When many world travelers plan their next beach vacation, popular beach destinations like the Caribbean or even Hawaii may come to mind, but few think of Vietnam as a destination for avid beachgoers.
Vietnam is bordered by several Asian countries starting with China and Laos in the north and Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia in the south. While many people may think of Vietnam as crowded and urban, there are pristine and beautiful beaches on the outskirts of cities and towns that are worth finding when visiting Vietnam.
We have compiled a list of some of the most beautiful Vietnam beaches, tell you where they are, some of their best features, and what other travelers like about the beaches.
How We Rate Our Beaches
While it may be hard to put a rating on an outdoor feature like a beach, we base our overall rating on what other visitors have to say about Vietnam beaches. Even if we love the landscape, think that every sunset we see looks perfect from the sandy beach and find beaches that aren’t too crowded, we won’t put the beach on our list until we’ve read what others have to say first.
While travelers and beachgoers are often looking for specific characteristics in a beach, we’re confident that you’ll want to visit at least one of the Vietnam beaches on our list.
We rate the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam by using a five-star rating system. After we’ve checked out what other travelers have to say about the beach, both positive and negative feedback, we calculate a rating.
A full five-star rating means that a beach has exceeded our expectations and has overwhelmingly positive feedback from other visitors. Don’t worry if you find a beach that doesn’t get a five-star rating; we only put some of the best beaches on our list.
When To Visit Vietnam
If you ask fellow travelers when is the best time of year to visit Vietnam, you’re likely to get varied answers. The best time to visit greatly depends on what part of Vietnam you’re planning on visiting, and most frequent travelers to Vietnam are likely to say that there’s never a bad time to visit.
As you’re planning your trip, you should consider monsoon seasons. In the south, the monsoon season typically takes place from May to September while the northern parts of country experience monsoons more frequently between October and April.
The Most Beautiful Beaches in Vietnam
With over 2,000 miles of sandy coastline, you’re likely to find at least one beach that you’ll want to spend the day at while you’re traveling around Vietnam. Now that you understand how our rating system works and when the best time of year is to visit, let’s take a look at
some of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam.
HON CHONG BEACH
Hon Chong Beach is one of the many beaches that are part of more than a three-mile stretch of coastline in Nha Trang. Nha Trang is a popular tourist hotspot, and some even call it the “Riviera of the South China Sea.” Although Nha Trang has many resorts and other accommodations for travelers, there are quieter and more secluded beaches along the stretch of coastline; Hon Chong Beach is one of them.
Hon Chong is a five-minute drive or short walk from Po Nagar Cham Towers, and most people come to the beach to check out the rock formations. It doesn’t cost anything to spend time on the beach, but if you want to get closer to the rock island or climb on the rocks you will be charged a fee. Travelers who are looking for a quieter beach that seems less “touristy,” Hon Chong is a beautiful place to visit. As we explored other traveler reviews, some commented that they thought Hon Chong beach was too crowded while others thought it was one of the better beaches in Hon Chong.
While this beach differs from some of the picture perfect looking sand beaches, it’s the perfect opportunity for a unique sightseeing experience or to take a break from the sandy beaches.
BAI DAI BEACH
Bai Dai Beach is another beach in Nha Trang, this beach has a more laid-back atmosphere than others in the area, and it’s not as popular among tourists. The beach has clean sand, and most of the time the water is clean and clear, which makes it ideal for surfing or swimming. Bai Dai is an ideal setting for meditation or for just lounging quietly in the sun.
With several food “shacks” set up along the beach, some visitors describe the beach as having a “hippy vibe.” Bai Dai is more secluded than other beaches just a mile away and if you want to feel like you’re isolated, this might be a “must visit” on your list.
Most travelers who reviewed Bai Dai Beach have visited the beach numerous times and think that’s it’s one of the best and most beautiful beaches in Nha Trang. While most visitors who like Bai Dai Beach were looking for a more secluded beach, some worry that is may become noise and overcrowded due to nearby resorts. Visitors say the beach is clean and the water is clear and calm. Some visitors commented on trash coming in with the tide, but others never saw garbage while on their visit.
