5 Beautiful Beaches in Vietnam to Escape the Crowds

Planning a vacation to the beach? There’s nothing better than the pleasant scent of ocean water, the soothing sound of the waves, how the sand feels on your feet, and the comforting feeling of the sun on your body. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to enjoy those wonderful sensations, due to the enormous crowds normally found at the beach.

Are any beaches left to enjoy without fighting a sea of people? The answer is yes, with a Vietnam beach holiday. Below are five of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam to consider for your next vacation.

1. Lang Co Beach

This area has been declared one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Bays.” Approximately six miles long, it’s the essence of what we picture as the perfect beach, including white sand, crystal aqua-blue water, flanked by lush mountains and tropical forests.

How to Get There

Situated on the central coast of Vietnam, you can reach Lang Co by car, taxi, or train. If you fly in, Da Nang Airport in approximately 45 minutes away.

Places to Stay

Lang Co has an abundance of accommodations for every budget. Prices range from $30 for a waterfront budget hotel at Thanh Tam Resort to a three-bedroom villa for $630 at Ban Yan Tree.

Things to Do

Scuba diving and snorkeling are favored activities due to the beautiful water, but there’s so much more. Play 18 holes of golf on Laguna Lang Co’s beachfront golf course, take a basket boat on the underground river in Phong Nha Caves, visit the ruins of My Son, or enjoy a ride on the world’s longest cable car at the Ba Ha Hill station.

2. Con Dao Beach

 With picturesque lagoons tucked around the island, Con Dao is definitely one of the favorites and an excellent place to escape the crowds.

How to Get There

It’s a short flight from Ho Chi Minh to Con Dao Island, then take a taxi to your chosen accommodations.

Places to Stay

Con Dao has luxury and low-cost accommodations, but be sure to make your reservations ahead of time. There are fewer hotels here as compared to other beaches.

For instance, Lighthouse Boutique Hotel has double rooms starting at around $20 per night. On the higher end, a five-star experience at the Sixth Senses Resort will make you never want to leave, with rooms starting at $476 per night.

Things to Do

Many people like to join guided tours, while others roam on their own. The crystal waters and abundant sea life create an amazing snorkeling and scuba diving experience. Between April and November, thousands of sea turtles lay their eggs on shore, which makes it an exciting experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

The historical interests here are a great part of its appeal as well, with the first human settlements, war, and colonialism all having left their footprints on this tropical paradise over the centuries.

3. Nha Trang

In comparison to the relaxing and serene atmosphere of the other beaches, Nha Trang is considered much more energetic. Days can be spent shopping in the quaint and unique shops, but the action gets livelier when the sun goes down.

How to Get There

If you fly to Cam Ranh Airport, hop on a bus for about $10 to Phuong Trang Station. Alternatively, you can go by train or taxi.

Places to Stay

Accommodations are abundant in any price range you seek. For instance, the four-star Citadines Bayfront Hotel starts at $47. Otherwise, the five-star Vinpearl Luxury Hotel starts at $350.

Things to Do

You might spend the day browsing in quaint shops and dining in one of Nha Trang’s many restaurants. But why not take a ride in a glass bottom boat to the Salanganes Islands? You can  fish, explore, and snorkel among the coral reefs. But after dark, it’s time to party at the many bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.

4. Binh Hung Island Beach

For those who truly want seclusion, this beach is still unspoiled by tourism. It’s a small island with only a tiny village on the western side. To add to the serenity, you’ll hear the soothing ocean waves from your room.

The first image that will grab your attention is the amazing blue water—crystal clear all the way to the bottom.

How to Get There

From Saigon or Hanoi, take a train, bus, or taxi to the Binh Hung Island pier. From there, go by boat to the island.

Places to Stay

There are a tremendous number of hotels with all sorts of price ranges. The three-star Allure Hotel has king rooms for $19. They’re basic with WiFi, minibar, and TV.

Five-star Cam Ranh Riviera Beach Resort & Spa has double rooms for $163, as well as a king room with a beach view and private pool for $390, including all the amenities expected at a luxury hotel.

Things to Do

You won’t find the fast pace of most of the other beaches here. Naturally, scuba diving and snorkeling are at the top of the list, due to the amazingly clear water. Hire a pontoon boat and swim in the warm, open sea and marvel at the gorgeous coral reefs. All you need is goggles.

There are also several boat tours to choose from, on which you’ll sail past lobster farms and villages and stop for a home-cooked meal. Local restaurants serve up seafood that couldn’t get any fresher.

5. Phu Quoc Island Beaches

Palm trees adorn the beautiful white beaches that stretch for approximately 25 miles. The coast is flanked by the jungle with a wide variety of terrain.

Phu Quoc has several beaches, each with different features that provide entertainment for everyone’s taste. Some are somewhat difficult to access, with motorbikes being the best option to reach them.

Bai Chuoi Beach is the largest and widest. People are drawn here because of the water’s unusual and stunning green color. The coastal water is shallow at Sao Beach, making it ideal for children and non-swimmers. It’s a small island, created by coral, and known for having water as clear as a swimming pool. Other beaches offer great photo moments, excellent terrain for hikers, and unforgettable sunsets.

How to Get There

You can fly to Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh City on Vietnam Airlines (there are as many as 11 flights per day). You can also reach the island by boat.

Places to Stay

Phu Quoc boasts an abundance of hotels and resorts for the rich and famous, or for a family on a budget. The Lahana Resort offers a double ocean- view room for as low as $58 per night. If money isn’t a factor, a panoramic ocean-view two-bedroom at the Nam Nghi Phu costs around $692, depending on the season.

Things to Do

You’ll find most tour options such as hiking, camping, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, biking, and many others to while away your days here.

Overall, there’s so much to say about Vietnam’s beaches, making them a magnificent choice to escape the crowds for a vacation getaway. And don’t forget to pack your sunblock.

About the author: Adrian is the CMO & a co-founder of Tripfuser. His passions include travel, marketing, and technology. When away from his desk, you can find him outdoors enjoying Sydney’s beautiful weather while training for his next marathon, or jetting off to experience a new travel adventure.

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