Nha Trang is one of the most important tourist hubs of Vietnam, thanks to its beautiful beaches with fine, clean sands, clear ocean water, and mild temperatures year-round. Besides long stretches of sand lapped by crystal clear waters, it is dotted with many islands; each with its own distinct character. The turquoise waters play host to teeming marine life, and snorkeling and scuba diving are perennial favorites. It is well known for its pristine beaches and excellent scuba diving and is fast becoming a popular destination for international tourists, attracting large numbers of backpackers as well as more affluent travelers on the Southeast Asia circuit. This beach town also features a vibrant nightlife.