Sea festival is a great excuse to explore Nha Trang

Posted by admin on June 13, 2011 under Vietnam Festivals, Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam beauty | Be the First to Comment

Nha Trang Sea Festival 2011 which will take place from Saturday to Wednesday is a great chance for tourists to admire the city’s stunning beaches and fascinating islands.

Saigontourist Travel Service Company and the Yasaka-Saigon-Nhatrang Hotel, under management of Saigontourist Holding Company, use this occasion to try to attract festival-goers with special events.

The four-star Yasaka Saigon Nhatrang Hotel, located in the center of the city, will hold a number of festival events that promise to leave guests with unforgettable memories.

There will be a parasol display before a doorshow featuring music and dancing at the hotel’s lobby from 6:30 p.m. from Friday to Wednesday.

The hotel will prepare Asian, Vietnamese and Western fare in the Beach Cuisine event which will be held from 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

There will also be a rock balancing competition and on Tuesday the hotel will join the Cyclo challenge and parade at April 2 Square and along Tran Phu and main streets of the city.

Meanwhile, Saigontourist will offer trips, including a five-day tour to Nha Trang-Dalat priced at VND3.2 million, departing on Sunday, a four-day tour to Hon Mun Island-Wonder Park priced at VND2.9 million,

departing on Saturday, a four-day tour to Nha Trang-Hoa Lan Stream-Doc Let Beach priced at VND2.5 million, departing on Sunday, a six-day tour to Phan Thiet-Nha Trang-Dalat priced at VND4.7 million and a five-day tour to Phan Thiet-Nha Trang priced at VND4.2 million both departing on Saturday.

Saigontourist Travel Service Company is located at 45 Le Thanh Ton Street, HCMC’s District 1.

The Yasaka Saigon Nhatrang Hotel is at 18 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province.

Other nha trang hotel information, you can visit the website http://Vietnamhotels.net

Many activities for sea festival in Nha Trang 2011

Posted by admin on May 10, 2011 under Vietnam Festivals, Vietnam Travel Info | Be the First to Comment

Khanh Hoa Province authorities have approved a program for the Sea Festival scheduled for June 11 to 15 in the tourism city of Nha Trang, including cultural activities, art performances, sports, and tourism promotion.

On June 2, or a fortnight before the official festival, several activities will be held to welcome the main event, including a fishing tour at night, a sea tour at night, a martial art performance on the seaside, an art picture market, and calligraphy exhibition. There will also be a display of Champa culture, a photo exhibition, a fair for high-quality Vietnamese goods, and music concert and comedy shows.

The main festival will feature a film week, Lu Cam porcelain exhibition, Champa pottery and brocade display, a street photo exhibition, fireworks displays, water-motorbike performance, a food court and a fashion show among others. According to the organizer, the topic on Truong Sa Archipelago will be highlighted during the festival.

France will participate in the festival with music performances, photography talks, and French language discussions.

On this occasion, the diving center Vinadive under Vietravel Nha Trang branch will organize underwater weddings for ten couples on June 15 at Nha Trang Beach to promote sea tourism in Nha Trang to domestic and foreign tourists.

See best hotels in nha trang at the website http://Vietnamhotels.net/.

(Source: SGT)

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay – Beauty and Wellness Package

Posted by admin on April 18, 2011 under Vietnam hotels | Be the First to Comment

Enjoy beauty and wellness at its best at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. Two days of spa and beauty treatments, healthy organic food with daily Yoga and Tai Chi. Perfect for quality weekend time for yourself and your beloved one.

Inclusions:

  • 2 night accommodation at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
  • Welcome drink
  • Welcome fruit basket
  • One sparkling wine upon arrival
  • Three organic meals per day
  • Three 60 minute spa/salon treatments
  • Morning Yoga or Tai Chi
  • Complimentary snorkeling & kayaking
  • Free WIFI
  • Round trip airport bus n boat transfers
Single
Occupancy
(USD)
Double
Occupancy
(USD)
Hill Top / Spa Suite Villa 1185 1490
Beach Pool Villa 1317 1622
Water/Rock Villa 1941 2246

*Rates are subject to 10% tax and 5% service charge

Validity:
1st May to June 30, 2011

Terms & Conditions:
Cancellation policy: Between 14-10 days prior to arrival will incur a 30% charge; 9 days to 5 days will incur 50% charge; 4days or no show will incur a 100% charge. Early check out or delayed check in will incur a 100% charge per the confirmed booking.

