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

Three-thousand-kilometer coast of Vietnam opens unlimited potential in search of waves and good wheelchair. Everything is limited only by the desire and motivation of the rider. Well, and a serious language barrier. And not always an accessible beach. And more – 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, Danang. 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 right time for surfing is from November to March, when the winter monsoon is blowing from the north. This is also the time of typhoon formation, which every year form in the South China Sea and “attack” fishing villages and coastal cities.

Surfers are exactly these typhoons that give big waves. For the most part this is not a well-groomed and level swell, but a windy one, with a short period and a torn wave. Waves due to the typhoon are delayed for several days and disappear almost immediately, as they do.

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

Season Selection

Dangers

As expected, the country, which participated in the most ferocious war of the XX century, still hides unexploded ordnance in the countryside. Therefore, the deviation from the beaten path is impractical. And before you step aside from the trampled paths in search of unexplored beaches, you need to think twice. And better three times.

Potential hazards

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

Also in the water there are jellyfish, but there have not been any attacks of sharks off the coast yet.

Vung Tau

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

Spot characteristics:

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

Vung Tau

Mui Ne

A popular place among the surfers of Vietnam. They are more attracted by the northern part, behind the fishing village. Local gave the spot name “Malibu”, in honor of the hotel of the same name 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 in the relatively small traffic of surfers and local kiteurs.

Spot characteristics:

  • an alternative name is “Malibu”;
  • the bottom is sand;
  • wave type – beach-break;
  • level of skating – beginner;
  • Dangers – in case of strong wind, debris in the sea is possible;
  • the average wavelength is short, 50 meters;
  • The nearest airport is Ho Chi Minh.,

Mui Ne

Nha Trang, Bai Dai beach

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

Spot characteristics:

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

Bai dai

Danang

In Danang, get to the beach via the Han River Bridge. The beach is public, 5 minutes walk from the waterfront.

Spot characteristics:

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

My Khe Beach

Well, at last, I would like to reveal the obvious pluses of surfing in Vietnam:

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

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