a huge nativity scene.
A saint at the cathedral.
A saint at the cathedral.
Silence at the cathedral.
Silence at the cathedral.
At the pagoda.
At the pagoda.
I wonder what the ceremony was?
I wonder what the ceremony was?
Buddha has some big feet.
Buddha has some big feet.
Climbing the hill.
Climbing the hill.
Scouts enjoying the view.
Scouts enjoying the view.
Buddha on the hill.
Buddha on the hill.
Nha Trang through the rocks.
Nha Trang through the rocks.
A father and daughter explore the rocks.
A father and daughter explore the rocks.
Fishing boat on the rocks.
Fishing boat on the rocks.
Morning at the beach.
Morning at the beach.
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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