–>Nha Trang Vietnam Livability Factors
–>Nha Trang Vietnam Cost of Living
–>Nha Trang Vietnam Best Area to Stay, Cheapest Flights
–>Must See Nha Trang Vietnam
–>Nha Trang Vietnam Mud Bath
–>Nha Trang Vietnam Nightlife Tour
–>Digital Nomads in Nha Trang Food and Life
–>Nha Trang Favorite Neighborhood
–>Nha Trang Facts and History
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Today, you’ll learn how to live, visit, or retire on $1000 month in Nha Trang Vietnam.
This is Dan from Vagabond Awake, the Youtube Channel for VagabondBuddha.com.
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Today, I am talking about one of my favorite places in the world to live or retire cheap, Nha Trang Vietnam.
Let me tell you why I think you should retire or live on $1000 per month in Nha Trang Vietnam as a single person, or $1500 per month as a couple.
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Nha Trang Livability Factors
Walkability: High. Nha Trang is totally walkable. If I decide to retire here, I would use a scooter to get out into the country, but I would just walk everywhere otherwise.
Internet: High. We were running 10 Mbps upload speeds and 12 Mbps download speeds in both our apartment and our hotel room (both included in the daily rate). We even have hotspots running on our phones so we can work at the beach or coffee shops if we want to get out of the house. We got our Mobiphone SIM cards at the airport which turned out to be ver priced by about $5 USD per month. But once we got to a local Mobiphone, a local card cost $9 USD to install and $5 USD per month for 4GB per day. That is crazy cheap.
Food: High. The world has found Nha Trang. All the foods are here somewhere. You can easily eat delicious healthy meals for under $2 per meal if you eat with the locals. If you want to eat with the tourists, meals run about $4 to $15 USD each. The sky is the limit. If you get an apartment with a kitchen you can cook some of your own favorite Foreign dishes. The foreign ingredients, like foreign foods, are pricey, so only eat those once a week or so if you want to stay on the sorts of budgets we are talking about here. Local Beer is 12k Dong ($0.50 USD) and local wine (bottle) is 80k Dong ($3.75 USD) in local stores. Add 20% to 30% if you buy your wine and beer in fancy supermarkets in the tourist zones.
Weather: High. Super Amazing! Nha Trang has a long dry season from January to August and a shorter rainy season from September to December. The city receives 41 inches (1029 millimeters) of rain during that period. Monsoons are not uncommon, though the city is largely shielded by the islands offshore. Average highs range seasonally from 80F/27C in January to 91F/33C in June. Average daily lows range seasonally from 70F/21C in January to 78F/26C in June. This is my favorite year-round weather in Vietnam.
Things to Do: High. This is a larger city with some cultural opportunities, like temples, traditional handicraft markets, and traditional Vietnamese folk music, clothing, and dancer. There are also three museums, Zen Monastery, art galleries, mud spas, waterfalls, sailing, and wave runners. There is a large community here interested in taking care of their bodies–Yoga, beach exercise, beach running, fishing, swimming, biking, and hiking. There are also a bunch of choices in spiritual pursuits.
Expats: High. There are about 2 different Facebook groups where Expats and locals teach each other where to find things they need in Nha Trang including food, restaurants, places to live, or social events. Facebook 1, Facebook 2. This is a great place to get any weird questions answered like … Do they have pet parakeet food in Nha Trang? Can I get sugar free peanut butter and jelly? Do you know a family doctor that speaks English or Chinese?
Real Estate: High. A 750 square foot 1 bedroom apartment is about 70 square meters. An apartment of that size sells for about 60 to 170 million Dong per square meter in Nha Trang central. So it sells for about $200,000 to $500,000 USD. If you buy far outside the city center, you could find it for 80% cheaper or more. Location, location, location. But I do not recommend buying in Vietnam. Just keep your place in your home country and rent it out. Live off the income. The rents are so low here it doesn’t make sense to buy. Look at the one-bedroom we rented for $450 USD per month including electricity, AC, water, wifi, and gas. Then when it is time to move to the next international hotspot, you just hand the keys back to the landlord. Numbeo Nha Trang.
Medical: Medium. Vietnamese used to travel to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, or Singapore for life-threatening diseases. But Vietnam has been getting better medically speaking. Many Expats are now staying in Vietnam t be treated for various medical conditions. I didn’t meet anyone in Nha Trang who had experienced any medical care here. So I would just ask around in the Expat pages to see if there are services available for your condition. See the Expats info above.
