Cam Ranh bay is one of the hidden gems of Vietnam, which strangely attracts comparatively less number of foreign tourists. The place is popular with the locals and as expected we were the only foreigners during our stay at Sao Bien resort.
Most of the tourists head towards the more popular and more crowded Nha Trang beaches. We decided to give it a miss and instead try the less visited Cam Ranh coast. The inspiration of course came after reading Tom’s detailed blog (link below) about the place. His blog, Vietnam Coracle is the best resource with loads of information if you are planning a trip to Vietnam.
The best way to travel from Ho Chi Minh is to take a flight to Cam Ranh airport (or sometimes referred to as Nha Trang airport). From the airport, you can take a cab to your accommodation.
Aerial view of Cam Ranh bay
We stayed at Sao Bien resort (also known as Starfish). Their beach cottages looked stunning on their website (links below) and considering the relatively lower prices, we decided to try out their most expensive and best accommodation. This is a bungalow just at the edge of the beach with a view that we fell in love at first sight. The view convinced me to book this place for at least two nights and then move to the nearby white hut for the last night.
Sao Bien resort:
A hidden paradise
Just needed to open our eyes to enjoy this view
A cozy bungalow for four people
Had a delicious lunch. Definitely recommend the fish with mango sauce
Some evening vistas
There is lot of stuff to do during the daytime. You can hike to nearby beaches and also try kayaking, which is free if you are staying in the resort.
Our complimentary breakfast – Vietnamese rice cakes
When you realize that you are not the only one enjoying a vacation 🙂
For the last night,we shifted to this white cottage, which was right next to the bungalow. So, we still had a great view.
More guests wanting to enjoy our luxurious stay
Our last day at Cam Ranh and we decided to get up early today to catch the sunrise. And the views were so magnificent that it also made us sad to leave this place.
After checking out, we rented a motorcycle and checked out some nearby beaches and areas of the bay.
Just a kilometer away, we stopped at this gorgeous beach with pristine blue waters and no tourists
At the end of the road was a small fishing village with interesting looking boats.
We stopped at the most expensive hotel of Cam Ranh bay – Ngoc Suong Yen Bay Resort. We had a delicious fish salad here with a great view as usual.
The nearest railway station to Cam Ranh bay is Ga Ngã Ba. We took a train to Da Nang from here. You can book the tickets from the Baolau website