Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Journeys to past and present attractions in central Vietnam

he luxurious Nam Hai resort has introduced summer packages for family members which combine visits to past and present cultural attractions in Central Vietnam with sport and leisure activities.

Going fishing in basket boat is one of the summer tours of The Nam Hai.

The day begins in the early morning with rowing a basket fishing boat just off shore, either to fish or just for the experience of being on the water and to learn how to steer the boat forward.

On another part of the tour in Quang Nam Province, family members will be ferried to Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island), a small group of islands 25 nautical miles off the coast from the ancient site of Hoi An.

The appeal of Cham Islands is its intact old pagodas and other architectural sites that date back to the 18th century. But Cu Lao Cham has more to offer. Lovely beaches beckon visitors and color corals shine under the water for divers to discover.

Back on shore the staff of The Nam Hai accompany guests on a trip around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An, which is known at home and abroad for its many old houses and historic port which was bustling with trade around 400 years ago.

“The program to Hoi An will allow them (guests) to experience one of the most unique areas in Vietnam, a piece of its history still functioning and thriving,” said explained Baron R. Ah Moo, chief executive officer of Indochina Hotels and Resorts - the owner of The Nam Hai.

Other UNESCO-listed sites and places of interest on the Nam Hai tours are the Marble Mountains of pagodas and caves located about eight kilometers from the heart of Danang, the My Son Complex of Cham-architecture towers in Quang Nam Province, and the former Imperial Capital of Hue in Thua Thien-Hue.

“I believe most of our guests come with very little prior knowledge or experience with Vietnamese culture and history,” Ah Moo explained. This is why the award-winning luxury resort has launched such tours. The tours will be escorted by English-speaking tour guides who are knowledgeable about the history and attractions.

For sport lovers, The Nam Hai offers golf lessons for both adults and children. Golf is the fastest growing sport in Vietnam, with more than 10,000 Vietnamese and around 4,000 expatriate players. The lessons include watching video clips on the basic steps of playing golf and practicing at the Montgomerie Links course located in Quang Nam Province. Badminton, tennis and beach volleyball are also available for those not interested in golfing.

The Nam Hai is promoting “Stay Three Nights, Pay Two Nights” and “Stay Four Nights, Pay Three Nights” packages that include villa accommodation, airport transfers, shuttle bus to Hoi An, laundry, drinks in the room and light meals from 5-7 p.m.

Guests who stay more than four nights will also have a lunch or dinner added to the package.

The Nam Hai is 10 kilometers from Hoi An and a 30-minute drive from Danang International Airport.


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