Vietnam - Thrills & Chills

Central Vietnam’s beach-trimmed coast also plays host to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, (Hue and Hoi An), which allows for some cultural exploration on top of your beach time.

Some bigger hotels are starting to appear, but the white-sand beaches are so long that they retain a quiet air. The waters are clear and turquoise, lending themselves to snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as fishing.

Away from the sea, Bach Ma National Park is a two-hour drive from Hoi An — the place the locals come to relax in the barely touched jungle, swimming in natural pools shaped by waterfalls.

Between Hue and Hoi An, there’s a selection of hotels along the coast. Quiet Lang Co Bay is my favourite beach in Vietnam — a crescent-moon of pearly white sand instead of the usual long sweep — and it’s mercifully undeveloped. The only hotels here are the five-star Banyan Tree, at the top end of the luxury scale, and the Angsana, a great family option.

The beach nearest to Hoi An is the setting for the Four Seasons Nam Hai, one of Vietnam’s best beach resorts for its exceptional service levels, large rooms and contemporary Vietnamese feel.

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