The countdown is on now with just a bit over 2 months to go until our big Nash Hash/4th Anniversary weekend in Nha Trang.
We look forward to welcoming all our visitors at Crazy Kim's Bar, 19 Biet Thu Street. This will be the main Hash meeting place plus Hash Venue. Exact registration times will be sent closer to the event. Registration will be at Crazy Kim's Bar, 19 Biet Thu Street commencing mid-late afternoon on Friday 24 March.
The town in booming and hotels are going up everywhere. We are locals so don't generally stay in hotels, we don't know whether you like luxury mid range or budget and the online sites advertise special rates in a competitive market of which we have no knowledge. So its much better to research that way. There is a satellite area called Vinh Hai (Hon Chong Beach) north of the bridge which markets itself as being in the middle of town. Not true - its about 6km north of the tourist area and Crazy Kim's. As a general rule use The Sailing Club as a guide and stay walking distance from there - unless you want to get taxis or the local bus back and forth everyday. The beach at Vinh Hai (Hon Chong Beach) north of the river, is very nice and you may prefer to be away from the main part of town. There is a strong local Vietnamese vibe over there and taxis and/or buses are cheap.
There are different rules for individual countries and these rules change regularly. Airlines usually don't let you board a plane unless your visa or "Visa Acceptance Letter" is available. If you are doing your Visa On-Line, make sure you have Us dollars (and a passport photo) at the Vietnam Airport Visa counter to cover whatever amount is applicable for your passport type.
Weather in Nha Trang late March is typically hot and dry. The wet season is generally well gone, the sea has calmed and overall its the best time of the year in this part of Vietnam.
Food and Drink
If you have dietary needs and haven't mentioned it - please go back in and make changes or let me know by email. As long as we know, we can cater for you within reason.
We will have free flow beer, soft-drinks, fruit juices and water. There will even be spirits on Saturday night because we haven't called Sunday's run a "recovery" for the hell of it!!!!
The places that support Hash in various ways in Nha Trang are: San Miguel Beer, Crazy Kims, Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant,Bbq Un In and Texas Bbq. We need supporting because our local Nha Trang Vietnamese community come to weekly Hash events at less than cost price. We figure its worth the financial drain to have a local independent presence and acceptance of us, rather than only partners of ex-pats.
Most overseas visitors have already paid in full. We are still chasing a few though and we are now needing the funds for deposits etc. Some locals are paying off their registrations - that's the joy of being local - so they are not showing as paid yet.
I will send more updates as I think of things to tell you.
MORE INFO HERE: http://www.nhatranghash.com/
See you soon
Dosage - "Hash Communications" with
Pickle Dick - Gm
and all the Hash Committee
The photos are testament to the seriousness, albeit hash style, on the preparations for Interhash 2018
With some new gadgets and cameras we are on track for tracking and mapping, more hashers emerging not only in Fiji but elsewhere, to lend us a hand, committees , so called mismanagement meeting at frequent intervals, assessing and assuming their roles, the works…
We are introducing for the first time in Interhash ratings for our marks or tracks ranging from 3-7 star that will depend on terrain, distance, entertainment, food, drinks, etc etc and mind you we already looking at a 7 star rating which will be located next to one of the 10 best beaches in the world !!
It’s a fair way to go, we have time to test and re test these sites adding all the spoils to make hashing in Fiji the best so far
Prelubes and postlubes also coming up by our hard working team which includes official event organizers, Original Green Tours
Fiji Interhash 2018 reports that all is going well with the onset of the new year. Registrations are just over 1300 with more expected.
They have tracked 3 run sites, all of which are great hash running territory.
By the end of January 2017 they will add a "5 star track" that is expected to be most spectacular in every respect. What this "5 Star Track" actually is still remains a mystery that will be unveiled soon.
The new IH Fiji 2018 website is http://fijiinterhash2018.com/.
Check it out for news on Interhash 2018 including accommodation options.
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
See you in March. ON ON ON ON