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Many tourists arriving in Vietnam start in Ho Chi Minh City, smack in the middle of one of the most hectic scenes in the world. It’s an overwhelming introduction, for sure. For those looking to vacate the city and get to a beach as quickly as possible, here are five amazing beaches less than a half-day’s travel away.
As long as you don’t mind taking another flight, Phú Quốc island is a paradise you need to visit. There are so many amazing beaches on this little island. Also, keep in mind that domestic flights within Vietnam are super cheap. For this one, you’ll spend more time at the ticket counter than you will in the air.
If you’re sick of traveling and just want to be on a beach as soon as possible, then catch a shuttle or bus to Vũng Tàu. It’s two hours southwest of HCMC, and you can get there by bus, or by sprinter vans. If you go by sprinter, prepare yourself for a white-knuckle experience. It can get pretty scary.