8 Best Beaches in Southern Vietnam
1. Long Beach, Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc is by far the largest island in Vietnam, a country famous for its 2000-mile-long shoreline and one of the best cuisines in the world. Phu Quoc Island has a long list of beaches scattered around, however, Long Beach is among the best destinations in Phu Quoc due to its long stretch of sandy beaches enclosed in fringe of palms.
While sunbathers and swimmers find the waters of Long Beach extremely favorable to venture in, Phu quoc beaches are also a hit among photographers and sunset lovers. Squid fishing, hiking, snorkelling, kayaking, jet skiing, stand-up paddle-boarding and biking around the beach town are some of the best things to do in Phu Quoc.
Located only 4 miles from Phu Quoc International Airport, Long Beach Phu Quoc is easily accessible.
Long Beach being one of the most prevalent towns in the country, has plenty of hotels, beach resorts, bars and restaurants, travel agencies, and other tourist facilities.
Overview Long Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
A corner of Long Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
2. Star Beach, Phu Quoc
While Long Beach at Phu Quoc Island is deemed to be as the epicentre of all tourist activities, Star Beach, located on the south coast of the island, is no less when it comes to pristine beach waters and impeccable surroundings.
Contrary to Long Beach, Star Beach is famous for its white, powdery sand and blue waters.
Known as Bai Sao in Vietnamese, ‘Sao’ meaning Star, the beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. The seashore is covered with swaying palm trees and the big rocks are perfect for sunrise and sunset views.
Though not as optimally developed as Long Beach, Star Beach has its share of tourist amenities such as hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops. Come night, the beach lights up with luminous planktons.
Star Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
3. Nha Trang Beach, Nha Trang
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Situated on the south-central coast of Vietnam, Nha Trang is a beach city known for its spectacular turquoise-coloured waters and a high-energy vibe that attracts visitors, especially backpackers from all over the world.
Considered as one of the most beautiful bays in the world, Nha Trang Beach, also known as City Beach, has developed into a popular scuba diving site over the years. Visitors also enjoy kite-boarding and sailing in the clear waters of City Beach which remain warm throughout the year.
Scuba diving in Nha Trang beach
There are several high-end hotels and luxurious beach resorts in and around Nha Trang Beach, the most notable of which is Vinpearl Resort and Spa on the Bamboo Island which has its own Cable Car connecting the resort to the mainland.
If you wish to take a break from the party scene, indulge in a traditional Vietnamese spa treatment along with a visit to a mud bath.
Vinpearl Nha Trang, Vietnam
4. Doc Let Beach, Hon Khoi Peninsula – Nha Trang
Turquoise-coloured water, white sand, palm-fringed coastline, and vibrant fishing boats docked around are some of the highlights of Doc Let Beach, located about 28 miles from Nha Trang, in Hon Khoi Peninsula.
The beach caters to all kinds of visitors – from budget to luxury, and offers accommodation and dining options accordingly. There are several shops and shacks around the beach for easy tourist access.
Doc Let Beach is most admired for its salt fields which also provide an amazing opportunity for photographers who visit the area.
Unlike most other beaches in the area, Doc Let is considerably quiet and hence, provides the tranquillity you look for at a rejuvenating beach holiday in Vietnam
Overview Doc Let Beach, Vietnam
5. Mui Ne, Phan Thiet
Located around 125 miles from Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne is a beach resort town in the fishing district of Phan Thiet. Over the years, the area has developed into a trendy holiday destination.
Even though the fishing scene around Mui Ne remains unchanged till date, mass tourism and urbanization are rapidly taking place in this beach town.
The serene atmosphere around the beach makes it idyllic for sunbathing, walking, and jogging. The atmospheric tranquillity and the beauty of the surrounding coastal landscape is not to be missed.
Kitesurfing, swimming, surfing, and windsurfing are some of the other common beach activities in the area.
The beach town of Mui Ne is also known for its sailing scene, so much so that it is considered as one of the best locations in the world to sail.
Kite-surfing in Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Picture, Vietnam
6. Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc
Considered as the most enthralling beach in Vietnam by visitors from all around the world, Ho Coc is a small beach town located around 78 miles from Ho Chi Minh City.
The beach at Ho Coc is a long, 3-mile stretch of fine, golden sand and crystal-clear waters. The coastline is dotted with large boulders and coracles with sand dunes in the background.
