Best beach in Asia – Cua Dai, Vietnam

Cua Dai beach has been touted as the best beach in Asia and voted as the one of the best beaches in Asia by millions of travellers through polls conducted by travel guides such as tripadvisor. I welcome a beach holiday anytime and I’m always excited to uncover what the hype is all about!

Where is Cua Dai beach?
Cua Dai beach is in Vietnam and along the coastlines between Hanoi and HCM. The beach faces the South China Sea and is about 4km to the north-east of Hoi An Town. Although blessed with a tropical climate, the best time to visit is from January to May (temperature ~ 20-30s and low rainfall), while May to August is the hottest and September to January is the rainy season.
Hoi An Cua Dai Vietnam map

How to get to Cua Dai beach / Hoi An?
The easiest way to Hoi An is to fly into Da Nang Airport. Da Nang is easily connected through HCM or Hanoi and the transit itself can be an adventure as flight delays are pretty common, as well as language being a barrier. It is therefore advisable to book connecting/direct flights with the same carrier such as Vietnamair, Jetstar or Singapore Silkair. It takes 25-30 mins by taxi to get to Hoi An from Da Nang Airport and one way will cost about USD 25-30.

Welcome to Cua Dai beach
Be greeted by the amazingly clean, beautiful and unspoilt beach upon your arrival.
Hoi An sun soak on Cua Dai beach blue skies clear sea and white sands

Cua Dai beach stretches on for 3km and is extremely peaceful and uncrowded.
Hoi An fishing boats circular baskets on Cua Dai beach

Say hello to relaxing and bye bye to touters.
Hoi An Cua Dai Da Nang Vietname fishing boat

Do take care when swimming in the sea as the currents can be strong. Guess that also explains for the eroding beach at the tip and lack of water sports in this area.
Hoi An Cui Dai beach China Sea clear waters waves

Where can you stay?
Hoi An Boutique An Boutique is an amazingly peaceful and lusciously green luxurious beach front resort.
Hoi An Boutique Hoi An Hotel Beach Resort Spa

The best bit? An exclusive private beach decked with chairs that are nicely spaced out.
Hoi An holiday and relaxing in Vienam Cua Dai beach

The bonus? A free shuttle service that brings you back and forth to Hoi An town throughout the day. This equates to about USD5 savings each way (that can easily buy you 5 cans of beer at the local supermarket)!

Hoi An Town
Stroll down the ancient city, which is also a UNESCO heritage site, and enjoy the well preserved buildings with a unique blend of local and foreign influences. Hoi an, in general, is laid back and locals are remarkably warm and hospitable. Take time to tailor some clothes and shop the handicraft; fret not about exorbitant shopping quotations. There are plenty of restaurants and pubs for you to periodically rest those tired feet. Enjoy the most delicious vietnamese spring rolls at Morning Glory.
Hoi An Ancient City UNESCO Heritage Centre Vietnam

All about the money
Prices are usually quoted in VND although your friendly shop owners will be happy to convert to USD for payment. Credit cards are not widely used and mostly accepted only in restaurants.

Getting around
Taxi is the best option to get from one place to another fast. Most taxis are on meters – look out for the bigger taxi chains Mai Linh (white and green taxi) and Faifoo (yellow taxi) which is accompanied by a smartly dressed chauffeur (white shirt and matching taxi colour tie). Alternatively, rent a bicycle to explore the town.

Cua Dai beach is a perfect alternative for those seeking a tranquil retreat and a change from the more commercialised beaches in Indonesia and Thailand. Definitely worthy of its crown as one of the best beaches in Asia (if not the best). A perfect weekend getaway if you are based in Asia, and a lovely stopover for travellers embarking on a longer Asia escapade. Sun-soak all day, get lost in time, enjoy the sounds of the sea waves and pamper yourself at the spa. Super love this place and recommend at least a 3-4 day stay to truly enjoy the beach as well as Hoi An Town. I guess I’m already missing the place as I write.

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Gordon Ramsay vs Singapore Hawkers Cook Off

20130706-114208.jpg Guess who has just gotten his passport chopped in Singapore!

Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay has accepted the challenge to take on Singapore’s top 3 hawkers in a culinary showdown. Ramsey will be in Singapore from 5-7 July to learn how to cook the 3 local dishes Chilli crab, Chicken rice and Laksa for the first 2 days before the very awaited competition on 7 July.

So, who will win? Will Singapore’s local hawker food be up to standards of Michelin star standards?

*** Update ***
The hawker heroes have won!
Cook Off #1 Chicken Rice: Hawker Madam Foo (Tian Tian Chicken Rice)
Cook Off #2 Chilli Crab: Michelin starred Gordon Ramsay
Cook Off #3 Laksa: Hawker Mr Ryan Koh (328 Katong Laksa)

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