Vietnam is home to several of Asia’s most beautiful beaches. With over 3,200km/1,900 miles of shorelines in the country, there are plenty of calming spots to relax and play by the water.
No matter where on the coast you travel to in Vietnam, you’re guaranteed to be near a fabulous beach. Each region has its own flair and characteristics, but none of them are short on stunning views and things to do. Even though there are several beaches to visit, a few of them stand out above the rest.
While northern Vietnam is famous for Halong Bay and mountain towns like Sapa, it has its fair share of sand and oceanfront to attract visitors.
Tuan Chau Beach
Tuan Chau Beach is located on Tuan Chau Island and offers vistas of the breathtaking and world-famous Halong Bay. As one of the most popular beaches in northern Vietnam, it’s an excellent choice for a short visit via the Halong Bay Day Tour or booking a reservation at the island’s Tuan Chau Holiday Villas resort (affiliate). Surfing, swimming, and jet skiing are easy to do at this beach.
Quan Lan Beach
Situated on Quan Lan Island, this immaculate beach has some of the clearest and most mesmerizing waters in the region. Kayaking and surfing are popular sports at this beach, in addition to sunbathing and napping on the sand to the sound of waves. After a day on the shore, many tourists enjoy eating fresh seafood at the island’s waterfront cafes.
Co To Beach
The tropical atmosphere and white sands of Co To Beach Island in Quang Ninh Province make this beach a must-see for visitors to the coast of Northern Vietnam. Surrounded by hills and pristine sands, it’s simple to get a healthy dose of fresh salty air and time outside. Not only is the area a relaxing, romantic place to experience, but there is an exciting lighthouse to check out.
Beaches in Central Vietnam are renowned for their teal waters and picturesque sand. The coastal destinations of Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An are just a few of the most popular destinations.
Cua Dai Beach
After a day of exploring the historic parts of Hoi An, Cua Dai Beach is the perfect place to unwind by the ocean. With 3km of soft sand and beautiful trees lining the back part of the coast, this beach is excellent for taking photographs and looking at Cham Island off in the distance.
Binh Ba Beach
Binh Ba Beach is situated on Lobster Island, about 60 km/37 miles away from Nha Trang, and has some incredible panoramic views of the shore. Visitors can rent a boat to get to the beach and explore the area. Activities like snorkeling, diving, and swimming are great in this region with the beautiful coral reefs.
Lang Co Bay Beach
Located near Bach Ma National Park, Hue, and Da Nang, Lang Co Bay is a serene beach area with about 8 km/5 miles of white sand. This part of the ocean is known for its abundance of sea life, colorful coral reefs, and beach resorts and is a hot spot for swimming and diving.
Southern Vietnam is known for the Mekong Delta, but it’s also home to some of the most pristine beaches that you’ll ever lay eyes on. Many of the landscapes in this area has been likened to the tropics or Caribbean.
Sao Beach on Phu Quoc Island is highly popular for its picture-perfect views and tropical paradise environment. The sand is white, soft, and clean, while the water is incredibly warm and ideal for swimming in, making it one of the most visited beaches on the island.
Mui Ne Beach
The Mui Ne area is often visited by international travelers but has a great beach area for tourists who enjoy time on the water. The beach culture is labeled as more laid back than some fancier places further north but still offers plenty to see and do on the coast.
Dam Trau Beach
Also known as the “Airport Beach,” Dam Trau Beach is located on Con Dao Island offers unspoiled nature views with ample opportunities for dining and relaxing by the water. Additionally, the beach is surrounded by jungles, providing many unique and beautiful places to explore. It gets its nickname due to being relatively close to the Con Son airport.
Enjoying Vietnam’s Coastline
A lot of beaches in Vietnam are great for doing water sports and activities. Swimming, snorkeling, and diving are especially popular at the beaches with clear water, but jet skiing and boating are often done. Most beaches and hotels have places to rent and buy equipment for use during your stay.
Just about every style of accommodation is available at most beaches in Vietnam, including oceanfront resorts. Whether you’re looking for a five-star resort, homestay, hostel, or vacation rental, plenty of options are offered for every budget.