Summer is on its way and if you do not want to miss a wonderful summer full of dreamy beaches, the South of Vietnam is definitely one of the best choices. Vietnam has always been highly rated as a country filled with excitement for street adventure, food adventure and of course, sea adventure at the best beaches on the planet. In case you are traveling with your family and seeking for a “Maldives-like” sensation, a Vietnam beach vacation is always on the waiting list. So brace yourself, take out your paper and pen and get prepared to jot down the top 7 most worth-visiting beaches of Southern Vietnam in this most essential Vietnam tour.
1. Phu Quoc
If mentioning about the top places designed for the dream Vietnam beach tours, the name Phú Quốc is never expected to be eliminated from the list. Phú Quốc has long been known as one of the most worth-seeing beaches that you must once visit in your life. The place has also been called out the name many times by both national and international travel journalism. Despite the beauty of Phú Quốc is incomparable, if we must put it on the table with something else, we would like to call it the white pearl of the South. As being a wonderful offshore island of Kiên Giang, Phú Quốc brings much surprise and admiration to the traveler’s eyes. If you are seeking for a heaven of tranquility, silence, and relaxation mixed perfectly in a frame with the white shore, blue sea, and the gentle tongue of sand, Phú Quốc is just the place for you.
The beauty of Bai Dai
Not to mention, Phú Quốc is also a suitable destination if you are searching for Vietnam beach tours for family. Phú Quốc reminds visitors of how a real-time experience with your family is created through a bunch of the most exciting activities such as diving to find corals, discovering the night market, visiting the oyster-raising factory, fish sauce factory, pepper forests, and more. Coming to Phú Quốc, not only do you have the chance to bath and swim in the most beautiful beaches such as Bãi Dài, Bãi Khem, Bãi Trứng or Bãi Sao but also get to visit some very interesting spots such as Phú Quốc Prison or Cậu Palace. Phú Quốc is on a quite easy access when you can travel there by plane along the route Hanoi-Saigon-Phú Quốc or travel by car from Saigon to Hà Tiên and catch a hydrofoil or a local ship to Phú Quốc Island.
The dreamy beauty of Bai Sao
Usually, a medium trip of 2 – 3 days to Phú Quốc costs you around 6 million Vietnam dongs. However, compared to the services and the experience that you may receive, that is probably just a modest number. In case you are intending to travel to Phú Quốc, remember to bring back a few bottles of Phú Quốc fish sauce since the sauce has made its name known worldwide and it would be a pity not buying this unique Vietnamese specialty as a gift home.
2. Nha Trang
If you are asking us where you can go for the Vietnam beach tours, Nha Trang is definitely an answer. The first time coming to Nha Trang is also the first time you would get the feeling of a true coastal city bearing both the modernity in the hustle and bustle of the city life and the ancientness of an Asian country. Here in Nha Trang, you will find yourself be surrounded by hundreds of amazing beach wonders from the blue seas to the green island. The Split Beach of Nha Trang, which is called Bãi Đôi, is a place where the sea is split in half – a very distinctive place that you need to visit! This gives the visitors the feeling as if they are lying in the middle of the sea while under their feet is still the soft and silky white sand.
The distinction of the Split Beach
Nha Trang is not only famous for having a diverse list of aesthetic blue and crystal-clear beaches such as Nha Trang Beach winding smoothly along the shore of Nha Trang City, but also for various thrilling activities that you can try at the beach including kayaking, diving, canoeing, surfing, and so on. In case you want to have a private space for relaxing with your family, islands such as the Monkey Island or the Pearl Island will be amongst great choices. Of course, they are private islands so you can freely go there and stay there the whole day without being bothered by anyone. Services are also easily accessed on those islands. You can find a nice restaurant with delicious fresh seafood, a bathing spot for wash-up after swimming at the beach or private coaches who are in charge of dangerous games at the beach. The price for an activity here usually ranges from 500.000vnd per person. It is not a cheap price, not to mention the time of experiencing is quite short but you should try once because not all the beaches in Vietnam offer such good services.
Sam Hill in a corner of the beach
In case you have been fed up with the beach and want to go elsewhere for a walk, with spectacular bays like Ninh Vân or Vân Phong will be the great choices. For your information, Vân Phong has been recognized as one of the most beautiful bays in the world so it is definitely worthwhile for your trip.
3. My Khe
Holding the third place in the list is Mỹ Khê of the spectacular coastal city Đà Nẵng. It is not strange when Mỹ Khê has once again appeared on the list of the top beaches around Vietnam since 2006, the place was voted by Forbes as the most attractive beach on the planet. What Mỹ Khê is not only the amazing scenery but also services of the top and mind-exploding attractions such as Ngũ Hành Sơn, Sơn Trà Island, and the most recent is the hanging Golden Bridge aesthetically held by the hands of Buddha.
The crowded My Khe at day
In case you want to make your way to Mỹ Khê, you should definitely take time to drop by these famous ancient villages such as Cẩm Nê and Thúy Loan. In addition, special dishes that you should try when making to Mỹ Khê are, of course, seafood, flying fish egg spring roll, Túy Loan Noodle, Quảng Noodle, and so on.
