Nha Trang Warnings and Dangers
Nha Trang, Vietnam is a southern city over looking the beautiful Nha Trang Bay. Despite its beautiful scenery, beachfront, and culture, there are countless stories of robbery, scams, and even kidnapping. As one traveler reports, “I heard nasty stories from robberies to belongings going missing from hotel rooms and prostitution…Be more careful when are you in this place.” That said, pretty much every wonderful place on earth has undesirable aspects and most of the danger in this city involves falling for scams. Be smart and stay safe.
Apparently, Nha Trang has a serious cab driver problem. The drivers seem to be out of control, like in most large cities. A very important tip repeated by many seasoned travelers is to definitely not take the taxis from the train station as you will be charged literally five times the average fare. “Just walk down a few blocks and catch a taxi on the street. Don’t negotiate any price, just point to the meter and tell them to turn it on,” words of advice while another family claims they were appalled by the cab drivers’ dangerous driving. That isn’t just one company either, but every single one, with complaints including obsessive honking, driving towards pedestrians purposefully, and refusing to give the change owed after a fare.
Most of the time swimming is perfectly safe along the coast of this lovely city, with surrounding mountains to contrast the flatness of the ocean. However, many beach goers, swimmers, and scuba pros report that from mid December to mid January a dangerous undertow exists that is not mentioned nearly enough by the locals. Another dangerous aspect is the lack of attentive life guards. This deadly combination has claimed lives.
Scams and Scammers
There are countless scams underway in Nha Trang Vietnam right now, being carried out by adults and children alike. There are so many reports, it is impossible to mention them all here. Basically, don’t give anyone your money, don’t leave your valuables anywhere (even in your locked hotel room), and don’t trust anyone acting as a self appointed “tour guide”.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Nha Trang.