Looking for recommendations for the best beaches in Vietnam and also hotel recommendations. A few notes, I will be travelling with my family (2 parents in their 60's) and my brother, and my budget is preferably around USD $50/night.
Thanx in advance for all recommendations.
#1 iprocure2k5 has been a member since 5/1/2006. Posts: 3
During winter monsoon (oct-apr) you should stick to the southern beaches. Phu Quoc has the nicest beaches. Nha Trang is popular with backpackers and vietnamese tourists, Mui Ne is a resort-strip full with beach-holiday package tours from Germany and Scandinavia. All of them have good accommodation, but book in advance for mid-dec to mid-jan.
My personal recommendation would be Phu Quoc. Somtam just finished his research trip and hotels will be on Travelfish one of these days, I reckon.
NHA TRANG is an established tourist centre with a choice of resorts from the island (we syphon your wallets inaccessibility) to the in-town places.
I personally like the family atmosphere at the Vien Dong [pictures < http://directrooms.com/vietnam/hotels/vien-dong-hotel-nha-trang-nhatrang-1433.htm >] - E-mail: < firstname.lastname@example.org >. They even have rooms with bathtubs, two double beds in a room, dining / dancing facility, free nightly entertainment. It is in town which means you can savour different dishes / restaurants every night.
PHAN THIET is about 3.5 hours away from HCMC by road and is a provincial town specialising in fishing. It has great beaches and hotels in town or out on the beach.
MUI NI is about 25 miles north of Phan Thiet and has a variety of accommodation and an impressive amount of sand (in dunes).
VUNG TAU is a garbage dump - a day trip for HCMC residents and a druggies haven - beware of the needles on the beach.
North of Vung Tau are a few resorts - family and singles types.
PHU QUOC is an island off the south of mainland VN and is accessible by boat or air. Rapidly being exploited by government owned tourism companies there a few larger properties and many smaller guesthouse types.
If you wonder what all the barracks are for, they originated with the Americans - an earlier Guantanamo - now occupied by VN military to protect the island from Cambodian repossession.
CON DAO islands are similar to Phu Quoc, accessible by air or water, from Vung Tau, which is more established than Phu Quoc.
It is another earlier POW camp - Americans used the French built facilities for their torture activities. The prsion cages can still be seen.
#3 DakLak has been a member since 28/8/2006. Posts: 57
i´ll go for nha trang. a nice, very convenient town with a decent 6ks stretch of almost white sand. doc let beach-one of the finest beaches in the country is also nearby. i can recommend the sao mai hotels, one is in town, but close to the beach, inexpensive& well looked after, the other one is on the waterfront. nha trang is pretty scenic and has all you might need, including fantastic seafood-i love it!
#4 wolfman has been a member since 31/5/2006. Posts: 80