Loud and proud (say it!), the high-rise, high-energy beach resort of Nha Trang enjoys a stunning setting: ringed by a necklace of hills, with a sweeping crescent beach, the city's turquoise bay is dotted with tropical islands.
The shoreline has had a huge makeover in recent years, with quiet parks and sculpture gardens spread along the impressive promenade, while the streets inland reveal quirky boutiques and a cosmopolitan array of dining options.
As restaurants wind down, nightlife cranks up – central Nha Trang is a party town at heart, like any self-respecting resort should be. Most of it is aimed directly at the many Russian and Chinese tourists. Forget the curfews of the capital; visitors play late in this town.
There are more sedate activities on offer too. The beachfront has quiet, open bars. Or try an old-school spa treatment with a visit to a mudbath or explore centuries-old Cham towers still standing in the town centre.
-- Credit: "Lonely Planet"