Exploring Vietnam beaches: Top 5 best beach destinations

Curated by BuffaloTripJune 6, 2015 Viewed: 998

While those travelling to Vietnam are often looking for an authentic and busy “Asian” cultural experience, with more than 3400 km of ocean coastline and hundreds of remote islands, Vietnam also offer quite a few beaches for those looking for a relaxing and blissful getaway.  Here, we would like to introduce to our readers 5 top beach destinations in Vietnam. 

NHA TRANG

Nha Trang is the most popular tourist beach destination in Vietnam and definitely the most developed in terms of accommodations, restaurants, and nightlife. Nha Trang offer many popular beach activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving. While the waters may not be of aqua blue like the beaches in Phu Quoc, there are miles and miles of clear and sandy beaches for your enjoyment. 

PHU QUOC ISLAND

Phu Quoc is a small island off the southern tip of Vietnam, close to the shoreline of Cambodia. Though in recent years, many hotels and restaurants have stemmed up due to an increase in tourists, the island still retain its rustic charm with dirt roads, small beach side restaurants serving grilled seafood and undiscovered sapphire blue waters.  

MUI NE

In the last several years, Mui Ne has seen rapid development. Although it is hardly the bustling beach city that Nha Trang is, Mui Ne has a litte bit of everything – great restaurants, nightclubs and a beautiful shoreline!  What’s more, Mui Ne is the water sports capital of Vietnam!  Scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and kiteboarding are just some of the activities you can enjoy in Mui Ne and many outfitters are well set up for it.

DA NANG AND HOI AN

The area near Da Nang has long held a special place in the country’s history. It was a very important military base town during the war and the remnants are still seen today!  One of the most famous beaches in the area, China Beach, served as the military base during the war. Now, with just a few guesthouses, eateries, and war memorabilia, China Beach is one of the most pristine beaches in Da Nang – a must see!  Da Nang also has some of the swankiest resorts in Vietnam. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive type experience with all you can eat and drink deals and massages all day, Da Nang is the place to go.

CAT BA ISLAND AND LAN HA BAY

Lan Ha Bay is essentially an extension of Ha Long Bay off the coast of Haiphong city.  This lesser known bay is really popular among local tourists in the summer months of July and August and its most famous beach on Cat Ba island is completely packed with people!  This effect is even more apparent because the beach itself isn’t very big.  However, if you find a quiet time to go, Cat Ba beach is quite easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam.  Imagine white sand under your toes, turquoise water and limestone formations in the horizon.  It’s very awe-inspiring and something right out of a magazine!