Vietnam has wonderful seashores. It might not have fairly the popularity of being a seashore vacation spot the way in which Thailand does, however that doesn’t imply that you may’t discover gorgeous seashores in Vietnam. Fairly the other really. The seashores in Vietnam will not be as well-known as their Thai counter components, however that makes all of them the extra enticing, as even the most effective seashores in Vietnam are nonetheless pretty native and never too crowded. On this publish, I´ll introduce you to the finest seashores in Southern Vietnam from Da Nang to Phu Quoc.
Southern Vietnam – right here outlined as the world from the islands off the southern coast as much as Hoi An and Da Nang within the heart of the nation – has a heat local weather all 12 months spherical, with dry season from November to April, making it excellent for a seashore trip within the winter time (of the Northern hemisphere). We have now spent two winters and a complete of three months exploring the seashores of Vietnam, and the nation has change into one in every of our favourites. It’s tremendous versatile, with abandoned seashores on small islands, surrounded by little greater than jungle and a few seashore shacks on one finish of the spectrum, and vigorous seashore cities with each amenity possible and luxurious resorts on the opposite finish of the spectrum.
Listed below are my favourite picks for a seashore vacation in Vietnam, in reverse order: The highest 12 most stunning seashores in Vietnam.
12. Nha Trang Seashore
Nha Trang is presumably Vietnam’s most well-known seashore vacation spot. Nha Trang itself is likely one of the bigger cities in Vietnam, and Nha Trang Seashore is a large, miles-long stretch of white sand and clear turquoise waters. The seashore is gorgeous. That, mixed with Nha Trang’s common nightlife scene, makes it a major vacation spot for each Vietnamese and worldwide vacationers.
Across the touristy space within the South finish of the town, the seashore is somewhat business with solar beds of various “classes” starting from “VIP” to “financial system” taking over plenty of house.
The seashore can get busy close to the middle of city in excessive season, and might be nice for vacationers in search of a vigorous ambiance with numerous facilities, however would possibly get too crowded for these seeking to chill out. If, like us, you don’t like mendacity between lengthy, tightly-packed rows of vacationers, take a stroll to the very South finish of the town, previous the business half, and also you’ll finally find yourself on a virtually empty stretch of seashore with numerous house to place down your towel and chill out.
The place to remain in Nha Trang:
Nha Trang has a whole bunch of motels and visitor homes that may match any price range. We stayed at Fortunate Star Lodge, a 3 star property simply off the primary strip of Nha Trang. It was an honest choice for value/worth, however in the event you’re seeking to splurge, I’d advocate trying out the Evason Ana Mandara Lodge. It’s immediately on the seashore, and on the very Southern finish of the town, which I’m recommending above.
11. Tuy Hoa Seashore
Tuy Hoa is most well-known for Tuy Hoa Air Base, which was a US Air Drive Base in the course of the Vietnam Battle. It’s not in any means a touristy metropolis. Relatively, the town itself is considerably ugly, it reminded us of soviet structure of the Eighties. Nonetheless, the place is value a go to.
We initially selected Tuy Hoa as, after 5 days in Mui Ne, we wished to get away from vacationer cities and wander away the crushed observe. Tuy Hoa is about as far off the crushed observe as you will get whereas nonetheless being on the primary prepare line of the Reunification Categorical.
The seashore is huge, spectacular, and decidedly empty. But it surely’s the pleasant individuals and the road meals that set this place aside. Within the night, close to the town heart and close to the prepare station, you’ll discover strains of road meals stalls promoting soups, banh mi and one in every of my favorite Vietnamese dishes, banh xeo: scorching savoury crèpes, served with large plates of recent herbs.
We didn’t see a single different Westerner right here in our two days in Tuy Hoa, and the road meals sellers have been enthusiastically inviting us to attempt their meals and making an attempt to show us about Vietnamese delicacies and proper rice paper wrapping strategies. Them not understanding English and us not understanding Vietnamese didn’t deter both facet, so we had some enjoyable evenings after our seashore strolls!
