July 13, 2008

Preparations for this year's Miss Universe were probably the most extensive and expensive to date!

Consider the almost 40 million dollars spent developing what was marshland just 1 year ago! It's hard to believe! The city of Nha Trang, Vietnam is headed for popularity. Mr. Donald Trump, (who currently owns the Miss Universe Pageant along with NBC) already owns a lavish 1 million dollar mansion there, more are bound to follow. Yet The Apprentice did not bankroll this new resort development-it was a local investor. The Hoan Cau Limited Co. did name the 'stage' for the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant appropriately-the Crown Convention Center. We applaud! While there the contestants and other visitors stayed at the new five star Diamond Bay Golf Resort, the Miss Universe Pageant's Host Hotel. This immense resort complex features: a luxurious salon and spa, a 400 seat capacity restaurant, a lavish pool, 2 beaches, an amusement park with rides and animals, a shopping center, a 18 hole golf course with club house and driving range, a theater, an exhibition hall and a banquet hall. VinPearl Resort and Spa, the Official Hotel Sponsor of the Miss Universe Pageant also held events and are closely affiliated with the new development in Nha Trang Bay. One of their more important contributions being the Vinpearl Aerial Cableway: The longest sea cableway in the world. With 65 8-person cabins, the cableway can carry 1.500 passengers every hour from the departure to the arrival station. The Discovery Channel was very interested in the Vinpearl cableway because not only is it the longest one in the world, there were also many creative technical solutions in the construction process.

All this in a country who's primitive beauty is still very much untouched. Never really thought of Vietnam as a place to put on my vacation wish list...but checkout the slideshow at the end and maybe you too will change your mind!

Some play Fantasy Football or Fantasy Baseball...
Lets play Fantasy Vacation!

For 1 person
Booking a flight to Hanoi, Vietnam Airport
from St. Louis, MO Airport

Sept 1-10 2008

Best Deal Cheap Tickets:
No non-stops! No 1-stops!
Multiple Carrier-United and Korean Air
Time in flight 17 hrs,
Not including the 2 layovers (a 2 hour and a 3 hour)
You actually arrive 2 days later then when you left!
Total airfare, taxes and fees: $1617.29 Not Bad!

$140 a night without taxes. Total 980.00 Cheap!
EAR-Early rate with breakfast (Deluxe Ocean Queen)
room of 27 square meter wooden floor room overlooking the ocean view. 21 inch LCD/ shower/ bath tub/ complimentary wireless/ plug and play internet/ personal safe/ 24 hour room service/ coffee and tea making facilities and balcony.

Vietnam General Information
Government: Socialist
Area: 128,527 sq mi
Population:86,116,559 (2008)
See Local Time and Weather
Exchange Rate:
1.00 USD = 16,743.50 VND
Religion: 85% Buddist
Listen to Popular Vietnamese Music
View Vietnamese Food Specialties


Vietnam-Places to See

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