There are so many beautiful beaches all around the world, so when we plan a vacation and try to decide on a destination, it can be so difficult to pick just one place. Whenever you need to just get away from the stresses of life or the hustle and bustle of urban environments and big cities, there’s no better place than the beach. With soft sands, lush vegetation, vibrant wildlife, and warm waters, the best beaches of the world have so much to offer. They’re not only beautiful places to simply sit and admire the scenery, they can also provide the perfect setting for activities like beach games, surfing, snorkeling, swimming, and more. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Nha Trang Beach
4.Doc Let Beach
5 Best Vietnam Beaches
- Long Beach, Photo: maxontravel/stock.adobe.com
- Nha Trang Beach, Photo: Elena Ermakova/stock.adobe.com
- Danang Beach, Photo: Arseniy Krasnevsky/stock.adobe.com
- Doc Let Beach, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Star Beach, Photo: tache/stock.adobe.com
- More Info, Photo: Tini/stock.adobe.com
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More Ideas: Ha Long Bay
Located just east of Hanoi in Northern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is world renowned for its oceanic topography and is one of the natural wonders of the world. Ha Long Bay takes up 1500 square kilometers, with 120 of those kilometers strictly coastline. The name comes from the Vietnamese pronunciation, Viet Nam Ha Long (which means “Bay of/Descending Dragons”).
It is a UNESCO World Heritage area and research has shown the bay has been inhabited for tens of thousands of years. The bay is home to many different geological formations including islets, islands, and karsts, as well as vast biodiversity of both animals and plants (including 60 endemic fauna species and 14 endemic flora species).
Due to the usually temperate weather, Ha Long Bay can be visited for the majority of the year without fear of it being too hot or too cold. However, the best months of the year to visit are between March and June (due to less crowding from high tourist density). April 30th and May 1st are national holidays in Vietnam, so it is wise to avoid visiting during that time. June through September are also good months to visit, but there are frequent storms so be advised and keep an eye on the forecast.
The best way to fully see Ha Long Bay is to take a multi-day cruise, which can be booked through any travel agent. The wonder of the bay is seen differently at different times of day, so make sure to see it during sunset as well as sunrise to experience all it has to offer. The majority of multi-day cruises include three full days and two nights on the bay (be aware that many of the boats do not have air conditioning).
There are multiple caves in the area that can be explored by booking a tour. Two of the most popular are Sung Sot Cave and Dau Go Cave. Sung Sot means Surprise Grotto in Vietnamese and is considered one of the widest and most beautiful grottos in the bay. The cave and grotto are rimmed with mature foliage and trees and is separated into two chambers full of open areas and stalactites. Dau Go is the second largest cave in the country. Guests will ascend down into the cave by using the stone steps and will be awed by the size and scale of the stalactites and stalagmites located inside. Be advised this is one of the most popular caves and it does tend to be extremely busy.
While visiting the bay, also make sure to take in some of the many different islands that make up Ha Long. There is Ben Sa (reachable by ferry and full of thick forests), Cat Ba (which is home to an endangered cat species), Quan Lan (reachable by ferry, newly developed for tourism and full of gorgeous beaches), and Bo Hon (which is the most visited due to a popular cave being located on the island - The Virgin Cave and shrine - that is full of local folklore). Most islands are accessible only by boat from the bigger cities located along Ha Long Bay (Cai Rong and Halong City mostly).
Special events are offered around the Ha Long Bay area on a fairly regular, often seasonal basis.
One of the family favorites is the Ha Long Bay carnival, the biggest festival in Ha Long, Vietnam. The fest starts with a giant, colorful street parade with thousands of local musicians, actors/actresses, performers, and students. There is also a laser and water show, sporting events, and cultural activities including a cuisine festival, and a photo exhibition. It is held in late April or early May.
Yen Tu Festival, held according to the lunar calendar, is held in the Yen Tu pagoda complex. This festival attracts visitors from all over, who will come to pray for luck and good health in the New Year by climbing to the top of Dong Pagoda (on Yen Tu mountain).
There are a few other festivals, all held according to the lunar calendar as well, for guests to experience. Choose from the Bach Dang, Cua Ong, Quan Lan or Tra Co Festivals.
Dining and Shopping
There are a multitude of dining options located around Ha Long Bay, mostly focusing on the fresh options available in the area. Some of the local dishes include Ngan mollusks, Tu Hai (a type of steamed shellfish dish) or Gat Gu (rolled, steamed rice pancakes). There are also many shopping areas, mostly local vendors including a night market and a watersports shop.
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