The place to remain in Tuy Hoa:
Tuy Hoa is just not arrange for tourism in any respect actually. There are a few motels by the seashore, nonetheless, since these get somewhat common evaluations, we determined to go for the Cen Deluxe Lodge. It’s strolling distance from the prepare station, and gives free personal shuttles to the seashore, in addition to the choice to make use of the pool at a seashore membership without spending a dime. The resort itself is a 5 star property, and the rooms are good, however don’t anticipate 5 star service or meals. It’s primarily a enterprise resort.
10. An Bang Seashore, Hoi An
An Bang is a stunning seashore in direction of the Northern finish of Hoi An, and is usually a lot much less crowded than common Cua Dai Seashore. In February, it was largely empty. There have been a bunch of the enduring spherical Vietnamese fishing boats mendacity round within the sand, which made for nice posing alternatives.
The water can get fairly chilly, so in the event you’re in search of a tub, this isn’t it. Nonetheless, it’s a fantastic seashore to spend a day enjoyable and having fun with the solar. I like to recommend choosing a resort on the town with free bikes and cycle out to An Bang Seashore. Don’t overlook to choose up a picnic on the way in which – a few banh mi and a few recent fruit are good seashore picnic fare.
The place to remain in Hoi An:
Hoi An is known for its homestays, so we tried Botanic Backyard Homestay. It was extra like a Mattress & Breakfast than a homestay, nevertheless it did have a pleasant backyard, served a fantastic little breakfast and the household took excellent care of me once I obtained sick, even providing to carry me breakfast in mattress. In case you’re in search of a romantic seashore trip or a splurge, take a look at The Nam Hai Hoi An.
9. Da Nang Seashore
Da Nang Seashore is one other metropolis seashore, a protracted stretch of golden sand with the skyline of Danang behind you and the South China Sea in entrance of you. The seashore is common with locals, however the Vietnamese are likely to keep away from the solar, so in the event you’re planning on performing some tanning, you’ll have loads of house. It will get busier within the evenings, when individuals come out to chill out with household and buddies or to play sports activities. Seashore volleyball and soccer appeared hottest once we visited.
Within the mornings, fishermen carry their catch of the day to the seashore and it turns right into a vigorous seafood market. It doesn’t get any more energizing than this! So in the event you’re staying in an condominium with cooking services, this can be a good place to do your buying.
The place to remain in Da Nang:
We stayed on the Zenta Lodge, the place we had a pleasant double room with sea view and a balcony only a block away from the seashore. Town is being constructed up although, particularly within the space close to the seashore, so take a look at a few of the newer resort choices. Or splurge on the Intercontinental or the Fusion Maia, each of that are gorgeous resorts immediately on the seashore.
8. Sao Seashore (Bai Sao), Phu Quoc
Sao Seashore is an unbelievable, gorgeous stretch of white sand and bathtub-warm turquoise water on the island of Phu Quoc. In case you’re in search of a publish card seashore, this can be a excessive contender for prettiest seashore in Vietnam.
I’ve solely ranked it in eighth place although, as a result of two facets take away from its magnificence: 1 – it’s no secret how fairly this seashore is, so vacationers are flocking to it. Phu Quoc is likely one of the most touristy locations in Vietnam, and this is likely one of the hottest seashores on the island. And a couple of – not less than once we have been there, there was plenty of trash washed up on the seashore. The proprietor of our resort identified that this was attributable to a storm two days earlier than, so hopefully this isn’t Sao Seashore’s regular state.
The place to remain at Sao Seashore:
There’s not a lot infrastructure close to Bai Sao, primarily just a few eating places catering to vacationers on the seashore and a few visitor homes. Your higher choice is to remain at a resort close to the island’s essential city Duong Dong or at Kiki Coconut Seashore (see under). The closest upscale resort is the Novotel Phu Quoc Resort.
7. Mui Ne Seashore
Mui Ne, equally to Nha Trang, has a protracted stretch of seashore that’s common with worldwide vacationers, and is likely one of the finest seashores in South Vietnam. Mui Ne Seashore is especially common with kite surfers and wind surfers attributable to its robust winds.
