Where are the tourists? In Hoi An!
Hotels, more hotels, even more hotels...and they are not done yet!
This could not come with higher contrast with Nha Trang, where it seems that management have little imagination or will to get inspired by touristic cities that have success. For an outsider, Nha Trang new and fast growing skyline seems impressive, a sign of prosperity and development. But, for local peoples who stay here, there is no other way to see it like a crazed that’s about to consume all prime lands and when you realized that most of these hotels are near empty yearlong one have to ask: what is the point?. And, even then, why are they encouraging the great construction boom of countless of other new hotels to continue? Will it not exacerbated the problem of low occupancy rate of all other hotels? Is profitability a concern for these peoples? What’s more, does it make the city more attractive by the sole merit to build that much hotels? Built and they will come? We have our doubts. There is more solutions than building hotels to attract tourists in town but on that front too, little seems to be done in accordance with the best practices of Hoi An or other international touristic cities.
Would the city authorities close streets in the touristic area? 10 years of discussion yield nothing. Would they have left the most beautiful French colonial houses of Tran Phu be an attraction by itself? Not a chance, they have been all destroyed by now and replaced by tall hotels. Could they make sure that insisting and aggressive Xe Om Drivers (motorcycle drivers) are not a burden on visitors or would they improve the touristic area security? Nope! Could they put a moratoria on further hotels construction? No. This looks much more as the laws of jungle (of capitalism) than any socialist society that works for the greater good of the population (the People as opposed to plutocrats). When Canada is more of a equalitarian society than Vietnam, one can only laugh at the irony.
Perhaps there is no pressure on the old generation of "leaders" in this city to change anything? If asked they would certainly point out the tall hotels on Tran Phu, the Russian touristic invasion or the peripheral urban development as an example of good governance. Our answer would be empty hotels, tourists will no spending power (and in numbers that so low compared from their own lofty expectations) and real estate speculation run amok! Their plans of making this city an international touristic destination seemed to have backfired big time. Let’s not be surprised, then, to walk in the empty streets of Nha Trang and wonder where all the tourists are (and we know they are in Hoi An!). Now, if only the People's' Committee and the Culture, Sport and Tourism Ministry would see and realized that their lunches are being eaten in Quang Nam Province, maybe thing could be busier down here! It would not require big changes to make this city get back its momentum like it is 2008 (it was luck back then) and today it would require a small revolution in thinking and imagination to improve the city's dire touristic reputation...
Nha Trang still the best, they can't take that away!
This doesn't mean Nha Trang is without charm or fascinating attractions or even competent municipal managers. Quite the contrary as Nha Trang is endowed with magnificent city beaches (that are keep clean) and even more beautiful natural beaches north and south. The city itself is quite clean. Let's not forget jungle waterfalls around Nha Trang, the century old but fully restored Po Nagar Cham Towers, the Catholic Cathedral, the spectacular diving spots in Nha Trang bay, Vinpearl Aquatic Park, golf courses, hiking spots, floating restaurants; the list is too long to enumerate all here. Nha Trang is a much bigger and more interesting city than Hoi An overall (for an expat point of view anyway).
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