Beaches in Vietnam have long been one of the best-kept secrets of Southeast Asia, but since then the countries coastal areas are now becoming more well known! With over 3000 km of stunning coastline, Vietnam is full of infinite stretches of powdery sand, tropical islands and countless coves and lagoons just waiting to be discovered.
An ideal destination for a beachgoer, the long coastline is in the tropical zone which makes for clear water, white sand and the perfect places for water sports and watching the breathtaking sunsets. With so many beaches to see and so little time, we’ve made a list of the best Vietnam beaches that can’t be missed!
1. Nha Trang Beach, Nha Trang
What we love: As this beach is a big tourist destination, it is well kept and boasts a high number of water sports! The beach is home to Rainbow Divers, Vietnam’s first PADI-certified dive center, so some of the best diving in the South China Sea is guaranteed here.
Other adventures include snorkeling, wakeboarding, kite surfing, and banana boat rides! If water sports aren’t your thing and you want to relax, there are spa resorts nearby including on one of the islands.
How to get there: You can easily get to Nha Trang from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh by flight, train, bus or motorbike.
As the heavyweight champion of Vietnam beaches, Nha Trang beach is the most famous due to its unique combination of city and natural beauty. The beach itself flaunts white powdery sand that curves around the ocean for miles and it is completely surrounded by creative sculpture gardens, pretty parks and neat rows of prune trees that are rarely found anywhere else.
On one side, the beach is a gateway to the pristine islands that are spotted in the distance, while on the other, an energetic modern city surrounded by green mountains bustles on. The perfect mix of city meets the sand, Nha Trang Beach can satisfy every type of traveler.
Things to do in Nha Trang Beach
As mentioned, there are tons of things to do in this area, especially if you love water sports. Click the button below to see our recommendations on tours and things to do in Nha Trang
2. Mui Ne Beach
What we love: Although we love beaches where we can kick back and chill, sometimes you want action and adventure.
Mui Ne is heaven for adrenaline and adventure lovers. It has everything from kitesurfing and wakeboarding, paddleboarding to sand boarding and quad biking. Click the button below to see our recommendations on tours and things to do in Mui Ne
3. Doc Let Beach, Hon Khoi Peninsula
What we love: We prefer an uncrowded beach where we can get away from it all, so we would definitely opt for Doc Let Beach if we needed a break from the city!
How to get there: Take the blue-white-yellow bus (#3) from Nguyen Thien Thuat Street in Nha Trang and get off at the last stop beside White Sand Doclet Resort & Spa. The ride takes about 1.5 hours and will cost approximately 24,000 VND per ride. The last bus back departs at 17:30 PM sharp
While the rest of the world are sunning themselves on City Beach in Nha Trang, why not slip up the coast 30 miles and have Doc Let Beach on the stunning Hon Khoi Peninsula for yourself? A prime location for a day’s beach-bumming, Doc Let Beach is postcard perfect with idyllic white sands surrounded by evergreen trees.
With few tourist facilities, this beach is popular with renegade travelers who are looking for a secluded beach paradise. An uncrowded spot with true island vibes, the atmosphere of Doc Let is enough for you to travel there from afar.
4. Danang Beach, Da Nang
What we love: The whole setting of this area! Next to the beach is the Kinh River where crystal clear water flows into the sea. With the river, dense jungle and soft beach, it is just simply stunning being here.
How to get there: You can easily get to Danang from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city via plane, train, bus or of course, by motorbike.
A place with history, Danang Beach was previously a central fighting area during the Vietnam war. However, since then, it has become increasingly recognized for its great beaches. Danang Beach refers to a mammoth stretch of white sand and clear water, starting from Monkey Mountain to Hoi An with Marble Mountain sitting smack bang in the middle.
With white soft sand, crisp sunshine, coconut palm trees and a pristine coral reef, Danang is one of the best Vietnam beaches for sunbathing, surfing and scuba diving. Don’t even get me started on the sunsets in this place- they are spectacular.
5. An Bang Beach, Hoi An
What we love: There’s nothing we love more than spending the day soaking up the sun, right up until you watch the sunset in the evening.
How to get there: Take a motorbike taxi from Hoi An city, it is only a 4km ride away.
For yet another one of the best Vietnam beaches, why not head to An Bang Beach just north of its popular sister beach Cua Dai? Less tourist-focused than Cua Dai Beach, An Bang is usually the beach that is frequented by local expats in Hoi An.
Dotted with beach bars and landscaped gardens, this beach is perfect for sunbathing and sipping cocktails with the occasional swim in the turquoise waters to cool off. Days will quickly fall into a pattern here, so if “eat, sleep, swim, repeat” sounds like your ideal getaway, An Bang Beach is for you.
6. Star Beach, Phu Quoc
What we love: When we last went, we found the perfect local beachside bar and had the coldest beer imaginable while looking out at the turquoise blue waters…it was paradise.
How to get there: The easiest way to travel here is by plane from Can Tho City, Ho Chi Minh City, Rach Gia and, less regularly, Hanoi. Other options include the high-speed train or ferry
Best Time to Visit Vietnam’s Beaches
Vietnam generally has a tropical climate, so the best time to visit would be in Spring (February to April) and Autumn (August to October), as the temperatures are moderate and rainfall is lighter. The dry season makes perfect weather for island hopping, diving, and general beach bumming!
So, that concludes our Vietnam beaches article! Hopefully, this list will come in handy when planning which beaches to hit in Vietnam. In case you haven’t checked out our other articles on Vietnam, you definitely should as there are loads of useful tips, guides, and information. Happy travels!