I want go with you to a secluded beach.
We will enjoy sunny summer days.
Underneath the palm tree, I am going to say I love you forever.
Speak out all the sweet love words that I kept in my heart for a long time.
The lovely lyric by musician Duc Huy seems to urge us to escape the daily grind and stress of the city. The message is to pack your bags and immerse yourself in blue sea, white sand and golden sunshine.
Vietnam is blessed with 3,260 km of stunning coastline from north to south, including enchanting beaches.
These beautiful sandy stretches are considered some of the best-kept secrets of Asia.
Here are six marvellous beaches that call when you want to get away from it all.
My Khe Beach, Da Nang
Stretching 10 km from Son Tra Peninsula to Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains), My Khe Beach was voted by Forbes Magazine as one of the six most attractive beaches on the planet. The beach fully met all of Forbes’ basic criteria: easy to access; free admission for all tourists; long and flat sandy beaches; sunlight and wave suitable for sports; safety; and nearby luxury resorts and international standard villas.
My Khe beach is close to the center of Da Nang. Cross the famous Han River Bridge and you will see the crescent-shaped coastline. With soft white sand, gentle waves and year-round warm water, this is d a destination of choice for local, national and international tourists alike.
Nhat Le Beach, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh
A trip to Quang Binh is complete only if you witness the sea breeze blowing through the lines of casuarina trees on Nhat Le beach. Sunrises and sunsets here are in slow-motion, filled with poetic visions of a fishing village with floating boats catching fish, shrimp, and squid.
Nhat Le beach, located along Truong Phap Street next to the estuary of Nhat Le river, is one km from the city center yet is still pristine and unspoiled.
After frolicking in the blue waves, tourists can enjoy fresh, delicious seafood such as oysters, clams, mussels, scallops, lobster, squid, and various types of fish.
There is no need to go to a luxurious restaurant, fresh seafood stalls along the seashore have small coal stoves to make grilled, steamed and deep-fried dishes.
Ly Son Island, Quang Ngai
Ly Son, also known as Cu Lao Re, is 25 km away from Quang Ngai mainland. The island is a heaven in the middle of the blue ocean and famous for its garlic. The sunshine is brilliantly golden but not harsh and the sea breeze is cool and humid.
From the top of Hang pagoda, Duc pagoda and Cau cave, the blue of the sky and the ocean seem to blend together as if there were no horizon. The sea is so clear that you can catch sight of thousands of creatures under the water’s surface.
Coral reef diving is what attracts tourists most when they come to Dao Lon (Big Island) and Dao Be (Small Island) of Ly Son.
Nothing can beat the feeling of lying on black rocks by the To Vo Gate watching a breathtaking sunset, or hiring a motorbike to ride on the mountain trail. Feeling the breeze blowing through your hair you can conquer Thoi Loi Mountain, where the national flagstaff is located.
Ky Co Beach, Quy Nhon
Bai Xep, Ghenh Da Dia, Eo Gio, Hon Kho, Cu Lao Xanh and Hoang Hau beach have made Quy Nhon a place known for being both peaceful and vibrant, clean and modern.
Ky Co beach draws young people and couples but also families with children.
Besides a long stretch of golden sand, the seawater comes in two colours – light blue near the coast and deeper blue further off the coast. There are also natural pools formed by waves hitting the rock. These are suitable and safe spots for children to swim and look for shellfish, snails, starfish or sea urchins.
In the middle of the sea, two rocky outcrops arise, creating a unique scene of a small peaceful strait beckoning to visitors.
Nam Du Islands, Kien Giang
The Nam Du Islands comprise 21 scattered islands, small and large. The name of each island is derived from various interesting tales. For example, Bai Men is a seven-hectare, palm-fringed island with 70-80-year-old palm trees. Bai Ngu is where Emperor Gia Long stayed on the way to Siam where he went to ask for assistance. According to the locals, there is a well always filled with fresh water in Bai Ngu. It was dug when the emperor arrived here and was named King Well.
Bai Da Trang (White Rock Beach) and Bai Da Den (Black Rock Beach) are as unique as their names. At Bai Da Den, you will see thousands of black stones with red and green marbling in various sizes. It is as if you are looking at a jewelry treasure chest in the sunshine.
Bai Da Trang is about 15 minutes’ walk from Bai Da Den and is full of eye-catching, small white stones. Finally, the place which serves as a dock for boats, ships and even feelings of tourists is Hon Ngang. Hon Ngang port is a series of stilt houses built on bamboo and concrete poles stretching about 2 km.
This is an ideal place for camping or relaxing at homestays or participating in activities such as coral reef snorkelling, catching sea urchins, fishing or swimming.
Thien Cam Beach, Ha Tinh
Unlike Cua Lo Beach, which is very crowded, Thien Cam beach, just 20 km away to the southeast of Ha Tinh city, is likened to a young girl with pure beauty lying next to the mighty Thien Cam mountain. From above, the beach looks like a huge bow or “heaven’s lute.”
Tourists come to the beach to swim but also to explore En Island, Bo Island and Yen Lac Pagoda which was built in the 13th century. The pagoda is famous for pictures of “The Kings of Hell’s Ten Palaces” with messages of life and punishment in hell.
There is more than seafood when you come here. Dozens of delicious dishes are made from the meat of the goats raised on Huong Son mountain. They have thin skin, tender meat, and little fat. Another specialty dish is cuckoo, a bird from the North. They eat berries, figs and drink seawater, which makes their meat taste especially good.
By: Mai Nguyen
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