My Khe by night
4. Mui Ne
It is not surprising when Mũi Né has made its name in this list. For your information in case you have not noticed, Mũi Né along with Phú Quốc, Nha Trang, and many other beaches in this list have been rated by the Lonely Planet as the most worth-visiting beaches that you should come for once in your life. Therefore, it is definitely worthwhile of your Vietnam beach tours.
An aesthetic scene of Mui Ne
The beauty of Mũi Né not only lies in the silent and comfortable beaches of white sand but also in the variety of sand dunes from white to gold. Mũi Né appears in the eyes of visitors like a painting of perfect combination between the deep blue of the oceans and the infinitive sparkle gold of the sand. For owning such breathtaking sand dunes, one of the most worth-trying activities in Mũi Né that travelers definitely play when coming here is sand sliding! A few years ago, the price for one slide was around 10.000vnd. Most of the game holders you will see are children who work to earn living for their family. There are many spots that you can find to play this game such as Đồi Hồng (the Pink Hill) where actually is a dessert-like hill filled with pink and red sand. If you are lucky enough, sometimes you will even catch sight of gorgeous Chăm ladies with big jars on the heads walking around the place in their traditional hand-made outfits.
The breathtaking beauty on a side of the Pink Hill
There are many ways that you can choose to travel to Mũi Né but the two most common are motorbike and ferry. To save your budget while staying at Mũi Né, you should choose local street-side restaurants or eat at the beach where they offer fresh seafood at a reasonable price. There are many hotels and hostels around Mũi Né with the price ranges from 200.000vnd to 2.000.000vnd per night. Normally, the average cost for a 2-day or 3-day trip to Mũi Né is about 4.000.000vnd for two people.
5. Con Dao
If you have heard of the name “Hell on Earth” then welcome to Côn Đảo. Côn Đảo or Côn Island in English is an extremely popular tourist attraction to the South of Vietnam. Ironically, what makes Côn Đảo becomes such a famous destination today is not the beach but the story behind the cruelest and the darkest time of those who were imprisoned in this notorious place.
The natural beauty of Con Dao
Before the 20th century, Côn Đảo was more widely known under the name Đảo Côn Lôn or Côn Lôn Island. In some old English and French documentaries, Côn Đảo was marked in the name of Poulo Condor. Not until 1977 was the place named as Côn Đảo by Vietnamese Government as you know these days. If you have dug into Vietnamese history, you will definitely realize the name Côn Đảo right away because of the historic story accompanying with the existence of this place. When the French still remained domination over Vietnam, Côn Đảo was used as a secret place to imprison most Vietnamese politics and activists. The creepy thing about Côn Đảo is the torturing methods. When the prisoners were first captured to this place, they were blindfolded so that they could not know the exact way to the prison. A “cage” was really small but could hold up to 20 people and so they lived their days as they were in hell and were treated as animals where they were poked with sticks and spears by the guards. That is why the name “tiger cage” was born. Their feet were all locked together in a long stick and so, if one person needed to move, the whole line would have to move along.
In general, when you discover the place yourself, you will see more and feel more. Besides this cruel prison, Côn Đảo still has many gorgeous beauties and beautiful beaches that you will like to explore. From the Hell on Earth, the place has now written its name on the tourist map as the traveling paradise so if you have time, remember to drop by this interesting place.
6. Tan Thanh
Lying about 80 kilometers from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Tân Thành is the one-of-a-kind beauty that you should visit if you tend to have to trip to the South. Actually, on the first account, you may feel quite hilarious that why this beach is put on this list because there is no way you can swim in this kind of sea. However, it is because of this special beauty that Tân Thành attracts many visitors around the places, mostly backpackers who crave for a new experience of Vietnam beach tours.
The unmatching beauty of Tan Thanh
Tân Thành is also known under the other name Gò Công, which is a popular tourist attraction of Thân Thành Commune in Gò Công Suburban District, Tiền Giang Province. If you love swimming then Tân Thành may not be a place for you. However, if you just love the beach in general, Tân Thành will definitely bring you unexpected impression because the sea here is all black! From a distance, it is hard to tell if Tân Thành is really a beach or a coal mine because you barely see it has any feature of a normal sea like blue water and white sand. However, the beauty of Tân Thành is distinctive and people will easily recognize it through the prominent image of the aesthetic wooden bridge placed across the black land. And you will even be more surprised to know that Tân Thành is actually one of the most beautiful black sand beaches in the world.
7. Ca Na
Cà Ná is probably not a name that you usually hear when people talk about the most visited spots for Vietnam beach tours. However, for people who wish to experience an off-the-beaten-track destination for a totally fresh new angle of the country, Cà Ná is surely the place you need to go to. As compared to a bridge between Ninh Thuận and Bình Thuận Provinces, Cà Ná is one of those wild beauties that hold the foot of visitors for its originality and friendliness.
Ca Na Beach
What the visitors like about Cà Ná is that the place offers a true experience of a beach holiday when the white sand, blue sea, and the howling wind are everything that you need. If Nha Trang has an advantage on beautiful beaches and thrilling activities, Cà Ná gives you the exclusive Cà Ná Tourism Village with wooden houses placed by the sea that gives you the experience of living like a local. If you do not want to stay at the beach for a whole long day, Cà Ná also offers with many other wonderful destinations for a short visit such as the Mr. Goose Rapid, (Ghềnh Ông Ngỗng), Buddha Cave (Hang Ông Phật), Đục Well, and the like.