Long Beach in Cam Ranh
“Bai Dai” or literally “Long Beach”, is a 10 kilometer strip of white, just a 30 to 40 minute drive from the popular tourist destination Nha Trang. An arc shaped bay surrounded by poplar forests and reachable via a dirt road, this beach is the perfect getaway for the off-the-beaten-track traveler.
Long Beach is one of those paradise locations that you expect only to read about or see on TV. Largely deserted and, as yet, safe from the hands of Nha Trang developers, the bay is known for its isolation, with soft, bleached sand, turquoise water and an exquisite backdrop of rolling sea-green mountains. The water, shallow and calm, is safe for children and non-swimmers. It’s also clean and clear, because it lies away from the polluting mass tourism that sprawls across nearby Nha Trang Beach.
One downside of this beach is the lack of tourist infrastructure. With none of the high-end, comfortable accommodation options that you will find in Nha Trang, this beach is more of a day-trip hideaway rather than an overnight destination. That being said, while you visit make sure you take the chance to eat at one of Long Beach’s 30 odd seafood restaurants!
These restaurants offer fresh, delicious seafood in a makeshift bamboo-style setting and are largely clustered around the north end of the beach. The food is reasonably priced, a lot cheaper than in Nha Trang. Enjoy some of the area’s finest fish, crab or squid, seated under the stars on one of Vietnam’s most pristine beaches, and wash it all down with a cold beer or fresh fruit juice. You can also rent a deckchair here for VND 5,000, and many restaurants have dug a well of fresh water for you to rinse off the sea salt free of charge.