Most of the backpacking community has opted out of staying in Nha Trang because it has been labeled as “Russia town.” Although this may be true, Nha Trang offers a great variety of beach things to do for your stopover by bus and an amazing amusement park that cannot be missed.
Ronald and I knew that there were two buses leaving from Dalat to connect from Nha Trang that would take us to our final destination of Hoi An. We were under the impression that if we took the afternoon bus from Dalat that we would miss the connection to Hoi An and we would have to stay the night in Nha Trang. We like many other backpackers were also trying to avoid Nha Trang. Well, fortunately, we were wrong about the stopover, and we actually arrived in Nha Trang at around 1100am, and the connecting bus to Hoi An was at 1900pm, so we had a whole day to try and figure out what we were going to do in Russia town.
Well, fortunately, we were wrong about the stopover, and we actually arrived in Nha Trang at around 1100am, and the connecting bus to Hoi An was at 1900pm, so we had a whole day to try and figure out what we were going to do in “Russia town.”
We left our bags at the bus station in hopes that nothing would be stolen and we made our way to the beach. It was blistering hot, and the beach was filled with Russian tours, tourists, cabanas, and resorts. Everything was in Russian. It really is little Russian town. We decided that spending the whole day at the beach wasn’t really something we wanted to do, so we made our way to a tourist office.
At the tourist office, we discovered that Nha Trang has this island theme park. For 30$ you can get onto this island by gondola and explore the different theme parks. This attraction is fairly new, so everything is up to date, and honestly, there were NO LINES.
We thought that this theme park was going to be a bust, but it was honestly one of the funnest things we did in Vietnam.
They have a few roller coasters, castles for the little girls, a zoo, an aquarium, shopping, and A WATER PARK. This water park was absolutely no joke. It included toilet bowls, halfpipes, lazy rivers, and huge slides. We went on every single slide and waited no more than five minutes in each line. We saw the aquarium and the zoo all within 5 hours. We left the park at 1700pm in hopes of finding a place we could shower and get ready for the night bus to Hoi An.
This theme park is great for a stopover. You won’t waste a day hanging around in Nha Trang if you add this to your itinerary. I am super glad we stumbled upon this place instead of hanging around the beach or bus station.
Here is a link to the park’s website:
Sorry for the lack of pictures, my phone was locked away in a locker for safety purposes!