The 10 most beautiful beaches in Vietnam
Vietnam boasts more than 3,400 kilometres of coast, with beachfront resorts dotted all over its long expanses of soft sand. There are deep blue coves, lagoons surrounded on all sides by jungle and accessible only by boat, striking rock formations and tropical castaway islands, enveloped by yet more beaches. It may not be people’s first thought for a beach vacation, but Vietnam is one of the best beach holiday destinations in Southeast Asia.
1| Sandy Beach – Da Nang
Green-blanketed mountains run down to a pristine stretch of white sand at Sandy Beach (or Non Nuoc Beach) . An idyllic place to relax, and just an hour’s flight from either Saigon or Hanoi. And what about that view?
2| Ninh Van Bay
With imposing rock formations, a white sandy beach and a backdrop of verdant green mountain, there’s a reason this place is lined with 5-star resorts each with its own private beach area – it’s quite simply one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam.
3| Sao Beach – Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc is widely-considered to have the best beaches in Vietnam, with Sao Beach on the south-east coast deemed to have the whitest sand anywhere on the island. Rent a mask and snorkel or paddle your way in a kayak, just make sure you visit this beach.
4| Cua Dai Beach – Hoi An
The charmingly rustic Hoi An Old Town is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations, but just a few kilometres out of town are some of the country’s best beaches. Rent bicycles and ride out to the ocean, grab one of the sun loungers and wile away the hours.
Hon Tam is a beautiful island with glorious beaches to enjoy. The island is already home to an extensive eco-resort and with a five-star hotel currently on the way, you better get here fast before the secret is well and truly out.
8| Long Hai
Just a few hours out of Saigon, Long Hai is one of the busiest fishing villages in the country. Vacationers arrive by the busload every weekend, so plan your trip here on a weekday.
9| Nha Trang
Looking for lively nightlife with a seaview? Nha Trang is the spot for you. Soak up the sun by day, revel at night. What could be better?
10| Mui Ne and Phan Thiet
The fishing village of Mui Ne is a popular getaway for tourists and locals alike, its beaches are popular and there can often be big crowds. Still a worthwhile excursion, just avoid during Vietnamese national holidays.
Written by Tom Owen. This article originally appeared on vntravel.org