Ho Coc is still aloof to mass tourism and commercialization but there are plenty of modest accommodation and dining businesses around the beach area.
The area gets really busy during the weekend with locals as well as a western crowd but remains pretty deserted and calm during the weekdays.
One of the most notable places aside from the beach itself is the the nearby hot springs and rainforest that are a good stopover in case you wish to explore the area.
A corner of Ho Coc Beach, Vietnam
7. Con Dao Islands, Con Dao Archipelago
Also known as Paulo Condore, Con Dao Islands is an archipelago consisting of 15 islands in the south-eastern coast of Vietnam. Most renowned for its colonial past, the islands are considerably untouched due to the lack of proper transportation facilities to and from the islands. It is also because of the same reason that the islands maintain its pristine natural beauty and soothing atmosphere.
The brilliant reefs, amazing underwater creatures including the green sea turtle, and the scenic beach provide for impeccable water activities such as swimming and scuba diving. Among land activities, hiking, biking, and trekking are quite common.
Con Dao Islands have a total stretch of 125-mile-long coastline and numerous immaculate beaches, soft, white sand, and crystal blue waters.
Con Dao Picture, Vietnam
Con Dao Picture, Vietnam
8. Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
Perhaps the closest beach to the main HCMC centre. Vung Tau, once named as Cape Saint Jacques by the French, is one of the most liked beaches in the southern part of Vietnam.
The four beaches in Vung Tau are coined as per their geographical location and every beach is different from the other. Even though HCMC is well-known in the world for its vibrancy and urbanization in today’s world, people living in the city have well-maintained the natural beauty of their beaches and landscapes.
Due to its proximity to the city centre, Vung Tau is frequented by visitors during weekends and public holidays.
View of Vung Tau Beach, Vietnam
Vung Tau from flycam
Top 8 Beaches in the Central Vietnam
1. Danang Beach, Da Nang
A central fighting area during the infamous Vietnam War, Danang Beach, in today’s time, is known for its mammoth stretch of white sandy beach which extends from Monkey Mountain to Hoi An with the popular Marble Mountain smack in the middle of it all.
With a pristine coral reef, palm-fringed shoreline, and some top-notch beach resorts, Danang Beach is definitely one of the most well-liked beaches not only in Vietnam but the entire world.
The Beach is an excellent spot for water activities such as surfing, scuba diving, sunbathing, and swimming. Additionally, the area is known for its active expat scene.
There are several sections of the beach, some of which are My An, My Khe, Cua Doi and Non Nuoc, of which My An, My Khe, and Non Nuoc are collectively known as ‘beaches of Da Nang’.
Getting to Da Nang is easy and the beach can be accessible by train, bus, flight, and motorbike.
Overview Da Nang Beach, Vietnam
2. An Bang Beach, Hoi An
Hoi An’s new go-to beach, An Bang Beach is located 19 miles from Da Nang International airport and 2.5 miles from Hoi An’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Frequented by the expat community in Hoi An, An Bang Beach is lined with perfectly manicured gardens, lively bars and restaurants, and plenty of accommodation facilities.
Noted for its surfing, swimming, and scuba diving scene, An Bang Beach is best visited during summer when you can actually put yourself on an “eat, swim, sleep, repeat” mode.
If everything else fails to suit your taste, try spending the day sunbathing and sipping on refreshing cocktails until the exotic beach sunset hits the canvas.
An Bang Picture in Hoi An, Vietnam
3. Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh province
Quy Nhon, a small seaport town, is bordered by a beach admittedly less picturesque than others along the coast, but, for this reason, almost free of foreigners. For more adventurous travellers, this is a good place to get away from tourists, something which only adds to the town’s intrigue.
Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh
Stretching from the port in the north to the mountains in the south, Quy Nhon is a blessed stretch of long, sandy beach. Quy Nhon Beaches have everything to offer you that the beaches of Nha Trang claim to provide minus the crowd.
An amazing seaside and well-planned, litter-free town, Quy Nhon is often considered as one of the best options in Vietnam for tourists who wish to spend their holiday unwinding and relaxing in a luxurious ambiance.
There are a handful of landmarks in the city, one of which is the gigantic statue of Tran Hung Dao, that provides for a nice scope to walk around.
