If there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss during your trip to Asia, it would be the glamorous beaches of Vietnam. Countries like Vietnam are blessed with such beautiful coastlines. Take a visit to Nha Trang or Hoi An and you’ll see what I mean. With the growing tourism, Vietnam beach resorts are emerging from north to south so foreigners will experience the shoreline glitz.
If you’re planning to stay at a beach resort for a grand staycation or a short trip, here are some of my suggestions. Depending on the atmosphere you’re looking for, you’ll surely find your fix on these picks.
1. Nha Trang Beach
No locals and tourists will forget about the Nha Trang Beach if they’re up for a summer outing. It has one of the most tourist-friendly vibes of all the Vietnam beach resorts. The coastline is upscale, so to speak, which I guess pairs perfectly on the white sand beach and azure waters.
Nha Trang is popular as a respite for locals and tourists who want to get out of the suffocating cities. The six-kilometer beach has a unique buzz that resounds from Vietnam’s culture. This place has undergone several makeovers in the past to make it even more alluring to visitors.
The best time to indulge in this beauty is during summer months of February to October. Basically, the weather on these months are cool but the peak of the summer heat is between July and August. I suggest that you avoid such hot months, as it can be very intolerable.
2. Sam Son
Hanoi is more than the buzzing capital and the bustling Old Quarter. If you’ll drive 170 km off Hanoi, you’ll find the Sam Son Beach. This is less developed than the Nha Trang Beach, which for me is a big, plus point for privacy and serenity. If you’re looking for a perfect place for your quiet time, this is one of the best choices.
Sam Son boasts its 10 km white sand shoreline that is already making a buzz to locals. Years ago, this place has been converted into a resort town. Sam Son is one of the popular beach spots in Vietnam where you get to choose resorts depending on your budget and choice of vibe.
Some sceneries that tend to steal the spotlight to the beach are the Truong Le Mountain and Duong Coc Lake. These are postcard-worthy views that you shouldn’t miss taking snapshots with.
Sam Son is typically humid on most months but the best choice to go here is from May to September.
3. Tuan Chau
If you want something even more pristine, nothing will beat Tuan Chau. It’s located in one of the world’s seven wonders, the Ha Long Bay. As it’s situated in one of the world’s most beautiful places, Tuan Chau has a series of Vietnam beach resorts and shoreline offering that you can enjoy. Thanks to a Vietnamese millionaire who discovered the potential of this place to be a fabulous tourist destination.
Right now, Tuan Chau has 2 km golden sand shores that share the view of Ha Long Bay and lush forests. You can check in on one of the villas here and request a room with the view of the sea. There’s nothing more beautiful than settling down on a beautiful sunset and waking up to an equally dazzling sunrise.
Good thing, Tuan Chau enjoys four seasons so you won’t find it hard to adjust to the very tropical setting. I suggest that you avoid visiting here during June and July as tourists crowd the island.
If you are in Tuan Chau and planning to have a short island hopping tour, don’t forget to visit the Cat Ba Island. This is also located in the Gulf of Tonkin close to Ha Long Bay. It’s a typical side trip for many tourists while others choose to marvel at the beauty of the island for a longer time.
Cat Ba became a resort town after the French people landed on its shores. Tourists love this place as a sunbathing and diving spot. The weather here is a bit arid but the waters seem to compensate to this as waves are perfect and the crystal-clear coastline is truly inviting. If you want to get away from the water for a while, I suggest that you seek the view of the Cat Ba National Park.
Vietnam beach resorts like Cat Ba are best visited during the months of May to November. These are less humid months so you won’t have to endure the excruciating heat.
5. Quan Lan
Quan Lan is a place that’s equally beautiful minus the suffocating atmosphere of most upscale destinations. It’s no fuss. You get to inhale the fresh air, indulge on the azure waters, and witness the astounding views. You might not feel it but Quan Lan was a commercial tourist hub. Quan Lan has many beaches in it but one of the most beautiful is the Minh Chau Beach. Minh Chau is the perfect choice for water sports.
