These Vietnamese Beaches Will Make You Forget About Winter
Bucket List Worthy Off the Beaten Path
You’ve probably heard of Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui. But what about Ho Coc, Con Dao and Phu Quoc? As Thailand’s beaches become more crowded with suntan and party-seeking tourists, Vietnam’s sandy escapes remind travellers of the Land of Smiles 20 years ago. Home to more than 3,400 kilometres of coastline, Vietnam still offers stretches of powder white sand without a footprint in sight. These are the five Vietnamese beaches that will give you a heavy dose of summertime in Australia.
Phu Quoc is top listed as the most scenic island in Vietnam. The sand is white, the water is clear, and the beach is backed by a tropical jungle to remind you that you’re far from home. The picture-perfect island oasis is home to several beaches, including the 20-kilometre-long Long Beach (Bai Trong), known for its towering coconut palms and unforgettable sunsets. Those seeking more solitude will find it on the white sands of Star Beach (Bai Sao), where the crowds are few and often calm waters are ideal for snorkeling.
Take a history lesson with your beach day as Danang Beach played an integral part in the Vietnam War. However, it’s now known among locals and foreigners as one of the best places in Vietnam for surfing, beach-combing, scuba diving and enjoying resort life. Danang Beach serves as a much-needed escape from the excitement of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang city.
Ho Coc is deserted more often than not, and that means you’ll probably get a chance to enjoy the 5-kilometre stretch of sand to yourself during your visit to southern Vietnam. Large dunes, the nearby Binh Chau Hot Springs and crystal clear water make this an ideal stop for beachgoers who eventually get tired of sunbathing.
Con Dao Islands
Vietnam’s Con Dao Islands are home to the postcard-worthy beaches you’ve seen in travel magazines. Serving as a tropical escape isolated from the mainland, this chain of 15 naturally beautiful islands is littered with sandy beaches, coves, jungle-thick forests and leaning palm trees. Hurry up and get there before everyone else does.
Tired of seeing camera-toting foreigners everywhere you travel? Settle for a slightly less attractive but drastically more authentic beach like Quy Nhon. This seaport town is ideal for adventurous travellers who can sacrifice a little bit of beauty for a truly local experience. Join in a game of football with the local kids or grab a cold beer and watch the fishermen bring in the day’s catch.