Vietnam is Southeast Asia's the easternmost country. It has the same land size as Germany with a population of 87.8 million! Visiting Vietnam has become easier than ever with options of air, land and water transport to get you there. There are a lot of things to do here, but one of the things you must not miss is visiting the country's beautiful beaches.
Important Information You Must Know Before Traveling To Vietnam
Weather in Vietnam is diverse region by region with an area big enough to cover two types of climates: temperate and tropical. The north experiences all four seasons, the central highlands experience the range of hot summers and cold winters, while the climate in the south is primarily tropical.
The best time to visit Vietnam is from the month of January to March, as the rest of the year is considered to be either extremely cold with heavy rain or flooding or extremely hot during the sunny daytimes.
This relatively large and highly populated country consists of mostly Viets or Kinhs (they comprise about 90% of the entire population). While there is a minority of ethnic groups, which includes Muong, Tay, Khome, Nun, Hoa, and approximately 47 others. The largest religious group in Vietnam is Buddhism; however, a large 80% aren't following any form religion. Only about 9.3% strongly followed Buddhism and 7.2% for Christians. A tiny minority follow ethnic religions such as Caodaism and Hoa Hoa.
Vietnamese is the official language of the socialist republic, while English, on the other hand, is the favored second official language next to colonial language French. Vietnam's language paradigm also has some Khmer of Cambodia and Chinese words and characters of China with a few ethnic groups with their dialects.
The Best Beaches in Vietnam
In this beautiful country, you can enjoy walking to the whitest sands on your barefoot and soak up in crystal clear waters of the Pacific. With about 2,000 miles of shoreline, Vietnam is fortunately gifted with numerous stunning beaches.
With long stretches of sandy coastlines surrounded by tall palms, there is a beach in Vietnam to visit at any time of the year. One of the best things about Vietnamese beaches is they are close to the major cities with some being only a boat ride away.
Below is our list of the best beaches in Vietnam from north to south…
1. Mui Ne
A 5-hour bus trip from Vietnam's capital city, Ho Chi Minh City, the exquisite stretch of beach of Mui Ne is a hotspot for both locals and tourists who want to escape the chaotic city. Home to many of affordable accommodations, Mui Ne also offers other attractions aside from breathtaking beaches such as desert-like sand dunes of Doi Cat and a delightful series of fishing villages a bit further up the coastline.
Kite surfing is one of the most common activities here and is offered by a lot of hotels for both beginners and professionals. November to March is the high peak seasons with strong winds occurring every day from the morning until late afternoon.
2. Da Nang
The third biggest city in Vietnam, Da Nang is another great place to go if you are looking to spend time at the beach. It's another ideal location for people who want to take a break from touristy places in the country.
Da Nang offers the best of both worlds through its ever-developing urban area, with gorgeous beachfront resorts on the one side and then Han River flowing on the other. The green-covered mountains connect to an unspoilt stretch of white sand coastline at Sandy Beach. This is such a tranquil place to unwind, and only one hour flight from either Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi.
3. Vung Tau
Only a 30-minute hydrofoil trip from the center of the country's capital, Vung Tau (literally translated to "Bay of Boats") is a popular place where locals go to have a quick escape from the city.
Even though this beach area is not as peaceful as Mui Ne, Da Nang, or other places in Vietnam, Vung Tau is a much bigger beach town and offers a lot of fantastic restaurants and bars for you to try. It is another good place to try kite surfing.
There is also a little temple devoted to the deity that protects sailors and fishermen during their journeys.
4. Nha Trang
The long-stretched coastline which runs from the heart of Vietnam is possibly the most attractive part of the country and is home to the lively coastal town of Nha Trang.
Famous for many scuba shops and snorkeling tours, Nha Trang is close to many little islands that boats go to for divers to relish coral reefs dotted all over the place. Besides its spectacular stretch of white sand beach, this town also boasts lively nightlife with bars running late into the night.
5. Phu Quoc
Located just off the lowest part of Vietnam, close to the borders that separate the country from Cambodia, Phu Quoc Island is another must-visit beach. Phu Quoc boasts the best beaches in the country, with Sao Beach on the southeast coastline believed to have the whitest sand in the entire island.
Two of the must-do activities here are snorkeling and kayaking. Mostly overlooked as a gap year destination, this place offers unspoiled, pristine beaches which make it a great getaway whether for a short or long getaway. You can also hire a boat to go snorkeling to see the coral reefs and swim amongst colorful fish.
6. Hoi An
The delightfully rural old town of Hoi An is one of the country's most famous destinations, but only a few kilometers out of town are some of the country's best beaches. Hire a bicycle and go to Cua Dai or An Bang beach then get one of the sunbeds and relax under the sun.
Hoi An is a UNESCO Heritage Site, which is not the only reason it's popular, a lot of travelers also come here for its silk and tailoring shops. There are also many restaurants and bars to keep you entertained.
6 Best Beaches You Must Visit in Vietnam by @Alice_Ross126 #travel
Life in Vietnam reflects simplicity, but this is a perfect way of life for many, and with an inconceivable demographic living close to the poverty line, the standard of living here tends to be very affordable which makes it perfect for budget travelers.
Vietnam is a beautiful country. You can quickly go from strolling the countryside watching locals farming and fishing, then swiftly move to an urban area surrounded by high skyscrapers on a busy street, surrounded by freshly made local delicacies from the street vendors. There's something going on no matter where you look.
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