Many tourists arriving in Ho Chi Minh City for the start of a Vietnam tour will find it an overwhelming introduction. But, there are plenty of opportunities to take a break from city life and relax at one of the nearby beaches.
Let's take a look at a few of the stunning beaches that are near to Ho Chi Minh City:
Vung Tau (Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province) is a relaxing seaside town that is approx 106 km from Ho Chi Minh City to make it one of the city's closest beach destinations. The journey time – by bus or shuttle – is in the region of 2 hours. A stay at Vung Tau is a very pleasant weekend getaway for tourists and local city dwellers.
On arrival at Vung Tau, tourists have the option to visit two beaches: Back beach and Front beach. While they aren't the most superb on the list, they do make it possible to have a very relaxed and enjoyable time. Both beaches have similar amenities and comparable quality. Back beach is on the east and front beach is on the west with a little curved stretch of sand.
Get fully immersed in Vung Tau by hiring a motorcycle for the day and travel around in search of place that interest. Beyond the two connecting beaches, there are kayak rental kiosks, bars and restaurants, and colonial-era architecture.
Vung Tau is a great beach to visit year-round and perfect for travellers in search of a relaxing setting outside the hustle and bustle of city life.
Ho Tram Beach
Ho Tram Beach has nearly 10 m of palm trees, fine sand and unspoiled waters. It is set within Ba Ria, Vung Tau Province which is approx 125km from Ho Chi Minh City. This means it is slightly further than Vung Tau, but a much quieter and peaceful location. There is plenty of nearby hotels, including the 541-room Grand Ho Tram Strip with its perfect sea views, while the seafood setting includes quaint thatched restaurants close to the fishing village of Ho Tram. Also, for travellers that prefer to avoid the mega-resorts, there are several options to stay along the beach, but prices for these are at the higher end of the scale for Vietnam.
Ho Tram Beach is a very accessible location which means it is very attractive for locals and tourists on the Vietnam holiday in search of a little sun and relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Ho Coc Beach
Ho Coc Beach is approx 119km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City (about 2 hours 30 minutes journey time) and among the most pristine beaches to visit on the Vietnam holidays beach tour. There are plenty of nearby mid-range and high-end resorts to stay, and easily accessible by private car or bus.
The actual beach at Ho Coc stretches for a length of nearly 5 km of pristine white sand and clear waters that is perfect for beach games, swimming and sunbathing, as well as tasting the local Vietnamese cuisine consisting of fresh seafood.
However, it is important to be cautious with the waters at Ho Coc Beach because it can get quite unpredictable and rough at certain times of the year. A more favourable space for the weaker swimmers is Binh Chau Hot Springs which is about 18 km from the main beach.
Long Hai is a peaceful resort town that is well known for its sandy beaches. It is located approx 100 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Long Hai Beach is particularly popular with the local people at the weekend and offers plenty of water sports facilities, seafood eateries and bars at very affordable prices. For travellers on the Vietnam family holiday planning to stay for a night or two, there are plenty of high-end villas and resorts with stylish rooms that give wonderful views out over the sea.
Also, for the tourists travelling from Ho Chi Minh City, many of the high-end resorts in Long Hai will offer guests a complementary shuttle service via ferry or private car.
Doi Duong Beach is a very attractive destination for tourists. This prominent coastal town is located a short distance from Phan Thiet, and about 193 km east of Ho Chi Minh City. The journey time is a little long at nearly 4 hours, but the effort to reach this destination is certain to be worth while. Doi Duong has a wide sandbar that is home to a variety of stylish beachfront hotels and resorts. A stay on the beach is perfect for travellers in search of a little pampering spa session, a wide range of water sports, or simply relaxing on the sunbeds to soak up the sun.
Other nearby attractions includes Mui Ne's iconic sand dunes which are about a 1 hour's drive, while the Ocean Dunes Golf Club is only a 25 minute walk from the beach.
Phu Quoc Island
For the travellers on the Vietnam luxury tours that don't mind taking a short flight (1 hour by air), Phu Quoc Island is a paradise destination in need of visiting. There are plenty of wonderful beaches to explore on this island that spans a total length of 50 km. Even though it is necessary to take a flight to arrive on Phu Quoc, the cost of domestic flights in the country is very affordable.
Phu Quoc has a wide range of beaches to match the varied tastes of virtually every traveller. Resorts range from the quiet and remote stretches of shoreline with quaint beach houses to the most lavish resorts that are perfect for guests looking to be pampered. Tourists are treated very well and the island has a very relaxed vibe.
April and May are the hottest months of the year to visit Phu Quoc with an average humidity of 80-85% and temperature of 35° C, while a visit in April-June is great for the low tourist foot-traffic, cheaper prices, and still a good chance of reasonable weather.