Down south, the beaches are quieter and make for great romantic locations.
4. Non Nuoc Beach, Da Nang
Non Nuoc is a dusty, unkempt village, inhabited since the fifteenth century by stone carvers. Follow the paved road east from the village and you reach Non Nuoc Beach, a pleasant and stretch of beach that competes for business with its northern neighbour, My Khe. A note of warning, however: there’s a powerful undertow off this coast, so riptides are particularly dangerous.
Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An Ancient Town and Non Nuoc Beach in Da Nang City won the award along with other beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia, including Agonda Beach in India, Secret Lagoon Beach in the Philippines, Nai Harn Beach and Kata Noi Beach in Thailand, Nusa Dua Beach in Indonesia, Haeundae Beach in South Korea, and Yonaha Maehama Beach in Japan.
The famous travel site also recommends the best time to visit Cua Dai Beach is from February to August while it is best to go to Non Nuoc Beach—which is described on the site as “quiet, clean and white”—from June to August.
5. Thuan An Beach, Hue
Perched on the spectacular Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoon, in the northeast of Hue, lays the spectacular beaches of Thuan An. Due to its close distance from the city of Hue, it is a top choice for locals, especially during the summer.
Though it is not as promising when you count astonishing landscape, but what it lacks in pictorial beauty, it makes up for it being a fun, lively local beach town where you can hang around with the locals, get to know the life and culture in Vietnam, and enjoy your summer away from the normal touristy crowd that line the beaches of the country all around the year.
Seafood complemented with mugs of beer and natives cheering merrily is a usual view here.
Overview Thuan An Beach, Vietnam
6. Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An
Situated approximately 2.5 miles away from Hoi An City Centre, Cua Dai Beach is claimed as one of the main jewels among the beach jewels in Vietnam. The Beach owes its recognition to its soft, white sand, crystal blue waters, clear sunshine, and the tender waves.
Despite being visited by hundreds of tourists around the year, the Beach maintains its natural beauty and remains unaffected by the rate of tourism in the area.
Cua Dai can get fairly crowded during the weekends and public holidays so it is best to avoid visiting then if you are looking for some alone time.
If nothing else, come here for the biking experience that you will enjoy riding around the town and exploring the sweet nothings every now and then.
Cua Dai also has plenty of water activities to offer those looking to spend their vacation indulging into an adventure.
Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An
7. My Khe, Quang Ngai
My Khe in Quang Ngai consists of seven kilometres of powder-soft sand, backed by casuarinas (evergreen trees), and is very good for swimming. Hamlets stand along the beach, while fishing boats are sometimes moored off it, and there’s a handful of restaurants that only get busy at the weekend.
Da Nang from flycam
Top 7 Beaches in the North of Vietnam
1.Tuan Chau Beach (Ha Long)
Tuan Chau Sea lies on Tuan Chau Island, overlooking Ha Long Bay – one of 7 new natural wonders of the world is undoubtedly an indispensable destination. The beach here can serve a large scale of swimmer with its coast expanding more than 2km.
Along the beach are a diverse chain of high-stars hotels, luxury restaurants; not to mention a complex of dolphin, seal and sea-lions performance with 3000 seats stage under dome, designed in sail-shape, offering one of the largest entertaining centers in the Southeast Asia.
Additionally, tourist won’t be able to feel bored with numbers of artificial springs, natural waterfall, botanical garden, marine-life center, swimming pool and sports complex, are all waiting for you to explore.
>>> Note: sand at Tuan Chau beach is artificial but on the bright side, the water is clean and calm.
Tuan Chau Beach, Ha Long
2. Halong Bay
Though not really a beach, any of Vietnam’s bucket list seems incomplete without Halong Bay being a part of it. Located in Northern part of Vietnam, Halong Bay is known for its spotless oceanic beauty and is also often considered as one of the natural wonders in the world.
Ha Long Bay archipelago consists of approximately 1,900 islands, many of which are still uninhabited.
Due to its popularity among local and international visitors, the Bay can be reached quite conveniently from any part of the country.
Needless to say, there is no dearth of hotel, restaurants, bars, stores, travel agencies, and other tourist-related businesses in the area. Plan a few days when you visit Halong Bay because one day can never be enough.
