Nha Trang is a seaside resort town, on the east coast of Vietnam. The region is easily accessible by air, road and rail. Cam Ranh Airport is an international airport and more direct flights from neighbouring countries are planned for 2014. There are regular flight to Saigon and Hanoi.
The region has a tropical savannah climate with a lengthy dry season from January to October and a wet season in the following months. Typical downpours last for less than hour, followed by bright sunshine.
There are two first class golf courses in Nha Trang
Some 20 minutes from the airport and a similar distance from the town centre is the 18 hole Diamond Bay Golf and Villas, an Andy Dye signature design which is already gaining rave reviews about the condition, the breathtaking landscape and a thoroughly good test of golf for all handicap ranges. Play is possible all the year round as the course dries out very quickly, even after the hardest of downpours.
The staff ate friendly and nearly all the caddies can speak English, which makes for a more enjoyable round. All the staff are local, so they can provide more information on where to go. There is a world class driving range where golf balls are actually hit to sea, the only one of its kind in Vietnam.
The recently completed clubhouse offers five star service, with a restaurant offering high class international cuisine, an upper deck with an unbelievable vista over the golf course and a spa and gym.
The other golf course, Vinpearl is an 18 hole IMG design, par 71. It is located on the Vinpearl tourism complex and located on an island and is accessible by speed boat or cable car.
IMG Worldwide, a global leader in golf course design, has made great use of the natural beauty mapping an impressive layout along the 800 meter beach and throughout the valley.
Each hole is a unique challenge creating unmatched satisfaction and a memorable experience for the golfer. Each hole also has a view of the sea.
Both golf courses have their own individuality. Diamond Bay is surrounded by mountains and Vinpearl is overlooking the sea.
They represent a different but most enjoyable challenge and experience and that is the reason why many golfers return many times to play the golf courses again and again.
Staying in Nha Trang
Good, affordable accommodation is easy to find in Nha Trang.
Many international hotel chains such as Sheraton, Novotel, InterContinental and Best Western are all represented along the sea front and there are many high class resorts as well. The Ana Mandara near the town centre is the only resort located on the beach with others such as Mia and Amiana located further away from the centre.
The two golf courses also offer excellent accommodation and other facilities. Diamond Bay Resort and Spa has 164 rooms and 160 bungalows and boasts one of the largest swimming pools in Asia. International chefs prepare foods from Vietnam, Asia and western style, to cater for all tastes. Vinpearl Resort is a fiver star hotel offering a range of attractions and Vinpearl Luxury offer 84 beautiful coastal villas, all styled in a Vietnamese way and creates luxury with privacy.
It is easy to see why we call this “Golf in Paradise”. Nha Trang is a beautiful area to relax and unwind and that is one of the reasons the area is so popular. Coupled with excellent service, a sound infrastructure, Nha Trang is an ideal and enjoyable area to visit, especially for golf.
Writer: Simon Tinkler
The Motto of Nha Trang is More Space, More Projects
Things are looking sunny and possibly scorching, literally and figuratively, for the beach resort city of Nha Trang, Vietnam.
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In January 2018 international tourist arrivals have risen a massive 144% compared to January 2017. In a rather fated fashion, Khanh Hoa Province is scheduled to host the National Tourism Year event in 2019. Foreign and local investment is also growing alarmingly, properties surrounding Ma Thanh Stadium in Phuoc Hoa district has seen growths of almost double between the beginning of 2017 and the start of 2018, rising from an average of 35 million VND per m² to approximately 70 million VND per m².
Condotels and Chinese Tourism Continue to Rise
Condotels have become a formidable market in a crossover between real estate and tourism. Nha Trang, a beautiful beach city with sprawling sand, has not been spared. According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction, approximately 28,000 apartments planned for 2017-2019 fall into the condotel category, with most of the growth taking place in Da Nang and Nha Trang.
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The noticeable presence of mainland Chinese tourists has become crucial for local resorts, hotels and businesses, with arrivals in 2017 from China increasing a stunning 400% over 2016. Nha Trang has become a bookmarked budget beach heaven for many Chinese travellers hailing from landlocked provinces where sea and sand are a treasured sight. Reports of inaccuracies in historical introductions given to Chinese tourists by unlicensed translators have spurred local authorities to conduct enhanced retrainings for interpreters at important sites such as the famous Po Nagar Cham Towers.
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According to the Khanh Hoa Department of Culture, numerous shops that are specifically geared towards Chinese and Russian tour groups were disobeying local laws where it is decreed that foreign languages displayed on business signages should not form a majority of the complete text and where it should preferably be in small print alongside Vietnamese text.
We asked Mr Remi Faubel, General Manager of Novotel Nha Trang, about these developments.
“The authorities are doing a good job and taking action to change them. They removed those signs! You have to propose your own ads first [and let] the authorities check them and before you can produce them.”
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I asked whether developments in beautiful, neighbouring Cam Ranh Bay would affect Nha Trang’s popularity. In May 2018 Cam Ranh Bay was named by popular travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler (cntraveler.com) as one of best seven places to visit, alongside goliaths including Paris, Sicily and San Francisco.
Mr Faubel was optimistic that both locations were complementary and co-existed synergistically in the local tourism context.
“Things are bigger in Nha Trang for sure! More space and more projects.”
“Cam Ranh and Nha Trang are different. People visit for different reasons, they are not competitors. Nha Trang is good for entertainment and shopping. Cam Ranh is far away from the buzz… people visit to relax, especially Westerners.” Mr Faubel explained.
At the same time, numerous smaller islets and atolls are being rediscovered by tourists while the main stretch of beach along the main road of Tran Phu is becoming increasingly over-saturated by beachgoers.
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“Hotels on the main street Tran Phu are doing very well... mostly international brands, we have the awareness and that attracts a good mix of guest. It’s becoming quite hard to cross Tran Phu street these days!” he explained. “Because of all those coaches and large tour buses.”
The new international terminal at Cam Ranh Airport is now open and local authorities are being motivated to enhance key infrastructural needs to handle the increasing tourist arrivals. Cam Ranh Airport is close to both Cam Ranh Bay and Nha Trang and serves both destinations.
Mr Faubel also hopes to see a more balanced mix of nationalities.
“Most hotel owners don’t really care about the nationality of their guests. Some don’t mind lowering the rates to attract large tour groups. To be honest, we welcome them from a business point of view. However, local Vietnamese are being discouraged to come as they are starting to view us as a ‘Chinese city’. But with the new airport, we can mix the market a little. Europeans, Koreans, Japanese.”
New routes that have been scheduled alongside the opening of the new terminal will connect Cam Ranh Airport directly to Singapore, Thailand and Japan via regular flights.
Perhaps for Nha Trang, the skies are literally the limit.
The French-made balloon was wrecked on Thursday afternoon after a small burst in high winds by gusts. It is considered as a serious lost of tourist activities list and an ever huge financial lost of Hon Tam Resort. Fortunately, there were no human casualities in this incident.
The balloon, that was bought from France for EUR1.2 million (US$1.57 million) in 2008, had a diameter of 22 meters and was covered by 46 pieces of colorful heat- and pressure-resistant plastic. It contained approximately 6,000 cubic meters of Helium and natural gas. Its basket could hold up to 25 people at a height of 150 meters.
The balloon will be sent to U.S for repairing. We look forward to seeing the balloon come back to Nha Trang's blue sky, to serve tourists with the only panoramic views from a balloon in Vietnam.