(Last Updated On: July 4, 2022)

As a world-famous tourism destination, Vietnam is known as a coastal country with a coastline stretching from North to South, endowed by nature with charming bays, offering clear water, pleasant weather, and interesting activities. So, let’s take a look at the list of the 5 most famous Vietnam bays below, which can be a great choice to include in your travel plans.

1 – Top 5 Vietnam bays: Halong Bay

Also known as one of the new 7 natural wonders of the world, Halong Bay belongs to the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long City, Quang Binh Province. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the majestic nature of lush green water, 1969 unique strange-shaped limestone islands and mountains such as Ga Choi Island (Fighting cocks islet), Ti Top Island, … There are also many impressive-structured caves in this Vietnam bay, including the largest cave in Halong Bay – Sung Sot Cave on Bo Hon Island, which possesses many stalactites with unique shapes that cannot be found anywhere else.

Halong Bay – Source: Valeriy Ryasnyanskiy

With its pleasant climate and not too hot temperatures, Halong is one of many bays in Vietnam you can visit all year round. You can also spend time at historical and spiritual sites, swim or participate in activities such as diving, surfing, windsurfing, and so on at beautiful beaches, notably the artificial beach Bai Chay. As the most beautiful and historic fishing village in Halong Bay, Cua Van fishing village attracts visitors by its colorful floating houses, sheltering the extremely peaceful life of more than 300 fishing families.

2 – Top 5 Vietnam bays: Lan Ha Bay with its “like a paradise” and pristine beauty

Located off the coast of Hai Phong City, right near Halong Bay and surrounded by more than 400 islands, covered with vegetation, this bay also has countless sandy beaches, safe and extremely ideal for you to relax.

Lan Ha is less well-known but still one of the most beautiful bays in Vietnam. Visiting this bay, you can participate in fantastic activities such as climbing mountains, diving to see the coral, or kayaking, which help you move closer to the limestone cliffs and islets. Tickets to Lan Ha Bay cost 80,000 VND / person ($3.5), but it is recommended to go on a tour, as it already combines all the above activities.

Lan Ha Bay is one of the best Vietnam bays – Source: Mathieu Arnaudet

Monkey Island

Also known as Cat Dua Island, Monkey Island has several beaches with clear water and fine sand and is home to more than 20 friendly and often playful monkeys. Belonging to Cat Ba National Park, these monkeys sometimes snatch or steal things so you should also be careful when playing with them. 

Cai Beo Floating Village

Cai Beo is the oldest ancient físhing village in Vietnam, a bright spot contributing to making Lan Ha one of the most attractive bays in Vietnam. In 2020, it once attracted the world’s attention after appearing in an Instagram post of actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

3 – Lang Co Bay – a destination not-to-be-missed when traveling to Hue City

With white sand dunes, clear water, and high mountains, the poetic Lang Co Bay is located in Lang Co Town, Phu Loc District, Thua Thien – Hue Province, geographically close to many top Vietnam attractions such as Hue Ancient Citadel, Hoi An Ancient Town, and My Son Sanctuary. This Vietnamese bay also has a rich marine ecosystem and tropical forests on undulating mountains, housing many small fishing villages with an economy based solely on fishing and tourism.

Lang Co Bay – Source: Banyantree

The two most beautiful beaches ideal for swimming here are Chan May and Lang Co, although the former is more deserted with no danger warning system or lifeguards on duty. Meanwhile, Lang Co Beach will give you the chance to participate in other fun activities such as sunbathing, watching the sunset, … 

Lap An Lagoon

As a unique feature that makes Lang Co Bay stand out from other bays in Vietnam, this lagoon has clear water and its bottom is not muddy but full of different types of shells, letting you wade far away from the shore, freely take pictures of fish.

Hai Van Pass

Not too far away from Lang Co Bay, this pass is also known as Cloud Pass, where you can admire the panoramic view of the bay looking like a beautiful sapphire sparkling in the sunlight.

4 – Vinh Hy Bay – 1 of the 5 most beautiful Vietnam bays 

Located in Vinh Hai Commune, Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan Province, Vinh Hy Bay offers you an excursion to the majestic and unspoiled land with interesting caves, clear blue water, and fresh climate.  You can immerse yourself in clear water or lie on the fine white sand of the rustic Ba Dien beach, which is adorned with large rocks and rolling hills in the distance. 

Although tourism here has not been exploited much, no one can deny that Vinh Hy Bay is one of the top must-visit Vietnam bays, ideal for hiking and trekking. Besides visiting fishing villages and buying seafood, there are also underwater activities such as diving or sitting in a glass-bottom submarine to admire the large thousands-year-old coral reefs, … 

Nui Chua National Park

A suspension bridge away from Vinh Hy Bay, this park is famous for its diverse terrain and rich ecosystems, where you can climb all steep slopes or try trekking on winding roads. 

Vinh Hy is one of the most ideal bays in Vietnam for couples  – Source: Karoly Buzas

Nui Chua National Park also owns a unique “Hanging Lake” on rocky cliffs and Thit Beach, the only place in the mainland of Vietnam where sea turtles come to lay eggs.

Rai Cave (Otter Cave)

This is almost a rocky beach with overlapping natural rocks and coral reefs that have been eroded over time forming a solid cliff, all lying quietly under the clear water which continuously changes color according to the sunlight.

5 – Nha Trang Bay – one of the most biodiverse Vietnam bays

Belonging to Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Nha Trang Bay is a natural complex consisting of 19 different sized islands, as well as the world’s longest cable car across the sea. Known to the world as a masterpiece gifted by nature, this is home to various scenic spots, beaches, and islands like Hon Mun Island, Hon Mieu Island, Bay Lagoon, … While Bai Dai beach is famous for its wildness, Doc Let beach is more youthful and vibrant.

Nha Trang Bay is one of many bays in Vietnam that offers a high-class tourism experience with a variety of resorts, restaurants, and water activities such as surfing, or diving to visit the coral ranges, seagrass beds, etc.

Hon Tam Island

Immersed in the vast nature, Hon Tam Island is a luxury resort, possessing Hon Tam Mud Bath area which achieved a Vietnamese record as “The largest mineral mud bathing complex on the island in Vietnam”. 

Nha Trang Bay in Vietnam – Source: Arvydas Arnasius

Hon Tre Island

As the largest island in Nha Trang Bay, Hon Tre with its pristine vegetation and mild climate is extremely suitable for the development of ecotourism and resorts. On Hon Tre island, there is a high-class tourist complex including Vinpearl Amusement Park, Vinpearl resort & spa, Vinpearl Water World, …

Above are the 5 most beautiful and famous Vietnam bays – the ideal destinations will give you wonderful experiences and relaxing moments with beautiful, wild, and poetic sceneries. For more information about Vietnam tourism, please visit Localtravelidea


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