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Monthly Newsletter Nha Trang

 

HAPPENINGS IN NHA TRANG NOVEMBER 2017

Nha Trang is now officially in the rainy season and you can expect to see some rain, hopefully not to much. We will still have many sunny days and and average temp will be around 26/28c. Still plenty to do rain or not.

Many hew hotels and resorts are opening up in and around Nha Trang and they often have opening specials that are not offered on the internet. Contact My or Ha in the office to see what is available.

Nha Trang now has an astromical observatory situated in Hom Chong near the univercity. It is a five story building with a 9 meter wide dome. The telescope is the biggest and most modern in Vietnam.

The Yersin museum has recently under gone a refurbishment and all exhibits are in English, Vietnamese and French. It is situated in the middle of Tran Phu street and you can visit before or after your beach time. Takes about 45 mins to go around and it is air-con. Vou should find it very interesting.

Two new modern trains are now running from Saigon to Nha Trang. The SNT1 and SNT2. Price approx $20. Trains also stop at Di An, Bien Hoa and Thap Cham. There is also a new train running daily from Nha Trang to Hue.

We now have permission to take foreigners to the islands of Diep Son. It is a scenic costal drive north of Nha trang and takes approx 90 mins. Here we have 3 islands. From the main island you can walk along sandbars to the othere two. Enjoy a trully fresh Vietnamese seafood lunch on the beach. Enjoyable snorkeling and kayaking can be done there.

The well known Suspa and Lotus spa has good specials on this month. Ask My or ha for more details. They are both in the main tourist area.

A butterfly garden and breeding center has just been set up on the island of Hoa Lan ( orchid stream ) Covering 1,200sq m in a natural environment. There are over 1,000 butterflies there at the moment.

You can now fly direct from Nha Trang ( CXR ) to Hong Kong, KL, China, Russia and soon Cambodia. Contact My or Ha in the office for times.

The 5 star Hon Tam island resort is offering special day tours to the island and it is only a 15 min boat ride. It has one of the nicest beaches in Nha Trang with games for the kids. Ask Ha or My in the office for more details. They have also just opened there new villas on the beach.

Vietnam airlines is now flying from Nha Trang to Vinh,Hue,Hai phong and Can Tho specials are on until the end of the month. This cuts down traveling time to the north and Mekong Delta.

The well know I-Resort and mud baths has just opened a water park featuring 4 swimming pools many water slides and water games for the kids. Great place for families with small or big kids. It also has a large restaurant. Open daily, ask Ha or My in the office to arrange transport for you.

An ultra modern karaoke bar has  opened at the new Liberty Central hotel in the middle of the tourist area. Well decorated rooms with the latest sound and lighting equipment. You can enjoy cocktails, wine and snacks. They also have a rooftop bar which has live music.

The recently opened Skylight bar at the 5 star Havana hotel ( Tran Phu street ) is well worth a visit while in Nha Trang. Situated 45 floors above ground level it has a 360 degree view of the bay and city, made even easier to see using the telescopes. Open day and night. You can enjoy tapas around the pool by the day and in the evening enjoy cocktails while listening to the DJ. Entrance fee is 100,000VND and includes a free drink. Good place to watch the Sea and Sun festival in June.

 

Sea walking along the sea bed is now available in Nha Trang at Hon Tam island. All the equipment is imported and of high quality. You are at a depth of about 5 meters and walk along side  the coral and stop to explore a ship wreck sunk 20yrs ago in a storm. Many sea animals have made there homes  in there and it is quite interesting. You are accompanied by a qualified diver.Contact My or Ha in the office for bookings.

 

Many tourist do not know about the vast salt fields north of Nha Trang. This is a very cultural and scenic experience and is best visited very early in the morning, temperatures can get as high as 40c mid day. Local women work the fields in harsh conditions but they always have a smile on there faces and are very friendly. They are more than willing to explain to you how the whole process works and are happy to have photos taken. If you have a spare half day it is well worth a visit. This is seasonal.

We are now doing " Adventure Tours " up to Dalat. They can include dry and wet abseiling, 15 to 25 meters.5m water slide into the waterfall. 4m to 11m jump into the waterfall. You can also do mountain biking tours from 1 to 6 days. Tours are custom made and have to be booked in advance. 

Nha Trang now has its own water puppet theater. Situated at the convention center, 46 Tran Phu Street. It has day and night shows.

Tai Chi private lessons are now available early morning or evening on the main beach area or in the grounds of your hotel..

More and more people are choosing to travel by private car or mini bus from Nha Trang to there next destination. If there are 4 or more of you this is not so expensive plus you can stop where and when you want along the way. Booking can be made a day before your trip. My or Ha can help you plan your trip.

Nha Trang Hash House Harriers has a fun walk / run every Sunday at 3pm. It leaves from Crazy Kim's in Biet Thu street. Hash caters to everyone from moderately fit walkers to serious runners and being non competitive is aimed at purely having fun. It's a great way to meet locals and fellow travelers.

