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What to do in Vietnam?

Someone talks about Vietnam and you automatically think of spring rolls, pointed hats or shoulder yokes, those large sections of bamboo and their two suspended woven baskets. Our collective imagination has been flooded with these images... But do they correspond to the current reality of Vietnam? Even if they are not all representative of life in the cities, they still subsist in the countryside... However, Vietnam cannot be summarized by these few clichés. Its people have come far with a particularly turbulent 21st century. The country is now decidedly turned towards the future: Vietnam changes and evolves. The former children of the “boat-people” are returning to Saigon to fulfil their dreams and seek success. Hanoi has opened superb art galleries... For many, Vietnam consists of mountains and plateaus, Vietnam is marked by two major waterways, the Red River to the north, and the mother of all rivers, the Mekong to the south. Between equatorial plains, temperate plateaus and high summits, you will be awestruck by the tender green rice paddies, the canyons of Red River and the superb Mekong Delta.... And if beyond its people and nature you still need a reason to visit Vietnam, let’s mention gastronomy! Vietnamese cooking is one of the most renowned worldwide, light and refined by the same token: spring rolls of course, but also Pho, Cha cà, Oc nhoi and other delicious meals...

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Start planning your beach vacation in Vietnam

From the island paradise of Phu Quoc to the dramatic seascapes of Nha Trang and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam's coastline offers variety and diversity. Whether you want adventure or a relaxing beach break, there’s a stretch of sand for everyone in Vietnam. 

What makes Vietnam a great beach destination?

Vietnam is an incredibly diverse country, with landscapes ranging from a tropical delta in the south, to soaring and dramatic mountains in the north. This diversity is also reflected in the beaches of Vietnam, some of which are party hubs and others more serene and relaxing resorts. Southern beaches tend to have golden sands, while further north there are dramatic coves and rock formations. 

The best beaches to visit in Vietnam

If you’re planning a beach vacation in Vietnam, don’t miss a couple of these spectacular stretches of sand. 

Enjoy the island paradise of Phu Quoc

With a similar topography to Vietnam’s neighbour, Thailand, the island of Phu Quoc has pristine white sand beaches fringed by lush jungle and swaying palms. Phu Quoc has a range of accommodation, restaurants, and activities for visitors, so this is the best place to come for a relaxing beach vacation. 

See the coastal temples of Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a beach resort city famous for its long, sandy beach with a lively promenade, hotels, and seafood restaurants. Once you’ve had your fill of sun, sand, and nightlife, explore the nearby temples of Po Nagar, which are over 1,000 years old.

Discover the spectacular Ha Long Bay

One of the most amazing natural wonders in the world, Ha Long Bay is a dramatic collection of hundreds of limestone islands. Along with boat rides, diving, and rock climbing, visitors can also visit vast caves within the rock formations or temples that reside on the cliff sides. 

Escape to Con Dao

Con Dao is an archipelago of 16 islands off Vietnam's southern coast. With French influence from Vietnam’s colonial era, this is a beautiful spot with striking white beaches, coral reefs, and diverse marine life.

Visit the lively beach resort of Da Nang

The southern port city of Da Nang not only has some of the country's best beaches, it is also a lively city with great restaurants and nightlife. The city beaches get quite busy during peak season, but there are more secluded spots just out of town.

Tips for planning a beach vacation in Vietnam

The best time to visit Vietnam's southern beaches is from October to March when the weather is dry, with the other months being monsoon season. In northern Vietnam, it is best to visit during the warmer summer months. Keep in mind that the distances from north to south are vast, so proper time and planning is required.

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