Vietnam Backpack Travel Guide – On the east side of Phu Quoc lie some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Getting to Sao beach is a bit tricky. You will need some local help to get here. If you take a taxi, it won’t be so difficult to find the place, however remember it is a little isolated. There are a couple of restaurants here and one place with basic accommodation.
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Speak to people of Southeast Asian beaches and they will almost always think of Thailand, and not without good reason, Thailand’s beaches are wonderful. But a little known secret is the fact that Vietnam has some incredible beaches of its own. Ranking high amongst not only the best beaches in Vietnam but also in the entirety of Southeast Asia is Bai Sao beach.
This beach is on the island of Phu Quoc in the Gulf of Thailand just out from the Mekong Delta and close to the border with Cambodia. It is quite simply, stunning. The great beauty, for now, is that it appears to be the best beach around that nobody has heard of. Think of white clean sand, fringing onto crystal clear turquoise waters, blue skies, palm tress and quiet little bars selling cold beers at incredibly low prices. It all sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. This is Bai Sao Beach. This is paradise.
You can sit at at beach side bar, sipping a cold beer watching the most amazing sunset you have ever seen, and with nobody within sight. On the island, the developed region is all around the capital Duong Dong, and even this is small. The rest of the island is a paradise of small fishing villages, pepper plantations and jungle. The beaches are magnificent and Bai Sao is the best of the best.
The whole island is quiet and the perfect place to hire a motor bike and enjoy freedom, peace, quiet and tranquility. Getting to this fabulous beach isn’t easy, and long may that remain. It’s tucked away on the island’s east coast. There are no signposts but local taxi drivers know where it is. The island’s government are trying to prevent the spread of resorts which would put and end to the charm of the place.
If you are looking for a trendy busy beach, with noisy jets skis and other activities, this is not the place for you. There is nothing here that makes a noise. Just a couple of quiet bars, deck chairs and mile after mile of impeccable sand. There is nothing to do and that is its charm. Sit back relax, top up the tan and enjoy a cold beer whilst waiting for the freshest seafood you have ever eaten.
Everyone has a mental image of their desert island paradise. Bai Sao ticks every box for any of these dream locations.