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Top 8 Beaches in Vietnam

Top 8 Beaches in Vietnam

By Wendy Updated Nov. 2, 2022

Vietnam is a country full of pristine beaches. Its coastline extends for over 2,000 miles from the Gulf of Tonkin to the South China Sea, and offers many options for travelers looking to lie back in the sun and relax.

When traveling with Asia Highlights, most tours of Vietnam will incorporate 1 to 3 free days. Many people like to take this time to visit one of Vietnam's world-renowned beaches.

During the 9-Day Best of Vietnam Tour and 12-Day Cambodia and Vietnam Tour, there is enough time to visit a beach for 1 day. During the 13-Day Vietnam Classic Wonders Tour, there is enough time to visit a beach for 2 or 3 days.

To help you decide which beach you want to add to your Vietnamese adventure, here is a list of the top 8 beaches in Vietnam.

Long Beach—Golden Sand and Great Food

Located on the island of Phu Quoc, Long Beach is 12 miles long and covered in golden sand. Here, visitors find elegant beachfront resorts, restaurants, cafes, and bars, all with breathtaking sunset views. By renting a bicycle, it’s possible to explore other parts of the island, such as its traditional fishing villages and pearl farms.

For seafood lovers Long Beach is heaven on earth, for it offers the best seafood in the country and is home to the best fish sauce in the world. Fish sauce is a staple of Vietnamese cuisine and a must-try when visiting!

Long Beach works well with the Asia Highlights 13-Day Vietnam Classic Wonders Tour because Phu Quoc is best enjoyed over 2 or 3 days.

When to Visit

A good time to visit Long Beach is from November to March, during the dry season. You should avoid going from April to September, because this is the wet monsoon season when there are rough waters and a high risk of rain.

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An Bang Beach—the Tropical Island View

An Bang Beach is near Hoi An and is only 4 miles from the city's famous Ancient Town. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and just relax on the sandy shores. The view from An Bang is incredible, with bright blue waters and three tropical islands in the distance.

To make your day complete, An Bang offers an array of seaside entertainment, including resorts, affordable restaurants, and casual bars. For those looking to be active on their beach day, other activities such as paddle boarding, surfing lessons, snorkeling, and kayaking are also available.

An Bang Beach is the perfect addition to the 9-Day Best of Vietnam Tour or the 12-Day Cambodia and Vietnam Tour because it is a quick day-trip easily accessible from Hoi An.

When to Visit

The best time to visit An Bang Beach is from January to June. It is best to avoid the rainy season from July to November, because typhoons sometimes affect this area.

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My Khe Beach—Calm Waters and White Sand

Located in Da Nang, My Khe Beach is a 20-mile stretch of white sand renowned as one of Vietnam's most picturesque beaches. Forbes magazine described My Khe as being "one of the most attractive beaches on the planet" because of its stunning views and calm waters.

Unlike many other beaches, My Khe lacks large waves and has warm waters all year round, making it the ideal place for both children and adults. Furthermore, the Da Nang Lifesaving Association has done a great job of keeping the beach clean and providing safety for visitors through its watch towers and beach rescue teams.

My Khe Beach can be added to the Asia Highlights 13-Day Vietnam Classic Wonders Tour, in order to have 2 or 3 days available for an excursion to the most attractive beach in the world!

When to Visit

The best time to visit My Khe Beach is from January to June. Travelers should avoid July to November, because typhoons sometimes affect the area during those months.

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Non Nuoc Beach—Fine Dining and Luxury

Also in Da Nang, Non Nuoc Beach is similar to My Khe in appearance. However, while My Khe is great for families, Non Nuoc is perfect for a luxurious and romantic stay. With multiple 5-star resorts, two golf courses, Michelin-star restaurants, and an array of spas, Non Nuoc is a great place to relax.

Non Nuoc Beach spans about 3 miles of coastline and ends at the foot of the stunning and iconic Marble Mountains. These mountains are topped with tropical green forests and contain ancient pagodas, sacred limestone caves, and handicraft villages, all waiting to be explored.

This beach is perfect for the 13-Day Vietnam Classic Wonders Tour, because Non Nuoc requires 2 or 3 days in order to enjoy it fully.

When to Visit

The best time to visit Non Nuoc Beach is from January to June, during the dry season. The worst time is from July to November, because of the typhoons.

Mui Ne Beach—Kitesurfer's Paradise

Mui Ne Beach is located in Binh Thuan Province. This cape-town offers 9 miles of sandy beaches with rock-free and beautiful waters. Traditional fishing villages on the southern end and luxury resorts on the northern end give visitors plenty of options for entertainment.

Mui Ne Beach is known for having strong winds which make the beach a perfect location for kitesurfing. For visitors who do not like kitesurfing, there are plenty of other things to do including ATV riding, seafood restaurants, and visiting the local harbor where fisherman bring in their daily catch.

When to Visit

The best time to visit Mui Ne Beach is from November to March, during the dry season. It is best to avoid April to September, due to the rainy season.

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Cat Ba Island—Jungle-Clad Mountain

Cat Ba Island is located in the stunning and picturesque Ha Long Bay. Famous for its beautiful islands that rise dramatically out of the sea, Ha Long Bay is a very popular tourist destination and Cat Ba is its largest island. There are many things to do at Cat Ba including sunbathing, yoga, and rock climbing.

In recent years, Cat Ba has experienced a lot of development because of sharp rises in tourism. Although the development has altered the natural beauty of the island, there are still several untouched sandy beaches on its east side.

When to Visit

The best time to visit Cat Ba Island is from October to March. The worst time to visit is from May to August, during the tropical monsoon season.

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Tran Phu Beach—Enjoy the Vibrant Nightlife

Tran Phu Beach is located at Nha Trang which is the biggest "resort city" in Vietnam. Tran Phu is the most popular beach in the area, due to its beautiful white sand and abundance of recreational activities. Often called the "Riviera of the South China Sea", Tran Phu offers relaxation and an exciting nightlife.

Because of the beach’s popularity with tourists, it does have a noticeable amount of litter, including cigarette butts and other trash. For visitors who wish to avoid the crowds, however, this beach is an excellent experience and the perfect place for letting loose.

When to Visit

The best time to visit Tran Phu Beach is from January to June, during the dry season. The worst time to visit is from July to November.

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Hon Chong Beach—Climb the Rocky Shores

Hon Chong Beach is also at Nha Trang, but it is further away from the bustling "resort city" and offers a more tranquil experience. This beach is different from many others on the list, because of its unique rocky coastline that stretches out to the sea.

One of the most popular pastimes here is climbing out onto the rocky shores for a good view of the surrounding islands and Nha Trang Beach. On the southern end of the beach, there is a large hill with a Buddhist temple, which also gives spectacular panoramic views of the area.

When to Visit

Like Tran Phu Beach, the best time to visit Hon Chong Beach is from January to June, and the worst time is from July to November.

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