Pink flowers draping over the turquoise waters of Palm Island in Vietnam

Put your feet up on Palm Island

Palm Island is a little pocket of paradise just two hours from Nha Trang. With only a scattering of simple but beautiful bungalows, it’s the ultimate place to get away from it all. The turquoise waters surrounding the island are stuffed with exotic sea life and crammed with coral, making it perfect snorkelling and diving territory. Up on shore, laze in a hammock, take barefoot wanders and feast on fresh fish at sunset.

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Boat on the beach of Mui Ne

Get mellow in Mui Ne

Mui Ne, just four hours from Ho Chi Minh City, is a vast swathe of white sand beach sloping into calm, clear waters. Now a popular seaside resort, it’s lined with restaurants and lively bars, making it great for social travellers. However, the resort is its own little oasis, so you’ll still get some much needed mellow time. Beyond the beaches, there are rolling dunes of red and white sand to explore by home-made sled and quadbike.

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Boat on the beach of Ho Tram

Take a break on Ho Tram

Ho Tram is Vietnam’s easiest beach option by far. Just two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, it feels like a totally different world. The beach is white, the sand is soft and the palm trees are swaying. There’s not a great deal going on, so the best thing to do here is absolutely nothing. Visit some nearby hot springs, sink into a lounger and let the sunshine do the rest. It’s a relaxing little respite from fast-paced Vietnamese life.

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Sandy white beach with waves lapping the shore in Phu Quoc Vietnam

Forget your worries on Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s Emerald Island, thick with jungle and fringed with tropical beaches. The pace is slow, the sand is soft and the sunshine is warm. Brilliant for a pitstop on the way to Cambodia, it’s a peaceful nook with great snorkelling and a delicious local seafood market. Take sunset strolls along the beach, sip an ice cold beer and settle into laid-back island life.

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