The principle resort stretch is busy, however the crowd it attracts is considerably extra laid again than in Nha Trang. The additional north you go (in direction of Mui Ne fishing village), the extra quiet the seashore turns into. The world across the fishing village is implausible for sundown pictures. Mui Ne additionally has some stunning sand dunes and a shallow “fairy stream” which you’ll be able to go mountaineering in.
The place to remain in Mui Ne:
For a price range choice, I extremely advocate Nhat Quang Visitor Home. It’s immediately on the seashore, additionally has a pool, and is simply subsequent to the fairy stream. That additionally means it’s a little bit of a stroll from the vacationer heart of city, which I contemplate to be a great factor. In case you’re in search of luxurious, attempt the Anantara Mui Ne Resort, or, in the event you’re a fan of golf, the Sea Hyperlinks Seashore Resort & Golf.
6. Ong Lang Seashore, Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc definitely has its share of good seashores, and Ong Lang Seashore doesn’t disappoint. It’s far more relaxed than the well-known Lengthy Seashore simply South from it, however gives the identical type of facilities.
There are a number of resorts lining the seashore the place you’ll be able to spend the evening or simply pop in for a drink or dinner. Being on the Western coast of Phu Quoc, this place has stunning sunsets, and there are many hammocks round so that you can lie again and benefit from the view.
The place to remain at Ong Lang Seashore:
We stayed on the Phu Quoc Dragon Lodge, a reasonably new resort that isn’t immediately on the seashore, however consists of a gaggle of wood bungalows set superbly in lush tropical gardens. The resort has a pool and gives free transfers all the way down to the seashore in a golf cart, though the space is definitely walkable.
5. Cam Ranh Bay
Not a single seashore, however a shoreline full of gorgeous seashores, bays and gorgeous views: The world between Nha Trang and Cam Ranh Airport is postcard good and more often than not solely abandoned. In case you’re staying in Nha Trang, hire a scooter and head South. There’s a newly constructed freeway proper alongside the shoreline, and other than just a few buses and taxis heading to the airport, it’s fairly empty.
The place to remain in Cam Ranh Bay:
There are a number of motels immediately on the seashore, nonetheless there may be little infrastructure round, so that you’ll almost certainly find yourself consuming most meals on the resort or having to take a automobile or scooter into city. If that doesn’t deter you, take a look at the Fusion Resort for an final luxurious expertise. Or just keep in Nha Trang and head to Cam Ranh Bay for a day journey. It’s simply accessible by scooter, and there’s a brand new bus line to the airport as of 2016 that will even drop you off close to any of the seashores.
4. Ninh Chu Seashore, Phan Rang
Ninh Chu Seashore and Phan Rang metropolis is my secret tip for kite surfers in search of a extra intimate expertise than Mui Ne. The city has hosted skilled kite browsing occasions, and there are numerous small boutique motels popping up catering to kite surfers.
Even in the event you’re only a little bit of a seashore bum (like me) and like to spend the day mendacity on the seashore and doing nothing, you’ll be welcome right here with open arms. Additional South, the seashore close to the Saigon Ninh Chu resort is simply as stunning and also you’re more likely to have the seashore to your self in the course of the day. Within the night, it’s a vastly common spot with locals, and little road meals stalls open up on the street main in direction of the seashore.
The place to remain in Phan Rang:
There will not be plenty of motels to select from, though increasingly guesthouses are opening up, largely catering to Vietnamese vacationers and kite surfers. The one 4 star resort on the town is the Saigon Ninh Chu Lodge. The resort itself is considerably dated, however the pool space is sweet and it’s immediately on the seashore. There are additionally a number of new boutique motels opening up round Ninh Chu Bay, catering to kite surfers and different vacationers.
3. Nhat Seashore, Con Son Island, Con Dao
The Con Dao archipelago East of mainland Vietnam needs to be one of the vital stunning locations I’ve ever seen. Con Son, the primary island, remains to be within the early levels of tourism growth, and that may be a superb factor. The seashores are all gorgeous, distant and empty, they’re a few of the most stunning seashores in Vietnam, but few individuals appear to know this.
