Being eager to escape the bustling city life and dream about hidden paradises to go for your trip? Well, Vietnam heavenly beaches are among them. Let’s read this article, pack your stuff up, leave the stress behind and head towards one of the best beaches of Vietnam.
Some of the world’s best beaches are in Vietnam, have you known?
Owing to stretching the length of the Indochinese Peninsula, Vietnam boasts a long coastline over 3,000 km of soft sands and clear waters, where the most beautiful beaches lie in.
Each of the beaches has its own features that makes it different from others, from the shores of the UNESCO-designated HaLong Bay to the rolling dunes of Mui Ne and the island getaways of Phu Quoc. The combination of a tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking views of these beaches attracts lots of visitors year by year. Here are the top 10 beaches of Vietnam you should not miss.
Best beaches of Central Vietnam
1. My Khe Beach, Da Nang
Located 6 km east of Da Nang, My Khe beach, of which a pristine coral reef and 32-km-long stretch of white sands and palm-fringed shoreline, offers visitors a gloriously unspoiled hideaway with a wide range of recreational activities. Once listed by Forbes as one of the ‘World’s Most Luxurious Beaches’, My Khe is Vietnam’s extremely well-known and popular seaside destination for both locals and internationals.
My Khe beach has small waves, smooth sand, and sanitary water. Behind the beach is a dark green poplar forest. Under the sea, there are abundant corals and creatures. When looking from above, My Khe is fascinated by the blue color stretching to the horizon.
The regional climate is moderate all-year-round, with an annual mean temperature around 25 degrees Celsius, which makes it a safe place to swim for adults and children alike. With all gorgeousness and conveniences putting together, it’s hardly possible to find a better place to enjoy a vacation like My Khe.
Best things to do at My Khe
My Khe beach is an excellent spot for water activities such as surfing, scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing, and windsurfing. Additionally, as being close to numerous heritage sites, such as Hoi An Harbor, Ling Ung Pagoda and Son Tra peninsula, it’s a great place to unwind after you’ve spent the day walking and exploring.
Best food to eat at My Khe
For the coastal city, the enjoyment of fresh seafood dishes chosen by the customers themselves is something worth experiencing. The coastal seafood street has many different restaurants, meeting the diverse needs of customers and especially without the “tight slashing” situation.
My Khe specialty, which is seaweed, has a black and long fiber shape, soaking in water will expand, can be used as a medicine, soup or tea. Seaweed can be found a lot in the markets of Danang such as Con, or Han Market.
Best time to visit My Khe
Between May and October, when it’s summertime with a clear sky, small waves with no storms. You might want to avoid the typhoon season from November to January. For water sporting, come to My Khe during September for excellent conditions.
2. Nhat Le Beach, Dong Hoi
Discovered in Dong Hoi City, the capital of Quang Bình Province (where named as one of the most attractive destinations in Asia and the world’s 52 top must-go sites for 2014 by the New York Times), Nhat Le is the unspoiled and tranquil beach with azure, bath-warm water and beautiful stretches of white and creamy sand.
This is a great option for those who are fond of getting some fresh air and falling asleep to the sound of the lapping waves, swimming in the sea and savoring freshly caught seafood.
The bathing area is deep enough and very safe, the wind blows cool with the sound of the waves pounding to create a symphony of the natural world with many melodious. Walking on the smooth white sand and clean, exciting feeling as each wave washed ashore, stroked the feet and gently pulled away after cleansing the bruise cleverly.
And when the dark comes, the charming sea, sparkling water mixes with the silvered moon, remotely, the light of fishing boats become bright as “ night city” floating on the water surface. This is a wonderful and romantic moment for lovers that has inspired composers, authors to make many songs, poems, pictures and so forth in a long time.
Best things to do at Nhat Le Beach
Not only could you go swimming and sunbathing, but also take part in a number of other exciting activities like go sand-skating, boat sailing, and parachute jumping. Besides, Nhat Le is also famous for a great deal of beautiful cultural activities and historical sight-seeings.
After a series of exciting entertainment kinds, tourists may independently travel around Bao Ninh seaside village and Mother Suot Monument, joining an interesting fishing festival, listening to the enchanting folk songs, contemplating a traditional gentle dance – “Cheo” performed by graceful local girls, or visiting fish, tortoise, and trionychid turtle raising farms west of the town. Nhat Le’s cultural tranquility may lure you from daily busy thoughts and tensions.
