Vietnam’s 2,000 km coastline is blessed with constant rays of tropical sun, jewel-like waters, and silky smooth sands. Whether you are planning to visit a paradise island at Phu Quoc, explore the historic town of Hoi An, or treat the family to a stay in Nha Trang, a Vietnam beach vacation is certain to take your breath away.
Beyond the ability to completely relax on the white sands and crystal-clear waters, the Vietnam beaches are great for combining history and enchantment with the country’s French colonial townships, secluded stretches and cultural pockets.
Highlights of Vietnam Beaches
Scuba diving or snorkelling off the coast of Nha Trang
Relax on the truly stunning island of Phu Quoc
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An
Get to see the French colonial influences of Hue
Enjoy the splendid sands of Da Nang
Get captivated by the waters at Mui Ne
Best time to visit Vietnam
If planning a trip to Vietnam to experience its natural beauty and stunning beaches, the best time to go will depend on the beach visited.
A visit to the central coastline of Vietnam, which includes Hoi An and Danang, can experience the very high temperatures in the summer (July and August) reaching up to 38° C, while the winter is still pleasant at 24° C. The dry season in the region runs from February to July. The beginning of this time-frame is great for travellers that prefer a mild temperature, while leaving it a bit late is practical for the upper temperature range. Also, the rainfall can start to increase in August to November while there is the risk of typhoons during this time.
The beaches in southern Vietnam are able to benefit from high temperatures year-round that can reach in the region of 30° C. Con Dao is blessed with hot and humid weather year-round and the wet season runs from (May-November). The showers are mostly in the afternoon and are mostly brief – although heavy rain can be expected at night from July to September. In Mui Ne and Phu Quoc the wet season lasts from June-September. Mui Ne has the benefit of experiencing a microclimate which means less rainfall, but there are still light showers in the afternoon. Also, Nha Trang has the monsoon season (September-January) which can lead to long drizzly days and torrential rain.
Where to go for a Vietnam beach holiday
For a relaxing Vietnam beach vacation or to get a break between sightseeing tours, there are plenty of places to visit to spend the day sunbathing and the evening watching the beautiful sunsets.
Southern Vietnam has plenty of beautiful beaches that are easy to access from Ho Chi Minh City. Beaches like Phu Quoc, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, and Vung Tau are within a relatively short distance from Ho Chi Minh City.
Phu Quoc is praised as the star destination for any Vietnam beach vacation. Wild nature, unexplored beaches, warm and emerald sea of Phu Quoc make this island the first choice for any tourist who wants to end their wondeful Vietnam holiday at beach for a few days before flying home.
Vung Tau is well located to make it a perfect weekend retreat from HCMC. While it is mostly quiet throughout the week, it does start to get crowded on the weekends. Vung Tau city is situated on a peninsula which gives it stunning surroundings that include having the ocean on most sides.
Phan Thiet is renowned for its nuoc mam (fish sauce) and fishing fleet and recognized as an old Cham outpost. This is a very picturesque town with several beaches nearby, including one that is just 2-3 km from town, while the major attraction is Mui Ne Beach that is a travel distance of about 22 km. Mui Ne Beach is among the most striking in the country, and includes swaying palm trees, smooth water and rolling sand dunes.
Hon Chong Beach in Ha Tien is relatively close to the Cambodian border and appreciated for its calm tropical waters and silky white sandy beach. Other local attractions consist of the interesting rock formations at Tien Cave. Plus, there are the Hai Tac islets which are certain to appeal to snorkelers or scuba divers. These islands are easy to access by boat travelling from Ha Tien.
South Central Vietnam
Nha Trang is a region of gently swaying palm trees, lush-green mountains, rolling blue water and fine white sand beach that stretches for nearly 6 miles. This is an international destination for beach lovers and appreciated for its party boat cruises and excellent diving conditions. Boat trips are one of the greatest attractions with a full-day tour including the ability to explore the local scenery while also enjoying an ice-cold beer and home-cooked meals.
Plus, the local region is perfect for the budget-traveller that wishes to experience the Vietnam travel packages that provides the low-cost guesthouses and hotels.
A travel distance of 34 km from Nha Trang takes the tourist to the scenic Doc Let Beach. This is a perfect destination for those in search of white sandy beaches and stunning beach resorts. This is a more peaceful place and perfect for the travellers that want to avoid the crowds in Nha Trang.
Lang Co Beach is easily reached from Hoi An and takes a 45 minute journey to reach this stunning beach destination. This beach has been voted among the top 25 in the world and is appreciated for its crystal blue water, soft white sand and natural scenery that consists of green mountains and lush tropical forests.
Con Dao Islands offer a choice of idyllic beaches that are quite remote and have plenty of pristine beachfront property.
Northern Vietnam Beaches
Even though there are several beaches on the north central coast of Vietnam these destinations are less likely to feature on the tour itineraries. But, they can still make a pleasant break from the cities or a relaxing time between sightseeing tours.
A visit to Bai Chay Beach is great for the tourists in Hanoi that have limited time and just want to spend a little while on the beach. However, this beach isn’t as idyllic as those in the south of the country.
While Halong Bay is most appreciated for its authentic junk boat tours to explore the emerald waters and towering limestone outcrops, there are a few worthwhile beaches in the local area that are a surprising attraction and well worth a visit on the Vietnam beach vacation.