Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Floating in a Vietnamese Life Revival; Jenna Cairney Takes in the Good, the Best and the Russian in Da Nang, Hoi an and Nha Trang

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Floating in a Vietnamese Life Revival; Jenna Cairney Takes in the Good, the Best and the Russian in Da Nang, Hoi an and Nha Trang

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I FOUND paradise.

It's a place you feel like you're floating.

You sleep between pristine sheets in a magnificent four-poster bed, in an open plan room leading to a stunning bathroom with sunken marble bath tub, which looks out onto your own private plunge pool.

Outside of that personal little heaven, beautiful, smiling staff stroll around, bidding you good day in their crisp, clean uniforms with pearly white smiles.

You get spa treatments twice a day and the most intricate breakfast spread I've ever seen (which you can have in your room, at the pool, at the beach or wherever else one would want to eat breakfast).

You can do morning yoga, cookery classes, visit an orphanage, visit one of the staff member's families, learn Vietnamese or just frolic in the infinity pool.

On arrival at Fusion Maia, in Da Nang, I'm greeted with an iced tea and a promise the spa resort will change me.

And it does. Apart from the occasional mini bar gin raid (the quinine in the tonic, I'm told, keeps the mozzies away), I feel peaceful, healthy and can barely leave my room, let alone the resort.

However, just an hour from the ancient town of Hoi An (where seams of tailors line the streets), frolicking, I mean rejuvenation, time must be kept to a minimum.

Strolling around and taking in the history of the trading port, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, the pagodas and houses are beautifully preserved and worth a visit.

Don't forget to bring clothes examples and patterns to get tailor-made outfits.

Also well worth a visit when you're in Da Nang is the Cham Museum, and get spiritual at the stunning Marble Mountains.

Nha Trang

BEFORE finding peace in Da Nang, but after partying in the bright city lights of Saigon, I stopped for a trip in the beach city of Nha Trang.

It's nice to feel the laidback seaside attitude after the chaos of Saigon, and Nha Trang is trying very hard to be athea holiday destination for westerners.

The seascape has fantastic mountainous, rainforest islands, but then a huge Hollywood-esque sign is hacked out of the side of one, and resorts are sprouting like mushrooms.

The city's Sheraton Nha Trang Resort and Spa is a good place to base yourself. …

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