Published/Last edited or updated: 21st September, 2017
Once the darling of Hoi An, known for its stunning palm-fringed white sand, views of the Cham islands and lux resorts, Cua Dai beach is now affected by severe coastal erosion. Though the erosion has been detected since 2004, the condition has accelerated in recent years.
As for the resorts, they have constructed their own protective rock walls and breakwaters. These aren’t the most natural sight but they are certainly more attractive than sandbags. If your main purpose of staying at a resort is for the beach, this is not the place. High-end hotels on Cua Dai still deliver on the ocean views, swimming pool, restaurants and services – everything but sand between your toes and in your bikini bottoms. If you appreciate amenities and finery, you can get great value as rates have dropped over the years and there are discounts to be had. We continue to recommend Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa, which does have an adjacent patch of sand complete with loungers.
Is it worth visiting Cua Dai? There are still plenty of seafood places where you can eat and drink yourself silly in between swimming and lounging in the sun – and not surprisingly, these places are desperate for business. Avoid the places off the beach, which offer lower prices but lacklustre food, and try the places on the coast.
You still also get ocean views and it is definitely not crowded, though expect hard core beach traders still queuing up to sell you tiger balm and tell you how they struggle to make a living. If you don’t want anything, politely make it clear you are not buying and they ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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