Bai Chay Beach
Bai Chay is a strip of low sloping hills stretching over two kilometers towards the sea. It runs along the shore adjacent to Ha Long Bay (Quang Ninh province). The sand beach here is over 500 meters in length and 100 meters in width. Waves are gentle.
The name Bai Chay is associated with lots of legends. According to one of them, it is a place where in the 13th century a fleet of food supply boats led by the Yuan-Mongol General Truong Van Ho was burned and destroyed by General Tran Khanh Du of the Tran dynasty. The burning fleet floated to the western shore of Ha Long Bay at Cua Luc and the wind blew the fire to a forest here to burn it out. That forest is Bai Chay today.
Another legend says that formerly ships anchored in Bai Chay in a harbor to the west of Cua Luc. Mollusks firmly clung to the bottom and lateral sides of the boats to damage them. Fishermen burned casuarina leaves around the boats so that the mollusks would fall off. From Hon Gai or elsewhere people often saw the glowing fire in Bai Chay, hence its name.
Tra Co Beach
Tra Co Beach, shaped like a ring, is seven kilometers from Mong Cai. The coast of Tra Co stretches for 17 kilometers from the Got headland in the north to the Ngoc headland in the south. It is known as “the most poetic beach in Viet Nam”. The beach is wide and flat. Blue waves confront the fine white sand. Rows of trees are green all year long. Tra Co is regarded as a countryside teenage girl with a hidden beauty.
It is located distant from cities, industrial zones and ports so it has a cool climate. Airspace here is calm and somewhat mild. Tra Co Beach is actually located on the outer edge of an island formed by natural silt brought by coastal currents and waves. So along the coast are sand dunes three to four meters in height. Hamlets and villages are crowded in Tra Co with inhabitants living on agriculture and fishing. Close to the coastline are lengthy shady casuarina forests keeping the sand from being washed away. Nearby are mangrove forests.
Tra Co has the Con Mang site where sunrise and sunset are very romantic. It is located six kilometers from Tra Co. The fine sand on the beach is so solid that people can drive move motobikes on it without being afraid of subsidence or slipping.
The territorial head of the Fatherland of Viet Nam is located near Con Mang. It is the Sa Vi headland. “The shape of the letter S” of the country of Viet Nam starts from Sa Vi headland. The scenery here is beautiful and poetic.
Do Son Beach
Do Son Beach is located in Do Son town (Hai Phong City). It is a small peninsula. The Rong mountain range at Do Son Beach goes down to the sea to form a charming landscape. This mountain range has dozens of peaks between 25 and 130 meters in height. On the coast shaded by casuarinas are fine sand beaches and pine forest hills.
Do Son Beach is divided into three distinct areas. The first area is at the headland of Do Son town. In the second area are many modern hotels. The third area is quiet and discreet. All three areas have many valuable historical relics.
Historical relics from the time of French domination are still preserved. The Nghieng landing of Do Son Beach witnessed the withdrawal of the last French expeditionary soldiers from the solid octagonal villas of the Emperor Bao Dai, the last feudal king of Viet Nam. Other relics are the Ba De Holy Temple, Dau Islet on the shore and Dau Islet in the water, Oleander Park and Dragon Waterfall. The Ho Chi Minh Trail at Sea also crossed Do Son.
Dong Chau Beach
Dong Chau Beach is in Dong Minh commune, Tien Hai district. It is located on Highway 39 B, 30 kilometers from Thai Binh city.
Dong Chau Beach is about five kilometers in length. It is quite wild. From Dong Chau Beach tourists may arrive by ship or motorboat to visit and bathe at the Con Thu and Con Vanh hillocks about seven kilometers inland.
The area of Con Thu is about five hectares. Con Thu and Con Vanh hillocks look like two blue spots above the sand ground. In Con Thu are fine white sand beaches with pines and casuarinas. Con Vanh hilllock is about 15 km2 with a mangrove conservation area. There are rare birds such as spoonbills, pelicans and gulls. The climate of Dong Chau Beach is very healthy. The always windy sand grounds are suitable for resting and convalescence. Seafood here is especially delicious and cheap. Tourists may visit Nha Ba Temple, which worships the wife of a Song king of China who assisted the Tran dynasty in smashing the Yuan-Mongol army in the 13th century. Con Vanh was also the base of the Party Committee of North Viet Nam before the August Revolution in 1945.
Thinh Long Beach
It is located in Thinh Long town, Hai Hau district, in the west of Nam Dinh province. It is a beautiful and romantic beach stretching over three kilometers. Rows of casuarinas go very far along the beach. Route No 21 goes to this beach from Nam Dinh city.
Thinh Long Beach has been used for tourism. It is safe and calm. It has a wild beauty, fine sand and cool climate. Gentle slopes of the beach are as long as one kilometer and are not subsided or filled up with mud. The seawater has a high salinity. The large waves are attractive for many visitors in the hot summers.
The wind blows all day and night. The dim vapor from the sea waves adds more beauty to the sea’s inherent romance. About two kilometers from Thinh Long are Con Lu and Con Ngan hillocks with abundant vegetation and rare animals.