There’s so much to see in Vietnam – terraced rice paddies, UNESCO-listed architecture and the famous limestone cliffs of Halong Bay. But, we bet you didn’t know that it lines up some impressive stretches of sand, too? Here are our top picks…
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 waters are amazingly still and paddle-friendly from December to April, so it’s the best time to visit this impressive stretch of coastline. Whether you’re a sunbather or a swimmer, you’ll love it. And, if you’re always glued to your Instagram, you’ll be pleased to hear that the sunsets are pretty spectacular, too.
Gan Dau Beach, Phu Quoc
Another top sunbathing spot on Phu Quoc island is Gan Dau Beach. This stretch of sand can be found in the north of the island, and the calm waters are home to some spectacular coral reefs, if you’re into your 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, safari park and waterpark within easy reach, too. Basically, you’ll be spoilt for activities.
City Beach, Nha Trang
If big beach resorts are your thing, pick Nha Trang on mainland Vietnam’s south-east coast. This seaside town boasts a long pristine beach backed by lively bars and restaurants, so you’ll have plenty to keep you busy. There’s a top scuba centre here, so you can dive down and explore the marine life and abundant coral reefs. You’ve also got 19 untouched islets nearby, if you fancy taking a boat trip out to set foot on deserted sands.
Danang Beach, Da Nang
This historic spot was formally a central fighting area during the Vietnam War. Today, the 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 sand is clean and perfect for sunbathing, and you can get stuck into activities like surfing, snorkeling or diving, too.
Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An
Spotlessly clean and surprisingly unspoilt, Cua Dai Beach is another of Vietnam’s tourist favourites. 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.