3 Getaway Cities with Beaches to Visit from Ho Chi Minh City
Are you an ocean lover and looking for your next place to increase your vitamin sea? It’s about that time of the year you danced with the waves and moved with the sea again, don’t you think?
If you’re planning your Southeast Asia trip and particularly Vietnam, don’t forget to do yourself a favor by checking out these 3 less visited coastal cities; Vũng Tàu, Mũi Né, and Nha Trang.
Located in Southern Vietnam, Vũng Tàu is only a 2-hour ride away from Ho Chi Minh City, making it the nearest and fastest getaway coastal town from the hectic city scene.
With beautiful sea and mountain view, fascinating cultures and a mixture of religions, Vũng Tàu makes the perfect spot to spend your weekend.
The most iconic places to tick off tourist-must-do are the over 100-year-old Vũng Tàu Lighthouse and the 32-meter tall statue of Christ the King. These aren’t the only two places—as we’ve mentioned since the beginning, you can actually stroll along their beach too! Beaches like Front Beach and Back Beach, various pagodas, and old French-architecture buildings are what you’ll have to see in this sleepy town of Vũng Tàu.
How to Get to Vũng Tàu
Take Hoa Mai Limousine from Ho Chi Minh. Hoa Mai Limousine runs 57 trips/day and departs every 30 minutes from Ho Chi Minh. Click here to book your ticket.
Mũi Né, only a 4h30 drive from Ho Chi Minh, doesn’t receive much attention from international travelers. This city, however, has actually got quite a lot to offer.
Now, did you know that there are actually sand dunes in Vietnam? Surprise? Yes, we were too when we discovered Vietnam’s very own Sahara.
Whether you want to go quad biking on the White Sand Dunes, enjoy sunset at Red Sand Dunes, wander through the Fairy Stream, stroll along peaceful beaches or even learn kite surfing, Mũi Né has it all!
One word to describe Mũi Né? EPIC! Don’t believe us? We dare you to take a trip there and see for yourself!
How to Get to Mũi Né
From Ho Chi Minh, take Tam Hanh and Dan Anh Limousine. They run 16 trips/day.
If there’s one place to put on your Vietnam bucket list besides the old town of Hoi An, the famous Sa Pa or the over-hyped gigantic hands of Da Nang, it’s Nha Trang!
9-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh doesn’t sound so ideal, but it does get a bit better if you get to spend the night away in a night bus(you could even have your private room!) and wake up to the beautiful beaches in Nha Trang.
From tanning on the white sand beach to doing water-sports to eating fresh seafood to cliff jumping at Ba Ho Waterfall to visiting the ancient Ponagar Tower to the modern life of cafe hopping, Nha Trang got something to suit everyone!
How to Get to Nha Trang
You can take the night bus in 3 different classes from Ho Chi Minh by Tra Lan Vien departing at 8PM, 9:30PM, and 10PM daily.