Bao Dai's Villas

Cau Da - Vinh Nguyen, Nha Trang, Vietnam
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Bao Dai's Palace (at Dalat)

by sunnywong

Completed in 1938, provided Bao Dai, Vietnam's last emperor, with a place of rest and respite with his family. There are 26 rooms to explore, including Bao Dai's office and the bedrooms of the royal family.


by manil51

Emperor Bao Dai's Summer Palace provides the visitor with a very interesting look into the personal and official paraphernalia used by Vietnam's last emporer before his departure for exile in France there he spent nearly half of his life in exile after abdicating in 1945.

Bao Dai , 1913–97, emperor of Vietnam (1926–45) and chief of state of Vietnam (1949–55). Born Prince Nguyen Vinh Thuy, he was the son of Emperor Khai Din and succeeded to the throne in 1926, but did not occupy it until 1932. Bao Dai cooperated with both the Vichy French and Japanese during World War II, but in 1945 the Viet Minh nationalists under Ho Chi Minh forced his resignation. The emperor returned in 1949 as head of the new state of Vietnam, which included Annam plus Tonkin and Cochin China. After Vietnam's partition (1954) he accepted Ngo Dinh Diem as prime minister. In 1955 Diem engineered a referendum that abolished the monarchy and assumed control. Bao Dai subsequently lived in exile, primarily in France until his death at age 83 in 1997.


Bao Dai villas

by magor65

Set picturesquely on the hills among lush greenery the villas were once the retreat of Vietnamese last emperor, Bao Dai. When he abdicated in 1945 the villas were taken over by high officials of South Vietnamese government, in later years replaced by communist officials. Today the villas themselves don't look very attractive and as a lonely planet guide-book states: "low ranking capitalist tourists can rent a room there". The whole site is very tranquil and the best thing about it are beautiful views of the port and the town of Nha Trang from the hilltop.
The place is guarded and one has to pay a small entrance fee to get to its precints. While walking around we didn't meet any other tourists so we were quite surprised to find an open restaurant in the main building. There were no other guests inside and we sat at a table by a window offering a fantastic view of the port. A nice waitress dressed in ao dai prepared the food we ordered on a portable cooker placed in the restaurant room. Although it was just fried rice with vegetables it tasted delicious.

On the way to Bao Dai villas

by magor65

What I love doing while visiting a new place is walking to the parts of a town away from tourist attractions. To see how people live, even it is only the outside of the buildings, to watch locals at their daily chores is as important to me as seeing the highlights of the city.
On our way to Bao Dai villas we spotted in the distance a roof of a catholic church. We decided to find it. Having left the main street we found ourselves in the maze of narrow lanes, some of which ended abruptly leading to nowhere. The people we passed smiled at us and pointed the direction we should follow. I have no idea how they knew where we were going. Finally we found the church. We loved the way it was built - looking like a pagoda. Unfortunately, we couldn't get inside because it was closed. Nearby, behind the fence, was a buddhist temple. We wanted to enter its grounds when two big dogs started barking at us. Just then a buddhist nun appeared and invited us in. She kindly showed us around and we had a chat.

Valley of love, near Dalat

by manil51

About 5 km from Dalat's centre to the North, the Valley of Love is ringed by hilly slopes covered with pines. Under King Bao Dai the valley was called Hoa Binh (Peace).
In 1972 Da Thien lake was created in the valley. As a result of this enhancement, the valley has become even more poetic and seductive and has attracted countless visitors and, of course, lovers.


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Forum Posts


by chillip

thinking of going here next August - is the weather ok then? Also thinking of staying at the Ana Mandera Resort - it looks great, but is it really worth the money? Any other hotels you can recommend? We want somewhere on the beach, but near to restaurants. Any advice on flights, too - flying from London Heathrow probably. The only sticking point at the moment is that it's 3 flights for us to get there. Anyone done it in one go ?


by kimmo_v

We were there in august 2004 and the weather was just fine.
We had a hotel on the beach boulevard with big balcony facing the sea, a/c, tv, shower/bathtube, writing desk and king size bed. The price was appr. 20 USD and it was really good value. Little old but still nice and clean hotel. If interested i can send you more info.
Great alternative for Nha Trang is Doc Let beach just 50-60 kilometers north of Nha Trang.
We had a bungalow on the waterfront with ceiling fan, shower, toilet and own terrace. The price was 15 USD for a double including breakfast, lunch, dinner and so much coffee, tea, fruits and water you want to drink. You pay only for alcohols and soft drinks.
That place is outstanding laid back place with nice and clean beach and really cool staff. For total relaxation. They also arrange boat trips with snorkeling, lunch included in the deserted island in bbq style, with big boat for 10 USD/day.



by bluebell_black

The Ana mandera resort is really beautiful. We didn't stay there but wished we could have afforded it. It's right on the beach and near 'The Sailing club', a great bar / restaurant / club. We stayed a few miles up in the mountains in Bao Dai Villas which we loved and hired a moped for the journey to the beach / town. Have a wonderful time, ,and yes the weather will be fab.


by chillip

thank you bluebell black - so it is worth the expense then is it?

Nha Trang hotel

by GottaTry

Has anyone stayed at BAO DAI VILLAS in Nha Trang? Any hotel recommendations for that area? I know there are several resorts but the price seems high for those. The French Colonial aspect of the Boa Dai sounds interesting. I don't need a resort just a clean room.

RE: Nha Trang hotel

by mylan

Bao Dai villa is state own rite now. Room rate is a bit more expensive than others hotel in Nha trang, I think it;s around 30 40 US pernite but you got huge rooms and honestly it's a bit far from down town. IT's in the end of TRan Phu street, and it's on it own area. If you just need a clean room, just get to Nha trang you can find so many hotel around 15 US pernite or even less.

RE: Nha Trang hotel

by hawaiianhottie

We like the Suisse Hotel-it's down a quiet street, but super close to all the action and the beach. $15 a night for a clean room and they'll bring you breakfast in bed.

Buan Ma Thuat Info

by juleswc

Hi Ya,

On our 3 week trip to Vietnam, we plan on calling in at Buan Ma Thuat, abd wonder if anyone has any information on this small town?
We're only staying a night or two, but we're interested in going to a minoirty village and maybe even seeing some elephants, if we can (?)

Any advice woudl be superb :-)


Re: Buan Ma Thuat Info

by naturals

Buon Ma Thuoc (not Buan Ma Thuat) is small city in highland, central of Viet Nam. It is capital of Dac Lac provice. It is about 350 km from Ho Chi Minh city, 100 km from Nha Trang. You can see elephant in Buon Don, far about 40 km in West. Visit York Don national Park next. You can go to Lac lake where has Bao Dai place, a last King in Viet Nam. It is about 40 km far in North.
Good trip !


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Address: Cau Da - Vinh Nguyen, Nha Trang, Vietnam