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Why Long Beach is special ?
Bai Dai (long beach) in central Khanh Hoa Province in the past three years has slowly been building its reputation among tourists as a sleeping beauty finally being awoken by an influx of visitors. A 21-kilometre road that allowed easier access to this hidden treasure had been opened, linking the southern part of the Lo.River in Nha Trang to Cam Ranh airport.
Bai Dai, stretching 10 kilometers across Cam Hai Dong Commune, Cam Ranh Municipality, impresses visitors with its pristine beauty, white sands, turquoise waters and shallow shores. If tourists drift from the coast, they may also discover forests of popular trees sitting atop stunning sand dunes. Long Beach got its name from a vast sandy area that appears during low tide on calm days. The beach is shallow and safe, excellent for children and non-swimmers.
You will be happy to come and eat seafood BBQ, steamed fishes... straight on the coastal ocean ! Affordable, and probably the best seafood you can find around the area !
What to explore at Long Beach?
There's a long row of beach-side, seafood restaurants, of the make-shift bamboo and canopy variety, clustered at the northern end of the beach, and the rest of it is just deserted. The restaurants provide a great place to laze away the day in canvas lounge chairs and enjoy excellent, very fresh seafood -- not dirt cheap, but about what you'd pay in Nha Trang proper. The restaurant owners and staff live on the beach, so they open when the first customer comes and close when the last one leaves. There's a wide band of shallow water close to the shore, which makes it a better swimming spot for some. There's a bit of fishing boat activity here, but the water is still good and clean. It's a great getaway spot that most western tourists know nothing about.
How to get to Long Beach?
To get here, you have to find the Cau Binh Tan bridge to the south of Nha Trang. You can get to the bridge directly from the southern end of the beach, but be sure to budget some time to get good and lost in the maze of roads along the way. The sure-fire way to get here is to find Le Hong Phong street in town, and head south. The turn-off for the bridge is on the right on Nguyen Tat Tanh Road -- it doesn't look very promising, but it takes you where you want to go. Once you cross the bridge, take a right, and it's 19 km to the beach -- the new road has definitely left its marks in the rock face of the hills along the coast, but the ride is still stunningly beautiful as it climbs up hills and hugs the shoreline. When you get to where the road is split by a wide median (there's a big billboard for the Vin Pearl that you can't miss) take an immediate left onto the dirt road that leads to the beach and the restaurants.
- “Best beach in Nha Trang.”
- “Beautiful and safe”
- “Best Swimming Spot in Nha Trang Area!”
- “Nice beach between airport and city center”
Tips for you
Long Beach (the Vietnamese name is Bãi Dài) arguably is more beautiful than the main Nha Trang beach. It is certainly much safer, as it is not nearly as steep as the one in Nha Trang. The only downside is that it is located quite far (about 32 km) from Nha Trang and you need to find a way to get there. Unless licensed you cannot ride a motor bike. The beach itself is long, but only the north end enjoys the presence of multiple eateries. Prepare for partly ridiculous prices (after all, they have to transport everthing from Nha Trang to the beach to cook and sell). Nice place to bring your family, especially kids, as there's shade everywhere without the need to pay 50,000 for a deck chair as in Nha Trang.