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North of Nha Trang

Orientation

As you're going along Highway 1A, the big sign to the Hyundai Port marks the road that leads to Ninh Tinh. About 11 km later, the road veers right. Just before it does so, there's a left turn that leads north, and zigzags a bit along its way, 12km, to the roundabout off Doc Let beach. Just past the roundabout is the sign for the right-hand turn to White Sands and Doc Let Resorts, which are about a kilometre further east. There are a couple of small, decent guesthouses along this road if, for any reason, you don't want to stay at the Doc Let but you want to stay in the area. If you keep on the main road after the roundabout for 3.5km more, you'll see small blue signs leading the way to the Paradise, which also take you to the Kiem-Art House next door, after 2 more kilometres of zigzagging.

Continuing on the port road as it veers right leads to Jungle Beach. There are no signs along the way, and Jungle Beach itself has no sign, something owner Sylvio is proud of. He occasionally receives irate phone calls from people who spent the day looking for the place but gave up. Since he has more business than he can handle, he just says, "Well, sorry, I guess it wasn't meant to be." But you can thwart destiny by heading towards the port and then driving around the back of it, along the surrounding concrete wall. Then continue south, even when the road turns to dirt and sand road, for six more kilometres --it's simply a question of not losing your nerve. The Jungle Beach is in a compound on the water surrounded by a bamboo fence -- you can see the thatched roofs from the road. One of the staff will usually hear you coming and open the gate for you.

Jungle Beach has one, slow internet connection, so you're probably better off heading 1.8 km down the road to the VNTP internet place. They offer basic service at 4,000 VND per hour. To get there from Jungle Beach, just retrace your steps -- head north on the beach road until it veers left. The VNTP is just after the road turns into blacktop on the left. If you strike out there for any reason, there are a few more places along the road as it heads north, two or three kilometres further on.

There are no ATMs in the area, and there's nowhere to cash travellers checks. You can exchange dollars for dong at the Agribank located on the roundabout near Doc Let beach, at the intersection where the road heads to Buon Ma Thuot just before the well-marked right turn to the White Sands and Doc Let resorts. There's also a post office there, with the usual services, including long distance phone calling. If you're staying at the Jungle Beach, there's another Agribank 4 km north of it. The nearest internet place is Number One internet, 1.5 km to the south of the roundabout, and there are a few more places further down.

Agribank: Ninh Tinh Roundabout (near Doc Let Beach). T: (058) 849 839. Open 07:30 to 11:30, 13:30 to 17:00.
Agribank: Ninh Tinh (4 km from Jungle Beach). T: (058) 122 054. Open: 07:30 to 11:30, 13:30 to 17:00
Hon Khoi Post Office: Ninh Tinh Roundabout (near Doc Let Beach). T: (058) 849 200. Open: 06:00 to 21:00
Number One Internet: Ninh Tinh (near Doc Let Beach). T: (058) 670 757. Open: 07:00 to 22:00
VNTP: Ninh Tinh (near Jungle Beach). T: (058) 622 630. Open: 06:00 to 23:00 daily

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