At only 5 KM from Hoi An, Cua Dai beach makes for the ideal day trip destination if you are ever looking to escape the heat and humidity for a few hours and fancy a little dip in the water at one of the most beautiful beaches of central Vietnam.
Fringed with palm trees, the 3KM long and 300 meters wide beach is nice enough to justify the short bicycle or motorbike ride from the city. The calm blue waters of the South China sea give a good view of the of the Cham Islands and their mountains in the background. Those looking for a little island getaway can arrange day tours of the Cham Islands easily through any of the travel agents in Hoi An. Prices vary from around 25 to 30 USD.
While the place is decent this can by no means be compared with Thailand and other renowned beach destinations of Southeast Asia. This said, Cua Dai is still well worth the short distance and makes for an interesting enough change of scenery from the city on a hot and sunny day.
Safe swimming is usually only possible between April and September, but it’s still a nice place to just hang out and enjoy some nice selection of fresh seafood with a few refreshing drinks all year long.
Here is a list of my recommendations for hotels near Cua Dai beach in Hua Hin, Vietnam: