Sunrise on Thuan An Beach, Hue, Vietnam


As a UNESCO site, Hue is full of tombs and palaces, rich history to be explored. The days can be long and hot and though you may have come to learn about the history of the formal capital city, you may find that your tired limbs are aching for a relaxing day at the beach.

Though the beautiful Perfume River that runs along Hue is nice and will allow for some boating activities or pretty sunset walks, it isn’t quite the same as taking a nap under the afternoon sun or taking a dip in the sea. While you will receive your fill of educational activities in Hue, don’t forget to let yourself relax and each the beautiful sands and sea. Though Hue isn’t exactly beachfront, there are many options within a reasonable distance to allow for a proper beach getaway.

Thuan An Beach

Situated just 14 km from Hue, Thuan An Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in central Vietnam. Don’t be discouraged by its underdeveloped sights and declining dwellings. This is a perfect spot to beat the summer heat and get in some relaxation, especially after long days of trekking around the citadel, mausoleums, or pagodas. While you’re here, if you haven’t had your fill of temples, you can also visit the Thai Duong Temple, devoted to a highly esteemed goddess.

If you want a more unique experience on your way to or from the beach, stop at My An Hot Springs, these natural healing waters are situated just 7 km from Hue and are said to give relief to those with allergies, asthma, and skin ailments.

Lang Co Beach

If you don’t mind a scenic drive to get yourself to serenity, head 75 km from Hue down to Lang Co Beach. This stretch of peninsula is surrounded by gorgeous turquoise waters and white sands shaded with palm trees.

If you decide to stay overnight, the Lang Co Beach Resort is a beautiful facility with deluxe garden view rooms or for the luxury seekers a two bedroom beach villa or poolside villa. The pool is surrounded by lush greenery, comfortable lounges, and swaying palm trees. This is the perfect way to spend a few days outside of Hue.

Elephant Springs

Though Elephant Springs is not a beach, it is one stop you won’t want to miss. Located about 15 km north of Lang Co and 53 km from Hue, the crystal clear waters surround by lush green forests is an enamoring experience that adds to the beauty of the Lang Co Beach. Slip down to the water pool beneath a serene waterfall or take an adventurous approach and explore upstream for some other the less popular watering holes.


  • The heat in Vietnam, particularly during the dry season of March to August, can be sweltering. Temperatures can rise to 35 or 40 during this time and although the humidity is not as high as during the rainy season, you will still want to take precautions.
  • Ensure that you are staying well hydrated, particularly if you are visiting the beach or springs on a weekday, when there aren’t as many food stands open.
  • Also, be sure that you are protecting yourself from the suns damaging rays. Nothing will kill a vacation faster than a painful sunburn.

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