With less than 13 weeks until our Vietnam Nash Hash in Nha Trang - we have 104 registrations. As we have to cap the numbers to 135 due to safety on the boats - if you have partners and/or friends who haven't registered yet, give them a nudge. This applies especially to Saigon Hashers as your official run is in Nha Trang for the weekend Friday 24-26 March. We don't want you to miss out.
Here is some information you may find useful:
Late March is usually the perfect time to visit Nha Trang.The wet season is over, the ocean is calm and the scorching heat of May/June/July and August has not arrived. Expect temperatures of 30c every day and there is no way you will need warm clothing.
If you want to be near the action at our venue = Crazy Kim's, 19 Biet Thu Street, use The Sailing Club as a guide and stay within 1 kilometre north, south or west of it. Lots of hotels on the north side of the river near the university, market themselves as being centrally located. In reality they are about 6km from the tourist centre. Luckily taxis are very cheap but nothing beats walking to your destination.
Nha Trang is going through a Boom and hotels are being built everywhere creating a glut of accommodation. Lots of people are asking me advice on where to stay and we really cannot give you the best answer. Most hotels are offering great online deals to compete with the opposition. Your best bet is to go onto booking.com or agoda.com and see what promotions they have. This way you get your preferred star rating as well. If you like a bit of comfort, don't overlook places like Sheraton, Novotel etc because they often have good specials.
Nha Trang Airport (Cam Ranh) is transforming itself and international flights are arriving. Hk Express from Hong Kong flies direct as does China Airlines and so do a number of flights from Moscow and Siberia. Many flights a day come in from Saigon (Hcmc), Hanoi and Danang. We have tourists from all over the world however our main tourists at this point of time are wealthy Chinese. This seems to change almost annually - as before the Russian currency dropped out of the sky - we were the favourite holiday destination for Ruskys.
Buses and trains run frequently all throughout the country. I strongly suggest you dont do long distance bus travel - even though we do it at times. The new buses are luxurious but the fatality rate is terrifying and receives very little publicity. Train travel is a great way to see the country as long as you book your trip during the day. A few years ago we always travelled by train now we get air tickets for the same price. Domestic carriers coming into Nha Trang include: Vietnam Air, VietJet and Jetstar. There maybe others too but that's my extent of knowledge. Expect delays. Vietnam Air is the most reliable as they get first preference if there is a queue.
Things to do:
Part of your goody bag treasures will be a wristband giving you discounts to restaurants, spas, clubs around town that are part of the "Visit Nha Trang" brand.
There are endless beaches. The City beaches are fine and for Us$2 you can hire a beach lounger with umbrella for the day. Raise your arm and somebody will appear to get your food or beverage order. The out of town beaches are fabulous with their traditional shacks supplying fresh seafood and cheap beer. Local bus services or taxis take you north and south to beach locations.
Nha Trang is situated on Nha Trang Bay and is backed to the west by rain-forested coastal ranges. Known as the southern highlands, the scenery is magnificent and if you are a motor bike enthusiast, you will have a thrilling time. There are also multi daily buses visiting these parts and private vehicles with drivers for hire. I will give you details of these companies in later posts.
Nha Trang is famous for its day spas. Most are average but people love them anyway - and some are world class. Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa is a bit more expensive than most (still a fraction of western prices) but the owners are Australians and run the place by Australian standards (giving most of their takings to charity). If you have aches and pains then Steve Brown is the man to fix them.
Restaurants from all over the world abound. If you want a change from eating Vietnamese then take your pick of almost anywhere in the world. Walk about 500 metres inland and the gliz and glitter of Nha Trang City is gone.You are firmly in the real Vietnam and can enjoy street food or eat at any of the little local places with other Vietnamese.
That's all for now folks.
Dosage and the Nth3 Committee