Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break. After two months backpacking through Nepal, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, we needed some days of relax to recharge batteries. Luckily, the beach town of Nha Trang was on our way, and we had enough SPG points to get a free room at the Sheraton there. For those who don’t know, SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) is probably the best hotel loyalty program in the world. I travel for work a lot, and try to stay at their Westins, Sheratons, Ws and St. Regis as much as possible to horde points, which accumulate fast once you have platinum status. And it’s to use them in moments like these, to get a free suite at a nice hotel by the ocean, and stuff yourself at the included buffet 🙂
We spent 3 days in Nha Trang, sleeping, tanning, swimming, and walking on the beach… and that’s it. I read that there were a lot of tourist activities to do in the area, including some Cham ruins (similar to the ones we had just visited in My Son), snorkel trips to some islands, and a waterpark. But we were not up for anything. The beach was nice, though not world-class, and it was definitely way overdeveloped. Nha Trang is not a place I would recommend to people coming to Vietnam, but it was exactly the break we needed.
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I wish my usual travel accommodation (dirty backpacker hostels) offered loyalty programmes…
Haha I hear you, been there… actually most of the booking websites, especially http://www.hotels.com, have a good selection of hostels and interesting loyalty programs. We usually don’t like to book ahead, but started realizing these sites had the same rate or cheaper than what we got offered as walk-ins. And you accumulate points towards free nights, so you can splurge some times 😉
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