Posted by: ghostdawg2 | February 17, 2011

Vietnam: Paradise refound By Monique Stringfellow / amny.com 2/15/11

The Nam Hai - Overview Picture

The Nam Hai – Overview Picture

The Nam Hai, Hoi An

The Nam Hai, Hoi An
Hamlet 1, Dien Duong Village, Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

 

Compared to its popular neighbor Thailand, Vietnam is criminally overlooked as a vacation destination. But that’s changing.

The safest country in Asia is expecting record numbers of tourists this year. Here’s what you need to know to get in on the action.

Adventurer

Stomping grounds

The mighty Mekong River Delta.

See the sights via bike, jeep and boat – or all three.

To eat

Whole fried elephant ear fish. Served with ginger sauce, it’s a Delta delicacy and can be found at any of the family-run restaurants throughout the Mekong.

To stay

Private tours are a great way to explore the area. Let a company such as Delta Adventure arrange accommodations at a hotel, private home or on a boat. ($50-$300 nightly)

To buy

The region’s scary-looking snake wine is considered a cure for a number of ailments. Proceed at your own risk.

Insider tip

Make your way to the white sand beaches of Phu Quoc island. Snorkeling and scuba diving are some of the activities available at this unspoiled paradise.

Epicure

Stomping grounds

Frenetic Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City

offers everything from marketplace grazing to high-end Vietnamese, French and Southeast Asian specialties.

To eat

Pho 2000, specialists in Vietnam’s national dish, deserves time on any epicure’s itinerary. Bill Clinton’s a fan too. (1-3 D Phan Chu Trinh)

To stay

Majestically perched across from the opera house, the Park Hyatt Saigon is a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best restaurants. Poolside breakfast is not to be missed. (2 Lam Son Square) ($270 – $340 nightly)

To buy

Pick up a Vietnamese single-serving coffee pot at the Ben Thanh Market and look forward to making the country’s ubiquitous iced coffee at home.

Insider tip

Sip on drinks made with exotic local flavors such as jackfruit, dragonfruit and pineapple at La Caravelle’s rooftop bar, Saigon Saigon, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the sprawling city. (19 Lam Son Square)

Pampered

Stomping grounds

Hoi An. This perfectly preserved 18th-century port town is known for its tailors and colorful silk lanterns.

To eat

Saigon-born chef Duc Tran trained in Latin America, the U.S., and Australia before opening Mango Rooms. Chic setting with a menu to match. (111 Nguyen Thai Hoc)

To stay

The Nam Hai (above). One of the coast’s first high-end resorts, this beachfront hotel puts the L in luxury. ($550 – $620 nightly)

To buy

Take advantage of Hoi An’s selection of leather footwear. Chic enough to rival any New York boutique, at a fraction of the price.

Insider tip

The Spa at the Nam Hai features private cabins overlooking a lagoon. Seriously indulgent.

History buff

Stomping grounds

The town of Hue features a wealth of architectural and historical wonders, including the former imperial palace.

To eat

DMZ Bar (as in Demilitarized Zone) serves affordable drinks, Vietnamese faves and surprisingly good pizzas and pastas. (60 Le Loi St.)

To stay

Overlooking the purple-hued Perfume River, La Résidence is located in a former governor’s home with original Art Deco details. (5 Le Loi St.) ($144 nightly)

To buy

Hue’s straw conical hat is perfect for both rain and sun. You might be surprised at the mileage it gives you stateside.

Insider tip

Visit the Tombs of the Nguyen Emperors, a haunting collection of once opulent mausoleums and temples built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Source : http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/vietnam-paradise-refound-1.2689292

Source : http://www.passionasia.com/vietnam/hoi-an/the-nam-hai-gallery.html

Source : http://book.asiatravel.com/Hotel.aspx?hid=5505&pm=0

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: