NHA TRANG IS A VIBRANT CITY UNDERGOING CONSTANT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. HERE ARE A FEW OF THE MORE NOTABLE AND IMPORTANT NEW ARRIVALS ON THE SCENE.
HAREM 2 CRUISE
Spectacular is the only word to describe this 40 meter luxury vessel that is now cruising Nha Trang Bay. Three decks with restaurant, bar and sundeck that can cater for up to 200 guests. Designed in Europe and built to European standards, this is a high class cruiser that will deliver 5 star service. Day cruises to the islands where you can snorkel, sun yourself on the top deck, hop on a jet ski, jump on the banana boat, or just kick back, listen to the music and have a wine or two with your buffet lunch, the choices are many. Night time brings a totally new era of entertainment to Nha Trang, with Harems pioneering fabulous dinner cruises at 6pm, while later in the evening the boat starts hopping with Harems Disco. Professional DJ’s pumping out the tunes while you cruise the bay, enjoying the twinkling lights of the city, dancing and sipping cocktails under the stars. This is a must do when you are in Nha Trang.
Tickets are available at EBT Tour Desks at:
New to town, a little quirky, and definitely worth a visit. 3D trick photography captures some great scenes. Set in a magnificent timber colonial house reminiscent of the Orient in the early 1900’s you will have great fun, the kids will laugh and giggle at walking on the ceiling of an upside down house, having their heads served up on a platter for dinner, escaping from a monster shark, dodging a bloody vampire, being a prisoner in a huge cage , (no you can’t leave them there) a breathtaking walk across a suspension bridge looking into the abyss, walking a tiger, escaping a speeding train, these and many more exciting themes will keep the children amused for ages. After the fun is over, you can relax in a very unusual café. Intricately carved timber tables and chairs that are actually quite comfortable and choose from a selection of fresh fruit juices, maybe some gelato, or re fuel with a snack from their excellent value menu. Just a bit different from the normal, and you will get some
New to town, a little quirky, and definitely worth a visit. 3D trick photography captures some great scenes. Set in a magnificent timber colonial house reminiscent of the Orient in the early 1900’s you will have great fun, the kids will laugh and giggle at walking on the ceiling of an upside down house, having their heads served up on a platter for dinner, escaping from a monster shark, dodging a bloody vampire, being a prisoner in a huge cage , (no you can’t leave them there) a breathtaking walk across a suspension bridge looking into the abyss, walking a tiger, escaping a speeding train, these and many more exciting themes will keep the children amused for ages. After the fun is over, you can relax in a very unusual café. Intricately carved timber tables and chairs that are actually quite comfortable and choose from a selection of fresh fruit juices, maybe some gelato, or re fuel with a snack from their excellent value menu. Just a bit different from the normal, and you will get some brilliant photos and happy memories.
KIEN WELLNESS AND SPA
The body, what a machine it is!! How well do you care for it? Maybe, just maybe, the time is right to clear the mind, relax the body and free the spirit. This is such an affordable luxury in Nha Trang. Kien Wellness and Spa is a couple of kilometers away from the central tourist area, and well worth the visit. The tension just slips away as you enter this peaceful haven. Relax and browse the Spa menu that will heal every ache in your body. Hot stone, salt therapy, Swedish or Thai massage, along with full body skin care, steam baths and many other indulgent and relaxing treatments. With a choice of single or twin rooms, Ms Quyen and her team of 16 professional and qualified therapists cater for everyone. My tip is to go for the Kien style treatment, 90 minutes of pure bliss at a very affordable price. Kien Wellness and Spa is at 23A Hai Ba Trung street, so grab a taxi and take some time out. You deserve it!
Nha Trang is not all about traditional Vietnamese delicacies. You can eat your way around the world within the tourist hub, and you won’t find a better place to pop into for lunch than Sushi Samurai. My pick is the Bento Box, a traditional part of Japanese cuisine and holds rice, sushi, fish or meat and vegetables, complemented with miso soup and at excellent value. Later in the day be sure to dip into their abundant menu for the freshest salmon, beef and seafood, such exquisite flavours, and very easy for you to eat healthy on holidays. Japanese cuisine is not only about the food, it’s the ingredients, preparation and way of eating. In traditional Japanese cuisine, visual presentation is as much a part of the dining experience as the taste of the food itself, so beauty is always an essential ingredient in any Japanese meal. The Japanese firmly believe that you eat with your eyes first, and you will be delighted with the artistry laid out, with any of the dishes you choose at Sushi Samurai. Take a group of friends along and book one of the private air conditioned rooms upstairs, catering for 6-25 people. Plenty of cold brews on hand to wash this gourmet selection down, or maybe a chilled white wine? Sushi Samurai is at 37 Nguyen Thien Thuat street, a little slice of Japan in downtown Nha Trang.
