With a coastline of 3260 km excluding its many islands, Vietnam has no lack of exquisite beaches to lounge in. Here are some of our favorites.
Long Beach, Phu Quoc
The island of Phu Quoc sports a number of beaches, but Long Beach is the most popular among them. Its long stretch of palm-fringed sand is popular with swimmers and sunbathers alike. The island is well accustomed to tourism and offers a great many activities for visitors, such as hiking, snorkeling and jet-skiing. Those looking for a slightly less developed feel might want to pay a visit to the no less beautiful Star Beach, which rests on the south side of the island.
City Beach, Nha Trang
The beach city of Nha Trang boasts a six kilometer stretch of beautiful white sand, clear water with abundant marine life and verdant mountains at each end of the beach. A visually stunning bay just a hair’s breadth away from high-end hotels and resorts, activities here include scuba-diving, kite-boarding and sailing.
Doc Let beach, Hon Khoi peninsula
Light blue sea and white sand stretching for 18 kilometers with a screen of casuarina trees cordoning off the beach is what awaits visitors to Doc Let beach. This idyllic beach is popular for good reason, as you are sure to find something to your liking, whether you prefer to stay in the northern part near the resorts or go south to the more rustic Jungle Beach.
My Khe, Da Nang
The city of Da Nang in central Vietnam has a long coastline dotted with beautiful beaches, but principal among them is My Khe. This is a picturesque beach with plenty of resorts for travelers seeking to soak in the sun, with plenty of available activities in the water such as scuba-diving and surfing.
An Bang, Hoi An
After exploring the historic old town, a trip to the beach may well be in order, to contemplate the complexities of history over a nice cocktail. This relaxing beach offers all the usual activities for those less inclined to repose, such as surfing and scuba-diving. Check out our blog about beaches in Hoi An as well!
Con Son Island, Con Dao
An island paradise with a nightmarish past, this was the location the French colonial government chose for imprisoning political dissidents. The prison was in use for over a hundred years before being shut down at the end of the American War. In contrast to the ills done by man, by nature’s hand this isolated island is blessed with a number of pleasant beaches, far less densely packed than many other beaches on this list.
Located in Ninh Thuan province in the south of Vietnam, this beach is an impressive combination of rocky terrain and silky smooth sand. Still relatively untouched in comparison with the more popular beaches, this is the perfect place for visitors to enjoy the calm, nestled between mountains and the ocean.
Ti Top Island, Halong Bay
In the heart of Halong Bay rests Hon Ti Top, a small but picturesque island that offers an astounding view of the surrounding area to those that make the hike up to the central viewing spot. Aside from the breathtaking view, visitors can enjoy the island’s sandy beach, go kayaking or even snorkeling surrounded by the bay’s rich marine life. For those willing to leave the view of the bay behind can find another, equally stunning sight in the Me Cung Maze Cave, just a couple of kilometers from the beach.