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Where are the Beaches in Ho Chi Minh City?


Blessed with a long coastline, which is more than 3,000 km, Vietnam has long been famous for beautiful beaches with white, clear water and ideal weather for beachgoers to enjoy. Top names can be listed here are Sam Son, Lang Co, My Khe, Nhat Le, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, etc. And where are beaches in Ho Chi Minh City? This blog is going to give you the answer to this question.

There is one thing to be confirmed that is Ho Chi Minh City only has one beach in Can Gio District. Can Gio is a small district which locates quite far from the city center – approximately 50 km. You can go there by bike, by car, or by bus from Ben Thanh station (District 1). Can Gio District is a popular destination for people who want to escape the city for a while since you only need a day and a bike to go on a trip to Can Gio and you can still get rid the busy life of the city.

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A coastal area in Can Gio District, the only beach in Ho Chi Minh City

Can Gio

Vam Sat – Vam Sat is one of the ecotourism destinations of the world in Vietnam recognized by UNWTO (World Tourism Organization). There is a wide range of animals such as monkeys, crocodiles, bats, terns, herons, and many other rare species recorded in the Vietnam Red Book inhabiting there. Besides animals, there is a variety of botany in Vam Sat too. You can find there more than 220 different kinds of trees. As you can see, Vam Sat is not a tourist destination but also a biological reserve of Vietnam and the world.

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Vam Sat – An ecotourism destination in Can Gio

Hang Duong Market – This is the place where all the seafood gathers after a long day of fishing. You can have a walk around the market, choose some super fresh seafood for yourself and your friends then ask the seller to cook for you. All you need to do is to sit down and enjoy the delicious seafood of Can Gio with sold and cooked at a reasonable price.

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Hang Duong Market

Monkey Island – The official name of Monkey Island is Lam Vien Resort. The reason why people call this place Monkey Island is because there are an array of kinds of monkeys living on the island with the number up to approximately 2,000 individuals. When visiting Monkey Island, you should mind your belongings since the monkeys there are considered to be extremely naughty. They can easily take away your hats, phones, glasses, or jewelry.

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Monkey Island or Lam Vien Resort

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Although it is a pity that there are few beaches in Ho Chi Minh City, there are a lot of beaches locating near the biggest city of Vietnam. Check out the list below:

Phu Quoc Island

Where is it?Phu Quoc is an island located offshore in Kien Giang Province (to the southwest of Ho Chi Minh City). You will need about 1 hour to go to Phu Quoc by plane from Ho Chi Minh City.

When to go? – From October to April of the following year is the ideal time to visit Phu Quoc.

How to get there? – There are two ways to get to Phu Quoc Island. The first way is to catch a flight from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc. The second way is to go by car from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Tien, then go to Phu Quoc by boat.

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Phu Quoc Island

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What to do there? – There are thousands of things to do in Phu Quoc Island. You should spend at least 3 days and 2 nights on the island. What you definitely will not skip is going to the beach as the beach there is blue and smooth as glass. Besides, you can also visit night markets, visit some companies that produce fish sauce or pearl, or many other tourist attractions such as Dinh Cau, myrtle forest, pepper garden, etc.

Con Dao 

Where is it?Con Dao is an aggregation of many islands, among which the biggest one is Con Son. Con Dao locates 230 km to the southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

When to go? – You should visit Con Dao from February to May every year.

How to get there? – Similar to Phu Quoc, you can go to Con Dao by plane or by car and boat. The plane will take you to Con Dao in about 1 hour from Ho Chi Minh City. But if you go by car and boat, it will take you about 13 hours including 3 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau (by car) and 10 hours from Vung Tau to Con Dao (by boat at night).

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Con Dao

What to do there? – Con Dao is most famous for a historical site called Con Dao Prison. It is deemed to be “Hell on Earth” because in wartime, many patriots were imprisoned and brutally tortured there. Since there are many patriots died in Con Dao, there is a kind of tourism has developed there which is spiritual tourism. Con Dao today is recognized as Heaven on Earth due to the fresh seafood, breathtaking tourist attractions with white sand, calm waves, and clear water. Like Phu Quoc Island, 3 days and 2 nights in Con Dao would be an ideal choice to explore this island.

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Ho Coc

Where is it? – Ho Coc is a beach located in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province. It is just 175 km away from the city center. Therefore, this is one of the first place you should think of if you want to find a beach in Ho Chi Minh City.

When to go? – In Ho Coc, from November to April of the next year is the dry season. Therefore, you should pay a visit to Ho Coc at this time to avoid the pouring rain.

How to get there? – You can get to Ho Coc by bike. It will take you about 2.5 hours to ride through a journey of 150 km. Otherwise, you can get there in about 2 hours by car or the speedboat going to Vung Tau (click on the link to see the detailed schedule).

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Ho Coc

What to do there? – Although Ho Coc is said to be a remarkable beach with white sand and clear sea, there are few tourists here. Therefore, Ho Coc offers you a very peaceful atmosphere, which is especially suitable for the one who seeks a place to rest and recharge. Just like other beaches, Ho Coc also can serve you with super fresh seafood while allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the sea. Since Ho Coc is quite near Ho Chi Minh City so a 2-day-and-1-night trip to Ho Coc will be an optimal choice for your short vacation.

Summary of Beaches in Ho Chi Minh City

Although it is quite hard to find a beach in Ho Chi Minh City, you can find a range of other beautiful beaches nearby. It will just take you some hours to get to a place where you can enjoy the blue sea and white sand as well as super fresh seafood. We promise that you will not regret visiting them.

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