Visa Requirements: High. For Americans, Vietnam is the best place in SE Asia for Visa conditions. Americans living here just do border runs once a year. Many other nationalities just do border runs every three months. Plus, the paperwork is almost nonexistent and the fees are low. Facebook Page.
Pollution: Unknown. I couldn’t find any data on real-time air pollution but it felt seemed okay to me. I would guess better than Danang. More similar to Hoi An. But I couldn’t find any data to support my personal observations.
Safety: High. I felt really safe there. But I am 6ft, 175 pounds, in good shape. So I was wondering how it is perceived by others. According to these sources, Nha Trang is as safe as Denver Colorado, which I thought was really safe when I visited there.
Nha Trang Desirability Score: High. Nha Trang is still my favorite place in Vietnam for living and for retirement. We have three more stops before we leave Vietnam this time, so stay tuned to see if that changes. 🙂
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Nha Trang Cost of Living
|Airbnb/per month rate||$23.00||0||14||30|
|1 Br Apt w/lease||$15.00||0||12||0|
|Taxi/(Grab is 30% more)||$2.50||6||10||20|
This estimated cost of living for one month, for one person as a temporary visitor. It only includes rent, 2 meals per day, and local transportation. I usually have oatmeal for breakfast in my room, so I don’t count that. For a full understanding of what it would cost you to live here, visit Numbeo.com Nha Trang and add any items you spend money on.
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Best Area to Stay in Nha Trang
Here are a few suggestions:
Hostel: Location and ratings
Where we stayed the first week (See below Digital Nomads video): Clean, modern, 1 block to beach.
Beach Front: Feel like splurging? Check this one out.
1 Bedroom Apartment: Where we stayed for weeks 2 and 3. Just go to the front door and knock. That is how we found it. For interior video, see the first 2 minutes of our below video called, “Vietnam Apartment and Food Costs.”
Cheapest Flights and Trains to Nha Trang
We almost always get our cheapest flights on this Skyscanner. They have a web crawler that is constantly looking for the cheapest prices all over the world. We took the train from Da Nang to Nha Trang. Here is where you catch the train. We bought our train ticket right in the station the night before we left. We took the morning train which took 10 hours and cost 419k Dong per person, which is $18.20 per person, USD.
Must See Nha Trang Vietnam
Watch the above video to see the 9 must-see spots for Nha Trang. If the video looks fun, click ==>this link<== or the below Google Map and start walking. The descriptions of each stop are below.
Trầm Hương (Incense Tower): The Incense Tower is named after the most expensive wood which is used to make incense. It reminds me of a lotus flower. The lotus flower in Buddhism is a symbol of the beauty of enlightenment spring from human suffering.
Wet Market (Chợ Xóm Mới): This is a local wet market. If you live or retire cheap in Nha Trang, you will want to shop wet markets instead of grocery stores save the most money possible on groceries.
Cathedral of Christ the King: French missionaries brought Roman Catholic Catholicism to Nha Trang in 1886. This cathedral was built in the Gothic Revival style in 1928. Hopefully, you will get to t see the stained glass from the inside when you are here.
Long Son Pagoda: Long Son Pagoda was erected on a nearby hill in 1886 by a Buddhist monk that had been in the resistance against the French before joining the sangha. The Pagoda was moved here in 1900 after a large cyclone destroyed it. The temple was heavily damaged during the Vietnam War, so it has been restored several times over the years.
Walk Across the bridge:
Po Nagar: This 1400-year-old temple was created by the Champa Kingdom who ruled this area of Vietnam from about 200 AD. The Champa slowly lost territory and were absorbed by the Vietnamese Dynasties completely by the 19th century AD. The Champa reached its social apex in about 900 AD and slowly declined from there. Hinduism sharped the art and culture of the Cham people. As such, you will see temples similar to this all over Indonesia, India, and Cambodia.
Beautiful View: This is just a beautiful view of rocks on the coast.
Best Mud Bath in Nha Trang Vietnam (TẮM BÙN THÁP BÀ NHA TRANG)
If the above video looks fun, click ==>this link<== or the below Google Map and ride your scooter to the Mud Bath. The first stop on the tour is where you rent the scooter for 150k Dong for the day ($6.50 USD/Day).
Nha Trang Nightlife
This is a beautiful city and there is much more nightlife than this. This is just to get you started your first month or so.
