The country has a long coastline,
varied, complex climatic zones and generally a fair amount of rain.
The best beaches are mostly in the
southern half, and that's best Dec- May [dry, but hot and humid]. However, in
that area it doesn't usually rain for long periods at any time, only showers,
unless an infrequent typhoon hits the coast, so the beaches are basically OK all
The worst season is probably July
-Oct (humidity, occasional rains, typhoons, and of course July-Aug is always a
busy holiday period).
Oct - Dec has the best weather over the whole country for sightseeing, with
clear skies and temperatures in the mid 20Cs. China Beach, between Da Nang and Hoi An is the most unspoilt Vietnam
beach is the endless white sand of China Beach, where US troops landed during
the 70's unpleasantness.
The main beach is officially around the Non Nuoc Resort hotel but some locals
argue that the real China Beach is at My Khe Beach about 5 km north of the hotel
(both are near the tourist attraction of Marble Mountains).
Nha Trang, 'the Vietnamese
Riviera', is a delightful little town of tranquil, friendly locals. It has 6
miles of splendid white sandy beach with azure water, backed by green hills and
palm trees. The town has little noise or pollution because locals prefer walking
or biking to motorbiking. Mui Ne Beach is about 20mins (by bus) from Phan Thiet, which is 120
miles/198 km (a 3 hour drive) from Ho Chi Minh City. It has fabulous stretches
of white sand, a scenic landscape and lovely locals. The climate is hot and dry
almost all year, with an average temperature of about 27C.
The beach is also known for world-class wind/kite surfing [good wind almost
guaranteed - though the sea-breeze can be over-the-top for sun bathing
Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf
of Thailand is Vietnam's largest island. Off Ha Tien, it's a hidden gem of
Southeast Asia. The island has mountains, forests and superb sandy beaches
perfect for nature lovers as well as sun-seekers.
Some of the beaches can only be
reached by hiking sandy paths - Bai Truong (Long Beach) on the west coast is
apparently the best, where you can see sunset over the water. Bai Thom in the
north and Bai Khem in the south are also popular.
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