Category Archives: Beaches

Vung Bau Beach: Go Now

Vung Bau beach is one of the last vestiges of ‘old’ Phu Quoc. Located in the northwest of the island, the largely undeveloped sands are lapped by a sapphire-coloured sea, a reminder of what Phu Quoc’s western shore was once like… Continue reading

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Cam Ranh Bay: Cam Lap Promontory

Cam Lap Promontory is one of those rare places that’s easily accessible yet largely undeveloped and utterly beautiful. It’s the kind of place you fall in love with, and one that really does deserve the overused epithet of ‘hidden gem’…. Continue reading

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Ho Tram & Ho Coc Beaches

Just 120km from the city, Ho Tram & Ho Coc are by far the best beaches within easy reach of Saigon. Forget Vung Tau, Long Hai & Can Gio, this is where you should head for sun, sea & sand when you don’t have time to go to Mui Ne or Phu Quoc. Continue reading

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The Grand Ho Tram Resort & Casino

Big, brash, bold and extravagant, The Grand Resort and Casino marks the beginning of the transformation of the quiet and unassuming coastline of Ho Tram, into what is hoped will become Vietnam’s answer to Macau and Las Vegas. I have mixed feelings about this gigantic integrated resort on the south-east coast…. Continue reading

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Motorbike on the Train: Saigon to Phan Thiet

Put your motorbike on the train and let the rails carry your wheels between Saigon and Phan Thiet/Mui Ne. It’s cheap, easy, fun, fast, efficient and relaxing. Even if you’re not taking your motorbike with you, the train is a much better option than taking one of the buses along Highway 1…. Continue reading

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Southern Islands: Con Dao or Phu Quoc?

Con Dao and Phu Quoc islands are the two most alluring beach destinations in Vietnam. But these two southern islands are very different in character, and therefore appeal to different types of travellers. As most visitors or expats only have time to go to one, which island should you choose? Continue reading

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Victoria Beach Resort, Mui Ne

One of the first luxury resorts to grace the sands of Mui Ne, Victoria Resort & Spa is still one of the best places to stay on this popular beach on Vietnam’s southeast coast. With lush tropical gardens & a long stretch of beach, Victoria is far more spacious than its competitors… Continue reading

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Vung Ro Bay

A gorgeous, undeveloped bay on the south-central coast, 2015 might be the last chance you get to visit Vung Ro before construction starts on two enormous, multi-billion dollar projects, that will change the area forever. Continue reading

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Phu Quoc Island by Boat

Travelling by boat to Phu Quoc Island is fun, cheap, convenient & relatively hassle-free. Thanks to new routes & additional sailings, it’s now easier than ever to reach Phu Quoc by sea. This guide includes all current ferry times, fares & information… Continue reading

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Con Dao Islands on a Budget

Despite several high-profile luxury developments, travel to the Con Dao Islands needn’t be too expensive. Budget travellers & backpackers can still enjoy this beautiful archipelago by taking certain steps. This is my guide to how to keep the cost of visiting one of Vietnam’s most enchanting destinations to a minimum. Continue reading

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7 of the Best Beaches in Southern Vietnam

Vietnam has a coastline of over 3,000km, but the best beaches are found in the south. Blue bays, white sands, swaying palms: Vietnam has it all. Yet travellers and expats often complain that the beaches aren’t as good as those in Thailand and Malaysia. I disagree: Here are my 7 best beaches in southern Vietnam…. Continue reading

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Southeast Loop: Motorbike Guide

If you’re looking for a road trip within reach of Saigon that takes you to beaches & mountains, but stays off busy main roads; this is it. Saigon, Mui Ne, & Dalat are all connected by quiet, scenic back-roads: this motorbike guide shows you how to do it. Continue reading

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Hòn Gốm Sandbar: Motorbike Guide

Vietnam’s most easterly point, Hòn Gốm Sandbar stretches 30km into the South China Sea. Deserted, wild beaches line both sides, and a couple of tiny fishing villages shelter in calm coves. A new road runs along almost the entire length of the sandbar, making a great road trip from Nha Trang. Continue reading

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Dai Lanh Beach

Đại Lãnh Beach is a pretty stretch of sand squeezed between lush mountains, on the south-central coast. It should be more popular than it is, but its proximity to Highway 1 means that noise can be a problem. However, this will change once a new tunnel under the mountains is completed. Continue reading

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Núi Chúa Coastal Road

Núi Chúa is a beautiful promontory that juts into the ocean between Phan Rang City and Cam Ranh Bay, on Vietnam’s south-central coast. A new road has opened up access to spectacular beaches, forests, mountain springs and fishing villages. It’s great for a road trip! Continue reading

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Video: Con Dao Islands

From the moment you step off the plane on the Con Dao Islands, you know you’re somewhere special. The main island of Con Son has a tragic past as a penal colony, set up by the French colonial administration. But today, it is the gorgeous natural beauty of this archipelago that’s attracting attention. Continue reading

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The Ocean Road: Part 1

A quiet road runs 150km along the southeastern coast of Vietnam, linking the two beach towns of Vũng Tàu and Mũi Né. Skirting the deserted coastline for much of its length, occasionally ducking inland through fruit plantations and dusty villages where ox-drawn carts full of hay linger in the heat; I call it the Ocean Road. Continue reading

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Con Dao Islands

Once a brutal penal colony, set up by the French colonial administration, today the superb beaches and rugged terrain of the Con Dao Islands is starting to attract attention. The prisons are preserved as a national memorial, but they are in stark contrast to the beauty of this archipelago. Continue reading

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