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Vietnam - Beaches and Weekends

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1. Posted by nomod (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

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Hi -

2 simple questions on Vietnam:
1) What are the beaches like in Vietnam? Is there an area that is great for spending a long weekend doing nothing but relaxing? Possibly scuba/snorkeling or a trip to town for dinner but basically just a beach resort. (Background - I'm trying to fit as much as possible into a 18 day trip and going to/from Phuket seems to take a lot of time)

2) Does Vietnam shut down on the weekends? I know that some parts of Latin American and Eastern Europe are basically ghost towns on the weekend. If logistics put is in Vietnam over a weekend is there a better/worse location to be? Would it be better to spend the weekend in Hong Kong and fly into Vietnam Sunday evening?

Thanks,
Matt

2. Posted by nini (Full Member 16 posts) 12y

hi Matt,

The only beach i went to was in Hua Hin. It was very relaxing and don't think arriving on the weekend is a problem.

3. Posted by clint (Inactive 8 posts) 12y

Beach - Na Trang(check spelling - i'm useless) - it's beautiful, everything there you seem to be looking for, but lots of tourists.
A lot of shops close on weekends, but not everything.. you ll have no trouble getting things done on a weekend

4. Posted by LGB (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y

I have been to a few beaches in Vietnam - Nha Trang and Mui Ne. Also one at Hoi An which was disappointing. When I was at Nha Trang (late December) it rained the whole time so I got nothing out of it. I really enjoyed Mui Ne which is near the town of Phan Thiet. You can get there by bus from HCMC - probably about 4 hours I think.
It was the only place in the whole country where I was never hassled to buy something. The weather was great, there were a few bars with good music, guesthouses all along the beach (you literally walk out of your guesthouse garden onto the beach). It was really popular with kite surfers and windsurfers. I can't recall any snorkelling there though.
Definitely recommended!!