We stayed at the Tien Dat Resort for 4 nights from the 14th to 18th of Dec.2012. Not knowing what to expect when we booked the bus ride and resort stay, we were pleasantly surprised. The bus ride was something unusual to us. It's the 'sleeping bus' (Hanh Cafe open tour bus). One is almost in a sleeping position on the bus as the name suggested. At most the recline came up to a 45 degree angle making it very uncomfortable for us, unless you want to sleep all the way. And you have to take your shoes off when you board the bus. The driver will give you a plastic bag for storage. Larger people would find this sleeping bus most uncomfortable. If we knew we would have taken the usual sitting bus ( we are not large).
Tien Dat is a dated resort that have seen better days, but it's well kept and clean. We were given room 220 which was perpendicular to the road and beach, but we could see the road, beach and swimming pool from the balcony. At night we could hear the waves and some traffic noise but we still slept well.
A bedside lamp and the balcony light were not working when we arrived. We called the staff and they quickly attended to it. We also requested to change to yellow bulbs instead of white ones and they happily obliged. We just hate white lights. Yellow lights feel cosy and warm. The air-conditioning works well if you know how to work it. You have to position the air-fins to blow to the centre of the room instead of onto the head of the bed.
The staff at the resort were generally friendly and polite. Their spoken English were adequate enough for normal communication.
Every morning we look forward to the buffet breakfast. They changed some of the dishes daily and it's refreshing. The staff at the egg station made very good omelettes and other forms you fancy. We simply enjoyed the baguette and the works. The hot tea was so week and tasteless, and the coffee not much better. We would take the 'G7 coffee' sachets from the room and ask for hot water to make our own brew.
The 2 swimming pools (1 on the beach side and 1 on the hill side) were huge and inviting, and we spend a lot of our time there. The sun deck chairs facing the beach was also good for people watching and enjoying the sea breeze.
In the evening, we would go to the out-door BBQ seafood street for very affordable lobsters, prawns, scallops, fishes etc. There were also snakes (cobra), crocodiles and other exotic eats.
Overall, we enjoyed our vacation very much and would love to return soon.
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- The lovely resort is sited in surrounding of privacy and quiet elegance. Blue sea, white sand, cool sea wind... are all waiting for you. See Tien Dat Resort like never before with our Photo Gallery ! ... more less
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- Blue Waves (Tien Dat) Hotel Phan Thiet