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8 Best Beach Destinations in Vietnam



While the popular beaches of Thailand and Bali tend to grab the attention of most international tourists, Vietnam is the true gem of Southeast Asia. With more than 3,300 km (2,000 mi) of diverse coastline and over 3,000 inlets and islands, it’s easy to find your own perfect place in the sun here. Looking to work on your tan during a Vietnam tour? Here’s your ultimate guide to the beaches in Vietnam. From luxury escapes to under-the-radar hideaways, these are the most loved amongst locals and travelers alike.

1. Nha Trang

The white sand beaches of Nha Trang are often referred to as the Riviera of the South China Sea. From the lively Tran Phu Beach to the laidback Bai Dai Beach, there is something for every type of traveler in Nha Trang.

Spend your first day taking a stroll down the popular Tran Phu Street. Admire the luxury hotspots and sample the ultra-fresh seafood restaurants. Once you’re filled up, make your way to Tran Phu Beach. Take a leisurely wander along the coastline to other beaches then hop on a cable car over to Hon Tre Island.

2. Hon Khoi Peninsula

Only 45 km (28 mi) from the beaches of Nha Trang, you can find the postcard-ready beaches of the Hon Khoi Peninsula. Admire the azure shores of Doc Let Beach and snap photos of the vibrant boats dotting the seascape. You’ll find everything from budget hostels and street food to luxury resorts here so you can easily create your own adventure.

Just beyond the beaches of the Hon Khoi Peninsula, there is a one of a kind destination that is certainly amongst the most unique things to see in Vietnam: the Hon Khoi Salt Fields. Bring your camera to capture rare snapshots of locals working in the fields.

3. Phu Quoc

Beside the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand, you’ll find Vietnam’s largest island and one of the most popular Vietnam tour stops, Phu Quoc. Stay in one of the beautiful resorts on the southwestern side of the island for an unforgettable experience. Plan a day trip to trek through the lush tropical jungles of Phu Quoc National Park then go check out the heady markets of the island’s largest town, Duong Dong.

While the entire island of Phu Quoc used to be amongst the best-kept secrets of Southeast Asia, it’s getting quite popular. Plan ahead of time and stay somewhere with a large private beach to beat the crowds.

4. Da Nang

Renowned for its stunning French colonial architecture and sandy beaches, Da Nang is a popular getaway in Central Vietnam. It’s an idyllic spot to go windsurfing, swimming or take a yacht out on the turquoise seas. If you’re looking for a more relaxed day during your hectic tours in Vietnam, you’ll also find plenty of sandy spots to claim for yourself. My Khe Beach is amongst the most beloved beaches in Vietnam while the nearby beach in Da Nang City is often named one of the top beaches in the world. Once you’ve gotten your fill of vitamin D, trek up to the top of one of the scenic mountains for a view from above.

5. Cat Ba Island

When it comes to Vietnam beach holidays off the beaten path, look no further than Cat Ba Island. The largest of the 367 islands that make up the Cat Ba Archipelago, you’ll find plenty of quiet beaches to sit back and admire the beauty of Vietnam. While there are countless options, Cat Co beaches are amongst the best. The simply named Cat Co 1 Beach is surrounded by mountains and consistent waves. Meanwhile, Cat Co 2 Beach is a prime place to find a quiet hut. Cat Co 3 Beach is the closest to town and it’s a nice but small spot to a quick break.

6. Hoi An

Famous for its friendly people and well-preserved Ancient Town, Hoi An is an essential stop on any Vietnam tour. From the Ancient Town, a 15-minute walk through a picturesque area will bring you to An Bang beach. Far from the crowds you might find elsewhere on a Vietnam beach holiday, this place tends to stay under the radar. Come to play volleyball, have a picnic, then lay back to admire the majesty of Vietnam. If you want to get a glimpse into the authentic culture and real everyday life of the people in Vietnam, this is a perfect place to do it.

7. Cham islands

The best-planned tours in Vietnam will take you straight from Hoi An to the Cham Islands. Near the coast, you will find this lovely group of islands that are also often called Cu Lao Cham. With fascinating and flourishing coral reefs, prime kayaking spots, and nice swimming beaches, you will want at least one full afternoon to explore in, on, and around the shores of the Cham Islands. On the largest island, Hon Lao, be sure to visit Bai Ong and Bai Xep Beaches. When you are ready to move on, there is an interesting marine museum to learn more about the local ecosystem and a few temples dotted around to explore.

8. Mui Ne

If you are looking at tours in Vietnam that’ll bring you to Ho Chi Minh City, be sure to make time for Mui Ne. This resort town is an easy day trip into the fishing region of Phan Thiet. Mui Ne is actually known around the world as one of the best sailing destinations and it’s a must for Vietnam beach holidays. More than your average beach, places like the White Sand Dunes and Fairy Stream create incredible photo ops as you walk along the shores.

If you are dreaming of sandy beaches and crystal-clear water in an exotic locale, you’ve got to make Vietnam beach holidays part of your future! This affordable, dynamic country deserves a place on every bucket list. So, where will your epic Vietnam tour take you?