Our Globetrotter Family is still on the road and has tested the Vietnam beaches for us. Makes desire on sea…
Sand, fine and white and as far as the eye can see: The entire coastline of Vietnam is over 3400 kilometers, this once so tormented country in Southeast Asia. And even if Vietnam has a lot to offer historically and culturally because of the sixties and seventies, these more than 3400 kilometres also make their charm and worth a trip there. So Vietnam is a lot of things – especially a bathing paradise. For weebok.ch, the @Globetrotter_Family went in search of the best beaches.
Vietnam’s coast can be roughly divided into four sections. On the one hand there are the two huge deltas in the south of the country with the Mekong and in the north with the Red River. The latter includes Halong Bay, that huge and impressive world cultural heritage with hundreds of limestone rocks rising out of the water, which is intensively promoted by Vietnam’s tourism experts and used for commercial purposes. Halong Bay is home to over 600 ships a day.
But bathed elsewhere. The largest island of Vietnam is Phu Quoc, a former prison island of the occupying power France, on which today a multiplicity of beach hotels stand. Vietnam’s government recognized the charm of the island on the border to Cambodia early on and already made a visa-free visit for international tourists possible in 2014 – in contrast to the mainland. One of the consequences of this is a good infrastructure. Almost the entire island is also a nature reserve.
The only 575 square kilometers large Phu Quoc has almost all around very beautiful beaches to offer. Most hotels concentrate on the east side with Duong Dong, the largest town on the island, and An Thoi at the southern tip. From there, the longest cable car in the world takes you to the island of Hon Thom, almost eight kilometres away. A very recommendable highlight.
The coastal strip in central Vietnam, from Nha Thrang via Da Nang to the former imperial city of Hue, is also increasingly being developed for tourism. An almost endless white beach lies in between: more than 600 kilometres, most of which are still undeveloped. While the modern cities of Nha Thrang and Da Nang are reminiscent of Miami Beach and offer rooms in large hotel towers at low prices, other hotels in the suburbs are still being built. Not all are being built, while some are nearing completion. And whether Marriott or Hilton: At least according to project plans, many large hotel chains are announcing their arrival in this part of Vietnam.
And a part of the coast suffers: Just at Hoi An, that historic little town south of Da Nang that belongs in every Vietnam trip, large parts of the beach have almost completely eroded after a hurricane in recent years. With sandbags the people fight almost desperately against the complete disappearance of the beach. But this does not affect all beaches of Hoi Ans. A little further north, the many beach restaurants are already courting customers again without any restrictions.
What a surprise: Vietnam, this fascinating and yet not easy to grasp country in Southeast Asia, is also suitable for beach holidays. And even for a tight budget, because the daily expenses can be kept low in Vietnam.