Surfing in Vietnam: a variety of choices for a beginner and an experienced surfer

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Polina
Updated: 10 October 2019
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The three-thousand-meter coast of Vietnam opens up unlimited potential in search of waves and a good wheelchair. Everything is limited only by the desire and motivation of the skater. Well, and a serious language barrier. And not always accessible beach. And yet – unexploded bombs beach.

Surfing in Vietnam is possible in different parts of the country, starting from Vung Tau in the south and up to the central part, Da Nang. The surfers themselves have already chosen certain beaches, for example, the fishing village of Mui Ne. But the rest of the coast is still largely unexplored.

Weather

The best time to surf is from November to March, when winter monsoons are blowing from the north. It is also the time of the formation of typhoons, which are formed every year in the South China Sea and “attack” fishing villages and coastal cities.

It is these typhoons that give surfers big waves. Mostly it is not well-groomed and smooth swell, but wind, with a short period and a torn wave. Waves due to a typhoon linger for several days and disappear almost as soon as they come.

During most of the year, the temperature of sea water is kept at around 25 ° C (dry season), and during the rainy season it can reach 30 ° C. Because of this, you only need clotheshorts from clothes, and on windy or rainy days a short and thin wetsuit will do.

Season selection

Danger

As was to be expected, the country that participated in the most ferocious war of the 20th century still hides unexploded ordnance in the countryside. Therefore, the deviation from the beaten path is impractical. And before moving away from the trodden paths in search of uncharted beaches, you need to think twice. And better than three times.

Possible hazards

Compared to unexploded bombs, the dangers in water are usually less terrible for life. Along with polluted stormwater and industrial effluents, which are a feature of many cities and towns in Vietnam, the ocean usually brings garbage.

Also found in the water jellyfish, but there have been no cases of shark attacks off the coast.
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Vung Tau

A good spot for those who are just taking the first steps in surfing. There are schools on the beach where it is easy to rent a surfboard and also use the services of an instructor.

Spot characteristics:

  • Alternative name – Back Beach;
  • bottom – sand;
  • riding level – beginner;
  • wave frequency is about 150 days a year;
  • wave type – surf (beach-break);
  • average wavelength – short, 50 meters;
  • wave height – from 1 to 2 meters;
  • the nearest airport is Ho Chi Minh City.

Vung Tau

Mui Ne

A popular place among Vietnam surfers. More they are attracted by the northern part, behind the fishing village. Locals gave the spot the name “Malibu”, in honor of the eponymous hotel on the coast. There is not one surf school on the beach, so you can always rent a board or ask for help from an instructor. Plus a relatively small traffic surfers and local kiters.

Spot characteristics:

  • the alternative name is “Malibu”;
  • bottom – sand;
  • wave type – surf (beach-break);
  • riding level – beginner;
  • danger – with strong wind debris at sea is possible;
  • average wavelength – short, 50 meters;
  • the nearest airport is Ho Chi Minh City.,

Mui Ne

Nha Trang, Bai Dai Beach

You can reach the coast by taxi, driving 15 kilometers from Cam Ranh Airport or 30 kilometers from the center of Nha Trang. Taxi will stop near the beach, where there are many cafes, through which it is easy to get to the sea.

Spot characteristics:

  • alternative name – Long Beach;
  • bottom – sand;
  • level of riding – from beginner to professional;
  • wave type – breaker;
  • it is better to use boards – both longboard and shortboard;
  • average wavelength – short, 50 meters;
  • wave height – from 1 to 2 meters;
  • The nearest airport is Cam Ranh (Nha Trang).

Bai dai

Da Nang

In Da Nang, get to the beach over the Han River Bridge. The beach is public, 5 minutes walk from the promenade.

Spot characteristics:

  • alternative name is My Khe Beach;
  • bottom – sand;
  • level of riding – from beginner to professional;
  • wave type – breaker;
  • average wavelength – short, 50 meters;
  • the nearest airport is Da Nang.

My khe beach

And finally, I would like to reveal the obvious advantages of surfing in Vietnam:

  • relative cheapness of living. You can stay in a cheap hotel or rent a guesthouse near the beach;
  • numerous schools in which you can rent equipment and use the services of professionals;
  • Russian-speaking instructors in almost any city in Vietnam;
  • predominantly sandy terrain and pleasant warm weather.

Polina
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Polina
Since 2013, we live with a spouse in different countries, including China, the Philippines, the United States, and Vietnam. I dance, teach pole dance and write about our travel.
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