Photo: Now that is a beach.


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Approaching from the south, both Highway 1A and the train line head inland to avoid the flood plains. Sa Huynh is the first point where they veer east, back to the coast to within a stone’s throw of the water. Sprung up along Highway 1A, the town is little more than a roadside lunch spot. However, the beach has one adequate hotel, making it a decent layover if needed.

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Most who choose to stay in Sa Huynh are travelling under their own steam—motorbike, bicycle or by car. It may come as a necessary pitstop but it’s not a bad place to rest for the night. The beach is beautiful and long, most of it empty, flat and relatively rubbish free, undeveloped except for Sa Huynh Resort, the main accommodation option. If you’re headed to My Son or Sa Ky port for Ly Son island, during the dry season (March-September), beach bums will probably prefer to stay here rather than in bland, forgettable Quang Ngai, so long as you can manage the logistics for the 85 kilometre journey.

More of Sa Huynh's not-bad beach. Photo taken in or around Sa Huynh, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

More of Sa Huynh's not-bad beach. Photo: Cindy Fan

Sa Huynh Resort is one of those random Viet resort/complexes you find in random places (Ca Na, another Highway 1A beach strip, comes to mind). Along with accommodation, it has a restaurant, banquet/karaoke hall and convenience shop. All this sits alone, isolated and a bit sad. The main business comes from the tour buses that pull in for lunch or dinner, eat, take photos, then leave as quickly as they arrived.

Throw away any expectations associated with the word “resort” and the average independent traveller will be fine with the rooms, which are all steps to the beach—think beachside motel sapped of life rather than resort. Rooms are old and bland but adequate. They feature polished granite tile floor as well as the standard hotel furnishings: luggage rack, desk, full-length mirror, flatscreen TV, wardrobe, minibar, WiFi, chilly air-con and kettle. Our room was damp and musty, the problem somewhat solved when we opened the windows and ran the air-con. Bathrooms, all done up with stone tile, come with a bathtub-shower combo, a sink with countertop, hair dryer, towel racks ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,100 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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