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The Anam introduces sunset cruise

Released at: 16:58, 01/11/2018

The Anam introduces sunset cruise

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Cruise along Cai River in Nha Trang includes dinner and Dom Perignon.

by Doanh Doanh

The Anam is opening up one of Vietnam’s most compelling waterways in a whole new way, launching a cruise replete with dinner and Dom Perignon bubbles down Nha Trang’s Cai River.

Puttering past pagodas, jungle-clad mountains and rice paddies, the cruise aboard a traditional wooden Vietnamese fishing boat follows visits atop a modern white Vespa to attractions on the river’s northern bank, including the famed Po Nagar Cham Towers.

“Our cruise, on a charming little fishing boat hand-crafted right on the river’s banks, is a great way to see another side of beach city Nha Trang and anchors an exquisite afternoon and evening,” said Mr. Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, Anam’s General Manager.

After a taste of Vietnamese coffee at Cong Café, adorned in paraphernalia such as old books, typewriters and kerosene lamps from the country’s Subsidy Period, guests rummage through the Po Nagar Cham Towers standing upon a granite knoll near the river’s mouth.

Built to honor the goddess Po Nagar between the 7th and 12th centuries under the vanquished Champa Kingdom’s reign, four redbrick towers with carved epitaphs to Cham kings and turreted and pyramidal roofs remain today, including the 23-metre high Po Nagar Kalan, one of the tallest Cham structures in the world.

The Vespas then zip down small alleyways to reach Sunshine Bar, an intimate venue overlooking the river where bespoke cocktails are served before the quaint five-meter-long boat collects the guests.

The cruise caters to a maximum of eight guests. A chef prepares a personalized Vietnamese or Western menu featuring fresh seafood, prime cuts and/or vegetarian dishes, indulged during the cruise with two bottles of Dom Perignon, wine and Saigon Beer.

The cruise experience is priced at $1,850 for eight guests, inclusive of two bottles of Dom Perignon, dinner and other drinks including beer, wine and cocktails, visits via the Vespas to all attractions as well as transfers to and from The Anam. Guests are picked up from The Anam at Cam Ranh at 3pm and return to the resort at 8.45pm.

Cai River stretches 84 km. It begins at a height of 1,812 meters at Gia Le Mountain in the central highlands and flows through Dak Lak and Khanh Hoa provinces before reaching Nha Trang, which lies at its mouth.

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