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BAO DAI VILLA

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BAO DAI VILLA

BAO DAI VILLA. 12°02.012N, 109°13.014E

This is the closest anchorage to Nha Trang town, located below the promontory just east of the main port. Authorities prefer boats to anchor here in order to clear in. Anchor in 7 metres on the outer fringes of the bay well outside of the marked shipping channel. The bottom is thick mud and affords excellent holding.

The beach and shoreline dries completely at low water spring tides, which makes dinghy trips ashore arduous and painful. The rustic beach restaurant has even more rustic showers, toilets and, unfortunately, the smallest beer fridge in Vietnam. The staff are friendly and helpful and will take care of your rubbish and laundry. They can also arrange ice and a taxi to town.

Water is available on the small ferry quay. Approach the dock at high tide only and in the early morning to avoid traffic, wind and swell. Tie off to the dock, bow-to and use the lazy lines in the water.

Originally the Winter Retreat for the last Emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai, before his abdication in 1945, the villas ashore are now run as a hotel. At US$25 a night, the furnishings appear to have remained unchanged since the opening in 1926.

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