Holidays in Hoi An: Cua Dai beach in October

As I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, our holidays consisted of two parts: the  active one that we spent in Singapore and the lazy one that took place in Vietnamese Hoi An. This small town caught my attention when I was searching for a not-so-far-away getaway from Singapore. It promised a nice beach and some sightseeing too. My only concern was the weather. October is a rainy season month in this part of Vietnam and I didn't want to come there just to face everyday heavy rains, a flood or even worse, a typhoon. And what did I do? I checked weather forecast...for a month ahead. And you won't believe it - just for the period of time that we were planning to stay in Hoi An, it showed "no rain". Cloudy but dry. I am skeptic about forecasts usually but as they say "one believes in what one wants to believe" and so, I decided to try our luck. And, oh miracle!  The whole week that we stayed in Hoi An, there was indeed no rain at all. The weather was even better than they had forecast: cloudy occasionally, but mostly absolutely clear skies. Try not to trust forecasts after that!

Cua Dai beach in October, Hoi An, Vietnam

Cua Dai beach in October, Hoi An, Vietnam

Palm trees at Cua Dai beach, Hoi An

We chose to stay not in the town itself but on the Cua Dai beach. At this time of the year there are nice discounts at hotels (20-30%) and we found a nice place on the bank of the river and just 2 min walk away from the ocean for quite affordable price. I like to visit resorts at off-peak time - accommodation is cheaper and beaches are not overcrowded.

Two-piece polka dot swimsuit in navy blue My new swimsuit that I bought in Singapore

Two-piece polka dot swimsuit in navy blue

Our room at the Riverbeach Resort and Residences  was nice and commodious with french window opening straight onto the river bank. A tea table with chairs, a large sofa and a swing were there for you to choose from where you want to enjoy the beautiful view of the river with all those palms and occassional local fishermen trying their luck. Or you could stay in the room and still be able to see all that. It is amazing  to wake up every morning and to see such beauty through your window. 

Super Deluxe room at Riverbeach resort and residences Hoi An

Riverbeach resort and residences premises

There were free books and magazines for reading and the hotel also provided beach towels, slippers and robes. On our last day there we've got a complimentary dinner at their restaurant which was really nice.


Swimming pool at Riverbeach resort and residences Hoi An

Vietnamese men fishing on the river, Hoi An

Sunset at the river in Hoi An

The beach was wonderful. Soft sand and waves that are not big enough to scare you off but big enough to enjoy them and have fun. I could watch those waves whole day. It is amazing that you spend your day on the beach literally doing nothing ( I even didn't read any book) and the time just fly by.

Cua Dai beach Hoi An Vietnam

Two-piece polka dot swimsuit

Two-piece polka dot swimsuit Another two-piece swimsuit and in polka dot again

Besides the ocean itself there are some other things as well that can entertain you on the beach: delicious seafood  accompanied by a glass of cold beer that you can order just there;  and local traders with all kinds of souvenirs, snacks and fruits. Some are really persistent. And though you may not need anything of what they have to offer and you know that you can find same thing two-three times cheaper in town but when a very old wrinkled woman tries to sell you something or a middle-aged mother of three starts a friendly conversation with you, it is really hard to say no. 

Vietnamese old woman

Vietnamese woman selling souvenirs at Cua Dai beach Hoi An

In the morning you can watch local fishermen putting out to sea on their unusual hemispheric boats and after noon again you can see them coming back with some catch. It is facsinating how they manage to manipulate their small boats with one oar only. And how brave they are!

Vietnamese fisherman on his hemispheric boat, Hoi An

Vietnamese fishermen on their hemispheric boats, Hoi An

Hemispheric boat of Vietnamese fishermen, Hoi An

A few words about food there. Actually, one word would be enough - delicious! And not expensive. Any cafe have quite a choice of local as well as western dishes. Personally I was not interested in the food that I can find at any other place, I preferred to try as much of local specialties as I could. And I would recommend to try these dishes: pork, shrimp and banana flowers salad, white rose dumplings, grilled beef with lemon grass and chili, tamarind and shrimp soup, fish in banana leaf and spring rolls Hoi An style. 

That's all for today
More posts about Vietnam coming


  1. I've always wanted to visit Vietnam and your wonderful photos just make me yearn to do it that bit more!
    I love your beach wear and the place you stayed looked heavenly. My only concern is whether a vegetarian would be able to eat anything, even the vegetable dishes seem to contain fish sauce. xxx

  2. Sometimes it pays off to believe the weather forecast and plan ahead. I would love to visit Vietman some day too. I think I would prefer to visit this place when it is not crowded. If I ever go on vacation, I will surely choose an off season period, so that I avoid the crowds...that hotel looks spectacular and I think you probably enjoyed it even more because there weren't many people staying there...it is like you had the place to yourself.

    Nothing beats a day at the beach....The beach seems like the place to be...and you look stunning in both of your swimsuits. Both of these swimsuits have a retro vine that I really like.

    It was interesting seeing those round boats again...one almost can't believe they are real:)

  3. That little old lady was cracking me up. So cute, like Yoda's mom :) What a slice of paradise you found there, dear. I had no idea of Vietnam as a vacation spot. So glad the weather worked out for you. Both your bathing suits are fun and lovely. And on you they are wonderfully sexy too! Beautiful body and stunning legs, so much fun to enjoy. Both suits were so exciting but the second one was the one for me tonight It was very incredible for me, dear, and I really appreciate you sharing them!! You make a very good tour guide for this area, I would love to visit it one day. Sending you very big hugs tonight, dear, and hopes that your Saturday is a great one!

    All Things Bright and Lovely

  4. Wow....your adventures in Vietnam look amazing and full of bright colours and breathtaking scenery! !!! You look amazing in your swimsuits!!! The food looks very appetising! !!! It was interesting to read about your stay in Vietnam and i really enjoyed the photos as well :)

  5. These are the kind of holidays you deserve in an exotic place! You are a lucky woman and I'm sure you know it! You must be feeling refreshed, inspired and energised after your holidays! happy return home!

  6. This beach looks beautiful. So great to travel. Great photos and I bet the food is yummy. Love your girly skirted bikinis, especially the vibrant one with the large dots. =)

  7. Beautiful photos of your fantastic holiday! I am a little envious!! Great place with huge beaches, friendly people and surely ... delicious food!!
    By the way ... you also have a perfect silhouette!!