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.
Early morning and late afternoon are the times the Vietnamese favour the beach but other than these peak times there is usually little trouble claiming a spot under a thatched umbrella and settling in for as long as you want if you buy a bottle of water.
There is a greater variety of cuisine and setting at An Bang than at Cua Dai, reflecting the sizable expat community residing there. The touts and urgers are far fewer as well.
Hopefully, this homestay-dominated environment will continue to limit larger developments. Existing developments blend well with the casurina-lined shore and An Bang is home to Hoi An’s best live music venue, Soul Kitchen, on its northern fringe. At the southern end La Plage, Hoi An’s best chill-out seaside bar, has pride of place.