Frequently Asked Questions
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As the name implies, the “tourist area” is the area frequented by tourists. It is not necessarily the area where tourist attractions are located, but rather the area where tourists services are most available. English and Russian speaking establishments are plentiful; there are many restaurants (most western restaurants are located here); travel agents; diving establishments, nightclubs, cheap hotels etc
The “ hotel area” is distinct from and slightly north of the tourist area. It is close to the beach. Most of the major (larger, expensive, chains) hotels are located here. It does have many tourist amenities, but mostly within the hotels. Generally it is more expensive than the tourist area On the Map it is north of the tourist area near the Sheridan Hotel
Essentially this includes everything south of the old airport visible on the map (This is not the airport commonly called Nha Trang Airport (which is really Cam Rang airport); but is an old almost unused military training site). the south area includes the VinPearl resort and most of the more expensive houses or villas.
Types of Housing
In Vietnamese cities, the most common house architecture is something like what in America are called “row houses”. Houses are built adjacent (no gap at all) to the houses on either side (and perhaps in back). They tend to be high (perhaps 4 floors) and narrow (perhaps 4-5 meters). The advantage is that they require a very small footprint on land that is unexpectedly expensive. The disadvantage is that they tend to be darker with fewer windows than might be expected by a Westerner. They usually have a courtyard: the width of the house by 2-3 meters deep; big enough for a few potted plants or to park a motorbike (although the VN custom is to park them inside). They do not have a yard in the western sense. A "villa" is much closer to the house style often expected Westerners: a free-standing structure, enclosed on all size by a yard.
This choice is really not the same as it is in the west, where foreigners may expect more peace and quite and privacy in an apartment; and may expect apartments to be cheaper In fact quite the opposite is often true here: houses, being built quite close together and at ground level are often less private than an apartment. Often, a house is actually cheaper than an apartment in terms of price per square foot or square meter.
A studio apartment has all the features that you expect in an apartment (kitchen, bath, sleeping area...) but there are no separated rooms. That is it is essentially one large room, combining living, sleeping and cooking areas. Often there are some partitions to create a feel of separation for the sleeping area. Typically they are about 40-50 square meters. In the data base, they are listed as “0” bedrooms to distinguish them from 1 BR apartments (which will always have a sleeping area completely distinct from the rest of the apartment). They do always have a sleeping area, with bed dresser etc.
“Fully serviced” means roughly: pay one price and everything is included. the exact definition varies from owner to owner.
Generally it will mean:
Getting your apartment
This will vary from owner to owner, but as a general rule of thumb, plan on:
You should not have to pay for police fees, or our services
Yes you can, but it is not as easy as you may expect. Fortunately we can help you with the problems
There are several obstacle to reserving in advance: •A reservation normally requires a deposit; but few apartment owners accept either credit cards or checks
If you would like to reserve a place in advance we can help you navigate this minefield, and even help you get a deposit to the owner.
Yes. This is not your country. Things you expect at home may not be available here. Things not available at home may be available here. The local preferences may not be the same as in your own country. Some surprises include:
Since we deal with many different landlords, there is no single fixed answer to this question, but here are some rough guidelines:
Almost always included:
What is seldom (if ever) included:
What is totally unpredictable?
Most (not not all) of these are very predictable: