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Surfing in Vietnam: 5 Best Cities to Ride the Waves

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Surfers assemble! Do you know that Vietnam offers some of the best places to ride the waves in Southeast Asia? Thanks to the 3000-kilometer-long coastline, Vietnam boasts a stunning seascape to catch the mild waves. In this article, we are going to reveal the five best coastal cities in Vietnam where you can get your surf on.

A late afternoon surf session in Mui Ne, Vietnam.

What Makes Vietnam a Good Surfing Destination?

Located on the Easternmost of the Indochina Peninsula, Vietnam comes out in a perfect S-shaped country facing the gigantic Pacific Ocean to the East. Thanks to the lengthy coastline, Vietnam offers a wide range of beaches in all shapes and sizes.

Admiring Nha Trang coastline from above

This perfect topography accommodates all kinds of surfing games you can think of.
Covered with the mild tropical weather all year round, Vietnam attracts a great number of beachgoers worldwide every year.

Imagine letting the sun kiss your tanned body while riding the waves, then getting off for a cold coconut serving by the water. This is a dream come true for any surfer!

Sunset on the beach of Mui Ne

There are plenty of places in Vietnam to keep your board in tip-top shape. It’s a lovely feeling of getting close to nature while listening to the rhythm of waves crashing on the shore.

Best time for Surfing in Vietnam

Any veteran hitting the waters of Vietnam would recommend the winter monsoon season to chase high swells. From November till March, typhoons begin to develop, which creates risky but worthy surfing challenges. Despite being a monsoon season, the temperature doesn’t really fluctuate as much and remains warm for most of the year.

Panoramic view of Nha Trang beach

5 Best Surfing Spots in Vietnam

Da Nang

If there’s a destination that’s synonymous with surfing, there’s no better place than Da Nang. It’s a surfing hotspot famous for the warm weather and towering waves all year round.

Plenty of daring surfers flock here from September to March when the water’s temperature is just a notch below 30°C.

The arrogant waves hitting a cliff

The long sandy coast of My Khe Beach stretches over 30 kilometers Southward from the center of Da Nang. It is favored by many expats and locals.

The increasing popularity can be owed to surfing conditions well-suited to beginners. But make no mistake, there are two popular spots here that thrill-seekers are chasing, the Nam O Beach and Non Nuoc Beach. These two sites offer jaw-dropping giant waves that will get your adrenaline rushing!

Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province

Moving further down South from Da Nang, you will end up in the coastal city of Nha Trang. Nha Trang is renowned as having luxury getaways, high-rise beach resorts, and lavish varieties of seafood.

What sets Nha Trang apart from other beaches is the title “diving capital of the country”. Besides dozens of diving spots available, Nha Trang also offers viable surfing spots, especially during the typhoon season.

Strong winds coming from the Philippines from November till March brings along numerous swells perfect for surfing. If you’re still learning the ropes, Bai Dai Beach is more than welcome to accept surfing greenhorns.

Being the longest stretch of shore in Vietnam, it offers plenty of spots to test your mettle. But if you’re confident with your surfing skills, head over to Dark Reef! Experienced crowds who’re in the know prefer these spots despite the tricky obstacles such as urchins, rocks, and buoys.

La Gi, Binh Thuan Province

Head far-East away from Ho Chi Minh City and you’ll come across the coastal town of La Gi. It’s famous for the reclining Buddha statue, exhilarating mountain-side hikes, and the ambient resort of Coco Beach Camp.

This beachside getaway is filled with colorful trailers, tents, and bungalows right beside the shoreline. The rustic collection of repurposed vintage cars, quirky sculptures, and upcycled artworks gives the camp a laid-back atmosphere.

Its coastline is met with moderate winds and swells during the months between November and April. The Northeast monsoon brings waves that are not entirely huge, but still offers tons of surfing fun.

Mui Ne, Binh Thuan Province

Traveling further Northeast from La Gi will bring you to the coastal town of Mui Ne. If you’re a huge fan of kite-surfing then you definitely come to the right spot.

Arguably the best location for kite-surfing in Southeast Asia, Mui Ne enjoys a constant stream of favorable wind swells. Natural typhoons aside, this beach town is also famous for surfing from October to May.

The sandy strip along Hon Rom Beach is quite sizable that finding your own surfing turf shouldn’t be difficult.

However, the months of July to October make Suoi Nuoc Beach a more preferred surfing spot. Not only will you spot the white sand dunes en route, but fantastic swells also await!

Whichever location you choose, the key to having the best surfing session is to find the best waves and ride with surfers that share the same passion!

Vung Tau, Ba Ria Vung Tau Province

We’ve covered most of the surfing spots along the Eastern shoreline, though we might not need to look that far.

Being only 90 kilometers to the Southeast from Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau is easily the most accessible weekend getaway for those chasing waves.

The whole length of the beach is surfable, making it quite popular for catching moderate and conservative swells.

Overlapping waves. Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

Many experienced surfers insist the Back Beach to be one of the best surfing spots in the whole country. The Back Beach spans for around 3 kilometers in length with numerous unnamed and un-surfed breaks.

Where is the Back Beach you ask? It’s actually just past the Christ the King Statue to the right of Pagoda Island.

The constant waves are ideally ridden best during the mornings when winds are moderate and the tide is low. If you missed the golden hour, and the winds are starting to pick-up, try kitesurfing instead!

The Vung Tau Beach Club is the only modern water sports school in the city that offers professional assistance in learning the basics. Surfing, kite surfing, even probably staying on your board are just a few to be named.

If you struggle to get a hold of these things, it’s best to sign up for one of these courses. The surfing center is also located by the back of the beach and it’s very unlikely that you’d miss the establishment.

No more waiting! Pack your bag, book a ticket to Vietnam and head offshore with your favorite surfing board right now! Remember to spend at least 1 to 2 nights in any of these cities to make the most of your trip!

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