Top Beaches in Vietnam
Vietnam’s long coastline is home to some of the best beaches in Asia. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of warm blue water, fine sandy beaches, hidden coves, lovely lagoons, and tropical islands ringed with even more beaches.
Although Vietnam has a temperamental climate that inundates the country with plenty of rain that doesn’t mean that there aren’t beautiful beaches to enjoy. You just need to know when to go!
NHA TRANG BEACH
Known as the Vietnamese Riviera, Nha Trang is a six-mile stretch of beautiful fine white sand beach, rolling blue water, lush green mountains, and gently swaying palm trees. This international beach destination has clean, clear water, excellent diving conditions, and it has a great reputation for having some truly spectacular party boat cruises. Boat trips are perhaps the number one tourist activity in Nha Trang. Most of them offer a full day of scenic viewing along with home-cooked meals and loads of ice-cold beer. It is also well-known as a backpacker haven, with plenty of cheap accommodations on offer for the frugal traveler. If you are traveling on a budget, be aware of the beach hawkers who wander up and down the beach with an assortment of food, beach accessories, jewelry, and food. Their prices are quite expensive compared to other places in town.
During the summer, Nha Trang gets quite crowded with tourists who come for the stunning views, beautiful new resorts, and superb seafood. Nha Trang is also the gateway to a number of island getaways within the area, with trips to its outlying islands being some of the most popular activities with visitors. The public beach in Nha Trang is called Tran Phu, but the beaches on the north side of town and on Nha Trang’s outlying islands are much nicer. Overlooking the harbor in Nha Tran, you’ll find the Cham temples. The temples are a popular sightseeing attraction, so expect crowds. The view of the harbor with its blue water and colorful fishing boats more than makes up for the hustle-bustle atmosphere of the temples.
Nha Trang’s other claim to fame is being the number one spot in Vietnam for diving. There are numerous dive shops in the area where you can become padi-certified. Snorkeling and diving trips are reasonably priced and come highly recommended by most divers who have been to the area. There are diving packages for both novice and experienced divers.
Located between Da Nang and Hoi An, China Beach is most famous for its 20-mile stretch of luscious beachfront property. This is where US troops landed during the Vietnam War in the 1970s. It is also known for being a hangout for US soldiers, and over the years, it has transformed itself into a stunning Asian beach destination that boasts upscale comfort, service, and amenities. If you love surfing, China Beach is the place to visit, especially from September to December.
The beach was the site of Vietnam’s first international surfing competition in 1992. There are also plenty of other activities to do in the area. Day trips from China Beach include Marble Mountain, My Son, and Hoi An.
Almost 50 years on and free from the shadows of one of Vietnam’s darkest periods, China Beach is a place for glistening green waves and postcard-perfect soft sands. If you want to do a tad more than top up your tan, bring your board – the waves here pull surfers from around the world.
Stretching to the foot of the majestic Marble Mountains and touching the shade of an age-old forest is Non Nuoc beach, one of the most stunning in the Danang coastline. It’s a stretch of gently sloping sand where you can spend all day and night, safely sleeping beneath the jade branches of the native shrubbery once the sun sets. Amongst Non Nuoc’s claims to fame is its rare seaweeds. Perhaps you can make a nice facemask while you’re there.
THIEN CAM BEACH
Thien Cam Beach is about 20km far from Ha Tinhtown. It is separated from the mountain foot by a sandbank. Coming to Thien Cam beach you will have a great opportunity to enjoy the romantic vacations. Tourist will surely be attracted by the beach’s beauty. You can play with its small waves sweeping into and out of the silk-like fine sand banks. Even tourists can relax by lying or waking on the clean sand. Or you can go boat sailing or shipping. Only in Thien Cam visitor could hear melodies of sea winds sound, waves, howling tree leaves striking mountain cliffs. All these make you feel you were in a fantastic land with refreshing moments.
Tourists can take a ship to Boc Island which has huge rocks. Waves strike the rock banks all day long, making an ideal bathing site with rippling waves. When seeing from the above, Thien Cam beach looks as a huge bow, stretching around 3 kilometers from the Thien Cam Mount foot to Dau Voi Mount (Elephant Head Mount. Thien Cam beach has two seasons, the hot and the cold season because it locates in the monsoon tropical climate’s region with the average temperature from 22o C to 25oC. The annual average rainfall is more 2,200mm or 3,500mm in some places and 1,719 sunny hours a year.
Hon Chong Beach is a silky white sand beach with calm tropical water. The beach is located in Ha Tien, which is on the border with Cambodia. The entire area shelters some really nice beaches. Other nearby attractions include Tien Cave and its interesting rock formation
The Hai Tac islets are also a nice option, especially for scuba drivers. The islands are accessible by boat from Ha Tien, and the biggest of these islands, Ho Doc, also has some splendid white beaches.
DOC LET BEACH
Home to stunning beach resorts and clean white sand beaches, Doc Let is a great place to go if you want to avoid the crowds at Nha Trang. This largely undeveloped beach, around 45km north of Nha Trang, offers a picture postcard setting. Palm-fringed white sand stretches out to turquoise waters dotted with fishing boats moored off shore. It’s ideal for swimming with no rocks and a shallow depth for some way out. The beach is a tourist zone, with a pool, small shops and eateries on site. Stop off at the picturesque salt fields en route.
LAN HA BAY, HALONG BAY
The archipelago of Halong Bay, with its iconic limestone karsts – the towering natural sculptures that rise out of the below to define its landscape – is the stuff that Southeast Asian dreams are made of. Saying that, decent beaches are far from plentiful. But nestled in the surrounding Cat Ba National Park and a half-hour boat-ride from its main, eponymous island is little Lan Ha Bay. More than 130 bijou beaches dust the island, most of them too tiny to be weighed down by an official name. So take a kayak and paddle your way from one nameless speck of sand to the next, and claim each one as your own.
ONG DIA BEACH, MUI NE
Tipped as Southeast Asia’s next big beach spot, the palm-lined stretch of Ong Dia beach, takes the suitably-sparkly crown in this Mui Ne parade of local beach beauties. In an area that sees some of the lowest rainfall in Vietnam, the Mui Ne coastline is famed for its rolling red and gold dunes – take a jeep ride over them, take a sand-sledge down them (avoid the temptation to smile or you’ll get a mouthful) or simply stand on top of one, sea-breeze sweeping your face as the coconut palms sway and the sun sets.
CA NA BEACH, SOUTH OF NHA TRANG
Ah, the lovely Ca Na beach. So good they named it twice. Well, three times actually. Legend has it that an ancient kind and queen came here to bathe in its crystal-clear waters, and believed the place to be so magical, they christened it ‘Fairy Fish’. Nowadays it more commonly goes by the nickname ‘Sleeping Princess’, awarded because of the sheer grace and beauty of the place. Its 10km of white sand slopes into the glimmering green waters, and flanked by the mighty Truong Son Mountains, come spring its undulating backdrop is out in full apricot-blossom bloom.
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