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Best Beaches in Vietnam

The sun shining bright in all its glory, the birds chirping away, the mighty oceans making naturally orchestrated music while you walk at its sandy banks sipping on a chilled beer, children splashing around and everyone seems to be filled with joy as they munch on some exquisite seafood. If this is what comes to your mind when you think about the perfect summer holiday, then you know we’re talking about the beach life! Beaches are considered to be one of the most fantastic places for unwinding and spending some unforgettable times with your friends or family. The beaches in Vietnam are one of the top reasons to visit Vietnam.

Vietnam has some of the most gorgeous beaches in South East Asia and one of them is surely the most unique beach that you’ll ever come across in your life. Read on to know which one! The beaches in Vietnam have a special charm to them due to the fine quality of the sand, flawless views, absence of huge tourist crowds and the exotic seafood. In this short article, we’ll tell you all about the best beaches in Vietnam.

1. Quy Nhon Beach – Binh Dinh Province

As a relatively less touristy and developing port city in the Binh Dinh province, Quy Nhon offers some brilliant travel opportunities and of course one of the best beaches in Vietnam. One of the best places to visit in Vietnam, Quy Nhon, is a wonderful holiday choice this summer, if you’re looking to spend some time away from the chaotic hustle and bustle of the city life. The Quy Nhon beach is hidden away in a rather isolated bay and you’ll find that the surrounding lush green mountains give it a very spectacular vibe, apart from the immaculate waters and the fine sand. Besides splashing around, swimming and sunbathing here, you can also do some sightseeing here at the Thap Doi towers, Bai Xep Village and the Fisherman’s Port.   

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2. An Bang Beach – Hoi An

Hoi An is one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam, due to its historical and cultural beauty. The peace that you’ll find at the An Bang Beach in Hoi An is yet to be disrupted by massive tourism. However, you’ll find some really cool hippie bars, shacks, sea-facing resorts and brilliant seafood restaurants while you’re here. You can spend time chilling at the beach while you enjoy the serene landscapes of nearby small islands and mountains. As one of the top beaches in Vietnam, An Bang beach also gives you the opportunity to enjoy surfing and take stand–up paddleboard classes, if you lack experience. The An Bang beach is just a 10 minute drive from the ancient Hoi An town. If you’re looking to enjoy the surfing season, you can visit this place anytime between September and March.

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3. Nhat Le Beach – Dong Hoi

The romantic Nhat Le beach is located in the Dong Hoi city of the Quang Binh Province that is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Apart from the elegance of the beach, you can also enjoy some of the best food in Vietnam here! You can spend time on various activities here like swimming, flying a kite, jet-skiing and more! An interesting fact here is that the tubes you might use for getting into the water are actually old truck tires! This is one of the best beaches in Vietnam and you can visit it any time of the year! Watching the sunrise and the sunset here is truly an unforgettable experience.

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4. Long Beach – Phu Quoc Island

Known as “Bai Dai” in Vietnamese, this 20 KM long area is one of the most fantastic beaches in Vietnam. You’ll find all that you seek in a beach here, from luxurious beach resorts to lovely shacks, bars and even cafes with a very chilled out vibe. Even with this beach being an avenue for so many tourist activities, the Long Beach maintains its pristine atmosphere. The soft sands underneath your feet and the woodland of palm trees around you will give you a very enjoyable swimming and sunbathing experience. If you’re looking for more, you can simply rent a two wheeler and explore the pearl farms and various fishing villages that are based in the South End of the beach.

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5. Mui Ne Beach – Phan Thiet

Spanning over a distance of 15 KM, the Mui Ne beach is adorned with a traditional fishing village (South area of the beach), rock free inviting waters, gorgeous sandy lands and swanky beach resorts (North area of the beach). You’ll find the Mui Ne beach in the Binh Thuan province and what gets it a spot among the best beaches in Vietnam is its highlight activity called “Kite-surfing”. Apart from this activity, visitors can also enjoy other water sports here or just take in the beautiful sights as you lay on the glowing beach. To get the most out of your kite-surfing experience in Mui Ne, visit between the months of November and March.  

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6. Hang En Beach – Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

Not just one of the best beaches in Vietnam, this is arguably the most unique and extraordinary beach in the world, as it beautifully lies inside a cave! The Hang En Cave in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is the third largest cave in the world and the Hang En Cave Adventure spanning over 2 days and 1 night will give you the opportunity to explore this mammoth cave and camp inside the cave on a beach that overlooks a heavenly blue lagoon! Phong Nha is known as the adventure capital of Asia and with Oxalis Adventure, you can have this bucket list beach experience while exploring a wild cave. On some special days, a huge sunbeam pierces through the cave and as you lay on the sandy Hang En beach, you’ll appreciate the true beauty of Mother Nature with the Hang En Cave cocooning you in its beauty. 

