Best Beaches Near Ho Chi Minh City

When travelers are too fed up with the bustling pace of life in Ho Chi Minh City, there are so many beach getaways that you can reach easily from this metropolis. From the mysterious charm of Con Dao to the hippie escape of Mui Ne, a bunch of gorgeous beaches are waiting for you to discover their beauty.

1. Vung Tau: Loved by locals

Vung tau beach

Due to the rather accessible location, Vung Tau is one of the most popular beach getaways in Vietnam among locals. The dynamic city is the harmonious combination between colonial-era buildings and locally cultural works, which creates the city’s own attractiveness.

Distance from Saigon: 100km

Getting there: There are bus services from Saigon to Vung Tau. Instead of transferring by land, you can choose the speedboat or ferry in roughly 2 hours.

2. Mui Ne: A Hippie Beach Getaway

Mui Ne: A Hippie Beach Getaway

This coastal town is the destination which is the easiest access from Saigon. Mui Ne is well-known for seductive swathe of sand and strong waves for water sports like kitesurfing or windsurfing. It is really appropriate for those who not only enjoy the laid-back ambiance but indulge yourself in dance-to-dawn parties as well.

Distance from Saigon: 205km

Getting there: Regular buses leave from Mien Dong (Eastern) Bus Station in Saigon, taking around five hours. Alternatively, catch a train from Saigon Station to Phan Thiet Station (20km away from Mui Ne) or Binh Thuan Station (40km away from Mui Ne).

3. Nha Trang: For a Summer Holiday

Located in the south-central coat of Vietnam with the hot weather all year round, Nha Trang has become a hotpot for locals and foreign tourists. It is rumored that this small hub for island getaways has been invaded by a bunch of Russian and Chinese tourists, even Korean.  This is the truth that cannot be deniable. Nevertheless, this beautiful beach town still deserves to be in your bucket list thanks to sandy beaches with palm tree shade, exotic Cham pagodas and a wide range of vibrant bars stretching along the seashore.

Nha Trang is waiving you a load of charming beaches such as Tran Phu Beach, Hon Chong Beach, Bai Tru Beach, Bai Dai Beach, Nhu Tien Beach, Doc Let Beach, Jungle Beach.

Distance from Saigon: 420km

Getting there: Flights from three main hubs around Vietnam land at Cam Ranh International Airport. From there, inexpensive taxis or the airport bus can transfer you to destinations around the city.

4. Phu Quoc Island: Best for Luxury

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc appears to be under the spotlight in this list since international tourists can fly directly to the island only no longer visa requirement. There’s no doubt to state that this island is the truly tropical paradise. Before becoming a tourist attraction, its claim to fame was fish sauce and pepper. Produced on the island, they are considered to have the top notch quality in the world and be the main ingredient in Vietnam cuisine.

Distance from Saigon: 405km

Getting there: There are so many direct flights to this island from Saigon, Can Tho and Rach Gia, or it’s a 2-hour ferry ride from the town of Ha Tien.

5. Con Dao Archipelago: A Mysterious Hideaway

Con Dao Archipelago

Once known as the Devil’s Island under the duration of Vietnam War, Con Dao has morphed into more peaceful pursuits in the modern times. Besides the rich history, this island is reputable for owning the most thriving coral reefs in Vietnam. And one thing you cannot miss here is watching sea turtles lay their eggs while the infants hatch and scramble into the sea from May to October.

Distance from Saigon: 240km

Getting there: If you don’t want to pay to fly in directly, the alternative is to catch the bus to Soc Trang, and then continue by speedboat from Tran De Port to Con Dao.

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