An Bang Beach

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About An Bang Beach

An Bang Beach Hoi An

Golden sand, clear blue water, palm trees and palapas, An Bang Beach is a true paradise! Found by following Hai Ba Trung out of town, An Bang has become the number one beach location for tourists in Hoi An after the erosion at Cua Dai limited its appeal. In 2016, An Bang was voted among the top 100 beaches in the world by CNN.

It’s easy to see why An Bang is such a popular destination. Along with the sand, sea and eateries is a gorgeous view. Between Da Nang and the Son Tra Peninsula to the north plus Cham Island to the south, you’ll find open water dotted with fishing boats. As the sun sets, you’ll see the fishing boats start to sweep across the water with floodlights on, hoping to attract squid.

An Bang may be the busiest beach in Hoi An, but it’s easy to find a quiet spot by taking a short walk along the edge of the water. Otherwise, go first thing in the morning before the tourists arrive and the sun is at its coolest – many cafes and restaurants along the An Bang coastline are open from 8am and it’s the time you’ll see the beach at its very best.

Not so long ago there weren’t many facilities at An bang Beach. These days you’ll find tons of food and drink, convenience stores, ATMs, pharmacies and even a splash of petrol if you get caught out. This once remote fishing village is remote no longer.

Getting to An Bang

An Bang Beach is approximately 5km from Hoi An’s Old Town, and the quickest route is via Hai Ba Trung. This street wends its way all the way from Tran Phu in the Old Town to the coast itself.

Taxis and Grab vehicles frequent the route and it’s easily accessible by bike or scooter, with ample parking close to the beach. Although much depends on traffic, a taxi ride at non-peak times of the day will take around 10 minutes and cost approximately 80,000 vnd.

If you’re in no rush to get to the sand, An Bang is easily accessible via Cua Dai Road and Lac Long Quan. This coast-hugging route may even introduce you to a few lesser-known specks along Hoi An’s coast, including Hidden Beach.

Another alternative is to avoid the main roads where possible and cycle to An Bang Beach via the scenic route.

Parking

Sitting at the end of Ha Ba Trung, you’ll find plenty of places to park your motorbike, scooter or bicycle if making your own way there. Many cafes and restaurants a short walk away will let you park your steed for the price of a drink (around 20,000 vnd). Parking spots closer to An Bang Beach can be used for 5,000-20,000 vnd per vehicle. Many of these have showers and changing facilities.

Some touts will try and lord it over you and act as if they have official parking areas that you must use. If you don’t want their service don’t let them force you. Give them a smile and a wave and move on no matter how much they shout and gesticulate.

Things to Do

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Sunbathing & Swimming

The laidback vibe and idyllic setting makes An Bang a great place for kicking back with a book and headphones, or simply catching a few rays. You’ll find a great selection of umbrellas and loungers along the main stretch, attached to the cafes and restaurants that live behind them. Places charge around 10-40,000 vnd for a sun-lounger, but they’re usually free for the day if you order food or drinks.

Swimming is perfectly safe on An Bang Beach. Any water sports are kept separate, with designated swimming areas clearly marked. Depending on the time of day, the water is often so clear that you’ll be swimming among fishes, so don’t forget your goggles!

Water Sports

The water at An Bang is mainly reserved for swimming and fishing, but you can also find jet skis and parasailing on offer. Prices vary, but start for 30 minutes at around 600,000 VND for jet skis, and 700,000 VND for parasailing. You’ll find the main operators set near Soul Beach Restaurant and Bar which is at the southern end of the strip (see map).

Surfing season begins in October and can continue through to April. There’s not a consistent swell but some days are great and from Nov to Feb you can usually catch something. Up near Marble Mountain the swell can be a foot or so bigger.

Yoga and Wellness

Depending on the time of year, An Bang Beach offers morning yoga and other wellness activities. These often begin around 6am, when the sun has risen but before it gets too hot to move around! Check out Nomad Yoga’s schedule for the latest information.

Restaurants & Nightlife

The Shore House Cabana, An Bang Beach

The coastal end of Ha Ba Trung is full of cafes and restaurants, from simple places to obtain a swift Robusta hit, to larger restaurants dedicated to Vietnamese, seafood, Western or vegan food. And for the true taste of Vietnam the local market has terrific, cheap breakfasts of staples such as pho, banh xeo and banh beo but be sure to get there before 9am when is closes!

An Bang may be quieter after dark, but it’s not hard to find somewhere to drink, eat or while away a few hours at a live music venue. Indeed, An Bang has always bee the hub of live music in Hoi An. Soul Kitchen has traditionally led the way while other venues such as Soul Beach, Shore Club and Bungalow Beach bar are solid contributors. It’s worth noting that a few hotspots are springing up just south of An Bang, which you can reach along Nguyen Phan Vinh Road – Tan Thanh Beach – or in around 10 minutes’ walk along the beach. See our What’s On Calendar for music schedules.