Top 10 romantic beach retreats

Posted by admin on March 30, 2011 under Vietnam Beaches, Vietnam Destinations, Vietnam attractions, Vietnam hotels | Be the First to Comment

Top 10 romantic beach retreats Sometimes all you need is the right setting of sun, sea and sand for love to simply blossom.

Boutique hotel collection Mr & Mrs Smith (www.mrandmrssmith.com) help you to find the romantic beach retreats to get you in the mood for passion.

1. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Set on a private peninsula that’s just a sexy speedboat ride from coastal town Nha Trang in south-central Vietnam, romantic boutique hotel Six Senses Ninh Van Bay offers luxury for lovers. Its 58 dreamy villas all feature seductive beds and bath tubs open to the outdoors, with private pools for cooling dips (choose between beach, spa or waterside settings). You can also dine alfresco by the bay, the pool or up on the rocks for serene sea views – or book a table for two in the atmospherically lit Wine Cave, perfect for popping the question. After quality pampering at the Six Senses Spa, make a date with a sunlounger on the secluded beach. REUTERS/Handout

2. Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel, Côte d’Azur, France

With design as glittering as the surrounding sea, chic Côte d’Azur retreat Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel in the south of France is all about Gallic glamour. Once a beachside club for the jet-set, including film stars Sofia Loren and Cary Grant, this heavenly hotel has its own beach for sandy sojourns. With just 27 rooms, it’s intimate, too; Deluxe Room 208 has dazzling views, but Room 201 has a fabulous fish mural. Even the restaurant is named Les Pecheurs (The Fishermen) after the maritime setting. Dine here for gastronomic gravitas, or casual beachside Le Cap serves up pasta, fish and local dishes by the waves. Bring this season’s swimwear for poolside posing.

3. Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

For a romantic hotel on the Great Barrier Reef, look no further than Australian boutique retreat Lizard Island, a short flight from Cairns off the Far North Queensland coast. With just 40 secluded rooms and 24 ivory-white beaches to choose from, you’re likely to have a seductive cove of sand all to yourself for that picnic by the waves. Swim off the beach, take a kayak or boat out, or go snorkeling or diving at famous Cod Hole on the outer reef with turtles and rays for company. Back at base camp, enjoy a hot-stone massage at Azure Spa, then dine on fresh fish and seafood at airy Osprey’s restaurant. This idyllic island has honeymoon written all over it. REUTERS/Handout

4. The Datai, Langkawi, Malaysia

Set on beach-blessed Langkawi Island, a back-to-nature getaway off Malaysia’s northwest coast, the Datai occupies a dramatic perch between pure white-sand beaches and verdant rainforest. Famed for its opulence, this beachfront luxury hotel attracts the great and the glam, with 112 wood-crafted rooms, including standalone villas in jungle pockets. The striking main pool boasts beach views, and is for adults only, so you can relax in peace. Alternatively, take a couple’s cooking class, enjoy a spa or yoga session, or go on a guided nature walk (look out for monkeys and eagles). With delicious Malaysian and Thai dishes up for grabs, as well as a beach club restaurant, dining is an affair in itself. REUTERS/Handout

5. Masseria Torre Coccaro, Puglia, Italy

A fortified farmhouse set amid sea-scented olive groves, Masseria Torre Coccaro boutique hotel in Puglia offers refined romance on Italy’s Adriatic shores. Located between Brindisi and Bari on the country’s south-east coast, its 37 stone-walled rooms are exquisitely decorated with linen bedding, silky sofas, baroque mirrors and antique furniture. Chill out in a poolside hammock, warm up in the Turkish baths or treat yourself in the Aveda spa. For nautical romance, commandeer Masseria’s private 14-meter yacht, then relax at the beach club restaurant. The hotel also runs a horse riding center, if you fancy a trot along the sand. REUTERS/Handout

6. Zeavola, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

One of the only boutique hotels on the intimate twin islands of Koh Phi Phi, Zeavola resort is a sandy seaside hamlet of traditional Thai huts blending relaxed rusticity with mod-con indulgence. An affordable spot to savour beautiful shores, it offers 52 freestanding villas (beachfront ones are the most romantic – plump for number 51, nearest the sea). Inside, net-draped beds, teak surfaces and Thai furniture keep things simple. When you’ve overdosed on swimming and sunbathing, learn to dive at the PADI center or take a speedboat trip around the islands, then settle in at Tecada beach bar and restaurant for some serious sunset-scoping. REUTERS/Handout



7. Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, Sagres, Portugal

Set at Sagres on the wild south-west coast of Portugal’s Algarve, Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel is beloved by beachcombers, with an inviting stretch of sand and a national park for neighbors. Natural materials rule in the 38 rooms, from cork to timber, wicker and stone, ensuring ocean views remain the star of the show. The Beach Rooms are the most private, with sea vistas from airy balconies. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outdoors in at O Terraço restaurant, too, where sea urchin roe with scrambled egg is a must. Distractions include tennis courts, a sports club, pools, watersports, a spa, sauna and steam rooms, but strolling along the seductive beaches at Sagres’ fishing port takes some beating. REUTERS/Handout

8. Cocoa Island, Maldives, Indian Ocean

To rev up the romance, escape to serene sanctuary Cocoa Island, a cluster of 33 suites and villas set over the Indian Ocean in the Maldives. A hit with honeymooning couples and lovers of pristine diving, it’s the stuff of faraway island fantasies. All rooms are individual at-sea dwellings sited off a snaking wooden pier, with private sun-decks, walk-in showers, roll-top baths and vintage-style ceiling fans. Resembling Keralan boathouses, they promise over-water views, soothing white interiors and teak flooring for laid-back romance. Scuba diving and snorkeling on the reef are mind-blowing, or just explore the holistic Como Shambhala Spa. Cocktails at poolside bar Faru beckon for re-intoxicating after. REUTERS/Handout



9. Shore Club Miami, Miami, United States
Miami meets Marrakech at Shore Club Miami, a stylish 309-room retreat in the heart of South Beach. This art deco hotel is a hedonistic playground for grown-ups by day or night, with a sexy retro lobby, sprawling lawns, the slinky Skybar and a branch of acclaimed Japanese restaurant Nobu. The party people may flock here, but it’s a romantic spot, too. Bag a sleek white room with a balcony sea view, loaded with hi-tech treats, then head down to the steamy hot tub and two elevated infinity-edge pools, fringed by decadent cushion-strewn day-beds. Luxurious, tropical and right by the beach. You’ve so arrived…REUTERS/Handout

10. Alila Villas Soori, Bali, Indonesia

Strung along Bali’s south-west coast between black-sand beaches and jade-green rice paddies, just-remote-enough Indonesian retreat Alila Villas Soori is seriously seductive. All 48 of its pool villas are sublime, minimal havens with ocean views, but book a second-storey Ocean Pool Villa for a blue bonus: a sea-view bath tub. After lazing by the beach or 25-meter infinity pool, enjoy a slumber-inducing Balinese massage at Spa Alila. Surfing, horse-riding and cycling are all on offer, or ask the Leisure Concierge to hook you up with bespoke visits to local food markets, artisans or romantic temples. Just steps off Kelating Beach, the resort’s casual restaurant Coast grills fresh seafood over charcoal or clink glasses at more formal restaurant Cotta. REUTERS/Handout

Source: Reuters

Doc let – Unspoiled beaches

Posted by admin on February 10, 2011 under Vietnam Beaches, Vietnam Destinations, Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam attractions, Vietnam beauty | Be the First to Comment

Gone are the days when Nha Trang was a sleepy little beach town. In the last decade, this central coastal town has developed into an international tourist destination, complete with the hustle of trade and bustle of tourists.

But if you’re truly looking to get away from the resorts in  Nha Trang, head out 45 kilometres to the charming Doc Let Beach.

Doc Let, or Doc Lech, literally means “a hill one needs to crawl over.” Indeed, we had to crawl up the white sand dunes lining the beach before we could see the aquamarine waters.

Doc Let stretches over 10 kilometres and is largely undeveloped. On our drive up the coastal road, we found few hotels and restaurants.

Doc Let has the shallowest waters in all of Khanh Hoa Province. Along most of the beach, the sea is only half a meter deep even 100 meters from the beach. The crystal blue waters beckon even those who can’t swim, and time passes quickly as one luxuriates in the warm, tropical waters.

While most parts of Doc Let are free from tourist traps, a small stretch has been developed into the Doc Let Tourist Park. Fresh seafood stalls serve crabs, snails, clams, and squids under the shade of the casuarina trees dotting the beach.

HOW TO GET THERE
- Doc Let Beach is located in Ninh Hai Commune, Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province.

- To get to the beach from Nha Trang, take National Highway 1A heading north. About a kilometre after passing Ninh Hoa Town, turn right onto a small road. Continue for another 14 kilometres to reach Doc Let.

Water spinach grows wild along the seashore at the Cat Trang (White Sand) Tourist Park, forming a green carpet adorned with violet flowers.

