Last year there was a report by CNN.com that listed the best beaches in the world and we are pleased to say that two of the beaches on this list were in Vietnam!
Vietnam has over 3400 km of beautiful ocean coastline surrounded by a vast amount of stunning islands. This means that there are many beaches that you can visit and enjoy a day on the sand.
Below is a list of our top 5 beaches for expats to visit when living in Vietnam.
Phu Quoc Island
Located on the southern tip of the country, Phu Quoc is a small island near the border of Cambodia.
Many years ago the islands were a collection of small fishing villages, but if you were to visit today you will be greeted by numerous hotels and resorts.
Although the demand for accommodation and restaurants has grown over the last few years, the island has still retained its rustic roots.
The island is home to many dirt roads that navigate you around the island to the different beaches where you will find small beachside restaurants selling seafood straight out of the ocean.
Long Beach is one of the most popular and is one of the two featured on CNN.com’s list. On the opposite side of the island you can visit the beautiful Bai Sao Beach which is popular amongst Vietnamese tourists.
Da Nang and Hoi An
The area around Da Nang was used as a military base town during the Vietnam War and remnants of this period can still be seen today.
China Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the area and is home to just a few guesthouses and small restaurants which make it probably the most pristine of the beaches in the area.
There are also a number of swanky resorts in the area where you can get an all-inclusive type experience with all you can eat and drink deals.
Hoi An is an old town that has been very well preserved. Located around 40 minutes outside of Da Nang, its charming and quaint surroundings are appealing to all types of traveler.
Bang beach in Hoi An is the second beach mentioned that made CNN.com’s list.
Nha Trang is the most popular beach among tourists visiting the country and here you will find an energetic nightlife with plenty of accommodation, restaurants and bars.
It is also the main place that people come to try scuba diving and snorkeling.
The main beach stretches on for kilometres and if you want to find a quiet spot to nestle down for the day, you may have to venture a little farther from the main strip.
Motorbikes are available to rent and if you decide to do this you can take a ride to the Bai Dai beach for a more serene atmosphere.
Nha Trang faces the east which makes it an ideal setting to watch the sun rise each morning.
Cat Ba Island and Lan Ha Bay
Very popular in the months of July and August when the tourists start to arrive, Lan Ha Bay is home to Cat Ba Island which has one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
The beach itself is very small and can become quite packed, however, if you can find a quiet time to go, you will be amazed by the beauty of this beach that looks like something right out of a magazine.
There are not many activities on the island but you can rent kayaks and explore your surroundings.
The area is also a mecca for rock climbers who often explore the caves to see the numerous squatters who live in them!
Mui Ne, although not as developed as some of the other beaches mentioned, has seen rapid growth over the last few years with a number of restaurants and nightclubs appearing.
It is also the water sports capital of Vietnam and home to a beautiful shoreline.
Some of the water sports available include scuba diving, snorkeling, kiteboarding and windsurfing.
The water levels vary and it is possible that you won’t find a sandy spot to sit on as the shoreline often comes right up to the resorts concrete barrier, however, many hotels along the beach have built artificial beaches complete with infinity pools to accommodate.
If you are not able to experience the sand on the beach you can take a short trip to the two big sand dunes area located nearby.