Looking for a calm, beautiful beach in Asia? Today we share the 21 best beaches in Vietnam plus some travel tips for the country. A huge thank you to Catalin from Travel Trained for this informative and helpful guest post.
Vietnam’s coastline stretches nearly 3,260 kilometers, from the North to the South. While it doesn’t have the best beaches in Southeast Asia, you could still indulge yourself with a pina colada while getting tanned on a nice and cool beach.
If you are a beach lover, just like me, then this article is the one for you. We are going to look at some of the best beaches in Vietnam, so let’s get into it.
1. Starfish Beach
This beach is actually named Minh Thoa and is located on the island of Phu Quoc. A few years ago, it was practically unknown to the outside world.
It was a hidden gem that was supposedly only discovered in 2014. It became so popular in the last few years and I can imagine you know the reason why, because seriously who doesn’t want to go to a beach where there are lots of Starfish; it is not something that you see everyday.
To see the starfish in all of their glory, you are going to want to venture out into the water a little bit. Rather than just standing at the edge of the water, because while you might be able to see a few starfish in this way, you will not be getting the full experience. So, you are probably going to want to tread a little further into the ocean to see them and to understand why the beach is so popular.
2. Ho Coc Beach
This beach is located just North of Ho Tram Hamlet and is home to mostly mid-range and high-end resorts and is one of the most pristine beaches in Vietnam. As beautiful as this beach is and however inviting the ocean looks, this particular beach is known for having rough and unpredictable waters. This depends on the season because like most beaches, how calm the water is depending entirely on the season. So, if you are looking for a beach where you can enjoy a nice relaxing dip in the ocean, then you may want to look elsewhere; especially if you are not a particularly strong swimmer. It is better for those who are looking to simply lay out in the sun and relax.
3. Bai Sao Beach
This beach is based in the An Thoi district and is located around 25km from Duong Dong Town which is the capital of Phu Quoc. The white powdery sands, palm trees, and turquoise clear water is enough to make anybody want to visit this place. But, if that is not enough to tempt you over to it then the jungle backdrop may be the thing that tips you over the edge.
There is also a lot more on offer at this beach, so if you are looking for a place to go scuba diving in Vietnam or kayaking, then this is the beach for you!
4. An Bang Beach
An Bang Beach, just like many other beaches in Vietnam, has luscious white sand beaches with so many different activities on offer. It has everything, from sunbed rentals to various ocean activities. So, there is something on offer for everybody. If you are looking for a place to go swimming, paddle-boarding, and surfing, then this is the beach where you should do it. There are surfing lessons available, as well as board rentals and stand-up paddling classes, a perfect way to top off your Vietnam itinerary.
If this is something that you are wanting to do, then the best time to go and do this is between September and March. This is when the wave conditions are at their best, and the temperature of the water is at its best.
5. My Khe Beach
This beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. It is famous for the blue skies, smooth white sand, and clear, warm water all year round. The waves here are not that big, and the water is warm all year round. So it is one of the best beaches if you are visiting Vietnam with kids. This paired along with the stunning views, it is a very easy place to relax.
6. Dam Trau Beach
Dam Trau Beach is located at the edge of Con Dao National Park, near the Co Ong airport.
Like most other beaches in Vietnam, it has beautiful blue clear water, with gentle waves, and golden sand.
This beach is very quiet, meaning that it is a perfect place for you to go and relax in the sun. it is surrounded by old green pine trees, a bamboo forest and pockets of a tropical jungle. So, there is plenty for you to explore, if you fancy a little walk around the area.
7. Doc Let Beach
Doc Let Beach stretches for 18 kilometers, with chalk-white sands and shallow turquoise waters. It is also one of the best beaches in Vietnam and can be divided into three sections. The northern part is where most of the tourist action is, with a cluster of beachfront hotels and various different guesthouses. The central part is widely known as the cultural section. It is where the Hyundai shipyard and port are located. The southern part is kind of isolated and for a long time, up until 2017 was totally tranquil.
8. Dai Lanh Beach
This is a stunning spot and is definitely a place that you should visit. Located just 90 kilometers north of Nha Trang, this bay is known for its lush mountains and chalky-white sand beaches, with clear blue waters. At one end of the bay, there is a small fishing village, and at the other end is a bathing beach. This spot is not all that popular, because there is a highway located right behind the beach, which causes too much sound and air pollution for visitors to be able to fully relax.
9. Cua Bai Dai Beach
Cua Bai Dai Beach is a very popular destination, attracting both locals and thousands of tourists each year. It is located south of most of the coastal line in Hoi An. As popular and beautiful as is, in recent years, it has been heavily impacted by erosion. Resulting in there being less sand on the beach. But the locals are doing everything that they can to preserve it. There are still so many things to do and visit around this area, and if you are wanting to visit this beach then you should probably do this sooner rather than later.
