Cam Ranh Airport is located 30 km south of the center of Nha Trang. From Russia, only charters fly here directly. Travelers who independently get to the resort most often use a flight from Aeroflot and Vietnam Airlines with a transfer in Hanoi. Such a flight takes a total of 14-15 hours.
Note: according to allcitypopulation, the population of Vietnam is 98.17 million (2021).
Nha Trang is a compact city, and you can move between the main tourist sites on foot. The local bus system includes only 6 routes, 2 of which pass through the center: Nos. 2 and 4. Tickets cost 7000 VND, the salons are comfortable, with soft seats and air conditioning.
It is easy to catch a taxi in Nha Trang, the price of the trip depends on the distance and class of the car. For landing and the first 700 m, you will need to pay 10,000-12,000 VND, for each subsequent km – 15,000-17,000 VND.
In many sections, the traffic is one-way, so it is sometimes faster to walk than to go around half the city in a taxi.
A much more exotic vehicle is a motorcycle taxi. The price must be negotiated in advance, boldly bargaining: the figure announced by the driver, as a result, is divided into at least two. You can get from one end of the city to the other for 20,000 VND. If you are afraid of high speeds, choose a cycle rickshaw: it crawls like a turtle, but it allows you to see in detail all the beauties of Nha Trang. If you don’t trust local drivers, rent a bike (about VND 20,000 per day) or a motorcycle (from VND 120,000 per day).
You can get to the nearby islands by water transport: ships regularly depart from the South Pier to Hon Mun, Hon Mieu and Hon Che, and from the North Pier to Hon Lao. Renting a boat to Hon Moon will cost 2,675,000 VND on weekdays and 4,460,000 VND on weekends, the costs can be divided between 5-6 people. And on Hon-Che it is better to get on the funicular – the longest cable car in the world of all passing over the sea. The views here are simply amazing: emerald waters, neat houses on the coast, a scattering of islands – everything is in full view. For 600,000 VND, you can not only ride the cable car, but also have a lot of fun in the Vinpearl amusement park.
Rent a Car
Renting a car in Nha Trang is problematic: almost all offices require a Vietnamese driver’s license. The solution may be car rental with a driver (the cost of the service is from 670,000 VND per day). However, even in this case, it is worth considering the peculiarities of local roads: a huge number of small winding streets and a continuous stream of vehicles of all stripes.
After weighing the pros and cons, it is wiser to rent a motorbike. There are rental points on every corner: in hotels, travel agencies, shops and just on the streets. Theoretically, local rights are also needed, but both tenants and the police most often turn a blind eye to their absence. Motorcycle rental costs from 120,000 VND per day, the cost of gasoline is 22,000 VND per 1 liter. You can park in paid parking lots (2000-10,000 VND per hour), at night it is better to leave the “iron horse” in free areas near hotels.
Sometimes parking lots are equipped with parking meters, but more often the role of a security guard is performed by a local resident who collects a fee. Deciding to save money and put the bike outside the area of it “possession”, you run the risk of finding damage to the body upon return.
Communication and Wi-Fi
The top three mobile operators in Nha Trang are MobiFone, Viettel and Vinaphone. You can buy a SIM card everywhere: in travel agencies, shops, pharmacies and roadside stalls. The tariffs are almost the same, the best option is packages for 110,000 VND, 50,000 VND of which go to the account. The cost of calls within Vietnam is from 300-500 VND, calls to Russia are 5000-8000 VND per minute.
In the offices of mobile operators, travelers are sold special tourist SIM cards. They are more expensive, about 265,000 VND, but allow you to save a little on calls abroad. For example, international calls for Happy Tourist subscribers from MobiFone cost from 4000 VND per minute, the package also includes 1.5 GB of mobile Internet. The account is replenished with the help of special cards, the price of which is equal to the face value.
There are many payphones on the streets, cards for 100,000 VND are sold in supermarkets. The amount on the balance sheet is enough for several calls to your homeland.
There are no problems with Wi-Fi in Nha Trang: almost all hotels, restaurants, cafes and massage parlors in the tourist area provide free Internet access.
What to bring
The tourist center of Nha Trang is full of souvenir shops and all kinds of shops. The prices here are low, and the range is simply amazing. Most often, products made from natural and artificial pearls, ceramics, gold and silver jewelry, crafts made from natural materials, natural Vietnamese silk and ethnic clothes are brought here. It is very profitable to buy products made of ostrich and crocodile skin: their cost is several times lower than in Russia.
Tea with flowers and herbs (VND 155,000 per 1 kg) and first-class grain coffee (VND 90,000 per 1 kg) will remind you of the tastes of Vietnam at home.
The best shopping is in local markets, the largest of which are Hom Moi and Cho Dam with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, spices and all kinds of souvenirs. A trip to the Walking Street Night Bazaar is an adventure chasing original decorations, handicrafts and authentic Vietnamese food.
The most popular shopping malls in Nha Trang are MaxiMark and Nha Trang Center. There are large supermarkets, and numerous boutiques with clothes, shoes, cosmetics and toys, and spacious food courts with delicious and inexpensive food. Read more about shopping at the resort here: shopping in Nha Trang.
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