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7. My Khe Beach – Da Nang

Da Nang is considered to be one of the top attractions in Vietnam due to its exceptional beauty. About 6 KM East of Da Nang, you’ll find the superb My Khe beach. This area of beautiful white sands stretches over 32 KM and visitors have a chance to partake in numerous fun activities. This beach received its name by the American troops back in the day and is recognized as one of the most spectacular beaches in Vietnam. If you’re looking to spend some quality time by surfing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, sunbathing and fishing,  My Khe beach will undoubtedly live up to your expectations. The Hue Imperial city and Hoi An town are nearby landmarks that you can visit on a bus.

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8. Cat Ba Island – Ha Long Bay

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, the Cat Ba Island is one of the most popular beach attractions for people travelling through Vietnam. When you get to the gorgeous Ha Long Bay, you’ll observe that almost every other tour company in the area will offer to take you on a boat ride to the Cat Ba Island. Mostly throughout the year, you’ll find the whole place swarming with large tourist groups in terms of the accommodations, bars and eateries. You’ll be welcomed here with various sandy shores along the East Coast of the town of Cat Ba. There is a link in the form of a cliff-facing pathway between the beaches in Cat Co One and Cat Co Three. If you’re looking for a pleasant daytime stroll, visit this area and check out the wide array of bungalows and chalets in the Cat Co Two beach if you’re looking for a romantic day out with your partner.

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9. Ninh Chu Beach – Ninh Thuan

If you go 6 KM North of Phan Rang, you’ll find the crescent-shaped coastal area in the Ninh Thuan province, called the Ninh Chu beach. The entire province is about 10 KM in length and what makes the Ninh Chu beach so desirable among Vietnam travellers is how it provides a wonderful getaway during the week and you can enjoy activities like sunbathing and swimming, apart from playing beach volleyball. While you’re there, don’t miss a chance to visit the Du and Da Chong mountains and the gorgeous Nai Pond.

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After having visited these stunning beaches, you can unwind at the most peaceful places in Vietnam or get a unique adrenaline pump while exploring Vietnam’s top caves. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip in Vietnam!

Oxalis Adventure Tours

ONE DAY TOURS

If you are seeking a taste of the caves and really don’t have enough time then we recommend a one-day cave and jungle trek. We currently have three tour options for you to select, each with a slightly different style and suitability.

• Phong Nha National Park 1-DayOur family adventure in the Phong Nha offers a great taste of untouched jungle and impressive wild caves. It is the easiest level of adventure but there is still 5km of trekking and 2km of caving, and optional swimming during warmer weather into one cave. It’s suitable for kids from 12 and above with good fitness, and so this makes for a great day for everyone! It costs VND 1,650,000 per person (USD 72).

• Tu Lan Experience – 1 DayThis is one of our original one-day tours and still one of the best adventures in Vietnam. This one-day tour includes rock scrambling, 50m swimming through a wild river-cave, and up to 9 km of trekking through the lush jungles. You will also strap yourself in for a 15m descent down a ladder. It costs VND 1,800,000 (USD 78) per person.

• Hang Tien Discovery – 1 DayThis one-day tour is perfect for trekking enthusiasts eager to see the largest cave of Tu Lan but without time for the two-day experience. Hang Tien is a dry cave so no swimming required, but still includes up to 4km of trekking through mostly flat jungle and about 500m exploring this incredible cave that will no doubt impress with its grandeur. It costs VND 2,000,000 per person (USD 87).

TWO DAY TOURS

Our most popular cave adventures start from two-days providing an immersive jungle and caving adventure, each targeting a slightly different kind of adventure-seeker, or perfect for those who want to combine a couple of tours to see different caves and areas on one trip to Phong Nha.

• Tu Lan Cave Encounter – 2 DaysOur most popular tour exploring the famous jungle area of Tu Lan. On this overnight camping excursion, you will trek through a number of different dry caves, swim up to 500m through a couple of river caves, witness outstanding cascading waterfalls underground as featured in National Geographic, and spend the night at our jungle camp beside a gorgeous waterfall. It includes 12km of trekking and 3km of caving in total and is for those with a good adventurous spirit. It costs VND 5,500,000 per person (USD 239).

