You don’t often think about Vietnam in terms of beaches, sun, sand and sea line scenery. Mountains, yes, and cities too. But hidden up this coastline are some of the best kept secrets. In-between your travels in Vietnam, why not take a well earned break. Here are five of them to get you started.
1. Long Beach, Phu Quoc
Long Beach (Bai Trong), spans the west coast of Phu Quoc Island. It is a 20km stretch of mostly deserted soft golden sands and swaying coconut palms in the breeze. It is perfect for sunbathing, watching the gorgeous sunsets and swim in its clear waters.
2. Star Beach, Phu Quoc
This area of Phu Quoc, while not as developed or visited, is just as beautiful as the more popular western spots. It is definitely in the running as one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, as Star Beach (Bai Sao) has incredible white sands and calm shimmering waters. In season, there are kayaks and snorkelling for hire from a few bars and restaurants.
3. City Beach, Nha Trang
Nah Trang is a brilliant south coast city, and it is often recognised as Vietnam’s prime beach destination. Six kilometres of sand lies between the sea to the city, interrupted by cafes, restaurants, and unusual modern sculptures. Mud baths, watersports and day trips by boat are all waiting for you. Keep in mind that the more choppy waters of November and December mean that the beach becomes somewhat less inviting.
4. Hon Chong Beach, Nha Trang
Just to the north of Nha Trang you can find the secluded Hon Chong Beach. It is less refined than the city beach, but alternatively it is worth the trip just to see the spectacular night-time views across the bay to the lights of the city centre. There id also some great cheap seafood restaurants on the edge of the beach.
5. Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc
Ho Coc offers a primitive, often deserted, yet wonderful five kilometre stretch of golden sands. The beach has brilliantly clear waters and is surrounded by sloping dunes. The Binh Chau Hot Springs are also conveniently located nearby, just in case the sunbathing gets too much.
See you tomorrow!