Two years on, Diamond Bay Resort in Nha Trang is still clinging on to its famed history of hosting the 2008 Miss Universe pageant, so much so that dinner halls still carry portraits of the contestants and kitchenware like cups and plates continue to bear the hotel's 2008 logo. For sure, I had Miss Italy and Miss Australia smiling down at me every morning during breakfast, and that cup I was drinking from may very well have been held by Miss Venezuela.
Nha Trang seems to be a fairly scenic coastal city, but I guess I can't say too much because admittedly I spent most of the time confined to the Diamond Bay Resort. It's odd holding meetings in a resort because you would be walking around in suits, much to the bemusement of some of the tourists. If I had to compare, I think I still prefer the cool hills of Da Lat, having been pampered by the lovely weather (it's hot and humid in Nha Trang) and its serene out-of-nowhereness.
There was a barbecue and international buffet night as part of the host's resort-style "gala dinner", and I quite enjoyed the fresh barbecued seafood (especially the whole fishes, scallops and prawns) prepared by the hotel. Dinners on other nights were terribly forgettable, so at least this compensated things a little.
I ordered the Traditional Lean Beef Burger on one of my long work nights to keep the energy up and running. Pity that the burger turned out to be a tad overdone. To be fair, it was clearly hand-pounded and had a promising beefy quality to it, so it may just have been a cook on a bad day. The fries were hot and crispy and quite simply a delight to munch on late into the night.
Next up: Back to yummies in Singapore! :)
About SGD16 including taxes.
Diamond Bay Resort,
Nha Trang, Vietnam.
Pictures taken with the Apple iPhone 4.