Around Ho Tram, the coastal road unexpectedly becomes a four-lane highway to facilitate access to the gargantuan Grand Ho Tram Strip, a vast casino resort complex popular with Chinese tourists.

Casino aside, Ho Tram is very low key – until very recently it consisted of nothing more than a tiny fishing village, scruffy open-air market and a fine, though rubbish-strewn beach.

However, vastly improved road links to Saigon have opened up this stretch of coastline to development and several new places to stay have now been constructed.