Photo: Near white sand and clear waters.

Thuan An Beach

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About 14 kilometres from Hue is the nearest beach, Thuan An—a brilliant stretch of white to off-yellow sand, ideal for a swim in the sea.

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Though it’s one of Central Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches (far prettier than those around Hoi An for example), the beach is ridiculously undeveloped with just a scattering of shacks in various stages of decline.

Take a walk by the sea. Photo taken in or around Thuan An Beach, Hue, Vietnam by Stuart McDonald.

Take a walk by the sea. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The addition of Beach Bar Hue moved the scene ever so slightly more mid market, and this shabby chic spot is one of the most popular day trips from Hue for those in need of escaping the stifling city heat from May through till September. The bar comprises a really cool fishing boat bar, beach cabanas and a basic restaurant, plus there are some dorms and a couple of private rooms. Entrance is 100,000 VND, which is fully refundable with food and drink purchases (you might also think of it as a minimum consumption charge).

At local places you’ll pay 10,000 VND to rent a beach umbrella and chair for the day and 5,000 VND to park a motorbike. The Ana Mandara; a five-star luxury resort, lies further north of the beach bar and also welcomes outside guests looking to dig their toes in the sand for the day for a small fee. The village surrounding it has some brilliant local seafood restaurants well worth checking out once you’ve had your fill of beach/pool time.

Lazing at Beach Bar Hue. Photo taken in or around Thuan An Beach, Hue, Vietnam by Stuart McDonald.

Lazing at Beach Bar Hue. Photo: Stuart McDonald

All this said, you are just as welcome to get to the beach and just plonk yourself on the sand with your own packed lunch and cold drinks. Expect far less hassle than you’ll score on the beaches around Hoi An. The best weather is between May and September and the waters calms and crystal clear. Recommended on a hot clear day. Allow ... Travelfish members only (Around 300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Thuan An Beach
Around 14km to the east of Hue

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