Long Hai beach - review by Rusty Compass
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Long Hai beach

| 26 Jul 2018
26 Jul 2018

Before South Vietnam plunged into war in the 1960s, Long Hai, was the place to be. 15kms from Vung Tau, Emperors, presidents and the wealthy would head to fancy seaside villas and dip their toes in the ocean. Things are more earthy in Long Hai these days. The beach continues to be popular with local tourists and Long Hai will be a stop for visitors to the former Australian base at Nui Dat, the Long Tan Cross, or travellers heading to Ho Tram along the coast. There are far better beaches in Vietnam however.

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There are still some remnants of Long Hai’s days as a small beachside enclave of the wealthy. Vietnam’s last emperor, Bao Dai, had a villa here. And one of the wealthiest families of the French colonial era, the Chinese Hui Bon Hoa family, built one of the most spectacular structures of the area - that now lies in ruin.

Hui Bon Hoa's ruined mansion, Long Hai
Photo: Mark Bowyer Hui Bon Hoa's ruined mansion, Long Hai


Long Hai Beach
Photo: Mark Bowyer Long Hai Beach


The Hui Bon Hoa building, also referred to as the Palace Hotel, is a bit of a mystery. We don’t know when it was built or much else.

We did manage to get in for a look though and images from our visit are included here. The mansion looks right across Long Hai beach. You can't miss it.

Long Hai beach is nothing special. We wouldn't suggest you make this your beach escape from Saigon either - on the basis of the beach itself, or nearby accommodation.

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