When the tide is low, crabs scuttle hurriedly across the beach, barely visible against the white sands. I tried hard to get close enough to get a picture, but the crabs are wary of humans, and disappear into their sandy homes in seconds.

If lazing around is not enough, get into some action with water sports. Boats and jet skis are available at the beach for VND150,000-250,000 (US$8-13) for 30 minutes.

For a breathtaking view of the waters, head for the skies. Parasailing costs VND450,000 for 15 minutes.

In the summer, Doc Let is surrounded by the Hon Khoi salt fields. Mountains of salt make for a unique landscape.

At a village near Hon Khoi Port, fishermen use round boats or coracles to go fishing every morning.

Doc Let Beach is near the famous Van Phong Bay, which is being developed as a tourist destination. There are a range of hotels and resorts near the bay as well as entertainment activities.

Source: Thanh Nien

Nha trang, vietnam

Posted by admin on January 21, 2011 under Vietnam Beaches, Vietnam Destinations, Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam attractions, Vietnam beauty, Vietnam hotels | Read the First Comment

Nha trang, a must-visit sandy beach city in Vietnam, has plenty of marvelous beauty spots namely Nha trang bay, Ponagar Tower, or delicious seafood, wide range of sports facilities, entertainment venues and nightlife and big volume of luxury resorts and hotels where you can get the most of relaxation and romance. If Vietnam is often described as a charming and friendly girl, Nha trang should be a charming part of the girl but still modern that no man on earth cannot stop keeping an eye on.  One American uttered out “Seems we have stumbled upon paradise, haven’t we?

Nha trang beach

Getting around

Being recognized as one of 29 most beautiful bays in the world, Nha trang Bay consists of 19 islands including Mieu Island (or Bồng Nguyên Island), Mun Island (Hòn Mun), Tam Island (Hòn Tằm), Tre Island (the largest one), Yen Island (Đảo Yến – famous for Yến Sào, a specialty made from salangane’s nests).

With the help of a cyclo ride around Nha trang, you meet Charm tower, Nha Trang Cathedral (Nhà Thờ Núi), Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography, Long Son Pagoda, Dam Market. Ponagar Tower (or Tháp Bà) reflects almost Cham people’s artistic and religious aspects.

Along streets and beaches, tourists can taste multiform dishes in this region. Among those, you should try Nem Ninh Hoa (Ninh Hoa’s pork roll), Nha Trang Vermicelli and Yến Sào.

Most distinguished great-view street in the city, Tran Phu street, is lined along beachside with top Nha trang hotel including The light hotel nha trang,nha trang lodge hotel , Evason Ana Mandara Resort, etc.

Do not just mention Nha trang as beach activities of snorkeling, scuba diving, cruising, here often hosts Miss Beauty contests (exactly, Vinpearl Land resort). So, Nha Trang can be considered among the major stop-offs on your traveling route.

Getting there

You can travel to Nha trang by road, air and train so conveniently.

Road: The National Highway 1A and the railway from north to south run through Khanh Hoa Province, linking it with the other provinces in the North and South. The National Highway 26 links Nha Trang to some provinces in the Central Highland. Nha Trang is 104km from Phan Rang, 190km from Buon Ma Thuot, 205km from Dalat, 235km from Quy Nhon, 250 km from Mui Ne, 448km from Ho Chi Minh City, 523 km from Danang and 1,278km from Hanoi. By road, you can transfer to Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa) by bus, minibus, car or taxi and even motorbike.

-          Bus: There are connections with Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Vinh, Pleiku… Minibus for Hoi An, Hue, and Dalat… Most open tour buses arrive from Ho Chi Minh City in the south (10-12 hours) and Hoi An to the north (10 hours).

-          By car: Private car rental with a driver are usually modern air-con cars and can be rented for ~1,000,000 VND per day. Car rental prices (as mostly anything in Vietnam) usually increase during holiday seasons especially around Tet (Vietnamese’s New Year). Make sure to avoid high prices by booking it beforehand with the car rental services.

Air: Cam Ranh Airport is 35km south of Nha Trang has daily flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang to this city.

Train: There are daily trains between Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang. It takes the train between 6-8 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang.

Promotional programme at Luxury hotels

Posted by admin on January 17, 2011 under Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam hotels | Be the First to Comment

According to the Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Khanh Hoa Province announced: “A promotional programme was kicked off by a series of luxury hotels, accordingly, customers will be granted a 10 – 50% discount of the piece of room.”

