Nha Trang is the original beach resort in Vietnam and over the past 15 years has grown beyond all imagination; a sprawling city has emerged that isn’t for everyone but what hasn’t changed is the huge golden sand beach which seems to go on forever.
We’ve passed through a number of times and checked in to some of the best resorts in town but we’ve also sampled some pretty good vegan street food including a truly wonderful vegan ‘banh mi’ (baguette) which is a must for any vegan traveller visiting Nha Trang.
Here’s our Vegan Guide to Nha Trang which tells you where to get the best vegan food when you visit.
Vegan banh mi in Nha Trang:
Ok, lets not mess around here, when you go to Nha Trang you MUST head straight to the ‘banh mi chay’ stall on Hung Vuong Street.
We were in Nha Trang previously and didn’t know about this gem of vegan goodness but having followed JoJo of ‘Vegan in Brighton’ on her travels through Vietnam we just knew we had to visit because , as she says, “I fell in love with this sandwich and ate it for every single meal until I left”.
It was good, really good; a delightful fresh baguette packed with a selection of mock meat, salad, picked vegetables, Vietnamese herbs and spicy dressing that hit the spot. During our short stay in town we honestly lost count of how many we ate but we were definitely well into double figures…
At 10,000 VND each (30 pence or 45 cents) they are a bargain and rival our previous favourite vegan banh mi found in Hoi An from the shop that Anthony Bourdain said made “the best sandwich in the world” which was also pretty damn fine!
Banh mi chay is situated opposite Mai Huy Hotel on Hung Vuong Street and is also listed on Happy Cow with a helpful map so you have no excuse not to visit (many times).
Vegan street food in Nha Trang:
As usual with our exploring we managed to find some decent street food that was suitable for vegans; this street cart (situated near the junction of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Hung Vuong) sells a cross between a fried pitta bread and a donut coated in sesame called ‘banh tieu’ – very tasty but certainly not a healthy option!
They are very similar to the ‘nom heng’ found in Cambodia that we included in our Vegan Cambodian Street Food Guide.
These are sold everywhere so keep your eyes peeled…
More vegan street food love was exclaimed when we found these badboys every evening from a small street seller situated on the corner of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu. They are steamed rice flour dumplings coated with freshly grated coconut and served with a peanut and sugar sprinkle – we have no idea what they are called but loved them!
Local market in Nha Trang:
Get up early and visit the local market to buy your fruit for the day; we headed to Cho Dam which is just North of the city centre and well worth exploring; you may need to haggle to get the best price but that’s all part of the fun!
Quan chay in Nha Trang:
One of the highlights of Vietnam are the local ‘quan chay’ restaurants and street stalls serving local vegetarian food that is mainly vegan; a delicious plate of rice or noodles with a variety of vegetables, tofu and mock meat will usually cost just 20,000 VND (60 pence or 90 cents).
We found a lovely quan chay stall next to Cho Dam market and enjoyed tasty vegan food including mock ‘fish’ cakes with vegetables and rice.
A little bit of vegan luxury in Nha Trang (lots of vegan luxury to be honest):
We love Six Senses Ninh Van Bay and are pretty sure you’ll love it too; situated on a rugged peninsula and only accessible by private boat this place is special, really special; if you want to treat yourself (and your budget stretches) check in for a few days of laid back luxury where you will get to sample beautifully presented and delicate dishes like this marinated tofu with vegetables.
Next door on the same peninsula is An Lam Villas which offers luxury accommodation in a selection of villas all with private pools; the food was creative and innovative including everything from traditional Vietnamese dishes ‘veganised’ to balanced and healthy salads like this pickled beetroot salad served with baby cress.
At the original Nha Trang beach resort, Evason Ana Mandara the menus have a number of vegan options including this delicious ‘bun chay’ noodle and tofu dish. Non guests are more than welcome to dine at the beautifully located ‘Beach House Kitchen’ where you can sample a variety of cuisines whilst soaking up the glorious views.
Opened in 2015 the superb Fusion Resort Nha Trang is the ‘new kid on the block’ and offers guests an unrivalled location with a choice of modern and superbly designed villas; the menu combines the wellness offerings in the spa with healthy vegan food and you won’t be disappointed if you try one of their delicious, healthy vegan dishes like this ‘Local Vegetable Garden’.
Situated a short taxi ride from the hustle and bustle of the city is Mia Resort Nha Trang; an ocean front resort with a very creative chef who can cater for vegan guests like no other by introducing Vietnamese flavours into a variety of cuisines, using his own unique fusion style. Let them know your coming and ask to sample this incredible looking and incredible tasting dessert with a carrot as the centrepiece.
So, that’s our vegan guide to Nha Trang covering simple street food to superb fine dining at the best resorts in town; feel free to share the vegan love and let us know if you have any vegan travel tips for Nha Trang as we’re sure to visit again at some stage!
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