Set against a stunning backdrop of white sandy beaches, emerald hills and distant islands, the Vietnamese city of Nha Trang balances boho beach life with historical heritage. The city is all things to all people; history buffs will enjoy the remnants of the impressive Cham Towers and its well-known pagoda. Those who like to discover a city through the finer things in life will no doubt enjoy the traditional hot spa treatments (the city is famous for them). Urbanites will want to jump in a pedi-cab and quickly immerse themselves in the frenetic, cacophonic street life. Finally, if drinking in miles beautiful Vietnamese countryside, gazing at one of the world’s most beautiful bays, climbing cascading waterfalls and learning about local village life is more your cup of tea then look no further – Nah Trang is more than a sum of its parts.
Nha Trang’s rich and storied history dates back to at least the 2nd century, when it was known as Kauthara and was a part of the ancient Champa Empire. The Empire lasted 1,500 years, during which Nha Trang gained massive political clout as coastal and southern Vietnam’s maritime centre, even stretching into China. As the Cham Empire fell into decline and eventual collapse, the area became deserted, allowing it to become a veritable paradise for wildlife including tigers, which still roam the highlands. The region became to be the de facto capital of Indochina, during the 19th century. Independence came to the area in 1954, after an eight-year independent war.