Beach travel - essential guides tips
To cool down in the scorching summer, many tourists choose to travel to the seaside to relax and enjoy water sports. However, with new destinations you should take a note of the following regulations to have a safe and fun vacation.
Making a schedule
Making a schedule and researching the new destination and its weather conditions are necessary when you think of a beach holiday. Learning about famous sites in the area will help you to make a balanced, but full schedule.
Most tourists flock to beaches in summer so seaside towns are more crowded than at other occasions; they are even more packed than at special holidays or Tet holiday. Therefore, you should book return tickets and make a reservation one or two months prior to your journey. The weather forecast will guide you when choosing suitable belongings to take with you. Beaches on the Central Coast and South Coast of Vietnam are great for vacations all year round, except during the rainy season.
Cash and a local debit card or visa card are indispensable items for your journey. You should bring your identity card while traveling in the country and your passport for traveling abroad. Remember to make a list of your belongings to ensure you don’t forget anything when returning or in case you lose your luggage.
If you drive yourself, always bring your license, car registration and insurance. A small notebook containing useful addresses and phone numbers is essential in case you need help. Important papers should be carefully kept in your handbag.
For your seaside holiday, you should include following things in your baggage.
Trousers – Shirts – Skirts – Swimsuits
For women, choose swimsuits in complimentary styles and colors to enhance your body shape. Clothes made of silk, nylon, linen and cotton will dry more quickly after being washed. Dresses, maxis and short skirts are also a great choice to help you feel comfortable when walking along the beach or going shopping and sightseeing.
Accessories: handbags, glasses, sandals and shoes, Sun Cream
Sunglasses, hats for women and caps for men are crucial accessories for your holiday. They will help you avoid ultraviolet rays that may burn your skin and damage your eyes. You should choose light shoes or water-resistant sandals with soft soles such as Crocs so you’re more comfortable when taking walks.
Despite gentle sunshine, you should use sun cream with SPF of 50+ to keep the moisture in your skin. You should apply the sun cream 30 to 45 minutes before going out and reapply after 1-2 hours. Use water-resistant sun cream that won’t come off in the ocean.
An exciting part of travelling is trying new and exotic foods. However, those who are prone to food allergies should bring the appropriate anti-histamines and medicines. Some kinds of seafood can cause severe allergies such as shrimp, lobster, crab, ray, tuna or snail. When having seafood, it is wise to choose cooked dishes and avoid eating raw seafood. Also take care to avoid having seafood with certain foods such as those that are rich with vitamin C like oranges or lemons, and limit your intake of beer and fruits.
It’s a good idea to bring some cake, fruits and snacks when going swimming or walking because continuous activities will exhaust your energy levels. Diabetes patients should bring foods specific to their particular requirements.
Drinking water is essential when travelling, especially when you partake in outdoor activities in hot weather. Fruit drinks such as lemon, watermelon, pear or pineapple juice can also balance the water ratio of your body. Foods with vitamin C, E and Zn and those with anti-oxidizing compounds can also prevent you from dehydrating.
Dos and Don’ts when swimming in the sea
Dos: You should warm up before going in the sea and should not swim when the temperature drops below 18 degrees Celsius. Go into the water slowly and stay within 15m of the shore or in the shallow water area that is not deeper than 5m. Avoid whirlpools and pay attention to the boundary flags on the beach.
At some new beaches, poisonous jelly fish and rip currents are major dangers for visitors. With poisonous jelly fish, guests should wear a fitted swimsuit and bring vinegar in case you are bitten by a jelly fish. Sharp drops on the sea floor created by waves, or sea creatures around your feet may frighten you. You can ask local people about the beach about any possible dangers in the water. Choose a clean and calm beach.
Don’ts: Do not go swimming too far from the shore when you are alone. You should not swim near wharfs because these places are often deep with unstable currents. You may be swept into boat engines at any time.
You are advised not to climb bridge piers, rocks or any wrecks in the sea because there may be many sea creatures living there. While standing in the water, do not turn your back to the waves because you may lose your balance. Don’t spend too long in the sun before bathing. Do not swim while you are very hungry or too full. Also, do not hold your breath for too long while diving.
Go ashore when you observe symptoms such itchiness, feeling cold or tired, aching forehead or neck, swelling of the elbow or knee, cramps or indigestion.
Be careful of rip currents: A rip current is a narrow, strong current of water running out into the ocean. They flow perpendicular to the shoreline and can move at a fast pace. These rip currents are often seen in waters with less waves and darker colors because the water levels are deeper. Sometimes, swimmers may see bubbles floating on the surface and out to sea.
Rip currents cause many sea accidents because they pull swimmers offshore and out to sea. Swimmers often drown when trying to swim against the rip get back to the shore. You should spend 5-10 minutes analyzing the sea surface before swimming. If you get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore to escape the outward current. Once out of the rip current, you can swim to the shore. If you cannot swim well it’s very important to try to signal to people on the beach, keep calm and tread water to conserve your energy while waiting for rescuers.
Safety for kids
Kids are always keen beachgoers. They love to play in the sand and water. Parents should keep an eye on your kids to ensure they swim in the safe area. Watch or join them when they play in the waves. Parents should dress their kids in fitted swimsuits and let them swim for no more than two hours. When going ashore, you should change them into dry clothes before allowing them to play in the sand.
To avoid sunstroke, kids should wear hats and comfortable clothes before going out. Do not let your kids swim in the sea at noon or play on the beach during the hottest period of the day, from 11:00a.m to 15:00p.m. Make sure they drink lots of water and apply the sun cream 20 minutes before they go swimming. Reapply sun cream every two hours and after swimming.
Debris and rubbish are unavoidable on beaches. Warn your kids about sharp objects when playing on the beach.
When travelling to the beach you don’t have to be restricted to playing in nature’s sun, sand and surf – you can enjoy the thrill of water sports such as parasailing, diving or power boating.
With parasailing, you will be carried by a harness around your hips and belly. You will sail at a height of 70-100m above the ground and be able to see a spectacular panorama of the beach. You will travel at the same speed as the speedboat until your feet touch the water.
With power boating, you can ride on the water like a professional racer. While riding you need to control the speed and your steering wheel firmly when running into waves. You should ride under 60km/h to avoid water spraying harshly into your face.
Water-skiing is more popular at foreign beaches. This sport attracts adventure lovers who enjoy exhilaration. For domestic beaches such as Nha Trang, Phan Thiet and Danang, wakeboarding is also available but it is rather expensive.
Diving is a popular activity for tourists in places that have coral reefs such as Nha Trang or Cham Islet. Guests can dive to view the underwater world, colorful coral reefs, sea creatures and plants. Apart from professional equipment, you should talk to your guides about the necessary skills needed when diving to depths of 6-20m
Kayaking is as challenging as other water sports, but you need different skills such as balance and flexibility. Halong Bay is one of the most famous tourist sites with this service. You can also go kayaking in Nha Trang, Danang, Vung Tau or Phu Quoc.
Along with water sports, you can do a number of group or teambuilding holiday activities such as camping, BBQ party or campfire. At some beaches such as Cat Ba, Ha Long, Vung Tau, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc, you can go fishing at night and enjoy scrumptious grilled dishes on shore.