Made famous by the American war (and the TV show), China Beach first rose to fame when its close proximity to Da Nang led to it being used as an R&R destination for American soldiers.
Though subsequent decades left it with a tranquil vibe of abandonment, crowds of Americans and other foreigners will soon be returning for some more R&R.
Though China Beach initially avoided the development that other beaches like Nha Trang undertook after Vietnam opened its doors to tourism, it's now looking to become the country's next big beach resort.
On our last visit in September 2008, the China Beach beachfront, stretching from the Son Tra peninsula to the north, down to Cua Dai Beach outside Hoi An to the south, was being prepped for a massive transformation.
Thousands of acres of beachfront property have been appropriated by the government for use by international hotel conglomerates to build four and five-star luxury resorts, and major chains like Raffles and Hyatt have already erected billboards.
This has resulted in a large number of Vietnamese being uprooted and relocated -- vast tracts of land currently contain nothing but half-demolished buildings.
There have even been rumours that the long-time backpacker mecca, Hoa's Place, is on the chopping block. For the time being, you can still find peace and relaxation on these sands -- though you'd better get here soon.
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Text and/or map last updated on 21st August, 2009.
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