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Life’s a Beach Backpackers

A beach for backpackers

13 km south of Qui Nhon, off of QL1D between Bai Bau and Bai Rang beach

Life’s a Beach Backpackers

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Under the same umbrella as Life’s a Beach on Bai Xep, Life’s a Beach Backpackers (formerly called the confusing name “The Beach”) offers an even more removed-from-the-world getaway for budget travellers. Located on a wilder patch of coast 3.3 km south of Bai Xep, everything at this backpacker “resort” has been built with the humble traveller in mind.

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Accommodation is built along a hillside that runs down to a relatively undeveloped beach. The rooms will be just right for travellers on a tight budget. It’s your choice of dorm or private room, all with shared bathroom. The fan-cooled dorm has 5 metal bunks (10 beds) in a spacious, airy rustic bamboo and thatch structure with concrete floor. Each bed has a mosquito net, small locker and a power point. There’s also an air-con dorm option in a bricks and mortar building for a bit more.

What more do you need?

What more do you need? Photo: Cindy Fan

Like the dorms, there are two kinds of private rooms: bamboo and thatch rustic or solid building, however both are fan only and still make use of the shared bathroom facilities which are basic but clean.

Those who really like being close to nature, it’s possible to pitch your own tent or rent one, or rough it in a hammock.

A hammock with your name on it.

A hammock with your name on it. Photo: Cindy Fan

There’s plenty of space to spread out here, with a meandering path leading all over the hillside to different pockets of the resort as well as down to the beach which will most likely be empty. For now this is the only accommodation here. Yet also be prepared to be social at some of the great hangout spots including terrace with a fantastic vista of the water and main reception/restaurant with more hammocks, a billiard table and bar.

The staff are enthusiastic, helpful and friendly, and the place is pretty well set up to cater to the backpacking crowd with entertainment and amenities available for a fee whether you need to rent a towel, a hair dryer, cool box, fishing rod or motorbike. They even have a small supply of snacks, toiletries and sim cards for sale and bus ticket booking services, though the 20,000 dong beach “entrance fee” refunded at the end of the stay seems a little ridiculous.

Plenty of space to chill out.

Plenty of space to chill out. Photo: Cindy Fan

There are some key differences between staying here and Bai Xep. We’ve pointed out the relative isolation of this place and that does mean you will likely be having most of your meals here. There’s less people, especially on the beach which is more exposed than Bai Xep. During the rainy season, there are big waves and it is not likely swimmable. In contrast, Bai Xep has a small island in front that forms a natural barrier and swimming is more possible in the windy months. Bai Xep also has three dining options and all the properties are compact and feel more intimate.

Whichever you choose, count on staying longer than anticipated. It will be difficult to pull yourself away.

Note that Life’s a Beach Backpackers is only open to those over 18 years of age.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
Dorm air-con
Dbl fan share bathroom
Up to $16 with a seaview
120,000 dong
120,000 dong
Hammock costs 70,000 dong
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: US$6, high season US$6. Notes: 10-bed
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: US$8, high season US$8. Notes: 6-bed
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: US$15, high season US$15. Notes: Up to $16 with a seaview
Room: Camping, low season: 120,000 dong, high season 120,000 dong. Notes: Hammock costs 70,000 dong

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Where is Life’s a Beach Backpackers

Life’s a Beach Backpackers
13 km south of Qui Nhon, off of QL1D between Bai Bau and Bai Rang beach
Coordinates (for GPS): 109º13'47.39" E, 13º39'39.72" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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