About Tan Thanh Beach
Tan Thanh Beach isn’t as famous as An Bang and Cua Dai. But being a little off-the-radar makes it one of the most relaxing beaches on Hoi An’s coastline.
This spacious stretch of golden sand is an idyllic spot for those who like to bathe or unwind, away from the crowds. Lined with some of the hippest cafes and bars in Hoi An, you can laze under the sunshades and get your coconut fix at the same time.
Tan Thanh is a favorite escape for locals and expats seeking a small slice of serenity.
Situated to the south of An Bang, Tan Thanh Beach is sometimes referred to as ‘An Bang 2’ on Google maps. To get there from An Bang, simply walk down the beach – it’s approximately 10 to 15 minutes away by foot.
There are several paths leading up to Tan Thanh beach, most of which are signposted and can be found on Nguyen Phan Vinh. It’s also accessible via the guesthouses, restaurants and bars dotting the street.
From the Old Town, you can cycle, hop on a scooter, or grab a taxi to Nguyen Phan Vinh via Lac Long Quan. A taxi ride takes approximately 10 minutes at non-peak times and costs around 80,000 VND.
If traveling via scooter or bike, there are numerous parking spots outside the establishments along Nguyen Phan Vinh. Although there’s no charge to use these spaces, they’re intended for customers, so be sure to buy a drink at the very least before heading to the sands.
Things to Do
Sunbathing & Swimming
You’ll find loungers attached to most of the bars and restaurants along the beach. If you order some food or a drink, you can use them throughout the day. Like most beaches in Hoi An, Tan Thanh might get busier around 4pm as families arrive after work and school.
Swimming is safe throughout most of the year, but you’ll want to be mindful during the winter months (November to January) – the waves and currents can be surprisingly forceful. Always keep your eyes peeled for any warning signs displayed in the surrounding area.
If you’re keen to try your hand at some water activities, you won’t have to look far. Like much of Hoi An’s beachfront, you can’t swing a coconut without hitting a sign advertising watersports.
The tour company My Sky Hoi An can be found slightly north towards An Bang. It offers parasailing, jet-skiing, and banana boating. Many of the restaurants, bars, and guesthouses in Tan Thanh like Salt Pub and Kahuna’s Hoi An Beach Club also offer surfboards, paddle boards, and watersport facilities – simply inquire with the staff and they’ll point you in the right direction.
Prices tend to range between 500,000 VND (21.74 USD) and 1,200,000 VND (52 USD) depending on duration. Banana boating for five people at My Sky Hoi An starts at 1,000,000 VND (43 USD) for 10 minutes.
The area isn’t known for scuba diving or snorkeling, but breathtaking coral life isn’t far away. Check out our Cham Island guide for further details.
Yoga & Wellness Activities
Yoga on the beach is a great alternative to grinding away in a hot, sweaty gym. Luckily, MOYO Beach Club has got you covered with regular sunrise yoga sessions overlooking the ocean. Times and dates vary depending on the season, so look for ‘Om with Em Yoga’ on our Special Events page.
Restaurants & Nightlife
Tan Thanh Beach features some great restaurants and bars. Many in this area have a family-friendly vibe, such as Kahuna’s Hoi An Beach Club, which offers a pool that opens up to the beach. They also have an outdoor play area with giant Connect Four and checkers games for the little ones. They serve up a range of western food and cold drinks, including some lush cocktails, all day long.
Salt Pub is pretty popular with expats due to its upbeat, social atmosphere. Its sun-chairs are free for those who buy food or drinks and the garden has two decking areas ideal for relaxing and hanging out with friends. You’ll also find a play area for kids and live music most Thursday and Sunday evenings. Their menu comprises everything from western food to Vietnamese cuisine and a tasty selection of healthy juices and smoothies that don’t scrimp on flavor.
For excellent coffee, fresh coconuts and crepes – plus a quiet place to get some work done – don’t forget to check out Sound of Silence. Perched along Tan Thanh beach, this beautiful little café offers ocean views and a rustic garden setting, as well as an indoor area with ample outlets to juice up your laptop.
Open till 11pm, Sea Crab – not on the beach – is a bar/cafe/restaurant with live music on Saturdays, a great international menu and cocktails and coffee.
You’ll also find many unpretentious and inexpensive Vietnamese eateries serving great local food.
Tan Thanh is certainly not where it’s at when it comes to banging nightlife. The only venue that once served as a ‘nightclub’ – Opio – has gone.
If live music is what you’re after, some of the venues along Nguyen Phan Vinh regularly host bands, including Salt Pub, Sea Crab Bar, and, the laidback Eight Days a Week, which is usually open till late.
You might also stumble upon the occasional late-night event at Kahuna’s Hoi An Beach Club and MOYO Beach Club. Keep an eye out for upcoming events via their Facebook pages or Hoi An Now’s What’s On calendar.
If you’ve been daydreaming of a relaxing massage or soothing facial, you won’t have a hard time finding somewhere close to Tan Thanh beach to satisfy your cravings. Sol An Bang Beach Resort is situated directly on the beach, and there are a number spas and wellness centers sprinkled along the main Lac Long Quan road.
Where to Stay
Being such an idyllic and peaceful part of town, there’s no shortage of top-notch hotels and guesthouses just a stone’s throw away from Tan Thanh Beach.
One of the most popular places to stay in the area is Beachside Boutique Resort, attached to Salt Pub. It has a wide selection of uniquely-decorated boutique rooms. Besides having the beach at your doorstep, you can also enjoy various amenities and services, including a pool, food and drink at Salt Pub, plus bespoke tours.
There are also a few places catering for more frugal travelers, such as Sea Snails Homestay and Blue An Bang Villa. Attached to Sound of Silence Cafe is Tan Thanh Garden Homestay. This cozy little guesthouse is situated right on An Bang beach, offering simple yet charming mid-range accommodation.
For a more luxurious stay, check out Beach Haven Suites, which has stylish boutique rooms, an outdoor pool, and sun loungers available at Salt Pub. Just around the corner, there’s Sol An Bang Beach Resort and Spa offering 4-star beachfront accommodation, as well as an outdoor pool and spa services.
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