About Nha Trang

Set against a backdrop of lushly-forested mountains, with a beautiful waterfront and wide, golden beaches, the Vietnamese seaside resort of Nha Trang is now well on its way to becoming a sophisticated modern town.


Still, on cruises to Nha Trang you will find plenty of old fashioned charm, though, in the colourful markets, lively restaurants and broad streets of its bustling downtown area, which lies close to the clear turquoise seas, uncrowded sands and excellent diving and snorkelling facilities of the main City Beach.


And when you tire of sunbathing, the region surrounding the city is rich in history. Embark on one a Nha Trang cruise and discover the fascinating story of the Chams, an ancient Hindu / Moslem ethnic minority who run their society along matriarchal lines, with property passing from mother to daughter.


One of their most important sacred sites - the Towers of Po Nagar, which date from the 7th century - lie close to the city. Also worth seeing while enjoying one of our Nha Trang cruises is the exquisite Long Son Pagoda.


Shore excursions in Nha Trang

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Leisurely Nha Trang

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the sights of Nha Trang at a leisurely pace.

Travel down town, past the beach front, towards Nha Trang Airport, to enjoy a photo stop at the grey stone city cathedral. Built between 1928 and 1933 in French Gothic style, the cathedral has quirky Vietnamese touches that make the building unique. From here, you’ll have views of most of the city, the beach and your ship.

At Dam Market, you’ll have the opportunity to briefly browse for souvenirs before continuing your drive. A photo stop will be made at the Tran Phu Bridge, which offers pleasant views of the colourful fishing boats and of Ponagar Towers perched on the hill.

A visit will be made to the embroidery workshop, where you’ll see the detailed process from start to finish. Enjoy a cup of green tea in this calming and peaceful environment.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This is a mainly scenic tour with very limited walking; however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach. For maximum enjoyment some walking is required at the embroidery workshop and at Tran Phu Bridge.

Nha Trang by Pedicab

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 2½ hours

Referred to as the ‘King of the Road’, the Pedicab ride is an experience not to be missed.

A short transfer by coach takes you to the beach front of Nha Trang, where your Pedicab awaits. Enjoy the journey in this unusual mode of transport as you travel through the main streets of the city.

Have your camera ready, as you view everyday life in Nha Trang and take in the local sights. You’ll pass by the French Gothic Style Stone Church and view colonial-style houses, the Front Beach and the Cai River Bridge.

Upon arrival at the Dam Market, the central market, you’ll have some time to explore the market for those all-important souvenirs, before rejoining the coach for your return journey to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and pedicab. Each Pedicab will accommodate one adult; children must not travel alone. Not all Pedicabs have sunshades, therefore sun protection is recommended. Please be advised that it is usual practice to tip the Pedicab operator. Please bear in mind that this is a truly local tour and the standard of the Pedicabs and drivers may vary. Each passenger will be given a route map and guide information to follow during the ride.

Nha Trang Highlights

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Take in the sights of Nha Trang and visit the ancient Cham Tower and Long Son Pagoda.

Your tour begins with a visit to the fascinating Oceanographic Institute to see some of the thousands of marine-life species that live in the surrounding tropical sea. Heading into the town you’ll pass the beach front lined with Philaos trees, before making a photo stop at the city church built in grey stone and located on top of a hill.

Long Son Pagoda is the oldest pagoda in Nha Trang, with 2 decorative dragon balustrades marking its entrance. The interior sanctuary features murals and several images of the Buddha.

Crossing the Xom Bong Bridge, Nha Trang’s most famous landmark, Po Nagar Cham Tower, comes into view. A visit to this complex of towers, built in the 8th century is a fascinating experience.

Take a stroll through the bustling Dam market place, the central commercial market of Nha Trang, before visiting a silk embroidery workshop. Here, you’ll see Vietnamese ladies making beautiful handicrafts, which are also available to purchase.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves up to 3 hours of walking and there are approximately 100 steps to reach the Cham Tower (optional), and several steps at the Long Son Pagoda. Some roads you travel on are unpaved and may be dusty or damp depending on rainfall. Shoes must be removed before entering the main hall of Long Son Pagoda and inside the main tower of the Po Nagar complex.

River Cruise and Countryside

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a leisurely river cruise on this interesting tour and see how the locals live.

You’ll drive along the coast, decorated by coconut trees, passing the statue of Tran Hung Dao, a Vietnamese hero. Visit the Po Nagar Cham Tower located on the hill next to the Cai River. The towers here are dedicated to the Divine Lady, the Mother of the Country, and were built in the 8th century.

A local boat takes you on a ride along the Cai River to Vinh Thai Island, where you can see traditional farmers at work planting their vegetable crops. Come ashore at a local village where a family run workshop produces clay ovens used by the people of Khanh Hoa Province. Afterwards, re-board the boat and continue to a local farmer’s homestead, where you’ll stop to explore his home and garden and sample refreshing tropical fruit.

Your tour will round off with the boat ride back to the shore for the return drive to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach boat and on foot. There are approximately 100 steps to reach the Cham Tower (optional). Some roads you travel on are unpaved and may be dusty or damp depending on rainfall. Shoes must be removed before entering the main tower of the Po Nagar complex. There is approximately 2 hours of walking during this tour. Early booking is recommended due to limited capacity.

Villages and Countryside

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 5 hours

This tour offers an insight into daily life in the countryside of Vietnam.

Just a few miles from Nha Trang, you will find yourself in the picturesque countryside, dotted with palm trees and fruit orchards. En route, you’ll see locals going about their daily lives, neat rice paddies and perhaps the occasional sighting of a grazing water buffalo. The villages here are post-war, although some ‘ancient’ buildings still remain. Today, life goes on much as it did before the war and you’ll see farmers utilising the same methods practised by their ancestors.

Pay a visit to the Loc Tho Pagoda which is a local charity school, and see how the children are raised and educated. (You may wish to take along some small gifts, such as pens and pencils).

Afterwards, visit a typical Vietnamese country house, handed down from generation to generation. You’ll then head to the Vinh Thai Village to enter a communal house where the locals worship their village gods and first ancestors. Enjoy a coconut drink and seasonal fruits at a local coffee shop, before making a final stop at an embroidery art workshop to view the process from start to finish.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Some roads may be unpaved, dusty or damp depending on rainfall. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking, some of which is over rough ground.

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