Vietnam has a coastline stretching for over 3,000 km / 1,864 miles, dotted with hundreds of beaches catering for all tastes. You will find white sandy beaches just perfect for the romantics who want to view a sunset, beaches filled with 5 star resorts for those who want the luxury and almost “deserted” beaches with nothing to do but swim and relax.
Best time to go
Vietnam not only has a long coast line but also has complex climatic zones. Most of the beaches are located in the southern half of the country, which means the best time to visit is between December and May, when the weather is hot and humid, but at least it’s not raining. However, the area is pretty dry year round — unless a typhoon hits — so the beaches can be visited year round. Obviously July and August means overcrowded beaches everywhere in the country and mostly if you are heading to the northern part of Vietnam.
Best beaches in Vietnam
Bai Chay beach
Bai Chay is the nearest beach to Hanoi , which means it gets overcrowded during weekends and during summer. It’s not a beautiful beach by most standards — or compared to the beaches in the southern part of the country — but has some of the best seafood. It’s not a place to come during winter, so play your visit between May and October.
The nearby Halong Bay is dotted with small beaches, most of them located on islands in the middle of the bay.
My Khe beach (China Beach)
Located east east of Danang Bay, My Khe beach (China Beach) is a nice beach where locals do their morning exercises, play soccer and chat away. This is one of Vietnam’s best surf beaches, with waves reaching 2m / 6.5 ft in November.
Here’s where some of best 5 star resorts are located. Resorts such as Furama and the Lang Co resort offer great beaches, fancy dining, water sports and day tours.
Just 40 km / 25 miles north of Nha Trang you’ll find solitude and deserted beaches in the Doc Let area. The shallow bay is famous for swimming and the boiled crabs.
Vung Tau is close to Saigon, which means they get crowded during the weekends as local residents flock here. If you are looking for solitude this isn’t the perfect place but the prices are really affordable. Just avoid Sundays.
Phu Quoc has the whitest sand in Vietnam and some of the most beautiful places to watch a perfect sunset. It’s located just at an hour flight south of Saigon.