When you travel a lot, it’s only a matter of time that you come across a place that just doesn’t suit your fancy. After a very scenic and very long train trip from Hoi An, we were met at the Nha Trang train station by a driver and brought to Paradise Resort in Doc Let. It took about 45 minutes to reach the resort and we were excited to get there and just have a few days of relaxing beach time. We booked for four nights but ended up only staying for one. The view from our room was lovely but that was the only good thing. We wanted to like it here, we really did, but we just couldn’t. This is why…
The owner got upset with us when we asked for our passports back – really? They do belong to us! We had no issues with the hotel making a copy of our passports but we normally do not relinquish them. The room was dirty, there was mold on the bedcovers and floor mats – we had to sleep in our silk sleeping bags. We thought the beach might make up for the ‘yucky’ room but when we woke up and saw it…the beach was lined with trash. Trip Advisor and Travelfish, you let us down.
After breakfast at the ‘yucky’ resort and arguing to get our passports back, we took a taxi to Nha Trang. Due to our change in plans, we had to stay in two different hotels. It actually worked out quite well because each hotel was in a different area of town and we enjoyed both places. We were so happy to be in Nha Trang and enjoyed a craft beer on arrival – my favourite was the passion fruit beer!
We spent majority of our time lazing on the beach. We rented loungers from the same young fellow every day and he always had ice cold beer and fresh coconuts. The beach in Nha Trang was very nice, we found the sand quality great, the water was clear, and the beach was cleaned of debris daily. We were also surprised that the beach was not overly crowded since it’s such a popular destination in Vietnam. One thing we loved was that there were no hotels built directly on the beach. Instead there was a park with a long promenade that fronted the beach for miles, and all the hotels were situated across the road. We think that’s the nicest way to develop a city beach, leaving it available for ‘everyone’ to enjoy.
During the middle of our stay we decided we better get off our loungers and go see something. We took the public bus and visited Po Nagar, a Cham Temple built between the 7th and 12th centuries. The local people still use this site and while we were visiting, there was a three day festival taking place along with a special ceremony. It was quite interesting to watch but we never did find out exactly what the festival was about.
Then we made our way in the scorching heat to the Nha Trang Cathedral. It wasn’t that far but the heat made it feel like it was miles away. Priest Louis Vallet (1869 – 1945) built the church aiming to spread the Catholic lifestyle. It’s situated on a hill and overlooks the train station, it really was beautiful to see.
After visiting the church, we continued walking a bit further to reach Long Son Pagoda. Unfortunately the 19th century pagoda was under restoration but we could still visit the reclining Buddha and the 14 meter high Buddha offering great views of the city.
The rest of the time we spent on the beach, swimming, reading our books, eating good food, and relaxing. We really liked Nha Trang and it was a great beach destination.
Where we stayed in Doc Let: Paradise Resort
Where we stayed in Nha Trang: LeSimoLe Boutique Apartments and Hotel
Where we stayed in Nha Trang: Happy Angel Hotel