Poolside drinks and eats in Vietnam
One of the things that sets Ho Tram Resort Casino Vietnam apart from other integrated gaming resorts in Southeast Asia is its beachfront location, specifically a 1.3-mile stretch of beach with golden sand and blue-green water. Overlooking the sand and ocean beyond is a pair of pools (plus a shallow kiddie pool) where you’ll find the young and beautiful people, especially during the resort’s legendary pool parties that last into the wee hours. Servicing the bikini-clad clientele dancing to whatever the DJ is spinning is Bojangle’s Snacks and Bar, a 40-seat, partially covered, open-air restaurant. This casual spot has live entertainment on some nights and is open until 10:30 p.m. every night of the week.
The adjacent Bojangle’s Pool Bar shares the same menu and features swim-up seats in its shaded colonnaded space. Both also service the private beach area as well as the lovely curtained cabanas where you can get the VIP treatment during three-hour sessions. (Tip: You can snag a cabana by either ordering a specified amount of food and drinks or by signing up for a spa treatment.)
Bojangles Snacks & Bar has a grill to whip up quick eats like cheesy wagyu burgers and ham-and-cheese panini. More complicated items get delivered from the resort’s nearby Ginger restaurant (an all-day East-meets-West buffet spot), and range from finger foods like chicken wings, fresh prawn and pork spring rolls, and grilled sun-dried squid with lemon-chili sauce to full-blown meals along the lines of wok-fried egg noodles with seafood and steamed clams with lemongrass and chili.
Those with a sweet tooth can cure a serious sugar fix with the coconut cream caramel or a lotus seed pudding in pomelo syrup, among other sweet selections. The ice cream cart is virtually irresistible on a hot summer’s day, especially with flavors like Mango Tango and Jamoca Almond Fudge.
The drink menu will take you from sun up to sun down with everything from smoothies, juices and crafted sodas to mocktails, cocktails and spirits. (There’s also energy drinks for those who want to keep the party going and going.) In addition to the classics, the bar serves up some of its own alcoholic creations, including The Grand Cocktail (gin and Choya Umeshu liqueur) and a twist on the traditional piña colada that features Thai syrup, a housemade concoction of ginger, lemongrass and lime leaves. Ask about the special cocktails of the day or feel free to order off-menu — here, you can expect to be taken care of by the expert bartenders.