A perfectly lovely little beach, My Khe Beach is located about 15 km from Quang Ngai's town centre.
It's almost as convenient to stay here as it is to stay in town, and you won't be missing out on anything by avoiding Quang Ngai town itself.
It makes a lot of sense to combine a visit to the beach with a visit to the Son My Museum, however dark the irony of it all may be. My Khe is lined with seafood places where you can sit and relax under shady umbrellas between dips in the water. Only a small patch of the beach is developed -- the rest goes on for miles to the north and south and is relatively deserted.
The restaurant owners can be pretty aggressive about trying to get you to choose their place, but all the places are pretty much the same, so settle in anywhere you like. We found the kids begging here to be extremely persistent. We've heard a good report about Pho Bien, which is a bit past the main gaggle of restaurants.
The only downside is that there are only two main hotels to stay anywhere near the beach, so have someone call ahead for a room if you plan to stay here so you don't get stranded. The aforementioned Pho Bien also has quite smart rooms for rent apparently. You'll find internet joints in the area, but for anything else, you'll be heading back to the big smoke -- Quang Ngai.
Most of the buses to Quang Ngai drop off along Highway 1A on the outskirts of Quang Ngai proper, so all you have to do is get off on the north side of the Highway 1A overpass and you're almost in My Khe beach -- pick up a xe om at the junction with Highway 24B, or give Mailinh Tourist a call for a taxi.
The beach is about 10 km further to the east on Highway 24B. Motortaxis should be available any time buses are letting off at the junction, but if you're stuck, walk down the access road and take a right -- the My Tra Hotel is two kilometres to the west, near the river bridge. To get out of town, reverse the process.
By Don Morgan.
The Travelfish newsletter is sent out every Monday and is jammed full of free advice for travel in Southeast Asia. You can see past issues here.