Beaches in Vietnam, How many Vietnam beaches?
Vietnam is blessed with a coastline stretching 3,000 kilometers with hundreds of beaches up and
down the country that cater to all tastes; from white sand beaches where you can view sunsets, to
beaches with 5 star facilities, and beaches with nothing at all to do except swim, relax and enjoy
the local culture.
Starting in the Far North, bordering China is Tra Co, not a beautiful beach by anyone's standards
what with its muddy flats at low tide; but it's a pleasant place to stay if you're on your way into
our out of China, before heading to Halong Bay. Halong bay cruises are always ready for people
who are interested in discovering this landscape.
Bai Chay beach is the nearest to Hanoi, so it draws a huge crowd of people on the weekends and
in summer. It too doesn't live up to the beauty of the southern beaches, but does serve up some
good seafood harvested from nearby Halong Bay. It certainly isn't a place to come in winter as
temperatures can drop to the 15 degree C mark.
Halong Bay offers plenty of small beaches, most of them on islands in the middle of the Bay
(though the majority of islands are too steep and rocky to have beaches).These are best visited by
kayak because large touring boats don't have the shallow depth to approach the rocky shore.
The North Central Coast of Vietnam stretches all the way down to the Hai Van Pass, and is
almost a continuous stretch of golden sand pounded by huge waves churned by the frequent
typhoons. It’s an area rarely visited by travelers, because most either fly or take the train straight
between Hue and Hanoi, but if you've got time they are beautifully deserted and make excellent
places to go for long walks. Locals will regard you with great curiosity, and may even follow
you to practice their English.
Though the facilities are scarce here, (you won't find restaurants selling to tourists just yet) it is a
rewarding break from the long drive on Highway 1. Take note however, that it’s not a wise idea
to walk any of the beaches near the DMZ and Dong Ha, because of mines, unexploded
ordinances can still be found in this area.
The Central and South Central Coast of Vietnam offers the countries best beaches: from Hue to
Nha Trang, the miles of coast is populated with coconut palms and dotted with fishing villages
with lots of facilities and choices to make your vacation comfortable.
My Khe beach to Vietnamese, or China Beach to foreigners, looks out at Monkey Mountain
east of Danang Bay. It's by no means deserted, because locals use the beach as a place to play
football, do morning exercises and just chat away with friends. It has some of Vietnam's best surf
beaches and in November waves can reach two meters.
Its here where 5 star resorts like the Furama and the Lang Co resort (north of the Hai Van Pass)
are situated and offer the best services in the country including al fresco dining, water sports and
The beach is also incorrectly linked with the first landing of American Marines in 1963. In fact,
it was Red Beach, around the point in Danang Bay, where this took place. My Khe was the spot
where numerous attacks took place in the American war and it was a center of fierce fighting in
the late 1960's.
From Danang, the lazy coastline stretches all the way down to Nha Trang. Dozens of beaches,
many of them just a few meters from Highway I can be visited as you drive south. Facilities are
mushrooming up to meet the demand of the numerous tour buses that now ply these routes.
Seafood restaurants, guesthouses and other businesses are making this area easier to visit.
Nha Trang is the epicenter of the beach travel industry in Vietnam, and if you're looking for a
secluded beach, you won't find it here. But if you want to enjoy a day trip out to the islands in
Nha Trang Bay, where you can snorkel and swim, and then Nha Trang is the place for you. One
of the best things in the city is its marvelous seafood, which includes abalone, prawns, scallops
Doc Let is 40 kilometers north of Nha Trang, and it’s here where you'll find solitude and long
deserted beaches; the shallow bay in front is perfect for a swim and the place is famous for its
Even further south is Phan Thiet and Mui Ne, close enough to Saigon to be a popular weekend
outing destination for residents there. It’s got a laid back feels, and includes 4 star hotels like the
Nototel Corallia, so roughing it isn't required here.
Even closer to Saigon is Vung Tau, and serves much the same function as Bai Chay near Hanoi;
it's the closest and cheapest destination for Saigonese to escape the crowded city streets. Again,
if you're looking for solitude, this isn't the place, because on Sundays the beaches are packed.
Phu Quoc has the whitest sand beaches in the country, and if you want to watch the sun set (it's
the only place in Vietnam where you can do this) this is the place to come. Geologically, it's
totally different to the other beaches in Vietnam, because it's in the Gulf of Thailand, and Phu
Quoc closely resembles Koh Chang or Koh Samet near Bangkok. Just an hour flight from Saigon
and you'll be enjoying the sun, sea and seafood of Vietnam's most southern beach.
North to South, there are a multitude of choices in beaches so whatever kind of beach you are
looking for you'll find it in Vietnam
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