It is difficult to pick the best beaches in Vietnam with the abundance of beautiful coastlines facing the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
Along 2,000 miles of unspoilt coastline, sun-baked sands are lined with swaying palms and luxurious Vietnam beach resorts.
You’ll also find authentic fishing villages where wooden stilt houses host colourful floating markets.
Read on to discover the best Vietnam beach holidays for you – so you can get on with relaxing on the white sands of Vietnam beach resorts, where crystal clear water and succulent seafood awaits.
Beyond the beach on Da Nang holidays
Tranquil beaches with golden sand against a breathtaking backdrop of mountains and verdant national parks – Da Nang Bay is where you’ll find some of the country’s most luxurious beach resorts and it’s the perfect place for Vietnam beach holidays.
Enjoy the delightful Da Nang weather at My Khe or Non Nuoc beach, where chic villas line the coast, and deluxe spas rub shoulders with water sports facilities, international golf courses and stylish restaurants. Spend an afternoon at Lang Co beach, where hawker stalls sell delectable seafood beside the sparkling sands.
Of course, relaxing on your sunlounger is only the start of Da Nang holidays. This beautiful beach area is located slap-bang in the middle of central Vietnam’s most tempting cultural attractions. It is an ideal combination of gorgeous beaches and intriguing day trips, making it easy to experience a lot of this incredible country on Da Nang holidays.
Discover the mysterious beauty of the Phong Nha Caves, including Son Doong – one of the biggest in the world – in the midst of a virgin jungle national park. More limestone caves can be explored just south of Da Nang in the Marble Mountains, where walking tracks and tunnels steeped in local tradition shelter Buddhist shrines.
Da Nang to Hoi An is an easy day trip so immerse yourself in this atmospheric, lantern-draped old town. You won’t want to miss the 21km Hai Van mountain pass, with panoramic coastal views on the way to Hanoi’s cultural highlights. It’s also only a short bus ride from Da Nang to the refined imperial city of Hue.
Da Nang highlights
- Enjoy Da Nang’s tranquil and beautifully unspoilt beaches, which are just a short hop from the historic town of Hoi An.
- Get into fun-filled beach activities such as surfing, kayaking, beach volleyball, and jet-skiing at Da Nang beach.
- Take a trip to the Marble Mountains, where limestone caves have long been used as both hideouts and places of worship.
- Marvel at the incredible coastal views from the Hai Van Pass between Hue and Da Nang, Vietnam.
Eating out in Da Nang
Vietnam beach holidays in Da Nang are a chance to sample fresh and succulent seafood, from grilled mussels with a tasty sauce and peanuts to steamed clams, and baby squid fried in fish sauce. Then there’s prawns and scallions in sweet and tangy sauce, fried battered fish, and crab in a tangy brown sauce.
Da Nang holidays are not complete without eating My Quang noodles. These are made from rice flour and cut into long-line pieces, then served with a delicious broth made from chicken, shrimp, crab, fish, pork or beef bone. Don’t forget the essential condiments – lime, green chilies and rice crackers.
So many things to do in Nha Trang
A long curve of ivory sand adorns the southern Vietnamese coast at Nha Trang. This sophisticated resort town floats between a line of verdant mountains and a scattering of untouched islands in the blue South China Sea. A palm-shaded promenade connects some of the best resorts in Vietnam.
Nha Trang holidays can be packed with just as much relaxation, partying, action and culture as you choose. There are outstanding watersports facilities and seafood restaurants, while just a few miles from the beach and nightlife fun are colourful fishing villages, historic ruins and serene riverside dining.
When you’ve had enough hammock time, get out on the water, where the myriad of things to do in Nha Trang include jet skiing, parasailing and glass-bottomed kayaks. Hire a boat to take you among the uninhabited islands offshore for snorkeling and diving over colourful coral reefs. You can also catch the aerial cable car to Hòn Tre Island.
Nha Trang has become famous for its therapeutic mud baths – which are supposed to have healing effects and are extremely relaxing, especially when followed by a cleansing rinse under a waterfall and a swim in hot mineral water pools.
The Nha Trang area is also rich in Vietnamese history, from the crumbling ruins of the ancient Champa Kingdom to serene Buddhist temples and elegant Catholic churches. Explore inland, travelling through emerald-green rice fields and visiting local craftsmen in their workshops.
Nha Trang highlights
- Soak in the relaxing atmosphere of Nha Trang holidays at some of the finest luxury Vietnam resorts.
- Boat trip around the islands off the coast from Nha Trang for excellent snorkeling and scuba diving.
- Explore the surrounding countryside to see the historic Po Nagar Temple Tower and emerald-green rice fields.
- Discover Nha Trang Bay from the deck of a boat or by kayak, cruising through floating fishing villages.
Beyond the beach on Phan Thiet holidays
Beyond the gaily painted fishing boats thronging Phan Thiet harbour, miles and miles of white sand beaches stretch away in both directions, washed by the warm, calm waters of the South China Sea. Stylish resorts shelter under luxuriant palm trees along the coast and on the beautiful Mui Ne peninsula.
This seaside retreat in south-east Vietnam is only a half-day’s travel from Ho Chi Minh City but Phan Thiet holidays seem a world away from frenetic city life. Thatch-roofed restaurants serve up succulent seafood and steady wind conditions make Phan Thiet a premier destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and other water sports. It also means that these glistening beaches are often alive with the fluttering tails of colourful handcrafted kites.
Hire a bike and buzz through the lush Vietnamese countryside, where elegant bridges cross canals and emerald green rice fields are luminescent in the morning sun. Discover hidden beaches and local markets in picturesque villages. You can also ride to the Red or White Sand Dunes to enjoy sandboarding. At the end of the day, enjoy yet another spectacular Phan Thiet sunset.
Get up early one morning to encounter the raucous fish market in Mui Ne, Vietnam where local fishermen bring in heaving baskets of seafood to sell. Discover a rich cultural history at the 9th-century Po Shanu Cham Towers, perched on the hills between Phan Thiet and Mui Ne with fantastic panoramic views. Another landmark is the 250-year-old Vạn Thuy Tu Temple where skeletons of whales are displayed in homage to these revered creatures.
Phan Thiet highlights
- Explore the harbour of Phan Thiet, where a fleet of brightly coloured fishing boats bob up and down with the tide.
- Climb and slide down the red and white sand dunes, then visit Fairy Springs to see sand formations carved by wind and rain.
- Visit thousand-year-old Hindu temples at Cham Towers to discover the history of the Cham empire and enjoy amazing views.
- Try kitesurfing or windsurfing on the main beach at Phan Thiet or nearby bays and beaches.
Vietnam beach holidays on Phu Quoc island
A palm-fringed island with idyllic shores, lush green national parks and unadulterated tranquility, surrounded by the clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand. If this sounds like your idea of paradise – welcome to Phu Quoc. Relax in your hammock, dip your toes in the warm turquoise waters and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of Phu Quoc island.
Phu Quoc holidays are the chance to escape into a barely-touched slice of heaven on Vietnam’s own tropical island, sometimes called the emerald island because of its triangular shape and angular, jungle-covered mountains.
With 150 kilometres of coastline and 20 pristine beaches, you are truly spoilt for choice on Phu Quoc holidays. The palm-fringed south coast of Phu Quoc is lined with beautiful shores, including the exquisite Khem Beach, overlooking Emerald Bay. The snow-white sands of Sao Beach are also hugely appealing, and locals and visitors alike love to watch the sunset at the 20-kilometre Long Beach. Go island hopping around the 28-island archipelago, visiting remote spots that can only be reached by boat, such as the exquisite Hon Xuong. Immerse yourself in the stunning underwater world, with kaleidoscopic coral reefs and colourful marine life.
As well as unspoilt beaches and dazzling sunsets, Phu Quoc island is an amazing place to get active in the national park, which covers about half of the island. The archipelago is set within the Kien Giang Unesco Biosphere Reserve, conserving important tropical rainforest, coral reefs and wetlands.
Phu Quoc is a great place to engage with Vietnamese culture by exploring traditional villages and Buddhist pagodas on day trips. Make sure you visit the main town of Duong Dong where colourful markets sell handicrafts, produce and seafood both during the morning and in the evening.
Phu Quoc highlights
- Fall into the rhythm of the tropics: reading in a hammock, swimming in clear water, beachside massages and fresh seafood suppers.
- Venture inland to explore local villages and discover the diverse natural landscapes of Phu Quoc island.
- Go hiking in the national park to see the incredible waterfalls, mountains and jungles of Phu Quoc’s rugged interior.
- Visit charming cottage industries on Phu Quoc holidays, from pepper farms to pearl producers and factories making fish sauce.