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Vietnam’s Top 5 Beaches
The beauty of Vietnam’s coastline is that it stretches for 2000 miles and offers such a huge variety of beaches – there is something for everyone. Here's the lowdown on our top places to go and why…
Nha Trang has been Vietnam’s premier beach destination for a number of years and for most people is the first resort to come to mind when thinking about the beaches of Vietnam. Nha Trang is perfect for those who love relaxing on white sands and bathing in clear waters . It also offers the perfect gateway to explore a cluster of islands dotted just off the coast and is one of the top spots in the country for diving. If you’re feeling brave you can take a ride on the Vinpearl Cable Car, which, at 3320m long, is the world’s longest overwater cable car and links Hon Tre Island to Nha Trang. While in Nha Trang be sure to sample their local specialty dish of Bun Sua (jellyfish rice noodles), made with a local rice noodle you can only find in Nha Trang.
We recommend staying at the Six Senses property in Ninh Van Bay, a short drive and speed boat ride away from Nha Trang.
The resort is set amongst the rocks and nature of the private island, and blends in perfectly with the surroundings. It is the epitome of barefoot luxury, with rooms built out of wood and natural materials, a vegetable and herb garden where the chefs collect fresh ingredients, bicycles given to each guest to explore the bay, and platters of fresh fruit on arrival for guests. The attention to detail and service here is first class!
Offering the perfect location on the central coast of Vietnam, visitors to this stunning country should never bypass Hoi An. Far from being just about the beach, Hoi An is an exceptionally well preserved port town with a lot of history and is arguably one of Asia’s most scenic and atmospheric old towns. This UNESCO World Heritage listed town has beautifully preserved ancient buildings, pedestrianized streets and delicious cuisine, giving you an amazing glimpse back in time. Be sure to visit the old merchant’s house, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful and vibrant markets with stalls brimming with local specialties. You can try one of the famous cooking schools which show you how to prepare and make the local food.
Hoi An comes alive even more at night time – and is great fun! Local places to eat serve up a range of scrumptious food, and make sure you sit along the river at one of the bars and enjoy a Hanoi beer and soak up the unique atmosphere.
We recommend staying at The Nam Hai...
The beach resorts are generally located a short journey from the town, making Hoi An the perfect stop off for those that want to relax, while still having the opportunity to embrace the history and culture of Vietnam. We recommend staying at The Nam Hai just outside of Hoi An, which provides an unforgettable experience... simply paradise! Having an infinity pool overlooking a private beach creates the ultimate in relaxation! If you’re lucky enough to be in Hoi An during a full moon, be sure to head into the town for the traditional full moon lantern festival, where you will find all the town’s electricity turned off to be replaced by flickering candles and multi-coloured lanterns.
A relatively sleepy fishing village originally famous for the production of large volumes of fish sauce (nuoc mam), Phan Tiet has emerged as a beach town in its own right over recent years. Being a few years behind Nha Trang in terms of its development is what gives Phan Tiet its charm. Our top tip if you are looking for some activity and adventure is to take a trip to nearby Mui Ne. You can spend the afternoon here walking through canyons and sand boarding down the huge sand dunes.
A stay at the Victoria Phan Tiet will offer the perfect solution for families looking for a quiet beach getaway with plenty to keep the kids entertained.
A short 55 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City will bring you to this island paradise, where you will find white sand beaches surrounded by dense jungle. Phu Quoc is arguably Vietnam’s most stunning island destination. Like Nha Trang, Phu Quoc offers some of the best diving in Vietnam. You will spend most of your time eating at your resort in Phu Quoc; if you do fancy a break from this, the short journey into Duong Dong is well worthwhile. The night market here has an array of local street food to sample and it is all incredibly cheap. Phu Quoc’s seclusion makes it perfect for couples on honeymoon.
A stay at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc will offer something truly special.
The Con Dao islands occupy a secluded location off the coast of Vietnam. Being off the mainland has meant that until very recently the number of tourists making the journey over here has been very small. More recently however, the islands have started to see more rapid growth, particularly with new properties being built. Interesting fact – Con Dao is Vietnam’s most important sea turtle nesting ground! The best time to go to see this is from June until September.