ROOFTOP SKY LOUNGE AND CLUB
BAVICO International Hotel Nha Trang officially opened Rooftop Sky Lounge and Club at 24th and 25th floors to create an entertainment center for local people and tourists. Rooftop is a combination of harmonious, exquisite, unique among outdoor bar, sofa bed with windows overlooking the sea and stunning romantic sunset view right in the city center. 02 VIP wine cellar are located in the right and left the 25th floor will be for the VIPs to enjoy their own space while experience the vibrant atmosphere of the excellent musical. Inside lounge area a modern design, a new distinct styles. Outdoor bar at the 24th floor is an ideal area for enjoying the panoramic beauty of Nha Trang city. Rooftop Sky Lounge and Club is invested scale and tight, with designer furnishings, luxurious interior, sophisticated, especially superb sound quality. Rooftop with new space, unique, professional service, the specific formulations, impressive music will surely bring you the most wonderful moments.
24th, 25th floor, Bavico International Hotel Nha Trang
02 Phan Boi Chau, Xuong Huan ward, Nha Trang
Tel: +84 58 6266 555 Web: www.bavicohotelnhatrang.com
VIET TRUNG RESTAURANT
Smack in the middle of the tourist hub is this superb Chinese restaurant. Casual dining is the theme here, whether you choose the downstairs, or, for me, the upstairs terrace. Making the most of the tropical climate in Nha Trang and dining under the stars, while watching bustling Hung Vung street is a very pleasant way to enjoy life. Chinese eateries the world over are known for their classic duck cuisine and Viet Trung is no exception. Grilled the Beijing way, fried or steamed, and all exceptional. The Chinese menu is extensive with wontons, dumplings, soups, chicken, and salads along with a terrific range of traditional Vietnamese dishes. Try the caramelized pork in a clay pot, absolutely delicious. Seafood, as fresh as if it swam in straight off the fishing fleet, is at the front door waiting for you to select, be it grouper, squid, crab or shrimp, cooked up the way you want and all at very reasonable prices. Wash this scrumptious meal down with a freshly squeezed juice, a chilled brew, or maybe be tempted with a cocktail or two. Margarita or the classic Long Island tea is a tempting way to close the evening.
JEEP IT UP
New to the scene in Nha Trang is this fabulous day out in Vietnam war-era jeeps. These khaki coloured jeeps are in wonderful original condition, and you can just sense the history of their past talking to you. What action they must have been involved in some 50 years ago! Setting off on a balmy Nha Trang morning, top down, wind blowing through your hair, tour guide/ drivers with their authentic helmets on, we motor along the highway, a convoy of three machines on orders to have fun. One of three tours, is into the mountainous countryside not too far out of the city. Rice paddies, water buffalo and cows are all just a passing parade as we cruised along the low lands, climbing slowly, passing the Nha Trang water supply dam, through lush green scenery, rock strewnz streams, along ever narrowing roads and higher to reach our destination for the next few hours. Making our way down cobbled steps to the rapids that were surging through huge boulders, and into just the perfect swimming hole. The hours slipped by past quickly, swimming, catching some rays, BBQ’d shrimp, and beef for lunch, all washed down with a couple of chilled brews. This is a day to remember. Contact 0903504142
A recent makeover has seen some changes at Zallo, the popular venue downtown. Opening up the bar area, creating more open spaces, introducing a sumptuous buffet up stairs of an evening, unleashing a massive screen for movies while your kicking back with a cold brew or one of their many delicious cocktails, all creating a cheerful atmosphere in which to savor. If watching the passing parade at street level is your thing, then you will enjoy the covered outdoor area downstairs, for a coffee, or a cold one. A lively atmosphere, an eclectic mix of tourists and locals alike, make this a place to rest awhile. Perch yourself up on one of the high stools, and you can watch all the action along Tran Quang Khai street. Zallo’s is just a hop, skip, and a jump up from the beach. A cruisy venue to while away a couple of hours. Add 03 Tran Quang Khai Street – Tel: 094 761 59 93