Photo: Vung Ro Bay is a deep-water harbour that's loomed large in Vietnam’s maritime history.

Dai Lanh Cape & Vung Ro Bay

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Dai Lanh Cape (Mui Dai Lanh) is the easternmost point of mainland Vietnam, worth the 30-kilometre journey south not only for milestone bragging rights but also for the terrific view and equally terrific beach.

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Dai Lanh and Vung Ro Bay can be done as a day trip from Tuy Hoa, or en route if you’re travelling on motorbike/bicycle between Tuy Hoa and Nha Trang/Doc Let. Rather than take Highway 1A, the scenic back road makes for a pleasant coastal journey where you’ll encounter little traffic and jaw-dropping sections of wide-open wild beach.

View over Bai Goc Beach. Photo taken in or around Dai Lanh Cape & Vung Ro Bay, Tuy Hoa, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

View over Bai Goc Beach. Photo: Cindy Fan

The route from Tuy Hoa heading south: Take Hung Vuong Street south and cross the Hung Vuong bridge over the Da Rang river towards the airport. At the roundabout, veer left and the road runs past the airport and down parallel to the coast—there are no views along this 14 kilometre stretch but it’s nicely paved and virtually vehicle-free.

Crossing the bridge over the Da Nong river is an impressive length of undeveloped coast known as Bai Goc beach. At the far end, the road rises for an excellent photo op and a vantage to the small beach, Bai Bang, on the other side. Don’t be surprised if it is completely empty.

Swimming is suitable year-round at beautiful Bai Mon Beach. Photo taken in or around Dai Lanh Cape & Vung Ro Bay, Tuy Hoa, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Swimming is suitable year-round at beautiful Bai Mon Beach. Photo: Cindy Fan

If beach bums are impressed by these two beaches, wait until you reach Dai Lanh cape, less than three kilometres on. The headland is the terminus of the Dai Lanh mountain range, a branch of the Truong Son mountains, and it marks the furthest point east of mainland Vietnam. Adjacent is clean, picture-perfect Bai Mon beach. Isolated and sheltered by a battlement of mountains on three sides, the beach’s white sand and shallow, protected waters mean swimming is suitable ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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