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  • There’s so much to see in Vietnam – terraced rice paddies, pocket-sized fishing villages, UNESCO-listed architecture and the famous limestone cliffs of Halong Bay. Not to mention the bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City. But, we bet you didn’t know that it lines up some impressive stretches of sand, too? Here are our top picks…

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    Long Beach, Phu Quoc

    Long Beach is Phu Quoc island’s finest, with 20 kilometres of uninterrupted, golden sand backed by swaying coconut palms. The bath-warm blue waters are amazingly still and paddle-friendly from December to April, so it’s the best time to visit the most impressive stretch of coastline on the island. Whether you’re a sunbather or a swimmer, you’ll love it. And, if you’re a photographer-in-the-making, you’ll be pleased to find that the sunsets are pretty spectacular, too.

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    Gan Dau Beach, Phu Quoc

    Another top sunbathing spot on Phu Quoc island is Gan Dau Beach, which can be found in the north of the island. Head just off the shore and you’ll find that the calm waters are home to some spectacular coral reefs, which are spot on if you’re into snorkelling. Stay at the Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort to be within touching distance of the sand. This place boasts a huge, palm-dotted pool, and there’s a golf course and a waterpark within easy reach, too. Basically, you’ll be spoilt for activities.

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    City Beach, Nha Trang

    If big beach resorts are your thing, pick Nha Trang beach on mainland Vietnam’s south-east coast. This seaside town comes with a long beach that’s backed by lively bars and restaurants, so there’s plenty to keep you busy. You’ll find a top scuba centre plonked on the sands here, so you can dive down and explore the marine life and rainbow-coloured coral reefs. You’ve also got 19 untouched islets nearby, if you fancy taking a boat trip out to wander across the footprint-free sands.

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    Danang Beach, Da Nang

    This historic spot was instrumental in the battles of the Vietnam War. Today, tourism has turned Da Nang’s politically charged reputation on its head – it’s all about relaxation nowadays. This top tourist resort is more commonly known for its huge curve of white sand lapped by turquoise waters. Each beach along the bay has its own name, but collectively, they’re known as Danang Beach. The unblemished sand is perfect for sunbathing, and you can get stuck into activities like surfing, snorkelling or diving, too.

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    Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An

    Spotlessly clean and photo-ready, Cua Dai Beach is another of Vietnam’s sand-skirted spots that’s popular with sun-seeking visitors. The three-kilometre stretch of powdery sand is almost deserted during the week, so you might just have it all to yourself. And, when you can peel yourself away from the sunlounger to do some sightseeing, you’ve got Hoi An’s Ancient Town to explore nearby. Looking for quieter, less popular beaches? Nearby An Bang Beach is a winner.

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    Fancy sunbathing on Vietnam’s best beaches?

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