Thuan An Beach is situated in Phu Vang District, near by Thuan An Mouth, where Huong River runs to Tam Giang Lagoon and then to the sea... far from Hue 15km.
Only 15 minutes by car, tourists are able to reach the beach. Plenty small boats, junks drift up an down the river in the left of the route, and on the right there are houses, temples, pagodas, rice field, and gardens successively spread out...
Thuan An is a very enjoyable place for all tourists after a full day to visit Hue Citadel, mausoleums, pagodas, and Hue scenery... Thuan An is also the place, where Hue people gather to enjoy the fresh air and sea-bathing in summer time. Intensive activities of the beach lasts from April to September, while Hue temperature being fairly hot.
Sometimes, tourists are very crowded, and there are not enough places for their camping. Besides sea bathing, tourists are able to visit Thai Duong Temple, where Thai Duong Goddess is very esteemed by villagers or visit the temple devoted to the whale, the sacred animal of the local people.
The owners have hooked up with Hue Backpackers to provide a minibus service from town to beach every morning at 08:00 and another at 11:00, with return runs at around 17:00. The bar comprises a really cool fishing boat bar, beach cabanas and a basic restaurant, plus there are some dorms and a couple of private rooms.
Entrance is 100,000 VND, which is fully refundable with food and drink purchases (you might also think of it as a minimum consumption charge). At local places you’ll pay 10,000 VND to rent a beach umbrella and chair for the day and 5,000 VND to park a motorbike.
The Ana Mandara; a five-star luxury resort, lies further north of the beach bar and also welcomes outside guests looking to dig their toes in the sand for the day for a small fee.
It’s a classy resort with the only pool along the beach but it’s let down by the food. Fortunately the village surrounding it has some brilliant local seafood restaurants well worth checking out once you’ve had your fill of beach/pool time.
How to get there
To get here, start off from Vy Da Ward on the south bank of the Huong River and go north on Pham Van Dong Road. When the road tees, take a right. The road eventually crosses an inlet over a bridge to Thuan An island. Drive through town, bear right, and you'll see signs for the beach on your left.
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