A little family luxe

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This trip to Vietnam is kind of special. It’s rare (like maybe once a decade) that my brothers and I can simultaneously be in the same room with my mom, let alone travel together. We all have hectic, busy lives with our own families and live spread out all over the world.

Given the rarity of the occasion, and since we were going to be in the area doing charity work, my mom decided to treat us all to a day at the beach in Phan Thiet, a popular resort town that attracts visitors worldwide. We’d never been there before. Holy cow! I can now see why it’s so popular. It’s beautiful!

And for those watching their budget, its … ahem, quite affordable. If you can afford the airfare to get here without selling an appendage it’s dirt cheap once you’re here.

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We stayed at the Seahorse Resort, which was lovely. We stayed in Standard Rooms, but most of the resort is filled with bungalows.

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Phan Thiet’s beaches are lovely. They’re uncrowded and clean with soft white sand for as far as the eye can see—the stereotype of tropical paradise. The water is so warm and it’s easy to find a place renting surf boards, jet skis or offering para-sailing lessons.

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Or you can just lie on the beach and read a book.

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Or hit the spa.

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Or jump into the pool just steps from the beach.

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