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Who is Bao Dai?

Bao Dai Emperor

Emperor Bao Dai’s life covered four significant periods - as the Emperor of Annam, advisor to Ho Chi Minh, Chief of the Vietnam State and exile and burial in France.

During the French protectorate, Vietnam was divided into three regions – the north (Tonkin) with Hanoi as the capital, the centre (Annam) with Hue as the capital, and the south (Cochinchine) with its capital Saigon.

Together with Laos and Cambodia this region formed the so-called French Indochine. Bao Dai was the Emperor of Annam and was based in Hue; he remained the spiritual Emperor of the whole of Vietnam.

Vietnam's last Emperor, Nguyen Vinh Thuy, came to the throne in 1926 as Bao Dai or "Keeper of Greatness" after the death of his father Emperor Khai Dinh in 1925. Educated in France he was not allowed to carry out the reforms he wished, and after the Japanese occupation declared the independence of the Empire of Vietnam on 11 March 1945.

However, the country was soon engulfed by the August Revolution led by the Communist Viet Minh and their leader Ho Chi Minh. Later in 1945 Bao Dai abdicated as Emperor and accepted the invitation of President Ho Chi Minh to be his advisor to the new government of the Vietnam Democratic Republic.

Bao Dai then left on a diplomatic mission to China and decided to stay in Hong Kong until 1949. With the start of the Indochina war, backed by the French State, he later returned to lead the Saigon-based State of Vietnam as the Chief of State. His capital was in Dalat and his administration covered the whole of the Central Highlands.

In 1955 he was overthrown in a rigged election by his U.S.-backed Prime Minister, Ngo Dinh Diem. He lived in exile in France until his death in a military hospital in Paris in 1997. Together with Emperor Duy Tan, Bao Dai is one of only two emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty not buried in Vietnam.

[+] Is there any risk that Emperor Cruises may cancel the cruise?
The Emperor Cruises never makes the decision to cancel a cruise. However, cruising and sailing in Nha Trang Bay is strictly regulated by a local board: the Nha Trang Port Authority. Every morning, the Port Authority delivers a permit to each cruise company allowing them to sail in Nha Trang Bay. Both day cruises and overnight cruises are regulated this way.

In case of bad weather conditions and risks of tropical storms, the Port Authority might limit the possibilities of cruising and even decide to cancel all cruises.

In those cases, final decision by the Port of Authority is usually known only at 01:00 on the day of departure.
The Emperor Cruises would inform their guests as soon as the information available, which unfortunately might only be upon guest's arrival at the port. Different possibilities are then offered to the guests.

[+] Is it possible to be three people in the same room?
The Emperor Cruises have Triple Cabins. We can arrange one extra bed per cabin on the cruises for children under 12 years old. Above this age limit, an extra cabin will have to be booked.

[+] Where is the Emperor Cruising inside the Bay?
Our Cruises thus are navigating on more peaceful waters as the majority of the Nha Trang cruisers take a completely different route. We try to provide a good balance between leisurely cruising away from the crowd and visits to the major landmarks of the Bay so that our guest wouldn't miss anything of this fantastic area.

[+] Where do your cruises start from?
The Emperor Cruises disposes of a private pier on Cau Da port from where the cruise departs heading out towards Mieu Island to visit the temple where local people come to pay their respects and ask that whales protect them at sea and bring them good luck

[+] What should I wear on the boat?
No dress code is imposed on board The Emperor Cruises. We advise you that
Guests should dress comfortably in casual clothing and bring along:

-    Camera and/or video recorder
-     A swimsuit on sunny days
-     A sweater (for cooler days or evenings)
-     A cap or hat, Suntan lotion.
Weather and sea conditions can change quickly and guests are advised to take an extra t-shirt in case they get wet.

[+] How can I get to the Emperor Cruises?
It takes about 50 minutes to drive from Cam Ranh Airport to our cruises and 30 minutes from Nha Trang city. In order to get to the departure port, The Emperor Cruises offers a shuttle bus service leaving from Nha Trang city every morning at 8h00. A private car with driver can be requested.

[+] When is the best time to visit Nha Trang Bay?
Nha Trang experiences sun year round, with an average temperature of 23°C due to mild northern winds. The rainfall is less than anywhere else in the country and the area is rarely threatened by storms as it is protected by the Truong Son Mountains and Ca Pass. You can visit Nha Trang around the year.

The coastal city of Nha Trang, in Khanh Hoa Province in Central Vietnam, lies on the trans-Vietnam highway, 1,278km from Hanoi and 448km from Ho Chi Minh City and is a gateway to the former French retreat of Dalat, in the Central Highlands, just 2 hours away by car. The city can be reached from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by air to Cam Ranh airport, 30km from town, or by train from Danang or Ho Chi Minh City.

Khanh Hoa Province has three famous bays: Nha Trang Bay is a premier beach resort with a long sandy beach and many bars, restaurants and dive shops along Tran Phu Boulevard, with many offshore islands ideal for snorkeling and diving; Van Phong has a long white-sand beach and lagoons and a deep seaport for industry; and Cam Ranh is an off-limits naval base.

 

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