Only two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, Vũng Tàu is a popular weekend getaway offering beachfront resorts, heaps of delicious seafood, and a slower pace of life. Coastal history in this part of Vietnam is a combination of religious relics and French garrisons and mansions. Vũng Tàu's beaches may not entice you to swim, however for a quick, low-stress escape to the coast, Vũng Tàu ticks all the boxes.
A tiny archipelago off the southern coast, only a small number of travellers wind up in Côn Đảo, where you won’t find many mainland comforts. Though the trip requires extra effort to those who commit to the journey are rewarded with some of the country's most remote beaches and beautiful scenery. Much of the island is covered by the Côn Đảo National Park. Its dense jungle will give you ample chance to uncover a paradise of your own.
Ho Tram Beach, set within the Ba Ria, Vung Tau Province, boasts 10 kilometres of unspoiled waters, fine sand and palm trees. The beach offers a wide range of accommodation options with expansive views of the East Sea, and thatched seafood restaurants close to the Ho Tram fishing village with deck chairs and camping facilities at affordable rates. Thanks to its rather accessible location, Ho Tram Beach attracts locals and tourists looking to soak up some sun whilst vacationing in Ho Chi Minh City. Accommodation-wise, Ho Tram Beach’s western end is where you can find mid-range resorts that offer day trips to nearby fruit plantation and fishing villages. We highly recommend stopping at the Binh Chau Hot Springs to enjoy a day of relaxing in natural pools and mud baths.
Ho Coc Beach, located north of Ho Tram Hamlet, is home to mostly mid-range and high-end resorts as well as one of the most pristine beaches in Vietnam. Accessible within a three-hour leisurely drive from central Ho Chi Minh City, the beach features five kilometres of white sand where you can enjoy a day of sunbathing, swimming and beach games, as well as sample fresh seafood and local Vietnamese cuisine. Ho Coc Beach is home to beachfront resorts and hotels that cater to just about any budget and preference. If you’re staying at one of the beach’s high-end resorts, the chances are you will also get to enjoy unwinding on a private beach. Sundecks are available for rent for those who aren’t staying at the resorts, and there are some parts of the beach that are still available for public use.