Top 2 splendid beaches in Southeast Asia that you should try

Thrillist, a high-rated website of America has recently published a list of the most magnificent beaches in Southeast Asia. And Vietnam has not only one but two beaches on it. Let’s find out what they are and why they are absolutely perfect for your Vietnam tailor-made tours.

Cat Co Beach 2


cat co beach 2

Where is the beach and how to get there?

Cat Co Beach 2 is often the most common destination in tailor-made tours in Vietnam. It is located in Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong City and one of the beaches on Thrillist’s list.

You can visit the beach in particular and Cat Ba Island in general anytime in a year. However, the most appropriate time is from June to July. The weather is comfortable and there are not too many tourists. The island is often crowded on weekends so it is best to visit it on weekdays if you don’t like going sea-bathing with too many people.

To get to the beach, you can travel by motor coach or ferry-boat to Cat Ba Island. If you start from Hanoi, Gia Lam and Yen Nghia Station are places you need for buying motor coach tickets. It takes about 80,000 – 100,000 dongs/person ($3.51-$4.39). After arriving in Hai Phong City, you can take a high-speed boat or hydrofoil to travel to Cat Ba Island and Cat Co Beach 2. One ride often costs 220,000 dongs/person ($9.66).

In case you start from Ha Long City, getting a ferry-boat ride at Tuan Chau is the best idea. But the last ride leaves the port at 3 pm every day. Therefore, you should come early and buy tickets if you don’t want to get stuck on Ha Long for another day.

Some places to stay while you are there?

These are some of the hotels close to Cat Co Beach 2. In tourist seasons, their prices can be about 500,000 – 800,000 dongs/night. Nevertheless, at other times, they are just about 150,000 – 400,000 dongs/night.

  • Cat Ba Santorini Homestay (Number 12, Lane 4, Nui Ngoc Street, Cat Ba Island)
  • Tien Luat Hotel (109 Nui Ngoc Street, Cat Ba Island)
  • Lang Chai Hotel (256 April 4th Street, Cat Ba Island)
  • The Wonderful Island Cat Ba Hotel (12 Nui Ngoc Street, Cat Ba Island)

Why is Cat Co Beach 2 so special?

Each beach on Cat Ba Island has their own attractiveness. Besides Cat Co Beach 2, there are Cat Co Beach 1 and 3, which are quite large and modern with different leisure games. If you like eventful places, they are very suitable for you. However, if you like some peaceful and quiet place, Cat Co Beach 2 will satisfy you.

Surrounded by two giant bays, the beach looks extremely imposing. The water is clear and sometimes green as the color of the trees on the bays. After sea-bathing for several hours, you can lie on the seashore, have some drinks, and enjoy the sunsets. When the sun begins coming down, making the whole sky orange, you will feel completely relaxed.

That probably is the reason why Cat Co Beach 2 is one of the top beaches in Southeast Asia and various tourists call this trip the best tour in Vietnam.

Bai Thom Beach


bai thom beach

Where is the beach and how to get there?

Located on the Northeast side of Phu Quoc Island, Bai Thom Beach is about 35 kilometers far from Duong Dong Town. From the beach, you can even see ranges of mountains in Cambodia.

According to some tourists’ reviews, the best time to visit the beach is from October to April. It is less rainy and more convenient for boats to come to Phu Quoc. Also, the number of travelers at this time is not as much as it is in summer. Hence, you will have a chance to save money on train tickets, flight tickets, or accommodations.

The easiest way to get there is by air. It takes about 50 minutes to arrive in Phu Quoc and 700,000 – 900,000 dongs/ ticket ($30.74-$39.52). Another choice is to travel by motor coach first and then take a high-speed boat later. Although it is going to take 6-7 hours to get to Phu Quoc, you will need to pay only 300,000 – 400,000 dongs ($13.17-$17.57) for a coach ticket.

Some places to stay while you are there?

There are many types of accommodations on Phu Quoc Island. Their price range is often from 400,000 – 1,000,000 dongs ($17.57-$43.92) and does not change much in tourist seasons. Here are the most high-quality hotels with reasonable prices:

  • Luna Beach (Group 4, Bai Thom Hamlet, Phu Quoc Island)
  • Hung Vuong Resort (Number 1/39, Lane 182A, Block 9, Tran Phu Street, Phu Quoc Island)
  • Ong Lang Garden Resort (Group 3, Ong Lang Hamlet, Phu Quoc Island)

Why is Bai Thom Beach so special?


boat to phu quoc

Unlike Cat Co Beach 2, your tour to Vietnam Bai Thom Beach is unlikely a lazy vacation. The beauty of the beach is shown in its marine life and unexploited natural scenery. Because there are various rocks and stones on the seashore, Bai Thom Beach is not ideal for sea-bathing. However, it is perfect if you want to live like a real fisherman.

One of the most popular activities is to collect sea urchins. Among all beaches in Phu Quoc Island, Bai Thom is a common place where many tourists collect sea urchins and catch some fishes for meals. After some hours snorkeling, you can come to the seashore where ranges of coconut trees are located. Sitting under their shades and enjoying your grilled seafood are the best ideas.

The last thing that makes Bai Thom Beach extraordinary is Hon Mot Island. It is one of the areas and connected to the beach when there is low tide. Thus, you can walk through the sea to get to the island without any wharf or boat. The sea becomes a quiet river, soothing your feet and also your soul. Your Vietnam tailor-made tours to Bai Thom Beach will be the best.