The programme aims to reach the target of attracting 1,76 million tourists and gaining the total revenue of VND1,750 billion in 2010.

Hotels registered to take part in this program include: the four-star Yasaka-Saigon-Nha Trang hotel, five-star Evason Ana Mandara Hotel, five-star Sunrise Nha Trang hotel, Vinpearl Land Resort & Spa, Lodge hotel, etc.

Floating fish farms in Nha Trang

Posted by admin on November 29, 2010 under Vietnam beauty | Be the First to Comment

Nha Trang is known for its beautiful beaches, islands, resorts and water sports, but if you want to get a feel for local life you can take a short boat ride to visit a family on a floating fish farm.

Tri Nguyen Village Floating fish farms Nha trang

See for yourself how the families raise fish at the floating houses, and buy fresh fish at a good price.

The fish are bred in cages suspended under the floating houses on the sea. The farmers sort their stock by size into different cages and feed them anchovies and feed from the city’s markets.

The farmers, mostly men, are a relaxed bunch, listening to music, drinking beer and presenting visitors with fish so fresh they’ll slither out of your hands. They are always open to questions.

Source: thesaigontimes.vn

Five Vietnamese hotels, resorts selected as Asia’s finest

Posted by admin on November 10, 2010 under Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam hotels | Be the First to Comment

Condé Nast Traveler, one of the world’s most distinguished travel magazines, has elevated five Vietnamese hotels and resorts to top spots in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa in the central beach town of Nha Trang, Life Heritage Resort Hoi An and The Nam Hai (both in the historic town of Hoi An) took spots in the magazine’s top-20 list of the Best Resorts in Asia.

The 2010 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards ranked Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa 8th, followed up by Life Heritage Resort Hoi An while The Nam Hai took the 20th position.

The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in the capital city and the Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City each won top spots in the survey’s top 100 hotels in Asia, listing as 31st and 42nd respectively.

While readers voted three Vietnamese resorts onto the list, they also sang praises for five Balinese and five Thai resorts, respectively.

“Both Bali and Thailand have tremendous reputations as resort destinations,” said John Blanco, the new General Manager at The Nam Hai. “So for Vietnam to make this kind of impression on readers of such a distinguished travel magazine is remarkable indeed.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards polled 25,916 readers who rated resorts and hotels across five categories: food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service.

A special Khanh Hoa offering

Posted by admin on October 29, 2010 under Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam hotels | Read the First Comment

Undulating white sand dunes all along the beautiful Doc Let Beach have made it a favorite in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

Visitors often choose to stay at highly popular Doc Let Resort, but winning the hearts and minds of increasing numbers of tourists in recent years is the White Sand Doc Let Resort & Spa, which opened in 2004.

Covering 12 hectares, the resort houses 54 bungalows with balconies opening to the sea, allowing you to sunbathe during the day, and watch the moon at night, not to mention the unforgettable early morning sunrise.

An added attraction at the resort is that it is virtually a botanical garden with many different kinds of trees and flowers. And willing to talk with you extensively about the flowers, from roses to daisies to orchids, are the resort’s owners – Chau Thi Thanh Truc and her husband, Hoang Van Hien. Both spend a lot of time taking care of the flowers and trees to make the resort an ideal destination for those who want to learn about the flora.

GETTING THERE
From downtown Nha Trang, head north to Ninh Hoa District. At the 35th kilometer milestone, turn right to Doc Let. Another 10 kilometers and you are at the White Sand Doclet Resort & Spa.

Address: Dong Cat Hamlet, Ninh Hai Commune, Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province

The absence of artificial decorations along the resort’s beach spanning more than a kilometer makes it a fond spot. The beach is decorated perfectly naturally and beautifully by the purple color of morning glory flowers (Ipomoea pescaprae) that grow wild at several spots.

As the sea is shallow – the water only reaches your head more than a 100 meters from the coast – even those who can’t swim can have a relaxing, fun time. When the tide is low, the sight of thousands upon thousands of sand crabs running across the beach is one of the special images that White Sand offers.

The resort also makes space for a seafood market where tourists can buy crabs, prawns and other items and then ask the sellers or the resort’s chefs to cook them. It is recommended that the seafood is steamed or grilled and eaten with pepper salt.

Tourists can rest assured that they are not paying exorbitant prices, because outside sellers are allowed to join the market for free on condition that they sell fresh food and at market prices.

The resort also has a spa, a bar with pool tables and a range of water sports for those looking for outdoor excitement.

(Reported by Khue Viet Truong, Thanhniennews.com)