With strong waves hitting the shore and only few attempted for a swim, there is something absolutely beautiful on an ocean view like this. The perfect windy breeze, the empty seats, the few kids playing on the sand, this is how I will always remember Nha Trang.
Located south of Ho Chi Minh City and easily reachable by an eight hours bus ride which can easily be booked for those coming from Pham Ngu Lao in HCMC, the kilometer beach side of Nha Trang is synonymous to a resort getaway in Vietnam.
Though it was not the season for sun and swim, there are still several tourists roaming around the area. The whole strip of five star hotels, bars and restaurants, the beach side street of Tran Phu is actually a surprise for me. I visualized that Nha Trang will be more of a laid back town maybe similar to either Bali or Phuket, though what I have seen so far is contradictory, maybe it is fair to say that Nha Trang is already or on its way to becoming an expensive summer getaway.
If you are a budget traveler looking for a clean place to stay with a quick access to the beach and everything touristy about Nha Trang, no other choice but to head to alleyway of clustered budget hotels of 64 Tran Phu or on the parallel streets at least two blocks away from the beach area.
Apart from the beach itself, it is also nice to walk along the main road leading to the waterfront promenade deserted usually early morning but mostly busy in the afternoon with kids out to practice their skate boarding skills. While at night, just across the street behind a French colonial inspired building is a small outdoor market good for cheap dinner and evening snacks.
On the hunt for a more cheaper and tasty food options, starting at the parallel street across Tran Phu I ended up walking towards the market area, which is kind of nice to discover and a good few minutes diversion from all the sea side view.