Friday, 17 July 2015

Nha Trang

After an incredible time in Hoi An we jumped on a Vietnam Airlines flight, which took just over an hour and cost £70 down to Nha Trang. We then grabbed a taxi, which was a set fare of 300,000 VND on the way and 350,000 VND on the return for the 40 mins journey. Do negotiate a fixed rate as the meter was significantly more pricey!

Our hotel of choice for our three night stay was The InterContinental Nha Trang and what a treat this was! We upgraded ourselves to the club room, which meant we were whisked up to the 18th floor for check in. As we arrived early we were then offered breakfast as well! Our room was ready right away so we dumped our things and headed straight for the beach!

The rooms here are large. There is a huge rain forest shower and big soaking bath tub as well as a giant sink area and lots of mirrors. The toilet is separate. There is a massive super king size bed and seating area as well as a balcony with sea view and furniture to relax on. There are robes and slippers and the laundry service is quick but not as cheap as other places in Vietnam!

The beach area here is incredible and we enjoyed our time on the white sand and by the crystal sea so much we actually spent all four days lying in a comatose state on the super comfy loungers under over sized umbrellas with an abundance of towels. The guys running the beach area were incredibly sweet and offered a reasonable selection of food and drinks. They also had security helping you to cross the road from the hotel, which was a nice touch.

The highlight for us here were the club benefits. The room was light and airy with a balcony over looking the sea. Breakfast was served a la carte and complemented by a small buffet of fruits, meats, cheeses and pastries. We had waffles with chocolate sauce, pancakes with maple syrup, scrambled eggs to accompany baked beans, bacon, sausages and hash browns as well as tried the incredibly sweet ice cold Vietnamese coffee.

Afternoon tea was a variety of mini cakes and sandwiches such as mini ham and cheese toasties and smoked salmon bagels, macaroons, chocolate tortes and the best part was the fresh coconut juice.

Cocktail hour was a real treat. After a freshening shower each evening we were invited to the club room from 5:30pm-7:30pm for unlimited beer, wine, prosecco and spirits. Along with meats, cheeses, fruit, cakes, hot and cold canapes. Examples include seafood spring rolls, mini burgers, mini fish pies, seafood salads, meatballs, prawn cocktails, tomato and mozzarella skewers, melon and ham skewers, little pies and chicken wings. The choice was large and was constantly topped up. So much so this ended up being our dinner on all three evenings.

After cocktail hour we would simply go for a wander around the vibrant town and check out the various night markets. The city was crazy busy and full of traffic, locals and tourists, eating, partying and wandering but the atmosphere was buzzing and we really enjoyed being a part of it. Nha Trang is vastly different to Hoi An and I couldn't say for sure, which I preferred. I definitely think it's worth checking out both areas on your trip to central Vietnam.