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.
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.
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.