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Beach Destinations in Vietnam the Whole Family Will Love

Vietnam is not just famous for its top-notch cultural destinations but also for amazing beaches that boast some of the best sea views in the region! Best beach destinations in Vietnam will offer you and your family an exotic beach escape to remember.  

The beaches are one of the reasons that make you fall in love with Vietnam over and over again. Whether you travel to the North, the Central or the South of Vietnam, you are bound to find a beach to your liking on your journey. Whether you love lying on the sand, snorkeling in clear waters or try exciting watersports, beach destinations in Vietnam always offer an activity to suit the whole family.

Best beach destinations in Vietnam

With vast stretches of sugar white sand, waving palm trees, turquoise waters, and stunning views at sunrise and sunset, vacationing at a beach is always as fun as it sounds. Here are the top beach destinations in Vietnam that will certainly cool you down on a hot summer day and treat your eyes with fantastic views!

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is one of the best beach destinations in Vietnam that you must not miss if you are looking to enjoy a beach experience in this S-shaped country. The island boasts vast tracts of undeveloped land and pristine forests, thanks to which it is aptly named the Emerald Isle of Vietnam.

On the island lie some of the best beaches in the country. Perhaps the most famous one is Long Beach, aptly named so thanks to its amazing 20km coastline. Long Beach is arguably the centre of all activities on the island, so you could find the best hotels, restaurants, backpacker hostels, etc. here. The beach also features some of the best sunset views around. There are plenty of spots for sunbathers as well as swimmers. If you are looking to enjoy some motorsports, the beach also provides snorkeling, kayaking, etc. as well.

Another top beach destination is the Sao Beach, which is located in the southern portion of the island. Unlike Long Beach, Sao Beach is noticeably less busy, so if you are looking for some peace of mind while on a trip to Phu Quoc, the Sao Beach would be a much more appropriate option. This beach is also a great option for holiday-goers who are afraid of crashing waves, as, due to its geographical location, the beach boasts, for the most part, very soft and caressing waves. The perfect time period to visit Sao Beach is between June and October.

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Vung Tau

Just a two-hour drive from Saigon is Vung Tau, the capital city of the Ba Ria – Vung Tau province and also a very famous destination for holiday-goers from the big city. Vung Tau boasts many amazing beaches that will certainly charm any beach enthusiasts. The best part? It is really close to Saigon, so you can easily enjoy a day-trip to Vung Tau and still make it back to Saigon.

Vung Tau’s most famous beaches are Front Beach and Back Beach. Both of these beaches are highly accessible since they are just a few minutes away from most hotels. The beaches offer everything you need such as sunbathing spots, swimming spots, food stalls, seafood stalls, etc. Check out [Vung Tau Travel Guide] 9 Things to Do in Vung Tau.

Another option is Ho Coc Beach, which is just 30 miles away from the city. Ho Coc Beach is not as easily accessible as the other two, so you can expect much fewer tourists year-round. The view is also amazingly unique with a mangrove forest which surrounds the beach. If you are looking for a serene environment where you can practice yoga, meditation, etc. in complete harmony with nature or simply enjoy a beautiful view, this beach destination in Vietnam will definitely be a great choice.

Nha Trang

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Nha Trang draws millions of tourists to the Central Vietnam

Nha Trang is always among one of the most famous beach destinations in Vietnam. This seaside city boasts a 6km beach that is directly accessible from most hotels. The city’s beach, which runs along the long street of Trần Phú, is not as crowded as the one in Vũng Tàu, and the beach is generally much cleaner with little garbage.

There are plenty of restaurants and beer clubs which run along the beach, so you are never going to be worried about running out of exciting dishes to try in Nha Trang. On sunny days, you could try cycling along Tran Phu Street to enjoy the view. The sea breeze and the smell of the sea will definitely put your mind off the scorching summer heat. A word of advice, though: in November and December, the water is going to be extremely rough, so you should avoid going to Nha Trang beach in these months.

The Khanh Hoa Province, of which Nha Trang is the capital, also features many amazing beaches that are far from the madding crowd. About 50km to the north of Nha Trang lies Doc Let Beach, a tranquil heaven that offers you the refuge you need to hide away from the scalding sun. This beach offers amazing views of the sunset, and it does not see a lot of tourists except for during high seasons, so it will definitely be worth your while to check it out.

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Da Nang

The Forbes voted My Khe beach as one of the six most attractive beaches on the planet | Photo Credit: khanh.mata

Da Nang is considered to be one of the best cities to live in Vietnam and one of the best beach destinations in Vietnam as well. Most travelers praise Da Nang for Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge but the Danang beaches are not less charming. The city is blessed with perhaps one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, My Khe Beach.

Stretching over 32km, this beach, once one of the most gruesome battlefields of the Vietnam War, now boasts unparalleled popularity among its peers in the country. From the palm-covered beach, you could feast your eyes upon the full view of the nearby Son Tra Mountain, another top tourist destination in Danang that you should definitely not miss. The water is of clear turquoise color, and the sandy shoreline will definitely tempt you even if you are not a fan of beaches.

Along My Khe Beach, you will find plenty of world-famous beach resorts which boast some of the best accommodations and culinary services around. Finally, the beach is pretty close to beach resorts city centre, only about 3km away.

Hoi An

Although Hoi An is technically much more famous for its Ancient Town and its wide array of festivals, the local An Bang Beach is getting more and more popular with expats and international tourists. Featuring soft sand and crystal-clear azure water, the beach will definitely put your mind at ease and help you cast away the worries of life into the waves to enjoy your summer vacation to its fullest. The pristine beach has not been heavily touched by the dreaded hand of tourism development, but that is not to say that it is underdeveloped. If you need to splurge a little bit, there are still resorts around where you can enjoy an expensive stay.

An Bang Beach is, for the most part, not crowded, so you don’t have to be afraid of getting inundated. You could easily claim a spot on the beach and enjoy your sunbathing experience without being interrupted by too much noise. The beach also offers numerous great scuba diving spots and island-hopping tours, so don’t waste the chance to explore more.

With its long coastline, Vietnam never runs out of beaches for those looking to run away from the country’s hot and dry summer. If you need help picking out the right beach destination in Vietnam for you, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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Viet Nguyen written for Maika Tours

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