The Bai Dai beach will large rocks on the shore in Cam Ranh, Vietnam
Cam Ranh has unspoiled beaches south of the city with clear turquoise waters, warm all year round. The pale sand of Binh Tien beach is a local favorite, though many unnamed beaches are just as pretty. If you prefer a bit of service with your sand, opt to pay the entrance fee for the beach at Ngoc Suong Yen Bay Resort. The water is calm and the sand golden along this small cove; meals can be had on the resort's wooden jetty.
Colorful earth tone coral reefs in shallow water in Cam Ranh, Vietnam
Scuba diving is excellent off of Cam Ranh, and there are several dive operators in the area. Vsit the protected Hon Mun Island or another reef to see sea stars, morays, sea fans and more colorful fish than you can name. Hin Mun is named for the ebony-like black stone cliffs prominent on the island ("mun" means ebony). Birds nest along them and in the island's caves.
Many claim the Vinh Hy-Binh Tien Pass as one of the most stunning roads along coastal Southeast Asia. The 10-mile road hugs the coast for views of the sparkling sea. Jump onboard a Vietnam cruise to drive over canyons and past dry forests; be sure to take a photo stop from the peak of Chua Mountain. Make stops to admire the beaches and the Nui Chua National Park forests that line this route. There are several scenic points along the way to stop for seaside photos.
Cam Ranh's specialty is banh canh, a soup with thick rice noodles served with a fish cake. Seafood lovers will enjoy the lobster, squid, clams and prawns at Cau Moi. They're sold by weight, and you can have them prepared as you wish; bring a written translation, or be prepared to point and act out your order.
Cam Ranh isn't a shopping destination, but you can find souvenirs and silk cheaper here than in places that see more tourists. Cruise to Vietnam and look for colorful silk wraps that you can use to cover your shoulders and knees in sacred spaces or simply as a fashionable scarf when you get home.
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