Cam Ranh Beach is known as a deepwater beach in Vietnam, situated at an inlet in the South China Sea, particularly between Phan Rang and Nha Trang, on the southeast coast of the country. The famous Cam Ranh Bay is one of the finest in Southeast Asia due to the narrow continental shelf that brings the deep water near the land. Although foreign warships occasionally stopover in this bay, Cam Ranh returns to its humble existence once foreigners pack up and leave.
Not really the most ideal touristy place, Cam Ranh Beach is often visited by travelers who want to experience a quiet, clean and beautiful beach, away from the noisy crowd at popular beach resorts in Nha Trang. Cam Ranh is 30 kilometers south of the city centre and you can ride a car for 150000VND or a motorbike taxi for a 70000VND round trip. The place is adjacent to the Cam Ranh Airport, so you’ll never miss the beautiful beachfront views and stunningly high, winding road if you are on your way from a flight.
Surely, Cam Ranh Beach has great potential to be the future beach destination. The enormous bay bordered with green hills and the clean turquoise waters make this quaint beach the possible favorite spot in the coming years. Tourist infrastructure is still minimal, and the locals hardly speak any amount of English. However, they are friendly and welcoming despite the evident language barrier. You can always take a look around the beach, enjoy seafood dishes and spend a day exploring the entirety of the bay.
Being one of the best ports in the world, this place also boasts such traditional maritime sights as the fishing Village Vung Nom. The village looks simple and laid-back, shaded with coconut trees, mangos and longan trees. You can even try their special seafood catch such as Thuy Trieu bloody clams and Binh Ba lobster.
There are several popular beaches in the vast Cam Ranh Bay. One is Bai Dai Beach, which is slowly building its reputation with many travelers and tourists as the sleeping beauty that finally awakens by the massive influx of visitors. Also known as Long Beach, it stretches 10 kilometers along Cam Hai Dong, Cam Ranh Municipality. It impresses many visitors with its fine white sand beach, clean water and shallow shore. Sand bank is also very clean and the sea is shallow, safe for children and for people who cannot swim. If you travel by boat to Bai Dai, you’ll discover the lush forest sitting above the impressive sand dunes.
Being the most popular Cam Ranh beach, it will become another major tourist site in Khan Hoa Province. Its 10-kilometer stretch will be home to some of the most beautiful resorts. However, these projects are still in the distant future. For now, it is best to enjoy the beach and feel that ‘deserted island feeling’ with the serenity and cleanliness of the place. It is 10 kilometers from Bin Tan Bridge and about 12 kilometers far from Can Ranh Airport. Tents-for-rent at Cam Hay Tai and Cam Hai Dong area are also available for tourists wanting overnight stay.