Ask anyone who’s been to Nha Trang to tell you what’s there and they’ll probably reel off the following — beach, seafood, oysters, and nightlife. There’s a good chance these days they’ll say Chinese and Russians, too, such is Nha Trang’s status as a hot destination for those markets.
But beyond the attractions of swimming, eating and drinking, which are both great reasons to go on a holiday by the way, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal else to do. Or is there?
Back in 2015, we visited a venue in Nha Trang that we predicted would become a game changer and would transform nightlife in the seaside holiday city forever. That venue was Skylight’s Rooftop Beach Club, located on top of the 45-floor Havana Hotel, right in the middle of the Tran Phu strip along the beach.
Since that visit, Skylight’s Rooftop Beach Club has achieved our predictions and more, becoming the hottest nightlife ticket in town, and it’s easy to see why. You’re on a rooftop, looking out at the ocean, sipping on a cocktail, moving to a DJ, and mingling with a lot of beautiful people on holiday. What could be better than that?
Well, Skylight the attraction can better that. Skylight is actually more than just a nightclub. It has a 360-degree sky deck (with the world’s highest lighthouse) that’s open from 8am daily and offers visitors to Nha Trang something that other venues here can’t match — uninterrupted views over the city and beyond.
As its name suggests, the sky deck offers 360-degree views of the bay, the city, and the mountains, and with Nha Trang enjoying on average over 300 days a year of sunshine, this is the perfect venue to see what a typical Vietnamese city looks like from above. And it has to be said, Nha Trang Bay is one of the more beautiful bodies of water you’ll see in Vietnam.
Until Skylight opened two years ago, tourists typically only saw Nha Trang from the ground or in the back of a taxi as they arrived or departed the city.
Skylight’s co-owner, TK Nguyen, has been part of the force behind getting Skylight to where it is today, but he says there’s still much more to achieve.
“We’d like to be seen more as a must-see destination in Nha Trang,” he says. “We’re more than just a bar, we’re a destination. It doesn’t matter who you are. Just come eat, drink, play and relax!”
For the more adventurous, Skylight also has a platform made of glass located on a lower floor that juts out off the side of the building and allows you to safely (albeit tentatively) walk out onto and look down at life on the streets 43 floors below. It’s an unnerving feeling, but it’s just another of the attractions Skylight has incorporated into its entertainment complex.
The 360-degree sky deck and skywalk are open daily from 8am until 2pm. Tickets cost VND50,000 but if you’d rather wait until the late afternoon or early evening to catch the glittering view of Nha Trang as the city lights up, the 360-degree sky deck reopens from 4.30pm and costs VND130,000 which includes one free drink until 8.30pm.
After 8.30pm, the price of a ticket rises to VND150,000 while Friday through to Sunday, tickets are VND150,000 from 4.30pm until midnight.
Restaurant & Poolside Bar
Skylight also has an impressive restaurant and pool bar on the same level as its Rooftop Beach Club. The restaurant serves up international Asian fusion cuisine for dinner and is open daily from 5pm until 10.30pm.
There is perhaps nothing like the dining experience in Nha Trang offered by the one at Chef’s Club restaurant on the 43rd floor. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow for spectacular views over the city and the bay, while inside it’s designed like a tropical oasis and its lighting gives it a whimsical feel without being over the top.
After dinner, guests are encouraged to head to the poolside bar outside where they can sip cocktails for the rest of the evening in a relaxing atmosphere under the stars and contemplate whether to hit the dance floor or not back in the Rooftop Beach Club.
“It’s a dynamic place for everyone with the pool deck, the Chef’s Club and the outdoor rooftop beach club,” explains TK. “It’s a place where people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to come and enjoy.”
Indeed it is. And our prediction this time round? There’s no reason why Skylight can’t become the premier attraction in Nha Trang as this dynamic holiday destination continues to grow.
The sky’s the limit.