QUICK GUIDE TO AN BANG BEACH
Voted one of the top 100 beaches in the world by CNN it’s remarkable how uncrowded and undeveloped An Bang Beach has remained. Both the north and south sides are lined with bar/restaurants with some especially geared for English speaking and European expats and tourists like Soul Kitchen (north) and Soul Beach (south).
Will Ly Son Island Eat Itself?
At noon, the sun bears down on the narrow, largely deserted, streets of Thôn Tây – the harbor village of An Vĩnh commune on Ly Son’s big island. Prudently, most locals are taking a mid-day nap.
To the South: Quy Nhon
Surprisingly off the tourist trail, Quy Nhon is one of the country’s most idyllic beach towns. White powder sands, azure waters and a quiet, slow-paced atmosphere make this township a truly worthwhile seaside destination about 4 hours’ drive south of Hoi An. The main municipal beach offers backpacker and small hotel accommodation.
Soul Kitchen $$
Beach-side bar/restaurant Soul Kitchen is a slice-of-paradise venue: take a sun-chair by the waters’ edge, a cabana overlooking the East Sea on high or settle in at the bar, the choice is yours.
Sunrise with SUP Monkey
The sunrise in Hoi An is one of the most beautiful you will ever see – a mixture of pink, lavender, and coral, broken only by clouds and the peaks of the Cham Islands.
Alternative Hoi An Cycle Tour
Ever had the feeling that you’re not alone? No, we aren’t talking about ghosts. We’re talking about that sinking sensation you get as a tourist when your hidden ‘happy place’ is suddenly overrun by a selfie stick-wielding horde.
Soul Beach $$
Soul Beach (Hon Bien) offers a relaxed atmosphere, a bevy of cocktails, and a live music experience akin to that of its sister business, Soul Kitchen. While Soul Kitchen looks after the end of the week, Soul Beach has live performance or DJs Mondays and Wednesdays.
A Quick Guide to An Bang Beach
Voted one of the top 100 beaches in the world by CNN it’s remarkable how uncrowded and undeveloped An Bang Beach has remained.
Captivating Cham Island
Most visitors are attracted to a Cham Island trip by the swimming, snorkeling over the extraordinary coral reefs, eating and drinking, karaoke and shopping, parasailing/paragliding and motor bike rides. If you are one of these, you will not be disappointed.
Greek Souvlaki $
Greek Souvlaki is a very cheap no-frills roadside stall for take-aways. In fact, bizarrely there are two venues going under the same name offering similar options although they are unrelated businesses.
Life’s a Beach
If you love Vietnam but want a break from the hectic pace of travel, or just want to recharge your batteries, Life’s a Beach homestay is the place to go.
La Plage $$
The key note about La Plage is that it’s a bar first and a restaurant second. One of Hoi An’s most convivial spots, it’s the sort of place where patrons sit at the bar and chew the fat rather than scatter to distant tables.
Around Lang Co
If you’re planning a trip to Hue then you will undoubtedly pass through Lang Co – a seaside town that is rather famous in these here parts.
Driftwood Cafe $$
At Driftwood Cafe the food is sensational and the authentic woodfire oven produces world-class, thin-crusted pizza – crispy on the edges and softer in the middle.
Hoi An’s Hidden Beach
Kept apart by a few kilometres of golden coastline and brought together by the less idyllic Lac Long Quon highway are the two main beaches of Hoi An, Cua Dai to the south, and An Bang to the north. However, in between these two lies another beach, one so well hidden they named it just that – Hidden Beach.
Mi Casa $$
Barely noticeable sitting opposite the Palm Garden Resort, Mi Casa doesn’t look like much but it’s a high quality venue with original ideas.
Cham Island – Unspoilt Paradise
If you are one of those selfish types who simply hate sharing your tropical paradise with the general public then get a move on and visit Cham Island, a lovely unspoiled, marine-protected island – one of the least developed islands in Vietnam and for now mostly a secret, but the hordes will descend.