Have a look at this.
Update at15:49, Thứ Ba, 16/11/2010 (GMT+7)
Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa Nha Trang has just chosen as one of Asia’s Top 20 Resorts in 2010 by Conde Nast Traveler, a US-based travel magazine.
The honor was voted by 26,000 readers of this prestigious magazine, basing on 5 norms, including cuisine, location, design, rooms and service.
Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa Nha Trang ranks the eighth in the list. The hotel also has been listed among Top 100 Resorts in the world for many times.
wow- that is very harsh, and after all owee's never-ending support and promotion of Nha Trang it will be a bitter blow to him...
I hope they can remedy it so they do not get back onto that list next year-
Ha Ha , they voted Newcastle in Australia as a top holiday spot and to be honest with you the place is a shi%hole and I wouldn't send my dog there , and I did live there for awhile till I woke up to myself .
Nha Trang has to be good owee lives there .
Wow!! In a way I can understand why the rating would be bad if it was based on limited criteria. It would have been helpul to read all of them so I could rebut or confirm. Criteria listed is " historic preservation and sustainable tourism to travel writing and archaeology." It is very unfortunate in my eyes that many of the old French colonial hotels were not preserved but torn down to be replaced by monsterous hotels, many of them under construction as can be seen in my blog.
In the past year, this city has been undergoing massive change, The main walkways were a mess of construction, and only recently, the Main beach area has started to be groomed daily by tractors.
I must assume that these "judges" were here to lay on a beech chair in front of their hotel in the middle of a city and rate according to their criteria of service and comfort. A person has to always keep in mind that Vietnam is still developing into a major tourist destination, and Nha Trang is arguably the best overall beach destinations. I cannot imagine how Mie Ne or Phu Quoc would be rated with some places having open sewers running into the ocean from their resort. At least that is no longer allowed here.
I can also imagine that part of the rating had t do with the interaction with the Vietnamese people. Just imagine how distastful they must have found it when some poor person trying to make a dollar approached them asking if they would buy some cigarettes or sunglasses.
In order to be listed this year, it must be assumed that these so called experts would have had to be here during the most heavily cosmetic construction this city has undergone in it's history. Only now are the projects being finished.
As far as I am concerned, The National Geographic Society is just another organization to be ignored like so many think tanks that do not have a clue of what the world is really about. I bet they did not even glance over their martinis and look at my beach area......Thankfully..... We do not want people like that up here.
Experts...... Hah!! I live and work on the beach in Nha Trang, and I am no expert! I can tell you one thing though. I prefer Vietnam beaches to Thailand's as they can be accessed without having to walk through some big privately owned resort.
Who would have thought I would ever defend the Main tourist area.... Huh!
Thanks Freaky.... Blush Blush
Owee - which Thai beaches are you referring to? It's actually very hard to get onto Mui Ne beach or Long Beach in Phu Quoc without going through a resort, whereas all the beaches I went to on Phuket were 100% accessible as the resorts are set back from the beach.
I'm no fan of Nha Trang, and I'd certainly put it behind Mui Ne, Phu Quoc, Ke Ga and Qui Nhon to name but 3. The place has been ruined by development. However I'm surprised Patong isn't on that list - it's horrible - and there are beach destinations in the UK (Blackpool for example) that make Nha Trang seem like paradise in comparison!
Wish I could retract what I said about the Thailand beaches. My comment was worded badly as it is based more on what I hear from travellers than 1st hand experience, and I am not a fan of heresay.
I am aware of how you personally feel about Nha Trang, but it has undergone a very heavy transformation in the last 18 months.... The girly massage places have been cleaned up, the police have been enforcing laws that never before were enforced. The parks and walkways are groomed and have undergone renewal.
I would suggest giving Nha Trang another look if you have not been here recently.
And I also agree with you that the VinPearl land sign is a bit much and am saddened by the beach front being over run by big corporate hotels. How long will I be able to hold onto my little piece of paradise?
You are correct about resort blocked Mui Ne, but I was was referring to city beaches as it seemed the article was also. Mui Ne over Nha Trang? Apples and Oranges. Ross and I will continue poking each other in the eye with that one ;)
From the link you provided it looks like the rating was based on Mui Ne and not Nha Trang. (it seems we were a package deal) Hotels are not allowed on the beaches here and the write up does not reflect that, and yes, that is not a photo of Nha Trang because you will see no structures blocking the beach as in that photo.
I was going to say how on earth could one say Nha Trang is as bad as Sihanoukville. But it is obvious that they are referring to Mui Ne which I would agree, you do need to go through resorts, hotels a lot of the times to get access to the beach.
Since my last visit to Nha Trang in 2007 it really has changed. The beach looked very good (even the people sunbathing I think would agree on that) considering it wasn't long after a major storm and flood had hit the area..
Would I return to Nha Trang? Yes. It's not perfect but given the range of activities on offer it'd got to be an ideal destination for families.
As for Nat Geo top rated destination. It might have nice scenery but any destination that has loads of sea gulls is bad news. Take an umbrella!
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