Cua Dai and An Bang - Hoi An's beaches - review by Rusty Compass
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Cua Dai and An Bang - Hoi An's beaches

| 25 Apr 2017


Cua Dai and An Bang - Hoi An's beaches
Beach strip, Hoi An - Around 6kms or 10 mins by cab from Hoi An

Our rating
25 Apr 2017

Hoi An's sea and sand action has shifted north from Cua Dai to An Bang beach, after a large swathe of Cua Dai beach suffered severe erosion in 2014. In 2017, An Bang remains the best spot for soaking up sun, eating, drinking and hanging out. After years of intensive rehabilitation, parts of Cua Dai Beach have returned. But its future looks uncertain. Hoi An's beaches are an essential stop during the roasting summer months.

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Hoi An’s beaches are a major attraction in their own right and a great complement to the old town - especially during the hot humid months of summer. But take note, Cua Dai beach, a long-time favourite and the location of many resorts, was washed away in 2014 and had only made a modest return during our most recent visit in March 2017 - after some heavy duty rehabilitation work.

A mix of poor river management, excessive coastal development and some nasty storms are blamed for Cua Dai beach’s disappearance. Climate change and seasonal shifts may have also played a part.

Further north, An Bang beach has also been impacted by erosion but it’s holding its ground. Once considered the groovy, local alternative to busy Cua Dai, An Bang is now the best beach option for visitors to Hoi An. The An Bang boom has also produce a slew of new eateries and beachside

Around 6kms from downtown, An Bang is making its new stream of visitors welcome with deck chairs, palm frond umbrellas and there’s a great range of restaurants serving everything from delicious local seafood to western dishes. Check our restaurant guide for more information.

The busiest western restaurant on the beach, Soul Kitchen, a popular hangout with Hoi An expats, has day-beds and live music on Sunday afternoons. The Deckhouse opened in late 2016 and is another good place to hang out.

Travel tips
Hoi An's beaches can be cold and miserable during December and January.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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