6 wonderful beaches in Vietnam for wanderlust
The beach in Vietnam is a popular spot for tourists and locals who want to escape the bustling city life. Hardly do the two beaches look the same, ranging from noisy Tran Phu beach in the center of Nha Trang to the more remote beach, Quy Nhon which is popular among adventurous souls.
In addition to over 3,000 km of soft sand and clear water, Vietnam also has many small coves and islands suitable for snorkeling, island jumping, and diving. Read about our comprehensive guide to Vietnam the most popular beach. Coming to some of these locations can be a challenge, depending on your location, but the combination of the quiet atmosphere and the breathtaking scenery of these beaches is worth a try.
1. Long Beach (Phu Quoc Island)
Long Beach (Bai Trong) is a 20 km coastal area on Phu Quoc Island, where you can find seaside resorts, beachfront restaurants, cafes and bars with wonderful sunset views. Despite hosting a wide range of tourist facilities, the beach is still relatively pristine with many soft palms and sand, making it an ideal place to sunbathe and swim.
Though Long Beach can be easily navigated on foot, it will be better if visitors rent a motorbike or bicycle to explore the traditional fishing villages and pearl farms located at the southern end of the beach.
2. Quy Nhon Beach (Binh Dinh Province)
Quy Nhon beach attracts most locals and seasoned tourists who want to spend their holiday away from the noisy streets of the city life. Nestled in a secluded bay, the beach is surrounded by lush mountains while pristine waters and soft sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing and swimming.
There are also plenty of sightseeing opportunities when you are in the city, including the Fishery Harbor, Thap Doi Tower, and Bai Xep Village. To get there, regional flights are departing from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc Islands, and Con Dao.
3. Cat Ba Island (Ha Long Bay)
Cat Ba Island is one of many small islands belonging to Ha Long Bay recognized by UNESCO, with almost every travel company offering a boat trip to the island.
While it’s full of common travel scenarios (like hotels, restaurants, and bars), you can still find some sandy beaches along the east coast of Cat Ba town. Cat Co One and Cat Co Three beaches are linked by a cliff-directed path, a great place for daytime walks, while Cat Co Two beach offers a lot of chalets and bungalows for romantic dates of couples.
4. An Bang Beach (Hoi An)
An Bang beach may be one of the few beaches in Hoi An, which is relatively untouched by development, but there are still a variety of seaside resorts, seafood restaurants, and bars. Besides relaxing on the beach while watching the nearby mountains and small islands, there are many windsurfing and surfing classes for inexperienced travelers. Accessible within a 10-minute drive from Hoi An Ancient Town, An Bang Beach is the busiest during the surfing season, taking place from September to March.
5. Mui Ne Beach (Phan Thiet)
Mui Ne Beach stretches 15 km of sandy and rocky beaches, with luxurious seaside resorts concentrated on the north end and a traditional fishing village in the south. Located in Binh Thuan province, the beach attracts a large number of tourists looking for somewhere to swim and enjoy some water sports, but the most popular activity in Mui Ne beach is kitesurfing. The best time to enjoy this is between November and March when the sky is sunny with strong winds.
6. Hon Chong Beach (Nha Trang)
Hon Chong Beach in Nha Trang is a five-minute drive from Po Nagar Cham Towers, where you can relax in a quiet setting. There is also a rock formation stretching out to the sea, requiring a fee of VND 25,000 if you want to climb it.
It is worth the money and effort when you are welcomed with panoramic views of the crescent-shaped Nha Trang beach and the surrounding small island. Several seafood cafes and eateries are located along the beach, while 300 meters south of Hon Chong is Hon Do (Red Island), where there is a Buddhist temple on the hilltop.