Vietnam’s lengthy coastline is home to some of the best beaches in all of Asia. The warm blue water and lush tropical setting will get you to thinking why you never thought of coming to this beautiful country sooner! (I’m ignoring the fact that it’s halfway across the world from most of you.) Just make sure you plan on arriving to this paradise of a place during October-December if you plan on skipping out on the rain. Vietnam’s best beaches can be found in the southern part of the country so let’s explore what beaches you should be placing on your hols itinerary when you are visiting Southern Vietnam.
Six beautiful miles of white sand, blue water, lush greenery and palm trees already makes this beach a hotspot to go to but there’s also plenty to do while you’re there. This beach is the number one place to be if you’re planning a diving excursion or would even like to snorkel; the waters are so crystal-clear every expectation you have will be right on point. Nha Trang also has quite the reputation for some truly entertaining party boat cruises which usually include a sweet tour of the area, freshly cooked meals and ice-cold beer. This beach is also the gateway to a number of island getaways within the area so you can find even more things to explore. But even with all of these amazing things to do it still caters quite well to those trying to stay on a budget and offers some pretty affordable deals, even for backpackers.
No matter when you head to Vietnam, this sunny beach will be waiting for you. It is a very beautiful resort area with an ideal setting for wind and kite surfing. You can find plenty to do around the area while enjoying the crystal-clear waters such as golfing, fishing, exploring remote sand dunes and eating your fair share of fresh seafood. If you take a bus you can easily get to Mui Ne Bay from Phan Thiet but if you’re heading from Ho Chi Minh it will take about 3 hours to reach the beach.
If you’re searching for China Beach, also try looking up Danang beach and the locals will know more what you’re talking about. It is still the same gorgeous 20 mile beach but foreigners like to call it China Beach – China is quite a ways off. If you’re into history you’ll be intrigued to know this area is actually where US troops landed during the Vietnam War in the 1970s. Now, a few decades later, you can still find some US soldiers hanging out and see the transformation of war zone to an upscale stunning beach destination. Plus, if you love surfing, this is THE place to be September-December when you can catch some amazing waves and perhaps even catch Vietnam’s annual surfing competition.
Hon Chong Beach is a spectacular white beach with calm tropical water to be enjoyed under the proverbial rainbow umbrella. (I’m not judging.) The beach is located in Ha Tien, which is on the border with Cambodia – another place where the beaches are totally underrated. While you’re there make sure to check out Tien Cave and the interesting rock formations surrounding it. The Hai Tac islets are also a nice option, especially if you’re a diver. The tiny islands are accessible by boat from Ha Tien, and the biggest of these islands, Ho Doc, also has some gorgeous white beaches to soak up the sun in.
Posted : Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 11:00
Andy Hayes is based in sunny Portland, Oregon. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he works on his own lifestyle publication, Plum Deluxe.