• Hang En Cave Adventure – 2 DaysFor two days, this is our best-value-for-money tour that includes one of the most jaw-dropping natural landscapes you will see in this lifetime. This cave is considered the second largest cave in Vietnam and third largest in the World, and it also makes up one night of the original five-day Son Doong Cave Expedition being so close to the largest cave in the world. It includes visiting Ban Doong Ethnic Village, located in the jungle, and a magnificent campsite on a sandy beach inside the cave. It includes 22km of jungle trekking at times quite rocky, multiple knee-deep river crossings, and elevation change of 400m (the ‘hill’ you won’t forget), and 4km of caving. This is a level 3 adventure on a scale of 1 to 6. It costs VND 7,600,000 per person (USD 330).

• Hang Tien Endeavor – 2 DaysA two-day trek into the jungle to see the largest dry cave of the Tu Lan area, exploring 5.5km of this truly stunning cave, with a variety of karst formations. This 13km trek is suitable for those not too keen on cave swimming or too many hills, but still up for an adventure. This is a level 4 adventure between 1 and 6, with 6 being the most challenging. It costs VND 6,500,000 per person (USD 283).

• Hang Va Expedition – 2 DaysA technically challenging, but equally rewarding two-day caving adventure in the heart of Phong Nha National Park. This tour takes you deep into the jungle to one of the most spectacular river-caves, with formations not seen anywhere else in the world! It involves rock scrambling, wading through an underground river, bouldering and rope-traversing within the cave, to reach the rarest tower cone formations. This involves quite a lot of technical work due to safety, but is not overly difficult, it includes 10km of trekking and 3 km of caving.  This is a level 4 adventure, with 6 being the highest. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

THREE-DAY TOURS

Now, if you really want to increase the adventure and soak up the wild jungle of Vietnam, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the area, we highly recommend a three-day caving tour of our Tu Lan or Hang Tien.

• Wild Tu Lan Cave Explorer – 3 DaysThis tour incorporates the very best of Tu Lan with two different jungle campsites besides stunning waterfalls, 3km of cave exploring through a number of caves, 1km of cave swimming and visiting some additional areas not included on our shorter experiences. Our three-day tour is very popular and tends to be booked out so get in quick to enjoy this thrilling jungle adventure. It includes 17 km of jungle trekking and with quite a bit of swimming you will need to have a good level of fitness. It is not for the faint-hearted, but still only considered level 3 adventure level compared to level 4 of the Hang Tien 3-day tour. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

• Hang Tien Exploration – 3 DaysThis three-day tour stands out for combining a taste of Tu Lan with some river cave swimming, before crossing a mountain range to reach the valley for Hang Tien – the most astounding dry caves in the region, where you will enjoy trekking, bouldering over various rocky terrains to witnessing breathtaking patterned calcite walls & ceilings of Hang Tien. It’s challenging and definitely more suited to adventure enthusiasts who have trekking experience and prefer more challenging routes. It includes a total of 22km of trekking, 6.5 km of caving and an elevation change of 150m over one particular hillside. You will get wet, you will be challenged, but you will not be disappointed. Hang Tien is located adjacent to the Tu Lan area so you will enjoy the best of both worlds – a level 4 adventure out of 6 adventure levels. It costs VND 8,500,000 per person (USD 370).

FOUR & FIVE-DAY TOURS

For those looking for the ultimate adventure experience in Vietnam, and thriving for the real grand expedition of the world, you should opt for these 4-day journeys to explore the entire cave system of Tu Lan and the largest cave on Earth

• Tu Lan Expedition – 4 DaysYou will also explore all of the extraordinary caves in Tu Lan, including Kim Cave and Secret Cave that boasts phenomenal natural falls and karst formations inside these two unbelievable river caves. Complete a trek through Hang Tien Cave – famed for its vastness and magnificent formations. Our secluded jungle campsites are spectacular and mostly different from those visited on our shorter treks in the same region. This is a perfect alternative expedition for those who are unable to do Son Doong Expedition, still it’s challenging and not recommended for those without experience. It includes an additional night at Chay Lap Farmstay before the tour to ensure you are well rested and ready to depart early the following day. Level 5 on our 6 adventure levels. It includes 30km of jungle trekking, 5 km of caving, about 800m swimming through caves and one abseil in a cave in the pitch black – highly adventurous! It costs VND 15,000,000 per person (USD 652).

• Son Doong Expedition – 4 DaysBy now you would have seen some pictures of Son Doong Cave, and even they don’t do it justice. The record-breaking Son Doong Cave is hands-down one of the most stunning places on this planet Earth. The expedition is tough, but not too difficult so long as you have a strong resolve to achieve. It is surely one of the newest wonders of the world. Son Doong is not just another cave tour – it is life-changing to say the least. It includes 25km of trekking, 9 km caving including rope climbs, and the 90m ascent of the Great Wall of Vietnam using a ladder, elevation change of 400m and many river crossings inside and outside the cave. Level 6 on our adventure levels. It costs VND 69,800,000 per person (USD 3000).

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