Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches
Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was well worth the wait...
Phu Quoc Island
Fringed with white-sand beaches and with large tracts still cloaked in dense, tropical jungle, Phu Quoc rapidly morphed from a sleepy island backwater to a must-visit beach escape for Western expats and sun-seeking tourists. Beyond the resorts lining Long Beach, it’s still largely undeveloped, so there's ample room for exploration and escaping.
A breathtaking cluster of granite islands, set in aquamarine seas, around 15km directly offshore from Hoi An, the Cham Islands make a wonderful excursion. Until very recently they were closed to visitors and under close military supervision, but it’s now possible to visit as a day trip, dive or snorkel the reefs, or stay overnight.
Ho Coc Beach
With golden sands, rolling inland dunes and clear waters, this beach makes a tempting place to stop. The giant Saigon-Ho Coc Beach Resort, very much geared at the local market, has grabbed a large chunk of the shoreline, but on weekdays it's still peaceful here and you should have the beach largely to yourself.