Best food to eat at Nhat Le Beach
Fresh seafood like oysters, clams, cockles, lobsters, squid, even red eel… can easily be found here. If you are not too picky, you can enjoy right at the beach with the burden of grass and a small coal stove can still bring to the grill or boiling attractive.
Especially here is the visitors do not have to wait long because there are always available “appetizers” with local colors. Such as filter cake, Nam Dum cake with fish sauce is very personal, just enough to sip impatient.
Best time to visit Nhat Le Beach
The best time to go to Nhat Le beach is in the summer (from May to September). This time is not too much rain but not too hot, and the shore is gradual and very safe, so you can immerse yourself in the crystal blue water or wander through the smooth white sand. But beware, the end of the year from September to November is usually the time when storms begin to move gradually into the Central.
3. Lang Co Beach, Hue
70 kilometers away from the imperial city of Hue, Lang Co is one of the most famous beaches in this province. In fact, since June 2009, Lang Co beach has become an official member of the “World’s most beautiful bays” club. Situated between the mountains and the sea, Lang Co boasts pristine white sand, green beautiful water and a fringe of palm trees – plus a turquoise lagoon full of mystery.
As given the name ‘Beautiful Lady of the Fishing Village’ for its spectacular natural landscape, Lang Co is a simple, serene escape where you can walk for miles in relative peace and quiet. It actually offers a nice secluded beach away from the crowds.
Best things to do at Lang Co Beach
With smooth white sand and a variety of coral reefs, Lang Co is suitable for swimming, scuba diving as well as relaxing, sunbathing, fishing and barbecuing.
Besides, as surrounded by three UNESCO Heritage Sites (Hue Citadel, Hoi An Ancient Town, and My Son Holy Land), Lang Co keeps tourists staying longer for sightseeing and cultural exploration activities. Also from Lang Co, visitors can combine to admire the view of Bach Ma National Park and Chan May port, which has calm water, wide beach in harmony with the blue sea and the sound of the forest.
Best food to eat at Lang Co Beach
Lang Co Beach is an undeniable place for tourists to enjoy very elegant and tasty dishes from many kinds of seafood or even brackish sea such as lobster, shrimp, crabs, squid, scallops, oysters, mussels, snails, and fish.
The famous dishes in Lang Co are crab soup, crab noodles, Lang Co fish sauce, grilled lobster, split shrimp heads, sour soup, rice cakes, roasted meats… which can be enjoyed in either food vendors along Lang Co beach or the floating restaurant on the Lap An lagoon.
Best time to visit Lang Co Beach
The ideal time to visit Lang Co is the summertime between April and July, whereas August to December, you can expect to see rain frequently in this region. Between December and March, it is also known to get chilly with the breeze coming from the northwest.
4. Doc Let Beach, Nha Trang
50 kilometers north of Nha Trang lies Doc Let, a quiet Eden of swaying palm trees, powdery white sand, and warm blue sea that makes anyone take his mind off all routine fuss and enjoy a laid back peacefully. As named by its topography (The Slope), the coastal strip dips along the beach and stretches under the shadow of casuarinas.
Also, the water deepens very slowly, so bathing close to the shore is quite safe even for children. Though being called a little paradise in Vietnam, but for its remote location, the beach is not very populous as compared to Nha Trang municipal beaches. So Doc Let stays low-key, natural and wild and becomes an ideal place for a romantic date for two.
Best things to do at Doc Let Beach
Doc Let is not only an ideal swimming beach, but its natural landscape is also quite attractive to tourists.
Among water entertainments consider a wave runner or a kayak rent. You can also fly with a parachute tied to a holiday cruiser and enjoy Doc Let beauty from a birds-eye view.
In some distance there are famous Ba Ho Waterfalls – here you can freshen up in water streams and climb the cliffs, enjoying the beauty of the local nature.
Best food to eat at Doc Let Beach
Like other beaches in Nha Trang, Doc Let offers a wide range of seafood. Coming to Ninh Hai commune in Doc Let in the morning, you can see the image of the local people are fishing by big boats to bring the seafood to the land. It’s great when you can enjoy the fresh seafood such as crabs, snails, clams, squid,… available at local beachside eateries.
