30 Mar 2021

Bays in Vietnam featuring pristine beauty of stunning sandy beaches, rocky mountains, fishing villages and lots of great things to do such as swimming, sunbathing, seawater sports, diving down to watch the coral reef, surfing or kitesurfing,...

Table Contents
  • I - Top Vietnam bays with limestone system
  • 1 - Halong Bay - the most unique bay
  • 2 - Lan Ha bay - pristine & quiet bay for cruise tours
  • II - Best Vietnam bays with gorgeous beaches
  • 3 - Lang Co bay
  • 4 - Xuan Dai bay
  • 5 - Vung Ro bay 
  • 6 - Nha Trang bay 
  • 7 - Ninh Van bay 
  • 8 - Van Phong bay 
  • 9 - Cam Ranh bay
  • 10 - Vinh Hy bay 
Bays in Vietnam
Source: Six senses

 Vietnam has more than 3,000km of coastline and a system of several bays and islands from the north to south. Here's a list of  Top 10 most beautiful & famous bays in Vietnam. In which, Ha Long Bay is recognized by UNESCO as "One of the Seven Wonders of the World.” Visiting bays, you have a chance to immerse in beach activities such kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, cruising, visiting the local villages, and enjoying great seafood dishes,...

I - Top Vietnam bays with limestone system

1 - Halong Bay - the most unique bay in northern Vietnam

Halong Bay - the most breathtaking bay surrounded by several islands and caves has many natural limestone mountain chains formed through millions of years. These caves here are impressed by their unique system of stalactites in different shapes. It is estimated that there are about 1,969 islands, 980 of which have not been named. In particular, some great caves are found with many kinds of rare vegetation, private beaches and underground rivers. 

Being recommended as one of the best bays in Vietnam, tourists will be enchanted by the amazing beauty of limestone mountains nestled on the bay. Taking a cruise tour is the best way to explore Halong Bay 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: Halong bay, Halong city, Quang Ninh province

- The best time to visit Halong bay: April - June, September - November

2 - Lan Ha bay - pristine & quiet Vietnam bay for cruise tours

Vietnam bays

Lan Ha Bay - Source: Ashim D’Silva

Lan Ha Bay has a network of 400 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 "Lan Ha Bay looks like paradise". Lan Ha Bay has pristine limestone mountains, beautiful beaches, and a poetic strait. Significantly, this famous bay in Vietnam has not suffered many adverse effects of mass tourism, so it is very suitable for leisure 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 in Cua Van and Cai Beo fishing village - the top greatest fishing villages in Vietnam.

- Location: Lan Ha bay, Cat Ba Island district, Hai Phong province

- The best time to visit Lan Ha bay: November - April 

II - Best Vietnam bays with gorgeous beaches

3 - Lang Co Bay in Hue

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 tomb, 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 

Bay in Vietnam

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: Song Cau town, Phu Yen province

- The best time to go to Xuan Dai bay: January - August 

5 - Vung Ro Bay in Vietnam 

Vung Ro 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. 

Visiting Vung Ro Bay of Vietnam, apart from trying some sports such as bathing, swimming at beautiful beaches such as Lau beach, Bang 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.

- 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 in Khanh Hoa province

One of the most pristine bays in Vietnam where you can find lots of beautiful tropical beaches and islands and 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, 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 in Khanh Hoa province

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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. Enjoy 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 in 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: conquering Mui Doi and special unique outcrops, experiencing the fishing activities of local fishermen. 

- Location: 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 - one of the most important bays in Vietnam

Cam Ranh Bay in Nha Trang is considered 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 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

- The best time to come to Cam Ranh bay: April - August

10 - Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan province

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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.

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