Hon Gom Sandbar is a great place to get away from the crowds in the big city of Nha Trang. It’s only 100 km away, so you can be there in a few hours. There are some places to stay on the sandbar, including Vietnamese guesthouses, or a simple restaurant that allows people to set up tents on the beach. I chose the latter option.

A small road leads off the major highway AH1, past sand dunes, small villages, and deserted beaches with fishing boats parked offshore. There is practically no traffic on this road.

The turnoff to the sandbar from AH1.
The turnoff to the sandbar from AH1.

When the road crosses to the other side of the sandbar, the ocean is right in front of it. The road curves and follows a huge deserted beach, with massive waves crashing in. There’s not a sign of development.

There is some strange development after turning onto the new road after a small fishing village. The new road is really impressive. It’s a four lane superhighway to nowhere. The only traffic was a lady walking who knows where. The huge road just came to an end and a small trail led down to the village of Son Dung, my destination for the night. It was a very surreal ride.

Vietnamese coracle boat.
Vietnamese coracle boat.

At the small Vườn Xoài restaurant, the lady wasn’t phased when I asked to camp. I explored the nearby cove and had a simple seafood dinner there.

Visiting the Hon Gom Sandbar was not on the way to Hanoi and added a day. But it was worth it.

The Hon Gom Sandbar was so scenic I took a lot of pictures. This is an epic post with some of my favorites. Please be patient if it takes a long time to load.

A small pagoda on the way.
A small pagoda on the way.
Fishing boat parked in the sun.
Fishing boat parked in the sun.
Only fishermen used the beaches I passed.
Only fishermen used the beaches I passed.
A sandy cove.
A sandy cove.
Not even fishermen used the beach on the other side of the sandbar.
Not even fishermen used the beach on the other side of the sandbar.
On the deserted beach.
On the deserted beach.
Tién takes a break on the sandbar.
Tién takes a break on the sandbar.
The big, deserted beach was really spectacular.
The big, deserted beach was really spectacular.
The superhighway to nowhere.
The superhighway to nowhere.
Traffic on the highway to nowhere.
Traffic on the highway to nowhere.
Cows graze along the highway to nowhere.
Cows graze along the highway to nowhere.
The highway to nowhere ended, and I had to drive down this little path.
The highway to nowhere ended, and I had to drive down this little path.
At the end of the path was a peaceful cove.
At the end of the path was a peaceful cove.
Fishermen took their boats out as the sun set.
Fishermen took their boats out as the sun set.
I set up my tent on the beach.
I set up my tent on the beach.
The next morning the tide was out.
The next morning the tide was out.
Wicker coracles waited to take fishermen to their boats.
Wicker coracles waited to take fishermen to their boats.
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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