Our pick of restaurants and nightlife follows:

Cafes and Fast Food

Burger Craft

Great burgers and ice dream by the beach.
11am to 10pm
near cnr Hai Ba Trung and Nguyen Phan Vinh

Blu Mart Greek Souvlaki

Cheap, no-frills providing the only dedicated Greek on the coast.
9am to 9pm
Hai Ba Trung

Driftwood Cafe, Woodfired Pizza

Best value-for-money woodfired pizzas in Hoi An. Boutique Sports Bar with aircon.
12pm – 9pm (Tues – Sun)
127 Nguyen Phan Vinh

Bungalow Beach Bar

Think Nachos and Buffalo Wings! See Nightlife for more.
12pm to 12am
101 Nguyen Phan Vinh

Restaurants

Cay Me

A colorful, family-run joint specializing in freshly caught seafood and gourmet juices blended from locally sourced fruit.
7am to 10pm
2 restaurants Nguyen Phan Vinh left side

The Deck House and Shore Club

Service is formal/resort-style, the international food upmarket and the prices, like the setting, comfortably at the top end.
7am to 10pm
Beachside far left

Le 20 Hoi An

Eccentric one-man show featuring genuine European cuisine from a variety of traditions. Small, intimate setting.
5pm to 10pm (Mon-Sat)
Nguyen Phan Vinh left

The Fisherman Vegan Restaurant

Fully vegan with a diverse international menu and some of the best smoothies in Hoi An. Killer Beach location.
8am to 8pm
Beachside right

Starfish (Sao Bien)

This family run Vietnamese restaurant specializes in freshly caught seafood, beach side barbecue, and mixes a mean mojito.
7.30am to 11.30pm
Nguyen Phan Vinh left

Luna D’autunno

Italian dishes from all regions of Italy, offers wood-fired pizzas on An Bang Beach and home delivery all over Hoi An.
9am to 10pm
Beachside left

The H’mong Sisters

Strong French, Iberian, and Moroccan influence, H’Mong Sisters Restaurant serves quality food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Top End.
9am to 10pm
Beachside left

Seaweed Restaurant

Specializes in grilled seafood and traditional Vietnamese dishes. Fair prices and generous portions.
8am to 11pm
115 Nguyen Phan Vinh

Soul Kitchen and Soul Beach

Solid Vietnamese food options at both although Soul Kitchen’s menu is perhaps better described as Fusion. Live Music specialists – see Nightlife below for hours and more details.

Nightlife

Soul Kitchen

Beachside. Great live Music Wednesday to Sunday from 7pm. See Events Calendar for details. Fusion restaurant.
7am to 10pm
An Bang Beach left side

The Deck House and Shore Club

Beachside. More and more hosting special events. Has live music most weekends. Check Events Calendar. International cuisine.
7am to 10pm
An Bang Beach left side

Soul Beach

Beachside. Great live music Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. See Events Calendar for details. Vietnamese restaurant.
8am to 11pm
An Bang Beach right side

Bungalow Beach Bar

23 Craft Beers on tap. Sport screen and occasional live music. Happy Hours and Food Specials.
12pm to 12am
101 Nguyen Phan Vinh

Kukun

Kukun Hoi An is a Dance Nightclub / restaurant / pub. Right on the beach a chilled hideaway by day and a party venue by night.
8am – 2am
An Bang Beach right side

Double Cat Bar

Cocktail Lounge that is both a local favorite and much lauded on Trip Advisor. Here the hosts make you very welcome.
11am – 1am
113A Nguyen Van Vinh

For Salt Pub, Kahuna’s Beach Club and Sea Crab see Tan Thanh Beach

Spas

Two spas at An Bang Beach consistently boast 5-star revues from delighted customers. Ocean Spa Hoi An and Heaven Garden Spa lead the field outside the pricier hotels and resorts in the area (see map below).

Ocean Spa Hoi An

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 8am – 9pm
An Bang Beach
+84 (0)93 555 8220

Heaven Garden Spa

Open 7 days, 8am – 10pm
118 Nguyen Phan Vinh
+84 (0)79 622 9432

Where to Stay

An Bang Beach Dolphin Homestay, hotels under $30 Hoi An, vietnam

At An Bang Beach ‘homestay’ and boutique hotels with just a few rooms dominate. Homestays can get you closer to the Vietnamese community but most of them are properly best thought of as B&Bs. There are plenty of options under 50 USD a night and a fair smattering of affordable mid-priced, villa-style venues like The Watermark with pools and great locations near the beach. At the top end The Chi Villa offers all sorts of extras including a private chef at breakfast.

In terms of location, most of the options at An Bang are just a couple of minutes from the beach but Ocean House An Bang is pretty hard to beat with Sea View rooms going for around 80 USD and Waterside rooms for 150 USD.

Here are some good accommodation options  to check out and book:

Hotels & Homestays:

Written By
Michael Brown

Editorial Director at Hoi An Now, Michael has written for online and offline publications across the world. He specializes in playwriting, creative content and SEO.

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