Where to go in Vietnam’s South: Top five best beaches in 2020

National Geographic picked up the five top-rated beaches in the South of Vietnam for all beach-lovers to discover.

Best for nightlife: Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province

The lovely Nha Trang city

The writer Lizz Dodd of National Geographic compared Nha Trang to Miami upon its charming stretch of sand, festival atmosphere, and a lively nightlife.

Moss-grown rocks on Nha Trang beach in the sunrise

This well-established destination entices many young travellers with a plenty of hotels, dining venues, and attractions of every size and budget. Here, sun-seekers can find heaven when lazily lying on the sandy beach; explorers can dive, ride a boat, take mudbath, or spend a whole day on amusement parks; while leisure guests can immerse in the beautiful landscape in resorts far away from the crowds.

Best for chilling out: Song Cau, Phu Yen Province

A path below sea level connecting mainland and Nhat Tu Son Island in Song Cau, Phu Yen

The charming pristine features magical white sand beaches and warmly-welcomed homestays and guesthouses run by locals. It is a perfect off-the-beaten-track place for you to visit after days discovering bustling cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Min City since it has not been strongly impacted yet by the expansion of the modernization and tourism industry.

Besides deserted beaches surrounded by green hills, here you can discover peaceful fishing villages, study about the Cham culture, and enjoy delicious and fresh seafood.

Best for water sports: Mui Ne, Binh Thuan Province

Turquoise sea of Mui Ne

CNN named Mui Ne as one of the kitesurfing meccas of Southeast Asia on account of its consistent cross-onshore winds from October to March annually. Besides, enthusiasts can indulge in surfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboard, and sailing to catch the superb waves.

Travelers can discover other interesting attractions near Mui Ne, including Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien)

Like other beaches in Vietnam, Mui Ne is covered by coastal towns, harbours, seafood restaurants, bars, and lodgings but with an affordable budget due to underdevelopment. Furthermore, the traditional fishing harbour and nearby gigantic red and white dunes of Mui Ne are great spots outside the tourist strip to catch the sunset.

Best for backpackers: Ghenh Rang, Quy Nhon Province

Queen Beach, Ghenh Rang, Quy Nhon

Driving 3km from the center of Quy Nhon city through the path of wild orchids, acacias, and daisies, travellers drop by Ghenh Rang tourist site at the foot of Xuan Van Mountain. Such marine land covers a blue ocean, white sandbanks with cool water, and a breathtaking view. Ghenh Rang has greeted bathers in search of relaxation and is the destination of the most fantastic vermilion twilight in Vietnam.

Best for explorers: Tam Hai Island, Quang Nam Province

Unspoiled scenery of Tam Hai

The way leads you to cross rickety bridges over rice paddies, then set sail on a ramshackle ferry before reaching Tam Hai Island in the South of Hoi An Ancient Town. The island is centred around a small town that’s decorated with murals by local students. There are also sandy beaches and secluded beach huts.