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Vietnam's Coastal Charms: Discover the Top 12 Beautiful Beaches in this Paradise for Beach Lovers

While Vietnam may not be as famous as its Southeast Asian counterparts for palm-fringed beaches and turquoise waters, its 3400km coastline boasts stunning hidden gems. From bustling city beaches to family-friendly shores and secluded coves, Vietnam offers a diverse range of coastal destinations. Explore our top picks for the best beaches in Vietnam and discover the beauty of this captivating country's shoreline.

01 Cat Ba - Hai Phong

Cat Co Beach - Cat Ba, Hai Phong
Cat Co Beach - Cat Ba, Hai Phong (Source: Internet)

Cat Ba, the largest island in Ha Long Bay, boasts rugged landscapes, craggy cliffs, and lush jungle terrain. While it serves as a popular stop-off for tourist boat trips in the UNESCO-listed region, the island can become crowded during peak seasons, disrupting its serene atmosphere. However, visiting during quieter months allows travelers to experience its pristine beaches, which are among the finest in Vietnam. Notably, the three beaches of Cat Co Cove, just a short ten-minute walk southeast from Cat Ba Town, stand out as top choices for beachgoers.

02 Sam Son - Thanh Hoa

For beach tourism in the North, one cannot overlook Sam Son Beach in Thanh Hoa. The coastline of Sam Son features a crescent moon shape, with a stretch of coastline about 9km long running along the foot of Truong Le mountain to Quang Cu commune. The coastline is flat without strong currents or underwater rocks, combined with fine sand, making it extremely suitable for swimming and outdoor activities.

03 Lang Co Beach - Hue

Lang Co Beach - Hue
Lang Co Beach - Hue (Source: Internet)

Nestled between a turquoise lagoon and the gentle ocean waves, this charming peninsula boasts over 10 kilometers of sandy coastline. Its picturesque setting, coupled with its convenient proximity to Da Nang International Airport, makes it an ideal destination for a weekend escape or an extended vacation.

04 My Khe Beach - Da Nang

Widely recognized as My Khe, officially named Non Nuoc, this beach is renowned as one of Vietnam's most stunning. Families seeking cultural adventures often venture to Hoi An or Hue for the day. Hoi An is just a quick 10-minute bus ride from the beach, while Hue is a slightly longer but easily manageable journey.

05 An Bang Beach - Hoi An

An Bang Beach, Hoi An
An Bang Beach, Hoi An (Source: Internet)

An Bang Beach stands out as a less crowded and less eroded alternative to nearby Cua Dai Beach. It boasts easy accessibility from Da Nang International Airport and is just a short trip away from the cultural wonders of Hoi An.

06 Ky Co, Eo Gio - Quy Nhon

Ky Co Beach - Quy Nhon
Ky Co Beach - Quy Nhon (Source: Internet)

Ky Co Beach is the seaside paradise of Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh. Although not as developed in beach tourism services as Nha Trang or Da Nang, anyone who has been here cannot help but be amazed by its captivating beauty.

Based on beach travel experience, the best time to visit Ky Co is from April to September. Traveling to the beach by canoe, visitors will experience the feeling of swaying on the open sea, admiring the deep blue ocean. Here, visitors can swim, dive to see coral reefs, or climb mountains to enjoy the panoramic view from above.

07 Vinh Hy - Ninh Thuan

Vinh Hy - Ninh Thuan
Vinh Hy - Ninh Thuan (Source: Internet)

Vinh Hy is renowned as one of Vietnam's four beautiful and untouched bays. Located about 40km from Phan Rang city, it remains relatively unexploited, preserving its pristine beauty. This coastal area boasts a serene atmosphere, with gentle waves and a rustic charm reminiscent of a tranquil watercolor painting, adorned with soothing emerald hues.

Visitors to Vinh Hy will marvel at one of Vietnam's most stunning coastal roads. Besides the Vinh Hy bay, there is also the Nui Chua National Park with its many beautiful landscapes. With the sea on one side and lush mountains on the other, everything blends harmoniously to create a picturesque and poetic landscape.

08 Hon Tre Island, Ninh Van Bay, Doc Let Beach - Nha Trang

While remote beaches have their allure, accessibility is key for many beachgoers. Hon Tre beach in VinWonders offers a perfect blend of seaside tranquility and urban excitement, just a short cable car ride from the city. Its gentle currents make it ideal for swimming, and the sand is exceptionally soft. Meanwhile, Doc Let stretches for 18km with chalk-white sands and shallow turquoise waters, ranking it among Vietnam's finest beaches. However, recent development has brought busloads of tourists, so consider exploring more secluded spots like Bai Bau and Bai Xep. Island hopping tours are also popular, offering lunch and snorkeling at reasonable prices. Don't overlook the beaches around Ninh Van Bay for a memorable day trip.

09 Mui Ne Beach - Phan Thiet

Mui Ne - Phan Thiet
Mui Ne - Phan Thiet (Source: Internet)

Get ready to embrace the thrill of surfing or kite surfing amidst the crashing waves along the coast. Thanks to its unique microclimate, Mui Ne receives less rainfall annually compared to other areas, ensuring fewer rainy afternoons and more family fun in the sun. Discover a variety of family-friendly resorts and restaurants to explore while enjoying your time in this vibrant coastal destination.

10 Ho Tram Beach, Ho Coc Beach - Vung Tau

While the Grand Ho Tram Strip is a prominent feature of this area, offering an upscale casino, golf course, and resort complex, there's more to explore beyond the gaming tables. With ongoing development in Ho Tram and nearby Vung Tau, you'll find a range of luxurious accommodation options and excellent infrastructure, making it an ideal destination for a seamless family getaway.

11 An Hai Beach, Con Son - Con Dao Island

A secret beach in Con Dao
A secret beach in Con Dao (Source: Internet)

The Con Dao islands, isolated from the mainland, are among Vietnam's top attractions. Once a place of exile for political prisoners, they now captivate visitors with their stunning natural beauty. Con Son, the largest island in the chain of 15, boasts picturesque beaches, coral reefs, and scenic bays, with parts still covered in lush tropical forests.

Protected by a national marine park, the Con Dao archipelago remains largely untouched, resembling scenes from a postcard with its pristine sandy shores and lush greenery. While reaching the island typically requires a turboprop plane, the tranquility and breathtaking scenery make the journey worthwhile.

12 Long Beach (Bai Dai), Sao Beach (Bai Sao), Ong Lang Beach - Phu Quoc

Sao Beach, Phu Quoc
Sao Beach, Phu Quoc (Source: Internet)

Phu Quoc Island is renowned as one of Vietnam's most stunning destinations, offering serene corners and secluded shores amidst ongoing development. With its pristine white-sand beaches and extensive tropical jungle, Phu Quoc has transformed into a sought-after beach getaway.

Explore the surrounding islands through island hopping tours, discovering hidden gems along the southern and northern coasts. For a unique experience, take the affordable 8 km-long cable car journey from An Thoi Station in the south to Hon Thom Island, enjoying panoramic views along the way.

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