If you’re looking for another beach that has “no frills” accommodations and feels more isolated than other beaches on the Vietnam coastline, the Jungle Beach, in Ninh Phuoc Village, is a relaxing getaway for a few nights or for a day trip. After an afternoon of hiking around the village, where you can see a variety of wildlife, you can head to down to the sandy beach for some relaxation or to enjoy some beach activities. Although many of the visitors to Jungle Beach stay overnight in the seemingly primitive accommodations, you don’t need to have a reservation to spend a day at the beach.
Most travelers to Jungle Beach knew what kind of environment to expect and chose the beach for the beautiful view, pristine sand, and clean water. Those who didn’t love the area, were more critical of the rustic resort and thought the beach was the best part. Whether you’re visiting or spending the night, the beach is the best part.
TRAN PHU BEACH
Tran Phu Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Nha Trang and while it’s a tourist hotspot that is easily accessed from nearly anywhere in Nha Trang. With a vibrant nightlife and plenty of things to do during the day, Tran Phu Beach stays busy from sunup to sundown. While there are plenty of opportunities to take part in traditional beach activities like surfing or snorkeling, you can
also pay for spa treatments, yoga, and rent a beach bed or deck chair to have on the beach.
Although Tran Phu is a beautiful beach, you’re
more likely to find trash than on some of the more secluded beaches in the area. Despite the beach being a tourist hotspot, many visitors find the beach relaxing and think that the chair rentals are worth the price.
Some travelers warn others of tourists being a “target” to people begging for money or trying to “hawk” their wares, but it can be difficult to avoid in such an urban part of Vietnam.
DOC LET BEACH
If you're still traveling around Nha Trang, Doc Let Beach is not too far from the area (about 30 miles). Doc Let Beach provides a much different experience than some of the more crowded beaches in
Nha Trang. Doc Let Beach is often described as being “off the beaten path,” and the beach is picture perfect with white sand and turquoise water. Like Jungle Beach there are some rustic accommodations nearby, but there are also some luxury places to stay if you’re planning on staying in the area for more than a day. Visitor reviews are mixed based on the time of year when they visited Doc Let Beach. While many thought the beach was pristine, others visited right after the typhoon season, and there was some damage. Others noticed garbage on the beach and when the tide rolled in.
Many visitors still choose Doc Let Beach over some of the others in Nha Trang, but others worry that the quaint and quiet beach may become affected by more resorts.
AN BANG BEACH
Less than 20 miles from the Da Nang International Airport, An Bang Beach is an ideal beach for travelers who are looking for a clean and quiet place to relax after a flight or to just to sit back and enjoy the beauty of Vietnam.
If you want to do more than sunbathe, you can swim, paddleboard, and surf at An Bang Beach. Unlike other areas throughout Vietnam, An Bang Beach is a beautiful place to visit year-round; there’s no bad season to visit this beach.
Visitors to An Bang Beach enjoyed the quiet beach, and while some said it wasn’t the cleanest beach in Vietnam, it was cleaner than others. Many visitors went to An Bang to take in the view of distant Cham Islands or Da Nang Bay.
LANG CO BEACH
If you’re interested in spending time at a beach where more locals are destined to visit than fellow tourists, Lang Co Beach may be a “must see” spot for you. Lang Co Beach is part of a small fishing village, and the beach is described as an “island-like stretch” of pristine white sand. While it’s more deserted than other beaches in Vietnam, it’s a beautiful beach with turquoise waters and a nice change of pace from the busier atmosphere of other urban areas like Nha Trang.
Like many beautiful beaches throughout Vietnam, traveler reviews are mixed due to poor weather and their own expectations of what they thought the beach should be like. While some travelers thought the beach was clean, others visited when there was garbage on the shoreline. Some were disappointed that there wasn’t much to do while others thought it was the perfect spot to relax.
Some Final Thoughts On Vietnam Beaches
While it can be difficult to rate a place like a beach, especially when travelers have different ideas of how a beach should look, we chose beaches in Vietnam that had something for everyone and were rated as beautiful by all travelers.
While litter is often an issue on beaches throughout Vietnam, the amount you see may depend on the weather or the number of visitors at the beach. As a visitor in Vietnam, especially if you are a Westerner, you may be a target for solicitors on the beach. While secluded beaches are a nice getaway, you want to be aware of your surroundings and use good judgment when traveling anywhere, especially if it’s unfamiliar territory.