I have a short vacation coming up in Vietnam. I arrive into Ho Chi Minh City, but then would like to travel to/along the coast for a few days. I'm hoping that I can pick up some budget hut-on-the-beach type places as i go. Has anyone done this? Do you have advice on where to go, or equally where to avoid? I want a beach vacation, but with the option of doing day tours to see the surrounding areas.
Sounds like Hoi An (Danang airport) would be ideal for you since it has a great beach and plenty of culture nearby too. I doubt if you'll find any beach huts there, but in town there's plenty of cheap/nice rooms for very little.
You might also check out Phu Quoc Island - better chance of a (pricey) beach hut there.
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jun-2010, at 23:04 by Daawgon ]
There are day and overnight buses to Mui Ne. They have rooms very close to the beach, $12 for an a/c room, $8 fan room. Mui Ne also has some very interesting sand dunes very close to town. My blog covers my day in Mui Ne. Or overnight bus to Nha Trang. Good beach, bay tour, lively nightlife.