Best time to visit Doc Let Beach
The average temperature in the area is 26-27 degrees Celsius. Doc Let will be the most beautiful from July to September when it will be sunny and not affected by storms from the north nor rain from the south. If you cannot travel from July to September, it is fine to be here from January to June when the dry season comes. However, you should avoid October and November when it will rain every day.
5. An Bang Beach, Hoi An
Just 3km north from Hoi An’s UNESCO World Heritage centre, An Bang is one of Vietnam’s most happening and enjoyable beaches. As being one of the few beaches in Hoi An of which wonderful stretch of fine sand and an enormous horizon, yet relatively unspoiled by development, An Bang becomes its own destination for soaking up the sun and enjoying an array of seaside activities.
Since featured in CNN’s list of Top 100 Best Beaches in the World 2016, An Bang Beach has rapidly grown from a sleepy beachside village to the international tourist hotspot, with its laid-back restaurants, late-night bars, water sport activities and live music. This is the perfect complement to the sightseeing and tourist bustle of Hoi An.
Best things to do at An Bang Beach
Some of the most popular activities at An Bang Beach are swimming, paddle-boarding, and surfing. This area is not well known for scuba diving or snorkelling, but coral life is not that far away. Also, due to lack of wind, kite surfing and parasailing are not popular, either.
If you’re looking to learn how to surf during your visit, there are plenty of board rentals, surfing and stand-up paddling classes offered by An Bang Beach’s expat surfing community.
Best food to eat at An Bang Beach
You can enjoy an array of affordable dining options at An Bang Beach, ranging from fresh seafood and Vietnamese BBQ to authentic Italian and French fare.
For cheap and quick meal, they are widely available at a local market and local popup kiosk along the beach, which can be named as Mi Quang, Banh Mi, Banh Beo… Aside from your favorite dishes, try to taste at least once the local foods. Their favor will surprise you.
Best time to visit An Bang Beach
The best time to be at An Bang is the dry season, which falls between March and September. During this time you can expect blistering sun, soaring temperatures and calm waters. Cold, wet season lasts from October to February, when the ocean is rough and temperatures can be downright bone chilling, though there are surprises with the odd sunny day.
6. Mui Ne Beach, Phan Thiet
Mui Ne is a coastal town of Phan Thiet, where its beach is ranked in Top 10 best beaches in Asia Pacific voted by Skyscanner. The beach of Mui Ne comprise geographical wonders, traditional fishing villages, pristine beaches and verdant mountains, not forgetting ancient structures that date back as far as the 9th century of Champa Kingdom.
Mui Ne impresses visitors by lush coconut groves stretching along the coast arc, with wide spanning gold sand dunes and turquoise seawater. The beach is shallow and sloped, but the weather favors beach sports so you may see brightly coloured kites are a fixture on Mui Ne’s beaches year-round. Also, as dubbed “the kingdom of resorts”, Mui Ne is a wonderful place to take a rest and immerse in the leisure life here.
Best things to do at Mui Ne Beach
Mui Ne is a paradise for those who love a day full of adventure and adrenaline. Thanks to its rock-free waters, Mui Ne Beach is ideal for a day of swimming, kitesurfing, kayaking, and surfing. If you get tired of the beach, you can also go sandboarding in the “desert” of the dunes of Mui Ne, of which the most famous are the Red and White Sand Dunes.
Visiting the fishing harbour at dawn is another must-do as you’ll see local fishermen sorting out hundreds of fresh seafood, and they would make a trade right on the spot. The atmosphere at the market will leave an unforgettable memory in tourists’ mind.
Nightlife in Mui Ne is fairly relaxed, comprising a handful of hotel bars, late-night restaurants, and hippy lounges set along the beach. Most of these venues have been operating for decades, hosting vibrant parties, cultural nights, movie screenings, bonfires, dance performances, and guest DJs from all across Vietnam and Europe.
Best food to eat at Mui Ne Beach
When it comes to dining in Mui Ne, you can find a diverse range of beachfront restaurants serving authentic Asian fare, regional specialities, and fresh seafood from the East Sea. If you’re craving something from back home, there are plenty of expat-owned and resort restaurants that offer familiar regional dishes from around the world.
Best time to visit Mui Ne Beach
A tropical climate makes Mui Ne sultry every year and this place is not affected by storms. Therefore, you can travel to Mui Ne anytime in a year. However, Mui Ne experiences the best weather from April to August. From September, it may rain sometimes, so you should watch the weather forecast before planning your trip.
