Who doesn't love a beach holiday? There's something refreshing and immensely liberating about basking in the sun's glaring heat, lying on the sand, watching the blue waters frolic in front of you as you sip on tropical coconut water and acquiring the perfect tan. Vietnam has no dearth of beaches. For the longest time, the picturesque coastline of this country was one of South-East Asia's best-kept secrets, but these beaches have begun to become beachgoers' favourites.
This article enumerates and details 12 beaches in vietnam that you absolutely cannot miss:
1. Long Beach
Location: Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc is the largest island of Vietnam. The entire island is dotted with spectacular beaches, but Long Beach is by far the famous. It is not only a popular haunt for sunbathers and swimmers, but the blue waters and golden sands attract photographers and sunset lovers as well. Squid Fishing, hiking, snorkelling, kayaking and jet skiing are popular beach activities. Another popular activity is to rent bikes and cycle around the town.
Best Time: March to late May or Late October to December How to Reach: The beach is located only four kilometres from the airport. The airport can be reached by frequent flights from Can Tho City, Ho Chi Minh City and Rach Gia. Another way to arrive here is through the train or the high-speed ferry.
Nha Trang is a cosmopolitan city known for its energetic vibe. The Nha Trang Bay is considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world and has become a popular scuba diving destination. The Nha Trang beach is home to Rainbow Divers, Vietnam's first PAD-Certified Diving Center. Water sports such as snorkelling, wakeboarding, kite surfing and banana boat rides are common. The perennially warm waters of the beach also support kite-boarding and sailing. The beach is home to a number of luxurious spas and hotels that offer the perfect retreat from Vietnam's party lifestyle.
Best Time: February to April How to Reach: Nha Trang can be reached from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by flight, motorbike, road, train or bus.
Once a sleepy strip of beach that served as a fishing village, Mui Ne is rapidly developing into a mass tourism site, with a string of coastal resorts. However, the fishing village vibe still remains with large round boats that the locals use to catch fish. The tranquillity of the beach makes it a perfect location for sunbathing, jogging and walking. The beach is also a happening place and is well known for kitesurfing, swimming, surfing and windsurfing. Mui Ne is also considered to be one of the best sailing locations in the world.
Best Time: November to March How to Reach: The easiest way to get to Mui Ne is by flying to Nha Trang. It can also be reached by road from Ho Chi Minh City.
A major fight area during the Vietnam War, da Nang Beach is better known for its pristine beach with its stretch of white sand, picturesque coral reef, palm leaves swaying in the wind and idyllic blue waters. Marble Mountain sits majestically in the middle of the beach. The beach is known for its breathtaking sunsets - the scenery is straight out of a van Gogh painting. The collective of three beaches - My Khe, My An and Non Nuoc - is called the Da Nang Beach.
Best Time: February to May How to Reach: Da Nang is close to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and can easily be reached by bus, train or motorbike. Da Nang also has an airport of its own.
If your beach mantra is 'eat, swim, sleep, repeat', then An Bang beach is the perfect destination for you. Frequented by the expat community, this beach is dotted with numerous lively bars and manicured gardens where you can waste your days away sipping cocktails and soaking in the sun. It is the perfect location for a relaxed day off.
Best Time: March to May How to Reach: Hoi An can be reached by road or bus from Da Nang, Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City
6. Star Beach
Location: Phu Quoc Island
Star Beach is not as popular as Long Beach as it is not as tourist friendly; however, it is as impressive. The pristine waters and white sands coupled with gentle swaying palms and large boulders of the beach are perfect for sunrise and sunset views. The most unique part of the beach though is the fact that it lights up at night due to the plankton, conferring a glow to the water as if someone lit a lamp inside the water. It makes for a very pretty sight.
Best Time: March to late May or Late October to December How to Reach: The beach is located only four kilometres from the airport. The airport can be reached by frequent flights from Can Tho City, Ho Chi Minh City and Rach Gia. Another way to reach is through the train or the high-speed ferry.
7. Doc Let Beach
Location: Hoc Loi Penninsula
If you are an unconventional traveller or a backpacker, looking for some peace and quiet amidst the raging tourism industry of Vietnam, the idyllic Doc Let Beach is the perfect location for you. This beach has almost nonexistent tourist facilities but is picture perfect thanks to its scenic landscapes. The beach is generally unoccupied and it will almost feel like a private beach. Doc Let beach is popular for its salt fields, a coveted spot amongst photographers.
Best Time: November to February How to Reach: Take bus #3 from Nha Trang and get off at the last stop and walk to the beach.
8. Con Son Island
Location: Con Dao Archipelago
The Con Son Island has a dark history. The French built a prison here to confine the most notorious prisoners owing to its distance from the mainland. That distance has served to be a blessing as the island is still in top notch pristine condition unspoilt by tourists. The island has beaches with activities such as biking, trekking and diving. It is also home to green sea turtles.
Best Time: March to October How to Reach: You can take a plane from Ho Chi Minh City or a ferry from Vung Tau City.
9. Ho Coc Beach
Location: Ho Coc
Ho Coc beach is considered to be one of the most primitive and untouched beaches in Vietnam. The beach itself is a long, five kilometre stretch of golden sand, crystal clear waters and a coastline dotted with sand dunes, coracles and large boulders. Ho Coc is not very accommodating of tourists, owing to its recent discovery. It is advised to visit the area during weekdays as it becomes quite crowded during the weekend. If you have extra time, you can stopover at the nearby rainforests and hot springs.
Best Time: November to February How to Reach: You can easily get to Ho Coc Beach from Ho Chi Minh City by bus, ferry or your own car.
Perched on the spectacular blue Cau Hai Lagoon lays the beautiful Thuan An Beaches. The special thing about these beaches is not the pristine scenery but the vibe. These beaches are all about fun and frolic. The beaches are the perfect place to interact with locals and learn about the culture of the place. Seafood complemented with one too many beers and a gang of cheering natives is the norm here.
Best Time: February to April How to Reach: The beach is very close to Hue and can be walked from the city.
11. Vung Tau
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
Vung Tau is the closest beach to Ho Chi Minh City and one of the best-liked beaches in the south of Vietnam. Owing to the proximity to Ho Chi Minh City, this is also the most frequented beach. Vung tau maybe a beach with a lot of people, but the beach is maintained very well with a high degree of cleanliness. The best time to visit the beach is on weekdays as it is frequented by the public during weekends and public holidays.
Best Time: October to January How to Reach: The beach is walking distance from Ho Chi Minh City Center.
12. Cua Dai Beach
Location: Hoi An
Cua Dai is a very popular beach located very close to Hoi An. The beach is known for its white sands, turquoise waters, clear sunshine and tender waves. The beach is a tourist hotspot but it is maintained very well. Cua Dai is an excellent place to cycle around and makes for excellent biking experiences. For the adventure junkies, Cua Dai has a number of adventure water sports to offer.
Best time: March to May How to Reach: Hoi An can be reached by road or bus from Da Nang, Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam has so many different kinds of beaches, from those that barely see any tourists to those that have activities catered to tourists, from white sands to golden sands and from beautiful sunrises to breathtaking sunsets. Vietnamese beaches have something to offer to everyone. Whatever kind of person you are, the beaches are your perfect tropical holiday destinations!