If the above video looks fun, click ==>this link<== or the below Google Map and start walking. O
Crazy Kim: Go 4-8 PM for a happy hour.
Connection: Go next.
Beachside cocktails (Evening)
Sailing Club: Go next,
Louisiana Brewing: Go Next
Crazies (late night)
Guru Sports Bar: Go next, start dancing in your seat.
Why not Bar: Dance club, go last if at all.
Digital Nomads Nha Trang Life and Food Experiences
Here is the link to the restaurant map on Google. You can also use the Google links below.
Quán Cơm Chay Bồ Đề (Favorite Restaurant): $, 25-45k D, $1-2 USD, Vegan.
Restaurant Armenia: We never ate here but I mentioned it in the video, so here it is.
Hoan Hy Vegan Restaurant (Spring Rolls): $$, 130k D, $5.65
Hong Duc (Sliced Pork Pho): $, 35k D == $1.25 USD
Tuan’s Restaurant ($0.33 USD Beer): Okay food.
Marinelli (4 Cheese pasta): 800k Dong, $35 USD including bottle wine.
Squid Pancakes(Next door to the link): $, 40k Dong, $1.30 USD
Quán Bánh Canh – Bún Cá Hai Cá (Jelly Fish Pho)
Crab Balls Pho (just across the street from this link): $, 30k Dong, $1.30 USD.
Oyster Pancakes: 50k Dong, $2.30 USD
Vinmart Grocery Store (2nd floor of the mall): $$ This is a western-style grocery store.
Wet Market: Fruits, Vegetables, Meats: Clothes and household things also. 1 block from our favorite restaurant above.
Cheap Wine: Near 2nd apartment. The store next to Tuan’s Restaurant.
Scooter Rental: 150k Dong/Day, $6.50 USD/Day
Vagabond Buddha’s Kitchen: I was cooking one meal per day in our Airbnb and buying groceries at the above-listed grocery store and wet Market.
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Nha Trang Favorite Neighborhood
Nha Trang is one of my favorite places in Vietnam. If I moved to Nha Trang for a few months or a few years, I would not stay in the tourist area. I would stay in this neighborhood we found.
I just rather live near locals than tourists since the prices are cheaper and the traffic is not as hectic. Plus, the Vietnamese seem to be happier outside the tourist area. Just walk the streets on the below ==>Google Map<== and you will see my favorite neighborhood.
Nha Trang Facts and History
Here are some interesting facts about Nha Trang Vietnam.
I was last here in 2016. I was surprised by how many large beautiful hotels were built along the beach. There seems to be a much larger influx of tourists that there was before. You will hear languages from all over the world, but the major tourists seem to be Russian and Chinese.
But like it was back in 2016, the tourists seem to be centered around the big hotels near the beach. If you prefer more of a local feel (like I do), I recommend staying 200 meters north or south of the big hotels.
The Nha Trang economy is based mainly on tourism and secondarily on shipbuilding. The economy is also based upon fisheries with lobster farming being an important income for people living in the suburbs.
There is a large cable car system that links the mainland to Bamboo Island.
In more recent years, Nha Trang has become a stop for many large five-star sea cruises.
You can also stay in an upper-middle-class local neighborhood that I will define a show you video about above.
There are about 600,000 people living in Nha Trang, Vietnam now.
Tourists come here mainly for the beaches, scuba diving, snorkeling, cheap delicious food, and the pleasant attitude of the Vietnamese people.
Though the Champa Kingdom mostly controlled this area for hundreds of years from about 200 AD until the 19th century, the area remained quite sparsely populated by people. There were many animals living here and even tigers.
Starting in the early 20th century things began to develop fairly rapidly. By 1924, the French Indochina government had declared the growing Nha Trang urban center a townlet. Nha Trang was established by merging several ancient smaller villages of Xương Huân, Phương Câu, Vạn Thạnh, Phương Sài, and Phước Hải.
Nha Trang was established as the capital of Khanh Hoa Province by Paris.
In 1966, Nha Trang was established as an American Army Base.
In April of 1974, near the end of the Vietnam War, the Viet Cong captured Nha Trang from the Americans.
In March of 1977, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, then in control of all of Vietnam, upgraded Nha Trang to City status.
In March 1978, the provincial government founded Phước Đồng Commune under Nha Trang City.
Nha Trang is on a beautiful bay named by Travel and Leisure as one of the top 29 most beautiful bays in the world. There are a number of small islands just off the shore of Nha Trang that protect the city from violent storms.
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