Mui Ne beach, South Vietnam
China Beach, between Da Nang and Hoi An (Central) Best May-October
The most unspoilt Vietnam beach is the endless white sand of China Beach where US troops landed during the 70’s unpleasantness.
The main beach is officially around the Non Nuoc Resort hotel but some locals argue that the real China Beach is at My Khe Beach about 5 km north of the hotel. Both are near the tourist attraction of Marble Mountains. Development is underway!
Nha Trang Bay. Photo by Raintransfer.com
Nha Trang, (South Vietnam) Best May-August but the dry season runs from January-August
Nha Trang on the ‘Vietnamese Riviera’ is a large, relaxed seaside town inhabited by about half a million tranquil, friendly locals. It has 6 miles of splendid white sandy beach with azure water, backed by green hills and palm trees. The town has little noise or pollution because locals prefer walking or biking to motorbiking.
You can find good Indian restaurants there and some of the best seafood restaurants in the country.
Tran Phu (public beach) is inviting but beaches north of the town and on islands in the bay are a better option. For instance, Doc Let Beach (34 km north of Nha Trang), Dai Lanh Beach (37 km north), Bai Tru Beach in Bamboo Island are worth the trip for peace and quiet.
Mui Ne Beach, Mui Ne Bay, near Phan Thiet (South Vietnam) Best December – May
Mui Ne Bay is about 20mins (by bus) from Phan Thiet, which is 120 miles/198 km (a 3 hour drive) from Ho Chi Minh City. It has fabulous stretches of white sand, a scenic landscape and lovely locals. The climate is hot and dry almost all year with an average temperature of about 27C.
The good bits (e. g. Rang Beach) are the outlying beaches to the north, but the best is Mui Ne Beach, an upcoming resort area known for its spectacular sand dunes. This is regarded as one of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches, but locals still needs to develop an attitude to cleanness as rubbish piles up between resorts.
The beach is also known for world-class wind/kite surfing (good wind almost guaranteed – though the sea-breeze can be over-the-top for sun bathing sometimes. See Mui Ne Beach Pictures and Information. No hustlers/sellers. Lots of comfortable, reasonably priced hotels are available.