You can now go out night fishing for squid with experienced local fishermen. This trip has to be booked in advance and is seasonal.

Some of the most popular and interesting things to do in Nha Trang are: 4 island day trip. scuba diving, Vietnamese cooking classes, a visit to Vinpearl Land, day out at Bai Dai beach, or a visit to the mud baths. Speak to My or Ha in the office to arrange an enjoyable day out for the whole family.

There are 2 new multi- screen cinemas in Nha Trang, showing the latest movies in English with Vietnamese sub titles. Lotte Cinema is at the maximark shopping center, 60 Thai Nguyen Street. Cineplex cinema is at the Nha Trang shopping center, 20 Tran Phu street ( beach road )

An unique simple dinning experience can be had at the nightly night market, located by the side of the cultural center, 46 Tran Phu Street ( Beach Road ) It's a pedestrian free zone with 50 stalls. Many food delicacies can be had there including, banh canh and bun ca. Open from 6pm nightly and a short walk from most of the popular hotels. Just ask your hotel receptionist for directions.

With wedding ceremonies becoming very popular in Nha Trang we now have the services of the well know Australian celebrant Gail Hughes. Gail will conduct the ceremony at any venue in and around Nha Trang but the most popular is a beachfront ceremony. Just let us know your date and we will take care of everything. We also have the services of an experienced wedding planner to help you arrange anything special www.weddingsinvietnam.com.

Vinpearl has just opened there 18 hole golf course on the eastern part of the island, overlooking the sea. The course covers 182 hectares and has over 200 new villas planned.There is a large swimming pool and tennis courts. Diamond bay has also opened 9 holes and I'm told there are some very challenging water features.

Many people ask us how do you get to Nha Trang from Saigon.Below are 4 ways.

Bus it,cheapest but longest.Buses leave in the morning and evening.Cost $10 for a sleeper berth and takes approx 9hrs.

Train leaves 4 times a day,the night train being the most popular.You can also travel on the golden train(deluxe)Takes approx 8hrs. Costs vary depending on berths required.Starts from $18

Plane,quickest and easiest.Presently there are 8 flights a day.Flying time approx 45mins.Depending on the season and availability costs approx $39 Book early for the best prices.

Private car/driver is another option if there are a few of you traveling together. Takes approx 9 hrs but you can stop where and when you want along the way. It's always nice to stop in Mui ne for lunch.Costs $210 for a seven seat air-con van,and $175 for a 5 seat. We expect prices to go up in the near future..

For any guests with children we have the services of an English speaking babysitter. Please just ask Ha or My about this service when booking tours or trips.

RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH

Goes to Lac Canh. This has always been a very popular restaurant with the Vietnamese and for good reason. Well priced food and drinks with excellent service. There specialty being marinated beef and calamari cooked over a barbecue at your table. A 15min taxi ride north out of the tourist are gets you there. Address is 44 Nguyen Binh Khiem St, ph 058 3821391

RENTALS

We are getting increasing requests for house and apartment rentals.With that in mind we now have a few selected house/apartments for medium/long-term-rent.We have looked at these properties and they are good standard "western style". You will deal directly with the owner/landlord.We do hope that if you are in town long-term you will use us as your preferred travel agent:-)Prices start from $350 per month and some are very close to the beach.

We can also rent you a fully serviced apartment with kitchen facilities for short term. These apartments are modern European style and not expensive. Three different styles to choose from.

 RIVER CRUISING

We have recently purchased a river cruising boat, max 12 pax. We cruise up and down the Cai river. You can put together your own itinerary from fishing, jet-ski, swimming or Vietnamese barbecue on the island. You can cruise up the river to the mud baths, 100 year old Chinese house or visit the boatyard where they make the wooden fishing boats that you see all along the coast. Catch a fish and we'll barbecue it for you.There are also many riverside restaurants to stop at.

You are provided with a captain and English speaking guide. Prices start from $16 per person.

AIRLINE NEWS

We can arrange a private car or mini bus to and from the airport,much cheaper than hotel service.

A new terminal building will open soon to cater for the new flights. Check with My or Ha about new routes and flights as they are happening monthly.

VietJet, a new domestic airline, now flies  daily  to Nha Trang. Specials are available when booking in advance. Jetstar has also just started new flights from HCMC to Nha Trang.

There is a new international flight from Nha Trang to Moscow. 

You can now fly direct to mainland China or Hong Kong and KL.

We now have 4 flights a day to and from Saigon with Vietnam Airlines.There is now a new route from Dalat to Danang, 3 times a week. Just drop us an e-mail for the updated schedule.Prices are expected to rise soon, if you know your dates book now.

 

 

 

 HOT DEAL

Nhat Thanh -New 3 star hotel in the center, near Dam Market shopping-center, 5 minutes  to the beach. From $29 per room for 2 people includes buffet breakfast and swimming pool.