planning a trip to Vietnam and are having difficulties
deciding where to go and what to do, what you cannot miss
and what to skip. From the feedbacks of our customers,
Tailormade Vietnam Holidays would like to recommend some
activities considered by travellers as must-do's when you
are in Vietnam....
Cua Dai beach is the 'seaside' area of Hoi An, famous for its Ancient Town and listed
as one of Vietnam's five UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The beach is about five kilometres from Hoi An, a long swathe of soft white sand.
There's a good road from the town that ends at a 'T' junction - to the left is the Son
Tra peninsula near Danang. To the right, the beach sweeps hundreds of kilometres
southwards to Nha Trang via Quy Nhon, approximately half-way.
The right-hand side of the 'T' junction was the first to be developed. The two best
resorts, the four-star Hoi An Victoria Resort and Spa and the newly-arrived Golden
Sands - Hoi An's first five star resort are a kilometre or so along the beach road.
A few lower standard hotels cluster nearer the junction, located on the inland side of
the coast road.
Recently, development has extended to the left. Several new hotels and resorts are
already built and operating and more are planned.
All this activity has been fuelled by Hoi An's inscription on the World Heritage list a
few years ago. From being a quiet backwater, it's rapidly risen to prominence as a
major Vietnam tourism destination.
However, it's unlikely to challenge Hue or Ha Long Bay because most of it's visitors
are foreigners - domestic arrivals are very low by comparison. As far as Cua Dai beach
is concerned, that's probably a good thing.
In common with most of Vietnam, there are no 'private' beaches at Cua Dai, even though
they are advertised as such by some hotels and Vietnam tour operators.
Instead, resorts and hotels located along Cua Dai and in the town are allocated
sections of the beach.
With hotels mushrooming all over the place, beach space within easy access is rapidly
running out. In addition, what used to be a relatively unspoilt and quiet area has
become more and more crowded.
The larger hotels on the beach regularly clean their stretch of sand, but the areas
used by smaller establishment and those in the town are less well maintained.
Furthermore, beach vendors are an increasing nuisance. In fairness, most provide a
valuable service wandering up and down the beach selling ice cream, coconuts and so on,
but a growing number of more aggressive traders are appearing - the best response is to
ignore them completely if they start to bother you.
To escape from it all, stock up with water and snacks, hire a bicycle and a sunshade,
and head off past the resort area - despite all the people, you don't have to go far to
find an almost deserted stretch of soft sand!