For watersport lovers, the best time to enjoy these activities are between the months of November and March, when skies are sunny with strong winds, resulting in optimum temperatures and wave conditions.
7. Quy Hoa Beach, Quy Nhon
On the coastal road to the south of Quy Nhon, dubbed as Maldives of Vietnam, is enchanting Quy Hoa Beach. Surrounded by lush green hills, sheltered by trees along the side, the beach is clean, rubbish-free and the clear, turquoise waters gives the breathtaking vista for visitors. This beach is very quiet, the ideal escape from the busy life while not losing sight of the cityscape.
With golden stretches of sand, a fishing village in the background and colorful fishing boats bobbing in harmony with the waves are a treat to watch. This is one of the few beaches that remains untarnished by the tourism industry and will appeal to the traveller who enjoys a low-key local experience.
You can spend hours lying in the sun and enjoying the gentle sea-breeze kisses, with absolutely no one to disturb you.
It’s also home to the well-known Quy Hoa Leprosy Hospital which was opened by a French priest in 1929, as well as the first resting place of famous Vietnamese poet Han Mac Tu.
Best things to do at Quy Hoa Beach
Quy Hoa beach doesn’t have the tourist buzz and never feels too busy with the often-seen activities like the others. However, you are free to join with locals to play a soccer game in the afternoon, or take a tour to visit attractions that are plenty around the town all day. Right in front of the beach is the well-known Quy Hoa Leprosy Hospital, which was opened by a French priest in 1929.
Towards the northern end of Quy Hoa beach, a memorial park has been established with dozens of busts to commemorate the socialist party leaders, scientists, social activists and humanitarians who contributed to helping leprosy patients. Surrounding the Catholic church are also statues of well-known religious figures. Visiting the historical sites and study the past is definitely worthwhile.
Best food to eat at Quy Hoa Beach
Fishing is the main industry in Quy Hoa, making it a great source of exceptional seafood like shrimps and crabs. Taste them from vendors along the beach might be your rare experience, because they are inexpensive and delicious.
Besides, there are several local gastronomy you don’t want to miss out, like Bun ca (Fish noodle), Banh xeo tom nhay (“Jumping” shrimp pancake), or Bun sua (Jellyfish noodle)…
Best time to visit Quy Hoa Beach
The best time to visit Quy Hoa beach is from January to August, when the weather is relatively warm most of the time. As summer comes, starting in April the weather will get gradually warmer.
September to December is the rainy season. There will be more rain and potentially some storms, which can prevent you from going on boat tours or exploring the town fully.
Best beaches of Northern Vietnam
8. Minh Chau Island Beach, Quang Ninh
Belonging to the renowned Bai Tu Long Bay, the area that not only features full factors of an imposing natural site but also preserves many historical and cultural values, Minh Chau is the most pristine and beautiful beach in Northern Vietnam, an ideal spot for tourists who would love to experience a variety of beach activities, exploring the island, and enjoy a relaxing ambiance on the beach.
Minh Chau is located in a deep water bay, so the waves are very quiet, rippling along with the wind and tapping on the white, smooth sand where giving a comfortable sensation walking on. The depths of the beach here are moderate and only to the level of the chest, very convenient for swimming. Visitors may get here by hailing a ferry for 9 kilometers to Cai Rong Town, then, canoes would transfer passengers to Quan Lan Island. It normally takes three hours, during that time, you can also visit fishing villages and tropical green islands to enjoy the stunning landscape of the bay.
Best things to do at Minh Chau Island Beach
As the beach is fairly calm and the waves are gentle, tourists would love to relish an assortment of beach activities like kayaking, surfing and diving.
Some often take camping out and exploring the island by hiking. At leisure, fishing is a good idea when you may witness strange creatures of the sea.
Best food to eat at Minh Chau Island Beach
Fresh seafood is always at the top of the menu when it comes to dining. If you have booked a cruise tour from land, onboard dining might be a great experience when it serves selective specialties of the island, as well as Vietnam most traditional dishes.
Best time to visit Minh Chau Island Beach
Summer (from May to Oct) is the perfect time to enjoy the clear blue water and the golden sunlight in Minh Chau beach. However, head up to the weather forecast since there may be rainfall occasionally. But on rainy days, you will also see a different Quan Lan in the rain which is romantic and beautiful.
