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Jean Lou Coiffure De Paris, a French hairstylist and designer, has a little storefront at 13 Biet Thu (tel. 058/352-4159) and not only does hair and nails, but also serves drinks and does laundry, too. It's open daily from 8am to midnight.

Groove Shack, at 89a Nguyen Thien Thuat (tel. 058/352-4738), has lots of copycats, but owner Zac has this business down. The business provides good pirated CDs and media loaded onto your iPod or personal computer. Ethical? Not really. Convenient? Yes. And you can fill up on good new tunes (or DVDs) for kicking back at the beach. Zac also sells T-shirts and beach clothes. Open daily from 8am to 10pm.

Bambou (15 Biet Thu; tel. 058/352-3616; daily 8am-9:30pm) is a popular T-shirt shop in the heart of the backpacker area of Biet Thu. These shirts are becoming like the "Black Dog" shirts of Martha's Vineyard for Vietnam.

At 17A Biet Thu, the heart of the busy traveler street in Nha Trang, you can't miss bright Tashunco (17A Biet Thu; tel. 058/352-3035; daily 7am-10pm), a little grocer that carries familiar Western goods, ranging from Diet Coke to good cheese.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.