11 Best Beaches in Vietnam You Must Know About

11 Best Beaches in Vietnam You Must Know About

With beaches like these, you’ll never want to leave.

When it comes to a place to escape the routine of everyday life, there is simply nothing that compares to a nice beach. With its 3,260-kilometre-long coastline (not including its many islands), Vietnam has no shortage of beautiful beaches. Known for their pristine sand and clear water, beaches in Vietnam are undoubtedly among the best in the world.

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking to engage in watersports and snorkelling, or you’re just looking to kick back and relax in the sun, this list has something for you. Here are 11 of the best beaches in Vietnam you must know about!

Also read: 10 Places to Visit in Vietnam for Culture & History

Popular beaches in Vietnam you cannot miss

1. Khem Beach

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In the south of Phu Quoc Island lies the “mysterious pearl” of Vietnam, Khem Beach. It is recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in not only Vietnam, but in the world! The beach stands out with its crystal-clear, blue water, surrounded by a picturesque natural landscape. When you’re here, be sure to keep an eye out for the diverse marine life populating these waters!

Khem Beach is also known for its diverse offering of activities. From snorkelling to kayaking, there’s never a dull moment on this amazing beach. 

And that’s not all: If you’re interested in learning more about local traditions, join a tour of nearby pearl farms. Seafood lovers can also rejoice! With its various offerings of fresh seafood, these local delicacies are not to be missed.

2. Nha Trang Beach

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If you’re looking for the perfect blend of “touristy” activities and breathtaking natural scenery, Nha Trang Beach is one you have to see! While slightly inaccessible by land, the beach is a 1.5-hour flight from Hanoi and a mere 35-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Situated in the centre of the Nha Trang, it stretches across six kilometres, even running alongside the road at times.

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For those looking for a relaxing experience, you can rent a sunchair for a small fee or enjoy a soak in the pristine water. For the more adventurous, the beach offers many exciting activities like parasailing and canoeing. 

With its clear water, immaculate white sand, and jaw-dropping, mountainous background, Nha Trang Beach definitely deserves a spot on this list.

3. Vung Tau Beach

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Vung Tau Beach lies on the coastline of Vung Tau City about 125 kilometres southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. This beloved beach is popular among many locals in South Vietnam due to its spectacular view and accessibility. It offers an unrestricted view of the sunrise and sunset over the horizon of the East Sea. Prepare your cameras for some truly spectacular sights!

Situated near this gorgeous beach are many popular Vietnam resorts. From luxury to budget options, there is definitely a resort for your specific needs.

4. Ky Co Beach

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This serene beach in Quy Nhon dazzles with its distinctive deep emerald water. The sight of the green and blue water brushing against the pristine white sand shaped by a crescent coast is a truly unforgettable image. 

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Ky Co Beach is also no slouch when it comes to its offering of activities. Its cleanliness makes it suitable for camping and picnicking. Many tourists also visit the beach for its special diving services, which allow you to walk under the sea among the fish. That said, this unique beach is undoubtedly among the best beaches in Vietnam!

5. My Khe Beach

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My Khe Beach is conveniently located close to the Da Nang city centre. Labelled “one of the most attractive beaches on the planet” by Forbes, this beautiful beach is populated by many tall palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze. 

With its warm water all year round and its soft waves, My Khe Beach is perfect for swimming or playing in the water!

6. Bai Chay Beach

We would be remiss if we neglected to mention a beach from Ha Long Bay — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For this list, we picked Bai Chay Beach. This man-made beach is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, with thousands of people visiting it yearly.

With its many restaurants, bars, and traditional theatres, Bai Chay Beach is one of the most tourist-friendly beaches in Vietnam!

Underrated beaches of Vietnam

7. An Bang Beach

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While An Bang Beach has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the cleanest beaches in Vietnam, it remains a vastly underrated one! At just three kilometres away from Hoi An, its convenient location makes it an unmissable destination for tourists and locals alike. 

In stark contrast to the liveliness of most beaches, this beach encapsulates the tranquil beauty of nature. The gentle waves brushing against the shore of a beach unspoiled by nature make for a calming experience. If you need a space to unwind and destress, An Bang Beach is one you cannot miss on your trip to Vietnam!

8. Dai Lanh Beach

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In keeping with the theme of underrated beaches, Dai Lanh Beach is the next entry on our list. Located nine kilometres north of Nha Trang, it distances itself from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

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With its pristine sand and clear water, the beach is a picturesque landscape untouched by urbanisation. Have a picnic or enjoy a suntan on this beautiful beach. A trip to Dai Lanh Beach will undoubtedly be a memorable experience!

9. Mui Ne Beach

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Perhaps the most unique beach in Vietnam, Mui Ne Beach distinguishes itself as both a fishing village and a beach. It features stunning terrain where you’ll find sand dunes, lakes, and swamps.

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While relaxing on the beach, you’ll come across local fishermen going about their daily lives. From the numerous fishing boats to fishermen sorting out their catch, a trip to this beach will provide insight into the traditional local lifestyle. Witness decades of tradition in action at Mui Ne Beach!

10. Lang Co Beach

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Between Da Nang and Hue lies the charming Lang Co Beach. Reputed as one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, this charming beach is a 10 kilometre-long arc. It is characterised by a blend of fine yellow and white sand. Explore the beach by foot or by boat!

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For those looking for accommodation, the Lang Co Beach Resort is among the best beach resorts in Vietnam. It offers excellent accommodation with a great view of the ocean.

11. Cat Co Beach

Just off Ha Long Bay, on Cat Ba Island, lies the hidden gem of Cat Co Beach. This collective beach consists of three smaller beaches (Cat Co 1, 2, and 3) sandwiched between two large limestone monoliths. Although not the largest of beaches, the beaches of Cat Co boast clear water and spectacular views of the island’s surroundings. 

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Those looking for accommodation may wish to check out Cat Co Beach Resort. Unlike a typical beach resort, it’s a collection of several huts scattered around a garden on a stretch of Cat Co 2. 

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And that concludes our list of the best beaches in Vietnam you must know about! Whether you’re looking to escape the hustle of daily life, or you’re seeking exciting beach activities, we’ve got you covered.

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Chow Cheng Yang

Cheng Yang can often be found in his natural habitat — in his bed with a cup of coffee and a science-fiction novel. With his undying love for jazz music and old movies, he likes to think of himself as a bit of a hippie. When he's not busy with work or school, he spends his free time playing the guitar or practising calligraphy.