During our three-night stay in Hoi An, Vietnam last month, our most enjoyable excursion was our impromptu motorbike ride out of the Ancient Town and up the coast toward Danang. We had no particular destination in mind, but a random right turn from the highway brought us to the secluded Ha My Beach in Dien Ban, just at the outskirts of Hoi An.
Tourists in Hoi An seeking some sand and surf usually flock to Cua Dai Beach, which is closest by. Some venture a bit north to An Bang Beach. We didn’t bother stopping at these two strips — Cua Dai Beach was crowded, and An Bang Beach had too many touts frantically yelling and waving at us to park our motorbike in front of their store or restaurant (hard-sell tactics become too annoying after weeks of constant exposure to them in Vietnam).
Ha My Beach was surprisingly free of touts and tourists, which is a rare sight in this well-trodden Vietnam tourist trail. Indeed, most of the beaches along the coast from Hoi An up to Danang have already been laid claim to by resorts; it seems Ha My Beach has escaped their clutches so far. I’m glad we stumbled upon this pristine white sand beach, as it probably won’t be the same a couple of years from now — when we rode further up north to the Marble Mountains, we couldn’t find other easy access to the beach, as most of the coastline is occupied by luxury hotels and construction sites to build more.
We ate lunch at a seaside restaurant (we were the only ones there) and spent the afternoon just soaking up the wind and the view. It was a refreshingly welcome change from the all too touristy Hoi An Ancient Town. If you feel like getting away from the hustle and bustle, this is the place to be.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Ha My Beach is by motorbike, as this isn’t a usual stop on most package tours. One can easily rent a motorbike anywhere for a few bucks a day. If coming from Hoi An, turn right from the highway just before the uber-posh The Nam Hai resort.