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Qui Nhon beaches

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Chances are you’ve heard of the beaches of Hoi An, Nha Trang, Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. But beaches at Qui Nhon? It’s home to one long, easy to access public beach, while the coast to the south is dotted with more good ones.





Qui Nhon fills in the much needed beach niche in between Hoi An and Nha Trang. The city doesn’t have the tourist buzz as those two but the government is making concerted efforts to put it on the map, and so far we like what we see.

Qui Nhon municipal beach. Damn. Photo taken in or around Qui Nhon beaches, Qui Nhon, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Qui Nhon municipal beach. Damn. Photo: Cindy Fan

The beach is rubbish-free, and the long lazy leafy boulevard that runs along it is immaculate as well. Crews work all day picking up litter, manicuring the many parks and gardens, emptying bins that line the pedestrian-friendly promenade. Thus far, vendors and building directly on the beach have been limited to a small section. Is this really Vietnam?

Qui Nhon’s main beach will appeal to the traveller who enjoys a low-key local experience. Relatively few foreigners stay in Qui Nhon and in the day time, the beach is completely empty — you could easily be the only one basking in the sun. Sunrise and sunset are when the locals and Vietnamese tourists come out to cool off, play football or jog. It never feels too busy.

The Surf Bar at late light. Photo taken in or around Qui Nhon beaches, Qui Nhon, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

The Surf Bar at late light. Photo: Cindy Fan

We’re in awe that there aren’t the usual vendors with plastic chairs on the strip. The few eateries that have been permitted are classy joints. Look for Surf Bar three-quarters the way up the beach. Wooden tables and chairs are neatly laid out in the sand, along with thatch umbrellas and loungers that can be used for the price of a drink. There’s clean toilets and a rinse off shower. As the sun bids its farewell, lanterns prettily illuminate the spot.

Time spent beach hopping down the southern coast is recommended, and while we think Qui Nhon is a great little city, we concede that most budget travellers will opt to spend most or all of their time staying down here. Once a under-the-radar beach destination, Bai Xep (pronounced “bai sep”) now has two backpacker hubs offering beachfront dorms and that chilled out atmosphere ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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