An's Cua Dai Beach
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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