Thursday, November 29, 2007

Escaping to Binh An Village in Vung Tau

A view of Binh An Village Vung Tau from the beach. On clear days, the windows of the village’s restaurant (R) will open for guests to enjoy the sea breeze

At first glance, there is noth-ing special about Binh An Village in Vung Tau City. A wooden sign emblazoned with the resort’s name and a green fence that camouflages the resort is all one initially sees upon entering. However, what lies beyond the gates is much more interesting.

Binh An is nestled close to the versant for protection on one side, while the other is contiguous to the beach.

Inspired by the ancient Vietnamese style of external architecture, the resort features wooden houses, stone steps and green space filled with grass and trees. Some of Binh An’s buildings are constructed onto rocky cliffs close to the beach.

The resort’s ambiance is peaceful and quiet with nothing to keep visitors from enjoying the sunshine, the sounds of crashing waves and the constant sea breeze.

The resort’s rooms located on the versant are given special Vietnamese names with special meanings such as Hoi An, Phu An, Long An, Nam An and Dong An.

Hoi An, Phu An and Long An are villas with views of the sea that are priced at US$250 per night. The other rooms are less expensive.

On clear days, visitors can enjoy a beachside massage or catch small oysters as the tide ebbs away.

Address: 1 Tran Phu Street, Vung Tau City, Baria-Vung Tau Province. Tel: (064) 510 016.

Minh Duy