Beaches

Swimming in Gam Ghi cove off of Phu Quoc with La Veranda by Aaron Joel Santos Take me there

While many nations may sport a patch of seashore here or there, Vietnam is blessed with an abundance of beaches abutting the azure waters of ‎Biển Đông, the Gulf of Thailand and the Gulf of Tonka. Thanks to its elongated shape hugging the edge of the continent, the country boasts thousands of kilometres of coastline, not to mention a sizeable smattering of islands. Varied topography from north to south also means visitors can spy dramatic limestone karsts rising from the waves in Hạ Long Bay or lounge on honey-hued sands in right on the edge of the city in Nha Trang.

A clutch of the country’s most famous beaches can be found in Đà Nặng, where luxury resorts strive to outdo one another with ever-more impressive amenities. These shores ringed by coconut palms have grown increasingly popular in recent years, but still retain their laid-back charm. Mỹ Khê Beach, a pearlescent strip, remains the best-known of the bunch and lures visitors with its gentle waves. For those looking for a little more seclusion, however, the area offers a sprinkling of less-frequented secret spots that look just as idyllic as they have for the past few decades.

Those seeking chilled out locales are spoiled for choice here, as are adrenaline junkies in pursuit of a more active beachside getaway. Wave-riders and kite-surfers cluster at Mũi Né in search of a rush, while climbers scale the heights on Cát Bà, and sun-worshippers find themselves drawn to islands such as Phú Quốc or the remote, white-sand oases of the protected Côn Đảo archipelago in search of a serene seaside retreat.

Beaches