With a long, sandy coastline, over three thousand kilometres in length and with clusters of palm fringed islands, Vietnam can boast beaches to suit any preference and for any time of year.
Nha Trang is Vietnam’s premier beach destination. The town itself is a lively port town with excellent seafood and some interesting Cham ruins nearby. It is also possible to dive or snorkel in this area and a boat trip around the islands lying off the coast is another delightful way to pass the time. For those seeking a quieter retreat we'd reccommend cruising to the neighouring Ninh Van Bay, where the charming Six Senses Resort is hidden amongts the rocks and rainforest.
Hoi An town is also known for its fine white sand beach, around three kilometres from the main town. This is a great option for those who wish to combine interesting touring with time spent relaxing on the beach.
A recent addition to the Vietnam beach scene, Con Dao, a 45 minute flight from Saigon, set is off the south-east coast of mainland Vietnam. Wide flat sandy beaches await and the diving and snorkelling is some of the best in Vietnam with 1,300 species of marine life in the archipelago including rare dugongs and sea turtles which nest on the surrounding beaches. Hiking and cycling round the island is popular and Con Dao has some interesting merchant history and local culture to discover.
Phu Quoc Island is situated off the South coast of Vietnam, close to Cambodia. This small island is only a short flight from Saigon and in recent years has seen a huge growth in popularity. Several large hotels have opened, however there are still some gorgeous boutique hideaways in the quieter norther west part of the island such as Chen Sea Resort, a traditional style resort on its own beach, or if you prefer a luxury pool Villa Fusion Resorts have opened further along the coast.
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