Nha Trang is different from any other place I’d been to so far. It almost feels western, in some ways, although it’s still very much Vietnam. The first thing to note is that we stayed at a resort. I’ve found that there’s always a balancing act when you go to a resort. On the one hand, I’ve never found one that I didn’t enjoy, but on the other hand, does staying in a luxury resort affect your ability to experience the local culture?
We’d booked a couple of nights at the Mia Resort. We booked a room with an ocean view. It was a few dollars more than a garden view room, but I felt – ‘hey- if you’re going to stay at a resort, make the most of it!’
Nha Trang is set up to cater for western tourists, with many of the well-known accommodation brands there. I didn’t regret the Mia. But to be honest, there haven’t been too many five star resorts I’ve regretted! There may have been some 3 ½ star places that have left me wondering, but that’s a different story.
What did Nha Trang have to offer that made it worthwhile? Firstly, a great climate. If you like sitting by the poolside enjoying a cool drink in the evening, while it’s still deliciously warm, then this is the right place. If you like wandering along golden sand beaches, then Nha Trang has miles and miles of walking space. And swimming. And snorkeling. I’m told that the snorkeling was best later in the year, but I was pretty happy with what we had.
Meals? There are three different restaurants to give you a choice of quality and cuisine.
Spa? I’ve always loved spas. You could lie and relax, listening to the sound of the waves on the beach.
They provide a shuttle service to the town, so we could easily enjoy the local culture without any concerns about getting lost.
Service? The staff are exceptionally trained to meet all your needs.
There were even options such as a private Tai Chi class. I chose not to take up that one, but credit where credit is due – what an interesting thing to offer the visitors!
The city hast the ‘normal’ city things. Like shops. Great value, but I’m not into shopping. My wife tells me that if we buy things here it will help cover the cost of the trip. My thoughts are that if we don’t spend money shopping, we’ll have money to cover the cost of the trip, and we can buy what we need when we get home. My wife and I don’t quite see eye-to-eye on this one.
I like beaches. But after a day on the beach, I was ready to consider other options. Nha Thang obliged. I asked the concierge what we could do while we were in town. He suggested a day trip to another beach. That didn’t really seem to resolve my issue!
The next suggestion was a waterfall. That sounded like a good change of pace for me. The place was called Ba Ho Falls. Apparently Ba Ho is Vietnamese for ‘three pools’. Amazingly, there were three pools at Ba Ho! Go figure. It was cooler, refreshing, and uncrowded. This was a great relief after the crowds of most other places I’d seen so far in Vietnam. There was a little bit of a walk to get to the falls, but it was all worthwhile. The only thing I’d recommend for others is to bring some drinking water with you. We had one small bottle in our packs, but could have used more.
Overall, Nha Trang was a great place, and Mia Resort will stick in my memory!