After the rush of traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, we woke up early to catch a 6AM flight to the coastal Vietnam town of Nha Trang. Known for its beautiful beaches and resorts, we planned a romantic getaway for our second wedding anniversary. Last year this time, we were in Mexico with two of our best friends, so this trip had a lot to live up to.
I must say, our third anniversary has some mighty tough competition.
When we arrived at the airport in HCMC, we were a little unsure about domestic budget flights on Vietnam Airlines. It only cost us $40 per person for this flight, but we got a free checked bag AND exit row seats. This extra leg room was a strange phenomenon on every single flight in Vietnam. Maybe they just thought we were the huge foreigners that needed the extra space? Anyway, I’ll take it!
From wheels up to shortly thereafter, wheels down, the flight was a very pleasant experience. We got great service on Vietnam Air and the plane was new and clean as well. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a driver who drove us about thirty minutes to the place where we would enjoy the next two days: the Mia Resort, Nha Trang.
The biggest splurge of our travels to date, this place was worth every penny. The only drawbacks worth noting were the construction going on nearby to expand the resort (which was more of an eye sore than noise pollution), and the thirty minute drive to get to the main town.
But oh, the views.
Especially the one we woke up to through the wall of french doors on our villa in the morning.
Though the resort was clearly our favorite place yet, we hopped a shuttle into town to see Nha Trang while our room was being prepared since we arrived so early. I’ll be honest, there wasn’t much to Nha Trang other than lots of signs aimed at the heavy concentration of Russian tourists and souvenir shops sprinkled here and there. And a random host stand outside a restaurant with a Longhorns logo, of all things.
What we did enjoy, however, was the vast expanse of public beach.
It was a cloudy day, but still great weather to enjoy some time in the sand. We also found an awesome spot thanks to our Lonely Planet book (though in general this place would be hard to miss if you travel here) called the Louisiane Brewery. This place was a restaurant and pool combo with beach access. It was like a resort without rooms. I have certainly never been any place like this, but the incredibly delicious food and awesome fact that they have an in-house brewery made us drop by twice in the few hours we spent downtown.
While Nha Trang is certainly an acceptable (albeit low-key) beach town for a vacation, we certainly were ready to head back to enjoy our anniversary at the Mia.
Oh, the food. Breakfast was always served with delicious cafe sua da, which quickly became my favorite thing about Vietnam.
Cafe sua da is robusta (aka chocolate roast) coffee over condensed milk on ice. It had to be made with just the right sweetness to be delicious to my taste, and the Mia entered some stiff competition against other venues. Maybe it’s just that they served it with the MOST. DELICIOUS. WAFFLE. I HAVE EVER EATEN. It was green! And it was coconut flavored! What more could I ask for?
A little fun in the sun? Toes in the sand? Being one of four people on the beach? Delicious drinks and snacks by the pool?
Buy one, get one free drinks in the Mojito Bar all day long? Delicious lunch and dinner, at completely reasonable prices, too? Well, when in Vietnam… eat all the Western food you miss in Korea!
And the complimentary anniversary champagne! I only detail all these things to entice you to go to Vietnam (and the Mia in particular)! There is nowhere else you can get this kind of experience at this cost. What an incredible way to spend two days of my life. And who better to spend it with than my travel partner-in-crime, Mr. Marasiak? Happy anniversary two months ago!