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Introducing Long Hai

If Vung Tau is all a bit bling for you, then consider Long Hai, a less-commercialised seaside retreat within a few hours’ drive of HCMC. The fishing village of Long Hai, now only 15km northeast of Vung Tau thanks to a major bridge, has a pretty white-sand beach and the area benefits from a microclimate that brings less rain than other parts of the south. This is why Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam, built a private residence here (now the Anoasis Beach Resort).

Long Hai can be a peaceful place to visit during the week, but it loses its local character on the weekends when Vietnamese tourists pack the sands. While there are a couple of low-key resorts in the Long Hai vicinity, Western travellers have yet to arrive in numbers, so if you’re looking for a lively spot with dining and nightlife action, Mui Ne is the better choice.