Cua Dai beach is the ‘seaside’ area of Hoi An, famous for its Ancient Town and listed as one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The beach is about five kilometres from Hoi An, a long swathe of soft white sand. There’s a good road from the town that ends at a ‘T’ junction – to the left is the Son Tra peninsula near Danang. To the right, the beach sweeps hundreds of kilometres southwards to Nha Trang via Quy Nhon, approximately half-way.
The larger hotels on the beach regularly clean their stretch of sand, but the areas used by smaller establishment and those in the town are less well maintained.
Furthermore, beach vendors are an increasing nuisance. In fairness, most provide a valuable service wandering up and down the beach selling ice cream, coconuts and so on, but a growing number of more aggressive traders are appearing – the best response is to ignore them completely if they start to bother you.
To escape from it all, stock up with water and snacks, hire a bicycle and a sunshade, and head off past the resort area – despite all the people, you don’t have to go far to find an almost deserted stretch of soft sand!