Photo: Pretty light at Paradise Resort.


Doc Let

Doc Let’s soft white sand, clear blue water and line of swaying palms seem plucked from a postcard. Luckily there is at least one hotel available for every budget and except for GM Doc Let (not reviewed here), they are all a modest size, low-key and spread out. Doc Let isn’t perfect: Resorts regularly clean their patch of sand but stroll away from the resort and you’ll see that Doc Let suffers from the same rubbish problem as so many other beaches in Southeast Asia.

Paradise Resort
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Dong Hai village, 57150 Ninh Hoa district, Khanh Hoa
T: (058) 367 0480

If “affordable beachfront, ocean view accommodation” is music to your ears, look no further than Paradise Resort. Situated on an exceptionally pretty section of Doc Let, with a view to the hills, small fishing boats and islands, this hotel offers unparalleled value. Here you can sleep with your balcony door wide open and fall asleep to the sound of the waves, then roll out of bed and into the... Read our full review of Paradise Resort.

Some Days of Silence
Luxury - over US$100
Dong Hai village, Ninh Hai district, Ninh Hoa town
T: (058) 670 952

Formerly Ki-em Art House, the newly named hotel still has the cool French-flair of the original Vietnamese-French artist who built it. This is a beautiful, artful little sanctuary that blends contemporary design with traditional Vietnamese motifs. It has just eight cottage-style rooms situated in a garden and two overlooking the sea. The garden rooms are spacious and airy as white walls soar up... Read our full review of Some Days of Silence.

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Hoang Khang Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Dong Cat village, Doc Let
T: (058) 367 2269

Hoang Khang Hotel is only a five-minute walk to the beach and walking distance to White Sands Doclet Resort & Spa, where you can enjoy a clean section of beach for free or rent a lounger and umbrella. Hoang Khang is also close to a stop for the Nha Trang – Doc Let bus, so getting to this budget accommodation is extremely affordable and convenient. It’s a local Viet style hotel catering to... Read our full review of Hoang Khang Hotel.

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White Sand Doclet Resort & Spa
Toprange - US$50 to 100
Ninh Hai village, Ninh Hoa district, Khanh Hoa
T: (058) 367 0670

White Sand Doclet Resort & Spa is conveniently located at the end of the line stop for the public bus from Nha Trang. The resort clientele is predominantly Russian but with its modest size (53 comfortable rooms) and impressive beachfront villas, it is worth considering, especially since there is such limited choice on Doc Let. There are two types of accommodation: superior or deluxe rooms in a... Read our full review of White Sand Doclet Resort & Spa .

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Jungle Beach

Ten kilometres south along the coast from Doc Let, past the Hyundai shipping yard, is a fairly wild isolated stretch of sand. Formally called Ninh Tinh village in Ninh Phuoc hamlet, informally it’s been known as Jungle Beach since ultra basic backpacker accommodation began here in 2001.If a shack on the sand doesn’t appeal, Wild Beach Resort & Spa is a more recent addition that offers bricks and mortar cottages.

Jungle Beach
Midrange - US$20 to 50
Ninh Tinh village, Ninh Phuoc hamlet
T: (0913) 429 144

If you’re a backpacker in Nha Trang, chances are someone has told you about Jungle Beach. If you dream of living in an ultra-basic shack walking distance to the beach, Jungle Beach is your ticket. Go to this long established backpacker hang out if you want a relaxed vibe, chill-out beach time and herbal medicine. Don’t, however, have high expectations for accommodation. Actually, set your bar... Read our full review of Jungle Beach.

Wild Beach Resort & Spa
Toprange - US$50 to 100
inh Tinh village, Ninh Phuoc hamlet, Ninh Hoa district, Khanh Hoa
T: (058) 362 2694

Wild Beach Resort & Spa offers a different experience to its neighbour Jungle Beach. The hotel is located at the very end of the coastal road that runs from Doc Let to Ninh Tinh village. It is isolated here, and yes, quite wild as the resort rises up the bottom of a boulder-strewn hill covered in thick vegetation. The large boulders are worked into the property landscaping (pathways lead around... Read our full review of Wild Beach Resort & Spa.

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Whale Island

Whale Island (Hon Ong) is a small island which is part of an archipelago in Van Phong Bay, routhly northeast of Doc Let (across the bay) as the crow flies. It is home to a single resort, the aptly named Whale Island Resort.

Whale Island Resort
Toprange - US$50 to 100
Van Phong Bay, Van Ninh District, Khanh Hoa Province
T: (058) 351 3871

French-owned Whale Island Resort was established in 1997 and it remains the only place to stay on Hon Ong (translated as Whale Island or Ile de la Baleine), one small island of an archipelago in Van Phong Bay. Except for the hotel’s 32 bungalows, restaurant and dive centre clustered along a petite cove on the western side of the 100 hectare island, the remaining terra firma is rugged, rocky and... Read our full review of Whale Island Resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Doc Let and Jungle Beach? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.

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