An Bang and My Khe in central Vietnam have been voted among the most beautiful beaches in Asia by TripAdvisor readers.
Around three kilometers from ancient town Hoi An, An Bang was in 24th position on the list of 25 best beaches in Asia while My Khe in the tourist city of Da Nang finished off the list.
An Bang is one of the few white-sand beaches left in Vietnam that has yet to be spoiled by the boom in beach tourism that has resulted in overcrowding, coral damage and environmental pollution.
Once a hidden gem in the old town, the beach entered the international limelight when CNN listed it as one of the 100 best beaches on earth in 2011. The best time to visit is between May and September.
“There are tons of chairs and umbrellas laid out across the beach and almost all of the restaurants will let you have chairs for the day for free,” the U.S. travel site said, referring to the pre-coronavirus pandemic times.
The 10-kilometer-long My Khe beach running from the base of Son Tra Peninsula to Marble Mountains was catapulted to global fame when Australian Newspaper the Sunday Herald Sun listed it among Asia’s 10 most beautiful beaches in 2012.
Considered Vietnam’s most picturesque beach, My Khe Beach was named by American troops who visited during the Vietnam War.
Agonda Beach in India topped this year’s TripAdvisor list, followed by Cavelossim Beach, also in India, and Myanmar’s Ngapali Beach.
Thailand proved to be the most popular beach paradise in the region with five beaches making it into TripAdvisor’s top 25 list.