The best beaches in Vietnam

With more than 2000 miles of coastline, Vietnam brims with secluded coves, white sands and waters fit for snorkeling. For days spent basking on sun-baked strands and evenings taking in the sunset, these are the best beaches in Vietnam.

Long Beach, Phu Quoc
Long Beach (Bai Trong), spanning the west coast of Phu Quoc Island, is a 20km stretch of largely deserted soft yellow sand and swaying coconut palms. Ideal for sunbathing, sunset watching and swimming, this beach is great for classic tropical beach views. It’s undoubtedly the best Phu Quoc has to offer.

Where to stay
Cassia Cottage – An absolutely beautiful mini-resort, whose airy rooms exude cinnamon, nutmeg and other pleasing aromas – their restaurant isn’t called The Spice House for nothing. Even the smallest rooms are nice and large, while the swimming pools are a delight.

Star Beach, Phu Quoc
The largely undeveloped east coast of Phu Quoc is less frequented than, but just as beautiful as, the more popular west. One of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Star Beach (Bai Sao) has dazzling white sands and mesmerizing, usually calm waters. A few beach restaurants line the pale blue waters, and in season there are kayaks for rent and half-day snorkelling trips by boat.

What to do
As lodging opportunities at Star Beach are still limited, you can also visit the beach on a day trip, like this our covering the whole south of the island.

City Beach, Nha Trang
Nha Trang, a delightful south-coast city, is generally recognised as Vietnam’s premier beach destination. Six kilometres of sand joins the sea to the city; rolling waves are on one side, the others is fringed by cafes, restaurants and some unusual modern sculptures. Watersports, day trips by boat and, of course, fresh pineapple are all readily available – but bear in mind that the more choppy waters of November and December mean the beach loses much of its appeal.

Where to stay
Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa – Enjoying a superb location towards the northern end of the beach, this elegant, rambling hotel boasts a classical colonial design. Some rooms are a little small, but move up to a suite and you’ll be drinking in the sea views from the jacuzzi on your balcony.

Hon Chong Beach, Nha Trang
Just north of Nha Trang lies the secluded Hon Chong Beach. It’s less refined than its central counterpart but worth the trip for the night-time views across the bay to the city centre. Cheap seafood restaurants abound at its far end. Also worth a visit is the rocky outcrop with a view over the city.

What to do
Combine your beach visit with a city tour of Nha Trang. Admire the cathedral, ancient temples, markets, and much mor.

Doc Let Beach, Hon Khoi peninsula
Doc Let beach, on the splendid Hon Khoi peninsula, is a pristine location for a day’s beach-bumming. White sands and casuarinas (evergreen trees) make for a delightful, uncrowded scene. Good accommodation options are available, and even more secluded beaches can be found nearby.

Where to stay
Paradise Resort – “his cheap, markedly serene resort (which has no TVs in the rooms or at breakfast) has a few huge rooms and some simple bungalows, plus a shady terrace overlooking the beach. Rates include three meals a day, and they provide free rental of kayaks, fishing rods and more.

Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc
A spellbinding, often deserted beach, Ho Coc offers a primitive but wonderful five kilometre stretch of golden sand. The beach has clear waters and is backed by fine dunes – and the Binh Chau Hot Springs are located conveniently nearby in case sunbathing gets too much.

What to do
Take a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to learn about the nearby dragonfruit farms and nature reserves, before spending the afternoon sipping coconuts on the beach.

Dai Lanh, Hon Ghom peninsula
The Hon Ghom peninsula is coated in largely empty, endless beaches. Perhaps the best is next to Dai Lanh, a tiny fishing village at the northern end of a one kilometre-long beach, hemmed between clear, turquoise waters of the South China Sea and a mantle of green mountains.

My Khe, Quang Ngai
My Khe in Quang Ngai consists of seven kilometres of powder-soft sand, backed by casuarinas (evergreen trees), and is very good for swimming. Hamlets stand along the beach, while fishing boats are sometimes moored off it, and there’s a handful of restaurants that only get busy at the weekend.

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