Better known for its nature, culture, and idyllic countryside, Vietnam will surely not disappoint you when it comes to Sea Sun and Sand. The 2000+ miles long coastline gives nest to some best beaches in Vietnam which surely will make your holiday memorable. This is to say, you can surely combine your beach stays with colonial heritage stays in cities and rural tours. Above all, you are always near to the sea, thanks to the majority of the cities being in or very near to the coast.
So, thinking of strolling in the Old quarters of Hanoi or checking out a thrift shop in Hoi An? Surely, you can combine some amazing beach stays and lift your spirits up with the sunny side of life. To make your job really easier, we have gone ahead and curated a list of the best beaches in Vietnam. From famous UNESCO listed world heritage Halong Bay area to hidden gems like Ly Son, Mui Ne and Phu Quoc in the south, this destination is a treat for sea lovers.
Top 10 best beaches in Vietnam
- Phu Quoc Island beaches
- Halong Bay and Cat Ba archipelago
- The hidden beaches of Da Nang
- Mui Ne – Red sand dune
- Nha Trang – the luxury getaway
- Doc Let beach
- Hoi An – the historical charming town
- Ly Son -Offbeat cliff side beaches
- Con Dao Archipelago
- Hon Lao and Cu Cham (Cham Archipelago)
1. Phu Quoc Island beaches
This surely comes first in the list as Phu Quoc is home to some of the best beaches in Vietnam. Accessible by flights from major cities, there are a lot of beaches on the Island, the most popular being Bai Truong (Long beach). But other beaches like Ganh Dau Beach which is on the northwestern tip are more scenic, charming, and less touristy. Also, worth mentioning is Khem Beach (Cream beach) which features in the top 10 beaches of the world. Both luxury and budget beachfront options are available all throughout the Island
2. Halong Bay and Cat Ba archipelago – some of the best beaches in Vietnam
The most visited group of Islands, Halong Bay sure catches awe and imagination of the first time traveller. Coupled with it, the lesser-known Cat Ba also is home to some less crowded beaches in the archipelago. Both can be easily accessed from Hanoi and there are a lot of budget and luxury cruising options. These cruises in addition to taking you around the beautiful emerald waters and towering limestone cliffs also let you do activities. Notable of them are snorkelling, kayaking, and also for the more adventurous a trip to a virgin limestone cave! Though there are a lot of beaches in Halong bay area – you should have Ti Top surely on your list. Some other less known (and less touristy!) beaches would be Bai Chay, Quan Lan. These beaches surely features among some of the best beaches in Vietnam.
3. The hidden (and not so) beaches of Da Nang
If you are thinking luxury amidst turquoise water and white sands, Da Nang beaches would be the perfect match for you. It houses some of the best beaches in Vietnam like My Khe, Non-Nuoc, Thanh Binh to name a few. If you have a couple of days, do check out Lang Ko beach also, which is a beat offbeat and one of the best places to visit in Da Nang. Also, there are a couple of beaches in Son Tra Peninsula, about 12 km north which would definitely quench the thirst of every thalassophile.
4. Mui Ne – Red sand dune and some of the best beaches in Vietnam
Away from the popular tourist crowds, Mui Ne, a fishing village was quite a hidden offbeat location till recent times. Apart from the famous red sand dune, some of the popular beaches to visit are Surf beach and Long Son. Though the popular choice of stay would be sand camping, some mid-level resorts are available. Also, this region being about 200 km north of Saigon, can be covered as a day trip.
5. Nha Trang – the luxury getaway and home to the best beaches in Vietnam
The epitome of luxury resorts, Nha Trang surely should be your choice for special occasions. In addition, this city also offers a beautiful promenade along its main city beach (Tran Phu) where you can just take a relaxing evening walk with your loved one. Apart from that Hon Tre beach locally known as Bamboo Island is also popular. Especially for the Vinpearl adventure parks which should feature in your list if kids are tagging along. Also among the best beaches in Vietnam, Nhu Tian, Hon Chong, and Dai Linh beaches would feature from this region apart from Doc Let which deserves a special mention.
6. Doc Let beach – one of the best beaches in Vietnam
The shallow turquoise waters and clean white sand makes Doc Let one of the best beaches in Vietnam. Though lots has changed now due to a major industrial project, the isolated south part of Doc Let is still pristine. Also, if you favour more touristy spots, the North part houses the bulk of resorts and beach stays. You can also visit Ninh Thuy, a tiny fishing village to the North to get a taste of authentic Vietnamese culture.
7. Hoi An – the historical charming town (And beaches!)
Hoi An along with its charming picture-perfect oriental streets also finds a place among the best beaches in Vietnam. Albeit many people prefer to visit Hoi An for its cultural significance, you can couple a visit to An Bang or Cua Dai beaches along with it. An Bang beach is popular for watersports and is thronged by visitors and locals alike. Also, this beach has lots of laid beach shacks and bars, perfect for some relaxation. Our recommendation would be Soul Kitchen and Beach or The Fisherman Vegan Restaurant & Cafe & Bar.
8. Ly Son -Offbeat cliff side beaches in a volcanic Island
If you are in search of a striking and dynamic marine landscape, Ly Son island is what you are looking for. Towering above the reef Island are three dormant volcanoes with rugged rock formation, not the average palm-fringed sandy beaches. Perfect for adventure-lovers, this Island offers hiking to crater tops, snorkelling in the crystal clear waters (Yes! the water is probably clearest here) among some of the most beautiful coral reefs in Vietnam. Also, you can take a boat trip to Dao be Island, another less known hidden gem. A charming picture-perfect island with virgin beaches untouched by tourists probably among the best beaches in Vietnam.
9. Con Dao Archipelago – Of Corals and white sandy beaches
A charming group of about 16 mostly inhabited islets, Con Dao apart from its history as a French prison camp (Main Island) has some of the best beaches in Vietnam. You can choose to Island hop and visit any of the unspoilt island and enjoy its beauty in seclusion. There are a couple of high-end resorts on the main island, Con Son – including a Six Senses property. As expected this island is definitely not a cheap affair as the only way to reach is via flight from Saigon.
10. Hon Lao and Cu Cham (Cham Archipelago) – A UNESCO world heritage Marine Park and home to the best beaches in Vietnam.
Last but definitely not least are the amazing Cham Islands off the coast of Hoi An. A set of eight islands, one of them houses Cu Lao Cham Marine Park an UNESCO world biosphere sphere, which has the best opportunities for Scuba and snorkelling. For pristine beaches, you should head out to Hon Lao island where you will find four magnificent beaches, Bai Cong, Bai Ong, Bai bac, and Bai Xep which are among the best beaches in Vietnam.
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