Landscape of Halong Bay, Vietnam
3. Bai Chay Beach (Quang Ninh)
Bai Chay Beach is located in Quang Ninh Province, around 100km to the Northeast of Hanoi. The most interesting part is the beach is actually artificial, which is 500m long and 1000m wide. The beach is surrounded by a range of hill, covered with a thin forest of pine tree. Near the area is a number of hotels and resort with different type of architecture.
Bai Chay is crowed all the time during summer due to its near distance from the capital city and several Northern Province. Visitors coming there may have chance to taste the most fresh sea-foods in luxury restaurants, visit international entertaining parks or take part in exciting services like water scooters wave surfing.
One small tip, if you want a more deserted beach area, is to book a Halong Bay cruise tour to see Titop island – the water is much calmer and much less polluted. Another ideal option is to go 1 hour further to Van Don beach, a hidden gem of Halong Bay caves and bay complex that not many have discovered.
Bai Chay Picture, Quang Ninh
4. Do Son Beach (Hai Phong)
20km to the Southeast of Hai Phong City is Do Son Beach. The place is lucky to possess relatively warm climate in winter but cool in summer that help it to attract customers to come for the whole year.
Do Son Beach is well-known for its smooth sand with coconut tree planted around that give swimmer a real glimpse of a typical tropical beach. In the past, it is used exclusively by lords and kings of feudal system. At present, the residence building of King Bao Dai (the last king of Vietnamese feudal system) is still preserving with its best condition.
Do Son Beach is divided into 3 sectors suitable for different needs of visitors: The first one located at the entrance of Do Son Town; the second one crowed with restaurants and hotels while the third one is appropriate for people who enjoy relaxing and peace.
Do Son Beach Picture, Vietnam
5. Cat Ba Beach (Hai Phong)
Cat Ba Island is the biggest island among 1.969 islands in the complex islet of Ha Long Bay. The island is a fascinating combination of boundless sea, primitive forest, river, springs, caves, hills, valley and beautiful beaches with gold smooth sand.
Cat Ba’s climate is ideal for tourism with cool and fresh air. Coming to Cat Ba, visitors will attend a musical concert of in which performers are wind and waves: the sound of wave crashing into cliffs, strong wind blowing on beaches or the wild sound of wind hissing on the hill top or inside forests.
Also, tourist may hide a small boat to travel to Lan Ha Bay, or a chain of wonderful beaches with strange name like Cat Co, Ben Beo, Co Tien; and illusory caves like Trung Trang, Hoa Cuong or Thien Long. Additionally, sea-foods here are the most fresh ones may taste with a relatively low price compare to other sea provinces.
Cat Ba Beach, Hai Phong, Vietnam
6. Hai Thinh Beach (Nam Dinh)
Located on Western Nam Dinh Province, Thinh Long Town, Hai hau District, Hai Thinh Beaches is a peaceful romantic beach which is a very clean beach with smooth sand and absolutely safe for swimmers.
The beach is always full of cool wind blowing, creating soft layer of steam on air that contributes to its natural romantic scenery. In addition, Hai Thinh Beach is still not very developed so tourist who like resting peacefully, forget about the busy and noisy of normal life or other famous beaches may find this an ideal choice.
The locals here are very friendly who offer tourist the most fresh and clean seafood as well as top service ones may experience.
Hai Thinh Beach, Vietnam
7. Quan Lan, Bai Tu Long
A long skinny island on the outer fringes of Ha Long Bay, Quan Lan’s main attractions are the empty, sandy, and relatively clean beaches lining its east coast. Few specific sights in this area mean the beaches are relatively deserted – prepare to find yourself engaging even more closely with locals than you’re used to.
If your idea of a beach vacation is away from the hustle and bustle of a usual beach town and in a secluded location with pristine blue waters and refreshing ocean breeze, Quan Lan is your perfect place to be.
Once a commercial hub, the islands of Quan Lan nests within the Bai Tu Long Bay and has emerged as a promising tourist destination over the years. The remote location of the island makes it one of the very few unspoiled beaches in Vietnam.
Though the island has several beaches, Minh Chau Beach, with its 1.5-mile-long crescent-shaped shoreline, is highly popular among visitors, especially those interested in surfing and kayaking.
Beachside restaurants and cafes are well-known for their seafood and beer, that too at prices that don’t dig a hole in your pocket.
Quan Lan, Bai Tu Long Picture
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