So, from the moment I received the invite to the Vietnam beach trip, I could not wait to board the plane and see some of the best beaches in the world and boy did it kick off in style, with an upgraded to Business class from London to Bangkok and Bangkok to Saigon. This started with a champagne reception in the lounge and a personal recliner massage chair when we boarded the plane, thank you Thai Airlines!
We finally arrived at Saigon after a 16 hour flight. I instantly regretted my shirt/jumper combination after being greeted by 38 degrees heat! From here we had a 1.5 hour transfer to the first resort in Ho Tram.
The food is fresh, fragrant, healthy and yummy!
I highly recommend having the famous “Vietnamese Pho” (pronounced “fur”) for breakfast which is a noodle dish with either chicken or beef cooked in a broth which takes over 8 hours to perfect! And for those coffee lovers, try the “Café Su Da” which is an iced coffee with condensed milk. High in caffeine and sweet! Ideal for that early morning wakeup call!
Not many people have heard of this resort but trust me in a few years, this will be the place to be! With its stunning and peaceful beaches this is defiantly a place to relax if you have had a busy schedule of touring or simply just want to get you head in a book and soak the rays up. We stayed at The Sanctuary villas and got allocated a beachfront villa with private pool, which was simply incredible. The beach is an actual beach, not over crowded with tourists and water sports so you can relax and enjoy the breath taking views.
The resort at the minute does offer little as it’s still very much a resort being built up, however a short 5 minute drive offers an 18 course golf course and “The Grand” hotel which offers a casino and night-club for those party goers!
Now time for our second resort and a 2 hour transfer to Mia Mui Ne! A small boutique hotel, set on the beachfront and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. This promises to offer personalised service and is set in the heart of the resort surrounded by restaurants and a short walk to several beach side bars (highly recommend Jo’s Bar) Relax on the beach or by the pool or venture out and explore the local sight-seeing such as the fairy river walk, fisherman’s village and a must do……..quad-biking on the sand dunes which was such an adrenaline buzz. All these can be booked locally!
Now off to the final resort and a 4.5 hour transfer to Mia Nha Trang. This isn’t a necessary transfer as there is a short 45 minute flight available from Saigon – Nha Trang which is then a 20 minute drive from the airport.
And boy did they save the best till last! I would recommend this to anybody who is looking for a bit of luxury and defiantly the “Cliff Villas”. I stayed in this which offered panoramic views over the beach & ocean and with your own private and secluded pool! I managed to drag myself out of bed at 5:30 to see the sunrise (see pics below). If you go, this is a must!
If you stay at Mia, a spa treatment is a must! They offer everything from full body massage to facials. I personally went for a men’s facial and I came out glowing.
The resort is around 15 minutes from the centre of Nha Trang and highly recommend the famous “Sailing Club” which offers food, drinks and of course dancing on the beach!
Our trip consisted of South Vietnam and the beach destinations but briefly had a few hours in Saigon, which we briefly explored the markets. TIP! Don’t pay any more than 60% of the asking price and keep your hands in your pockets at all times.
South Vietnam is perfect for a relaxing break after touring the north or simply as a twin or stand-alone beach break. I am already planning my own holiday back here. Go on give Vietnam a try, you will fall in love…. I did!
- Buy your Visa before you! It will save you lots of queuing time upon arrival (cost is around £50)
- The currency is Dong which can only be exchanged locally, so take dollars as this is widely accepted
- Take mosquito repellent for the little critters!