Best beaches of Southern Vietnam
9. Star (Sao) Beach, Phu Quoc
Located on the south coast of the island, about 25 km from Duong Dong town – the center of Phu Quoc, Star Beach is known as one among the 10 most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. This destination boasts its white powdery sand, swaying palm trees, turquoise clear water, and jungle backdrop.
The seashore is covered with swaying palm trees and the big rocks are perfect for sunrise and sunset views. Sitting on the seaside, you can witness some rolling waves that leap over each other, then rush out to the sea and mix with the seawater. Into the ocean, you will find schools of small fish, needle nose fish, sometimes even squids. All in all, Star Beach’s relaxed tropical lifestyle, unspoiled nature, peaceful views make it a perfect place for your vacation.
Best things to do at Star Beach
The beaches can be fascinating sites for swimming and sunbathing on the beautiful sandbank under lush palm trees. Besides, there are some sporty activities that you can enjoy in Bai Sao beach, which are scuba diving, jet-skiing, and kayaking. Also, you can rent a bike and head to the pearl farm and the village of fishermen in the south.
Best food to eat at Star Beach
Flower crab is the specialty of this island and readily available in many local restaurants. The fresh red flower crabs get an amazing taste and rich texture when being boiled and dipped in the sauce made from black pepper, salt, and lime juice.
Besides, there is boletus soup which is also a special dish you must try. Boletus only appears in deep forests in the rainy season so it is difficult to plant them.
Moreover, these special mushrooms grow and die quickly so they must be picked up within one week after the rain. The soup which is made from boletus, fresh squids, shrimps, minced meat and spicy black pepper is definitely an unforgettable dish.
Best time to visit Star Beach
During summer months (from May to October), the sea at Bai Sao beach is much calmer because winds have rotated to the island’s western side. On the other hand, from late October to early May (during winter months), the winds will come back and the sea features with more waves, particularly during the mid-day.
10. Ho Coc Beach, Ba Ria
Accessible within a three-hour leisurely drive from central Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Coc is by far one of the best beaches within easy reach for tourists. Stretching for 10 kilometres from the bluff just north of Ho Tram hamlet, Ho Coc is a primitive beach of which an arc of light-coloured sand backed by densely forested hills that makes itself a tempting place to stop.
Although small, the beach is so magical with its rolling sand dunes dotted with coracles and large boulders, and the clear waters that lap the shore. When seen on a good day from the top of the bluff, the curving bay, blue sea and green hills are very picturesque. Ho Coc Beach is also home to beachfront resorts and hotels that cater to just about any budget and preference.
Best things to do at Ho Coc Beach
The beach features a long white sand where you can enjoy a day of sunbathing, swimming and beach games. Behind Ho Coc beach, the dense jungle is good to explore on foot. Besides, camping on the beachside and hanging on a motorbike around the town are also the tourist favorite activity that rewarding if you wish to experience your vacation differently. The most popular excursion from the beaches is Binh Chau Hot Springs, which is 20 minute riding from Ho Coc beach that being visited the most by domestic and international tourists. In case you stay at a high-end resort, there are a service boat for rent that ride along the Ray River and through the dense mangrove that lines the riverbanks.
Best food to eat at Ho Coc Beach
The best, freshest, cheapest seafood can be found at Binh Chau market, or at the popular restaurants in Ho Tram hamlet. You are free to choose your live seafood from containers displayed on the ground – oysters, clams, scallops, fish, shrimp, lobster, octopus, snails, crab… and things you may have never seen before.
The food is fresh, simply cooked then dipped in salt, pepper, chilli and lime, and served up on plastic plates at plastic tables on a bare concrete floor strewn with shells. It’s delicious and unpretentious; a fabulous dining experience, and very Vietnamese.
Best time to visit Ho Coc Beach
The beach and scenery here are beautiful, but it should be noted that the sea quality fluctuates during the year, and conditions are often too rough or unpredictable to swim. The most consistent weather is during the dry season, from November to May. Else, seawater can become murky during the rainy season due to runoff from the land and rivers.
Final words: We have just gone through the top 10 best beaches in Vietnam for your travel reference. Does this list end here? No, absolutely not. You may be surprised when knowing that there are more beaches of Vietnam that being highly rated by international media, or among travel forums.
Expect that, because Vietnam is a beautiful country favored by nature owning a number of the most amazing beaches around the world. Come here to see what we mean. In case you wish to have your own travel agent, who can offer a wonderful and hassle-free trip, please hesitate not to contact us for the tailored request.