With Vietnam boasting over 3400 km’s of coastline it is not surprising that it has now become recognized as a world class beach destination. With turquoise waters full of exotic wildlife for snorkeling and scuba diving, majestic coves to explore, infinite stretches of white powdery sand and tropical islands fringed with, yes you guessed it… more beaches, there is an overwhelming amount of choices suited for all desires and needs.
With such breathtaking scenery from the top to the bottom of Vietnam’s coast it can become quite problematic choosing which blindingly – white beach you want to sink your feet in to (we know it’s a tough life!). So to make sure you are as relaxed as possible when sorting out your enriching and exotic journey through Vietnam, this blog has been designed to try and help you navigate your way among the abundance of choices.
Tra Co Beach
Located in the far northeast of the country, Tra Co is in Quang Ninh Province which borders China and so is an important stop-over for tourists arriving from the North. With less places to take a refreshing dip on China’s coastline perhaps this is the perfect place to start your Vietnamese adventure. With its deep blue waters and white, smooth sand which stretches wide and 15 kilometres long, it is often labeled the ‘most lyrical of beaches in Vietnam’. A beautiful Casuarina forest protects the inner village from hurricanes, and sand from erosion, whilst the natural eco – system of the mangrove forest nearby is home to many species of wildlife to look out for!
Minh Chau Beach is on Quan Lau Island, part of the cluster of islands called Bai Tu Long Bay, off Vietnam’s northeast coast. A four hour gentle sail, or a two hour speedboat for the adrenaline junkies, from Halong Bay it will not be a disappointment after seeing the dramatic limestone cliffs of the famous UNESCO world heritage site. With its own stunning karst formations and 11th century pagodas, the undeveloped and unpolluted area is every bit as beautiful. Picking out our favourite of the numerous beaches dotted around these islands was hard but with Minh Chau only 6km from Quan Lan’s main town (closer to a village for many) you can’t deny you reach tropical paradise. You can walk across the soft powdery sand as you weave between wild pines, or stare out to the rocky outcrops protruding from the shallows. Don’t forget to explore the coral coves which are incredibly beautiful and a must see!
Non Nuoc Beach
The Danang coastline boasts some of Vietnam’s best beaches and Non Nuoc beach is certainly one of the most stunning. With a sloping beach towards the clear blue sea it provides the perfect platform to sit beneath the jade branches of the native shrubbery and watch the sun set. The fine white beach stretches five kilometres along the coast of Hoa Hai Ward at the foot of the majestic Nhu Hanh Son (The Marble Mountains) making it very scenic. The beach gets sunshine all year around, making it suitable in all seasons and is also suitable for water sports, in particular surfing. This beach really does have everything – including sought after seaweed so perhaps try making your own face mask!
My Khê (China Beach)
Another world class beach on Vietnam’s Central coast, China Beach is located just south of Danang. Famous 50 years ago when US Marines landed here as the entrance to Vietnam’s War, it is now free of the shadows from this dark period and boasts a yellow sand beach with waves perfect for surfers from around the world. If you don’t fancy your hand at surfing give scuba diving a go, or the natural pines and coconut palms which frame the yellow sands are a perfect back drop for lounging on the beach or taking tai chi classes in the morning.
Thuan An Beach
If you want to get away from throngs of tourists Thuan An Beach, near Hué on Vietnam’s central coast is the place to head. A storm hit this stretch of sand near the UNESCO – hailed city of Hué causing locals to think of it as an unlucky spot and therefore moved further down the coast. Their loss happens to be our gain as they have left a quiet secluded beach with as crystal clear waters and blindingly white sand as the best of Vietnam’s coast, just without the numbers of people.
This beach is located near the stunning Hoi An but has such a large sweeping stretch of sand – 20 miles long – it snakes all the way to Danang. Starting at the lantern – lined romantic town of Hoi An and ending at the bustling city of Danang it is the perfect place to get panoramic views of Vietnam’s coastline. With this much room you can easily find a spot to take in the beauty peacefully, or find many a companion to share a beer or fresh local fruit juice with.
This beach in central Vietnam has been greeting visitors for years with its endless days of sunshine and the coral reefs and caves which make it some of the best diving in the South China Sea, it is not that surprising why. For those more active there is an abundance of activities including kite surfing, wakeboarding and banana boat rides. If you want to relax join the many who exchange stories and drinks at the numerous beach bars. There is the option of taking the longest sea – crossing cable car in the world to an amusement park and shopping mall, a perfect place to look back on the beautiful Vietnamese coast.
This beach is located just south of Nha Trang in Ninh Thuan province. It is hailed as one of the most beautiful and wildest of Vietnam’s beaches, so magical is was christened ‘Fairy Fish’. Nowadays the grace and beauty of the crystal – clear waters, and white sand beach set amongst mountains and forests, have got it the name of the ‘Sleeping Princess’. This beach is popular with tourists due to its combination of natural beauty and ideal weather, warm and sunny in the day and a cool sea breeze in the evening, so come experience this delicate balanced harmony of Ca Na Beach.
Ong Dia is one of the beaches located in Mui Ne which itself is completely charming boasting towering dunes and swaying palm trees. Ong Dia perhaps slightly tops the others in its endless beauty with its pure sea against blue skies and gentle sloping sands which roll into the calm waters. The area is famed for its gold and red sand dunes which you can drive over in a jeep or sand board down them. Head to the original fishing village of ‘Mui Ne’ and walk a stretch of the 22 kilometre bay of silky soft white sand.
Bai Sao Beach, Phu Qhoc Island
Phu Qhoc Island is located on the west coast of the Mekong Delta and is a beauty in itself. The island is made up of pepper plantations, national forest land and sprawling white sand beaches amongst the dirt roads and limited tourist services which give it its untouched charm. Although the sand is as beautiful around the island we have picked out Bai Sao as one of the highlights due to its slight difficulty in getting to it. Ask a friendly local, who are there in abundance, and you will find a tropical paradise all to yourself. Don’t forget to gorge on the incredible seafood you can pick up throughout the island!