7. Qui Nhon
The beaches around the coastal city of Qui Nhon are by no means empty. But, so far, they remain mostly on the radar of Vietnamese holidaymakers and elderly couples heading here to retire.
Because of Qui Nhon’s position between Hoi An and Nha Trang, you’d need to fly in (and out) to build it into your trip, but it’s worth the jaunt.
You’ll find a long promenade to stroll along, and a vista of bright yellow and blue fishing boats on the water. At night, the sea lights up with the twinkle of shrimp-fishing boats.
Nearby, you can visit a pair of thousand-year-old Cham towers or head to a long, golden beach. For me, the area’s appeal is in its atmosphere — as you walk along the coast, you’ll pass a few relaxed beach bars, seafood restaurants and contemporary cafes.
Built side by side to the south of the city, the Avani Quy Nhon Resort and Spa and the Anantara Quy Nhon Villas occupy a quiet stretch of beach surrounded by low-lying jungle-covered hills. The contemporary Avani has good-value rooms and suites, while the more exclusive Anantara is a collection of villas, many with their own pool.