Vietnam owns more than 3,000 kilometers of coastline and a system of several bays and islands from the north to south. Here's a list of Vietnam's Top 10 most beautiful & famous bays in Vietnam. The most impressive bay is Ha Long Bay, recognized by Unesco as "One of the Seven Wonders of the World.” Please read on for more ideas of top bays along the coastline of Vietnam.
I - Top Vietnam bays with offshore limestone system
1 - Ha Long Bay - the most unique bay in northern Vietnam
Ha Long Bay - the most breathtaking Vietnam surrounded by several islands and caves has many natural limestone mountain chains formed through millions of years. These caves here are impressed by its unique system of stalactites in different shapes. It is estimated that there are about 1,969 big and small islands in total, 980 of which have not been named. In particular, many large caves have skylights and rare vegetation, private beaches, underground rivers, etc.
Therefore, having been to this famous bay in Vietnam many times, visitors are always "conquered" by the fresh, rich, and incredible beauty of nature. Many visitors even lovingly consider this location as the land of the "wonders of mountains built in the sky.” Taking a cruise tour with a lot of interesting activities to experience such as kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, visiting fishing villages or pearl villages, and enjoying local cuisine are highly recommended.
- Location: Ha Long Bay, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province
- The best time to visit HaLong Bay: April - June, September - November
2 - Lan Ha Bay - The pristine & quiet Vietnam bay for cruise tours
Lan Ha Bay - Source: Ashim D’Silva
Lan Ha Bay owns a network of 400 large and small islands, with varied flora and fauna, especially Cat Ba Archipelago World Biosphere Reserve. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio had to mention in his Instagram post in May 2020 that "It looks like paradise...". Lan Ha Bay - a famous bay in Vietnam which has pristine limestone mountains, beautiful beaches, and a poetic strait.
Significantly, this famous bay in Vietnam has has not suffered many adverse effects of mass tourism, so it is very suitable for resort tourism and traveling experience. Many exciting activities draw visitors to Lan Ha Bay, such as visiting Monkey Island, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling or diving, then admiring coral, etc. Visitors may also participate in exceptionally fascinating activities such as fishing, netting, catching clams and snails on the beach with the villagers of the fishing village of Cua Van, Cai Beo.
- Location: Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island District, Hai Phong Province
- The Best time to visit Lan Ha Bay: November - April
II - Vietnam bays with lovely beaches
3 - Lang Co Bay - Thua Thien Hue Province
Lang Co Bay is more than 42.5 km long, nestled at the Hai Van pass’s foot. The bay with beautiful white-sand beaches, quiet waves and peaceful fishing villages is worthwhile to visit when traveling to Hue. The Khai Dinh King of the final feudal dynasty in Vietnam, once praised Lang Co Bay as "the fairyland in the human world.” From here tourists can take eyes far away to see the grandeur of nature when watching the undulating green mountains or beautiful Lap An lagoon.
Visiting one of the most spectacular bays in Vietnam, tourists should not miss swimming in Lang Co beach, going fishing on the Lap An lagoon, conquering the Bach Ma Mountain, taking a boat trip on the Lang Co Laguna canal, visiting Khai Dinh mausoleum, admiring the beautiful sunset on the Tam Giang lagoon, and exploring the traditional incense-making village.
- Location: Lang Co town, Phu Loc district, Thua Thien Hue province
- The best time to visit Lang Co Bay: In the dry season (December - March or April - August)
4 - Xuan Dai Bay of Vietnam - in Phu Yen Province
Xuan Dai Bay - Source: Duong Thanh Xuan
Xuan Dai Bay features rock reefs, sand shore, forest and mountains. Observed from above, Xuan Dai Bay looks like a large unicorn's head. Top beaches to visit include Vung Chao beach, Vung La beach, Vung Su beach, etc., together with a system of special islands and peninsulas that draw visitors, including Ong Xa Island, Da Mai Cape, Nhat Tu Son Island, Tai Ma Cape, etc.
In Xuan Dai Bay Vietnam, there are many other interesting things to do such as enjoying O Loan blood cockles, catching seafood from the O Loan pond, watching the sunrise on Den Reef, visiting spectacular Da Dia Reef, exploring the peaceful fishing villages and experiencing the locals' daily life.
- Location: Găng slope foot, Song Cau town, Phu Yen province
- The best time to go to Xuan Dai Bay: January - August
5 - Vung Ro Bay in Vietnam - in Phu Yen Province
Vung Ro is 1,640ha wide and is the natural border between Khanh Hoa province and Phu Yen province, which has a wild and magnificent landscape extending over 1640 hectares of water. The whole bay is surrounded by majestic mountains, including Da Bia mountain, Hon Ba Island, Ca Pass. From above, this bay appears in the tourists’ eyes with the glorious, poetic, pristine scene, but sincere and simple as the personality of people here. Here is also a mooring spot for local people's boats, where aquaculture is cultivated.
Coming to Vung Ro bay of Vietnam, apart from trying some sports such as bathing, swimming at beautiful beaches such as Lau beach, Bang beach, Chùa beach, tourists can experience diving activities to explore the beautiful and varied coral reefs. Also, tourists can visit the lighthouse or the stone stele confirming the Easternmost's location of Vietnam, overcoming the pass with the tight turn that challenges steering.