Overall, Quan Lan isn’t just about the beaches. You’ll be under its spell once you discovered the wonderful historical value it possesses. It once housed the Old Van Don Port during the Ly Dynasty.
If you to scoot right away on this destination, make sure to book your flight in the months of May to October. These months are usually sunny and warm. You may want to avoid the months of June and July as locals tend to flock here on these vacation months.
6. Ninh Chu
If you can’t get enough of Nha Trang, Ninh Chu is the closest spot you can hop in. It’s located at Phan Rang that’s just one hour away from Nha Trang. This might be a small beach but the place was able to maintain its tranquility and natural beauty. It’s well developed, with the resorts and business stuff, but this 10 km beach is enough for a charm on your vacation. If you’re staying in the city but want to squeeze in a short trip to one of the Vietnam beach resorts, Ninh Chu will be a convenient one.
If you’re planning to go here, remember that the weather is more tropical than the four seasons of Northern Vietnam. It’s best to time your vacation during the dry months of December to August. Still, it’s best that you keep updated about the availability of the rooms here as well as the weather forecast.
7. Cua Dai Beach
Hoi An is such a laidback place where tourists usually transfer after a tiring stay in Hanoi. It’s known for its tapestry but if you move four kilometers away from the town proper, you’re going to discover the Cua Dai Beach. Cua Dai is one of the most sought-after beaches in the country because of its white sand and pristine environment.
Though this is urbanized as other beaches in Vietnam, Cua Dai still has many water sports up its sleeves. Just avoid the weekends as locals tend to go here for a quick relaxation time. If you want to take some time off the Vietnam beach resorts, you can go biking to enjoy the view.
Cua Dai is a very tropical spot in Vietnam and the dry season can spike up to 38C. If you want to avoid this, I suggest that you visit during the colder months of November to January.
8. Cham Island
Another wonder in the Quang Nam Province is the Cham Island. It has eight islands that are home to Vietnam’s finest marine life. And to preserve the natural treasures, Cham Island is only accessible to tourists for seven months a year. There are organized tours here that you’ll enjoy most. Since the island is closed for some months, it’s best to book ahead of time.
You can arrange a tour with a local agency as they know well when the Cham Island is open for tourists. Just avoid booking during autumn and winter as storms typically hit the island that will leave you stranded for days. Not a good idea for a vacation, right?
If you’re visiting during summer months, take note that this is the peak time for jellyfishes. Make sure to wear a t-shirt when diving or snorkeling.
9. Phu Quoc
What do you expect to see on the largest island in Vietnam? Of course, beautiful shorelines! Phu Quoc is every tourist and local’s summer destination if they’re up for a lavish stay. This place is a picturesque spot for marine life, cultural heritage, and upscale summer experience.
Phu Quoc will give you a long list of Vietnam beach resorts. The current here is mild that makes it the best place to take a dip even for those who don’t swim really well. If you get to stay on the right resort, you’re going to marvel on the beautiful Vietnamese sunset.
The size of Phu Quoc has a big advantage, as it can be rainy on one side then sunny on the other. It’s safe to say that whatever time of the year you decide to visit, you won’t run out of things to enjoy here.
10. Da Nang Beach
There’s no better way to wrap up the list with the most stunning beach of them all. Da Nang Beach is a scenic, 30 km stretch of white sand shoreline. It has many sections and though not the largest in the country, it’s recognized globally as one of the charming beaches in the world.
Many travel magazines are in awe of this place that a Vietnam beach resorts list wouldn’t be complete without Da Nang in it. With the lines of tranquil palm trees and a panoramic coastline, there’s nothing more a tourist can wish here.
If you want to swim, it would be best to visit during the months of May, June, and July. Depending on the section where you’ll be staying, you should check the availability of the water sports.
Though more prominent in the world as a business destination, Vietnam beach resorts also take the center stage when it comes to staycations. Each province has something to be proud of, but the 10 I listed here are the top picks among locals and especially among tourists.
Have you chosen your beach getaway in Vietnam? Let us know in the comment section!
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