An Bang Beach (Hoi An, Vietnam)


An Bang Beach (Hoi An, Vietnam)

Around 6kms from downtown and 30 kilometres from Da Nang International Airport, An Bang is making its new stream of visitors welcome with deck chairs, palm frond umbrellas and there’s a great range of restaurants serving everything from delicious local seafood to western dishes. Being a newly-formed beach, An Bang retains a wild and peaceful looks. Soft and smooth sand, gentle quiet waves are special points of this beach that attract a lot of tourists.

The best time to be at An Bang is dry season, which falls between March and September. During this time you can expect blistering sun, soaring temperatures and calm waters. For the price of drink, you can use a restaurant’s sun lounger for the day. During the Vietnamese summer holiday months of June to August, the local Vietnamese crowd flood in for sunrise swims and sunset family beach barbecues.

To get to An Bang from Hoi An Ancient Town centre, head north on Hai Ba Trung Street. It’s four kilometres to the coast. Upon arrival you’ll come to an area with various parking lots; expect to pay up to 10,000 dong per motorbike. This area also has plenty of meter taxis waiting – use a green Mailinh Taxi. Plan to use one if you want a late night, as it’s not ideal to ride your bicycle back to town after dark.

Whether you choose to eke out on Cua Dai Beach or decide to spend all your time on An Bang, do remember that topless bathing and nudity are insulting to the locals; if you are caught flaunting too much flesh you can face a fine. Bikinis and shorts are perfectly acceptable beachwear. Travellers often get confused by etiquette upon seeing locals swimming fully clothed; this is because of a desire to stay pale skinned rather than a modesty issue. Just keep the swimwear to the beach though, and cover up when you leave.

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Address: Hai Ba Trung, Cam An, Hoi An, Quang Nam
More information: 30 kilometres from Da Nang International Airport
Opening hours: All hours
Entrance fee: Free

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