Tourists may also enjoy distinctive local dishes such as Vietnamese crepe, soft and thin vermicelli noodles, seafood, Vietnamese chives udon, etc. All of which offer tourists unique and unforgettable experiences of this lovely and lyrical land.
- Location: Hoa Xuan Nam commune, Dong Hoa town, Phu Yen province
- The best time to visit Vung Ro Bay: March - September
6 - Nha Trang Bay - Khanh Hoa Province
One of the most pristine bays in Vietnam where you can find lots of beautiful tropical beaches and islands, in which Hon Tre island is the largest island of Nha Trang Bay. A sustainable tourism plan has been developed with international standard golf courses, 5-star luxury hotels & resorts, amuseum park such as Vinpearl Land & VinWonders... The great things to do in Nha Trang Bay include scuba-diving, coral watching, seabed walking, sea-surfing,... For more interesting experiences, you can visit the bird's nest island, exploring the salanganes nest exploitation & processing. The other popular points of interest are Ponagar Cham Towers, the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography and Long Son pagoda.
- Location: Nha Trang Bay, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province
- The best time to visit Nha Trang Bay: July - September
7 - Ninh Van Bay - Khanh Hoa Province
Ninh Van Bay - Source: Datphongresort
Ninh Van bay is definitely one of the most beautiful bays in Vietnam for a sea holiday in central Vietnam. The peaceful scenery of pristine beaches and majestic mountains.
The top beautiful and pristine beaches including Bàng beach, Bé beach, Nhỏ beach, Chướng Beach,... are the best places for scuba diving, coral watching, windsurfing, surfing, kayaking and fishing.
Enjoying delicious local dishes such as grilled fish noodle soup, steamed guava squid, Nha Trang grilled spring rolls and numerous fine fresh seafood.
- Location: Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Hoa town, Khanh Hoa province
- The best time to go to Ninh Van Bay: June - September
8 - Van Phong Bay Vietnam - Khanh Hoa Province
Van Phong Bay is located between two districts of Van Ninh and Ninh Hoa in Khanh Hoa province, about 80km north of Nha Trang city center. Van Phong bay is an airtight and large strait consisting of 28 islands and small bays, covering about 41,000ha of water surface and has a depth of 20-30m. The weather here is mild and warm nearly all year-round. The best time to visit the bay is from December to June.
This pristine bay in Vietnam is home to lots of stunning natural sceneries, long fine sandy beaches, rock reefs and semi-desert forests. The top beautiful beaches include Tay beach, Bua beach, Ma beach, Xuan Dung beach, Lach beach,... and many great pristine islands such as Whale island, Gom island, Dam Mon peninsula, etc.
Having a vacation here, tourists can take a chance to soak up in the blue crystal sea, dive down to the coral reef, take a motorboat and explore the whole bay. Other top interesting things to experience at Van Phong Bay of Vietnam are: conquering Mui Doi and special unique outcrops, experiencing the fishing activities of local fisherman.
- Location: Van Phong Bay is located between Van Ninh district and Ninh Hoa district, Khanh Hoa province
- The best time to visit Van Phong bay: December - June
9 - Cam Ranh Bay - Khanh Hoa Province
Cam Ranh Bay in Nha Trang is considered as the best deep-water seaport in Southeast Asia, suitable as a shelter for ships in rough seas. This bay plays an extremely important position in the military strategies.
Also, this is a top bay in Vietnam which is famous for its long coastline, natural pristine beaches & islands, and high marine biodiversity. The bay’s climate is warm and sunny almost all year round, you can visit at any time of year.
Top things to do in Cam Ranh bay of Vietnam: diving to watch the colorful coral reef & sea animals, sailing, climbing, fishing and participating in the Nha Trang sea festival. Also, visitors can enjoy local specialties such as Thuy Trieu cockles, Cam Ranh chicken, Sipunculus nudus (peanut worm), mango rice paper, etc.
- Location: Cam Ranh city, Cam Lam district, Khanh Hoa province
- Best time to come to Cam Ranh Bay: February - July
10 - Vinh Hy Bay - Ninh Thuan Province
Vinh Hy Bay - Source: Internet
Vinh Hy Bay - one of the most stunning bays in Vietnam which is situated near Nui Chua National Park, so it has a very typical terrain where one side is the sea, and green mountains surround the other three sides. This brought a green space to this bay, a magnificent beauty that is no less wild, thanks to the harmonious combination of islands and mountains.
When visiting Vinh Hy Vietnam bay, tourists can be attracted by activities such as diving and admiring coral, discovering the biological environment under the ocean, visiting Rai Cave - a natural rocky shore facing the sea and Lo O stream, visiting Nui Chua National Park, taking a walk on Binh Tien Street and catching the majestic natural landscape insight.
- Location: Vinh Hai commune, Ninh Hai district, Ninh Thuan province (40km from Phan Rang - Thap Cham city)
- The best time to visit Vinh Hy Bay: May - August.
These are the top 10 recommended Vietnam bays with their highlights for tourist attractions. Every bay has a lot of marine activities related to the indigenous people’s lives, promising to offer many unique and interesting experiences to tourists.