10. Nhat Le Beach
Nhat Le Beach has so much to offer from relaxing dips in the ocean to various exciting activities to get involved in. You can go sand-skating on nearby sand caverns, boat sailing on the vast clear ocean, parachute jumping on the sea, and hundreds of special seafood that can only be found in Vietnam’s central sea zone.
It is also famous for a great deal of other cultural activities, such as the fishing festival, folk song performances, traditional dances that are performed by local girls, visiting fish, tortoise, and turtle farms west of the town. So there is a lot to offer.
11. Cay Men Beach
This is a very popular beach in Vietnam, it is a beautiful place with white sand, and coconut tree lines, and a wonderfully relaxing sea breeze. It is the perfect place to spend a nice relaxing day, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday lives. The waves are small and calm even in the rainy season.
Most people visit this beach to enjoy the fresh coconut. Simply because it tastes different, the coconut here is cooler and sweeter than the coconut from other places. So it is definitely worth a try.
12. Ky Co Beach
Ky Co Beach has a curved coastline that is located around 25 kilometers away from Quy Nhon City Centre. Three sides of this beach face mountains and the other faces the sea, so it is not short on exquisite views. If you visit, you also have the opportunity to go swimming in the clear, turquoise water, as well as play some water sports and eat fresh seafood.
There is also a ‘natural swimming pool,’ which is surrounded by big and small rocks. It has a capacity of 5 to 7 people, so you can have the chance to relax in the small pool. Also, don’t forget to bring your water shoes to the beach to protect your feet.
This is one of the most untouched, but yet one of the most popular and attractive tourist destinations in Vietnam. The ocean is very blue and clear, the sand is white, and there are mountains behind the beach. Not only is it great during the day time, spending the night-time on Cana Beach is also absolutely incredible. Especially when there is moonlight, it creates a whole different view of the beach.
13. Cana Beach
14. Non Nuoc Beach
Non Nuoc Beach was voted as one of the most beautiful and attracting beaches on the planet. So for this reason alone, you should definitely visit it. The water is very clean and clear, just like the rest of the beach. It is very inviting and relaxing at all times of the year. The beach stretches 5 kilometres along the shore of Hoa Hai Ward. It is also very famous for its seaweed, which reaches exportation standards.
15. Queen Beach
Queen Beach is quite different from the other Vietnam beaches. Simply because it is a stony beach, at the foot of Ganh Rang. You will find the tomb of Vietnamese writer, Han Mac Tu, so if you are a literature fan it is definitely worth a visit. It is a very tranquil beach, so it is great for some relaxation time. It is important to keep in mind that there is an admission fee to get onto it. It will cost you 5000 dong, and an extra 2000 if you are entering on a motorbike.
16. Hong Van Beach
Hong Van Beach is located away from the crowded residential area and has a large stretching sandy area. The sand is white, and the ocean is jade in colour and is so clear that you can see the bottom of the ocean. Next to the beach there is also a primeval forest with a variety of rare plants.
17. Tra Co Beach
This is known as the most romantic beach in Vietnam. It has a very simple beauty to it, with white sand and is very peaceful. It also has a very long coastline, and is possibly the longest beach in Vietnam, as it stretches up to 17 kilometres, so it is fair to say that a lot of people can visit without the worry of it getting too crowded. The best time to visit is between March and the end of June.
18. Cat Co Beach
This is a very popular destination amongst tourists. Although the beach is quite similar to other Vietnamese beaches, with the white sand and crystal clear ocean, there is something that is very charming about this beach. Especially because it is surrounded by mountains and the waves are gentle all year round, so it is very relaxing. But also has the most stunning scenery.
19. Ngoc Vung Beach
Ngoc Vung Beach stretches 3 kilometres along the southern part of Ngoc Vung. It is a very quiet beach most of the time, and yet it is still quite a popular tourist destination. It is ideal for the curious people, who aren’t there to just sit back and relax. You can go swimming, participate in many activities, and explore the fishing village.
20. Thien Cam Beach
Located 20 kilometres from the city centre, Thien Cam Beach is between Thien Cam Mountain and Dau Voi Mountain. This beach has very calm and gentle waves, there are very rarely any large ones, so it is perfect to just dip your toes in or even go for a relaxing swim.
21. Lang Co Beach
With a length of approximately 8 kilometres, Lang Co Beach stretches along the national highway 1A. It is close by a small fishing village and the local people work very hard to preserve the natural beauty of the beach.