With its islands and a coastline of 3,260 kilometres that stretches from the Gulf of Thailand to the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam has a lot to offer when it comes to tropical Asian destinations. Besides the booming metropolitan culture and some absolutely fascinating historical sites, Vietnam’s eastern border is lined with some of the most beautiful sun-kissed beaches you will ever see. This article will provide a list of the best 5 beaches in Vietnam, as well as some information on how to apply for a Vietnam visa.
Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island
This scenic beach runs along the southwest coast of the island of Phu Quoc, right off the coast of Cambodia. Being Vietnam’s largest island, Phu Quoc has a long list of beaches distributed around its coastline, but Long Beach is by far the most famous. Therefore, it is very well provided with hotels, beach resorts and restaurants. Backed by the virgin forest, the 19-kilometre stretch of white sand at Long Beach offers its visitors the classic tropical experience. Visitors with a Vietnam e-visa can enter the country via the Phu Quoc International Airport.
City Beach, Nha Trang
Situated on the south coast of Vietnam, the City Beach of Nha Trang offers one of the most popular waterfronts of the entire country. With 6 kilometres of golden sand and its crystal-clear water, this pristine beach can still be very enjoyable despite its proximity to the urban centre. The city buildings towering in the background help give this tropical destination a vibrant, metropolitan atmosphere. It is possible to enter Vietnam with a valid Vietnam e-visa via the Nha Trang Seaport.
Con Dao Islands
Con Dao is part of an archipelago of 16 uninhabited islands situated on the southern coast of Vietnam. The beach experience here is all about the natural resources of the islands. Nature lovers can admire the coral reefs and the soft beaches that this archipelago has to offer. This destination is definitely not the most popular among travellers, which makes these beaches a true hidden gem. The Con Dao islands can be reached by plane or boat.
Mui Ne, Phan Thiet
The golden beach of Mui Ne is located about 25 kilometres away from Phan Thiet City and just a few hours away from Ho Chi Minh. What makes Mui Ne different is the splendid nearby desert, also known as the White Sand Dunes or the Red Sand Dunes. Mornings here are sometimes very busy with fish markets, but the evenings provide the perfect setting for some breathtaking sunset walks on the beach. The beach is also known for its recreational sports. The most popular activity offered here is by far kitesurfing.
My Khe, Da Nang
Often ranked among the most attractive beaches in the world, My Khe Beach offers a seven-kilometre stretch of powder-white sand that is situated halfway between the north and the south of the country. My Khe is the closest beach to the city centre of Da Nang, Vietnam’s fourth largest city. Some sections of this beach are public, others belong to high-end resorts. It is very popular among the locals too, and it is well renowned for its recreational activities, like snorkeling, jet-skiing and surfing. Visitors with a valid Vietnam e-visa can arrive in Vietnam via the Da Nang International Airport or the Da Nang Seaport. Be sure to inform yourself about the permitted arrival locations before travelling to Vietnam.
Apply for a Vietnam visa
If you want to travel to one of these majestic beaches, you will need a Vietnam visa. Vietnam is trying to replace the old Vietnam visa on arrival with an e-visa. This type of visa is cheaper and it can save you a lot of time, as it is already granted before departure. The Vietnam e-visa has a validity period of 30 days, and it can only be used for one trip to Vietnam (single-entry visa). If you wish to travel to Vietnam again in the future, you will have to submit a new visa application. You can apply for your Vietnam e-visa online within minutes using the online application form.