Get a room in Con Son city and hire a scooter for per week. It’s the one actual technique to get round. And it’s value it, as a result of whereas there’s a seashore on the town, the seashores exterior of city are far superior. Nhat Seashore on the West facet of the island is totally distant, there may be zero growth round. You’ll share the seashore with hundreds of crabs however aside from that, you’ll probably be alone to benefit from the heat water and the views of surrounding islands.
The place to remain in Con Dao:
In case you can afford it, the Six Senses is the only option on the island. If that’s somewhat above your price range, my advice is to skip the mid vary resorts and as a substitute discover a good little visitor home. You’ll be out exploring the island all day anyhow and as meals choices are nonetheless a bit restricted on the island, you’re higher off investing the additional money within the island’s eating places – on the Six Senses, Infiniti Café, Bar200 and Thu Ba are good selections, as is the Banh Xeo restaurant simply throughout the little park from Infiniti Café.
We have been pleased with our room at Hai An resort, which was strolling distance from 4 eating places talked about above and subsequently handy for strolling residence after just a few drinks within the night!
2. Coconut Seashore, Phu Quoc Island
A bungalow on a seashore lined with palm timber, not a lot else round, simply pure rest. That’s Coconut Seashore, and the Kiki Coconut Seashore Resort. The resort is lead by a Vietnamese-Swiss household who will take care of you very nicely, and give you every thing you want for per week of “getting away from all of it”.
Lie in one in every of their nice hammocks all day, exit for a little bit of snorkelling, or ask them that can assist you organise a guided hike, fishing journey or just hire one in every of their scooters and discover this very distant a part of Phu Quoc island. We stayed for per week and didn’t need to depart.
Be aware: Sadly attributable to storms eroding the seashore, there´s now a small wall separating the hammock space from the ocean, so the seashore now not appears to be like precisely because it does in my footage – I’d advocate trying out latest resort evaluation footage from different vacationers earlier than you ebook to know what to anticipate.
The place to remain at Coconut Seashore
There are a few small resorts being constructed on this a part of the island, together with some extra upscale boutique motels with swimming pools and eating places, however we have been completely pleased with our little seashore bungalow and dinners at George & Kiki’s communal household desk within the backyard. The proprietor, George, has a pleasant assortment of wines to finish your keep!
1. Dam Trau Seashore, Con Son Island, Con Dao
My primary spot for the most effective seashore in Vietnam goes to Dam Trau Seashore, often known as “Airport Seashore”, in Con Dao. All the things about it’s good: High-quality golden sand, turquoise water as heat as most individuals’s tub tubs, surrounded by jungle and with two considerably rustic cafés on the seashore that may preserve you fed and provide drinks all day lengthy so that you by no means have to depart.
Select whether or not you need to lie immediately on the sand, on a wood solar lounger or in a hammock within the shade. Or do the entire above, as Dam Trau remains to be quiet sufficient that there’s no such factor as reserving solar beds. There’s sufficient for everybody.
The seashore has its nickname Airport Seashore from Con Son airport, the runway of which begins simply behind this seashore. However as Con Son isn’t precisely a busy airport, the three or 4 propeller planes a day simply add a little bit of “aircraft recognizing” pleasure to your day. Perfection.
The place to remain for Dam Trau Seashore:
See #3 above. Dam Trau is a little bit of a drive from Con Son city, however the street is empty in the event you’re not going out on the actual time a aircraft is about to come back in. Even then, it’s not precisely what I’d name visitors. Your greatest problem might be making it down the sandy dust path from the primary street to the seashore. You might get your scooter caught within the smooth sand or have to interrupt for a household of monkeys to cross the trail. It’s solely value it although.
Dreaming of extra seashores? Additionally take a look at my publish on the Finest Seashores within the Philippines!
Be aware: This publish was first revealed in 2016 and was reviewed and up to date with new data in 2019.