Daytrip to Doc Let Beach

Daytrip to Doc Let Beach

Beach paradise

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Fifty kilometres north of Nha Trang lies Doc Let, a quiet eden of palm-fringed, powdery white sand, sparkling azure waters and a sleepy disposition.

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Sunrise at Paradise Resort. Hotels take care to remove rubbish from their patch of sand daily. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
Sunrise at Paradise Resort. Hotels take care to remove rubbish from their patch of sand daily. Photo: Cindy Fan

Doc Let Beach—sometimes spelled Doc Lech, and actually pronounced “yop lek”—is an idyllic stretch of coast ended by a rather unsightly Hyundai shipping port. There are only a few places to stay on Doc Let and they are spread out. We suggest heading to the beaches in front of the resorts to enjoy the patch of rubbish-free sand.

How to get to Doc Let On your own wheels from Nha Trang, the most direct way is to head north on National Route 1 (Quoc lo 1, or abbreviated as QL 1) to Ninh Hoa, approximately 38 kilometres from the city centre. (Random fact: popular Vietnamese dish nem nuong, grilled pork wrapped in rice paper, originated from Ninh Hoa). Head east on QL 26B to get to the very isolated southern end (Ninh Tinh village, Jungle Beach). Veer right onto DT652B/TL 1 which will take you to Doc Let, where there is more local civilisation and activity. Either spot you choose, prepare to laze away the day.

The #3 bus to Doc Let is a budget traveller’s friend. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
The #3 bus to Doc Let is a budget traveller’s friend. Photo: Cindy Fan

From the tourist centre, on Nguyen Thien Thuat Street take the blue-white-yellow air-conditioned bus #3 (Nha Trang—Ninh Hoa—Doc Let). The bus starts running at 06:30, costs 24,000 VND per ride, and the last stop is at the beach beside White Sand Doclet Resort & Spa. The ride takes about 1.5 hours one way. The last bus departs at 17:30 sharp. For a one-way journey, we were quoted 500,000 VND for a taxi. If you want roundtrip, having the driver stay for the whole day and/or drive you to different spots, you’ll have to negotiate ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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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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