For adventure-seeking couples, the biggest joy of travelling comes from discovering something truly authentic – an encounter, experience or activity that defines the destination. At Cam Ranh Bay, the fishing community on Vietnam’s south-central coast, visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture.
This scenic region was shaped by the sea. For centuries, Vietnamese people have lived in harmony with the ocean, and curious couples can now uncover this maritime heritage in a variety of ways. At 18km-long, Bai Dai Beach provides the perfect place to stroll, swim and soak up the scenery. Guests can also head out to Binh Ba Island, a tropical paradise where the crystal clear waters offer superb snorkelling opportunities.
Back on the mainland, the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam contains over 20,000 marine exhibits, while Tu Van Pagoda is built entirely of coral and seashells, demonstrating the deep spiritual connection with the sea. The Po Nagar Cham Towers meanwhile, date from the 8th Century and provide a wonderful example of this important Southeast Asian civilisation.
But not all attractions in this intriguing region are ancient; some are brand new! Having opened its doors in late 2019, Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh has become one of the region’s main draws, with a collection of sea-facing rooms, suites and villas, world-class dining such as BLU Lobster, the beachside seafood restaurant, and outstanding amenities including an artisan spa that features a hydro-thermal zone, ice grotto and Himalayan crystal salt chamber.
This is not just another upper upscale resort however; this sensitive hotel showcases the beauty of its destination. The architecture and design reflect the area’s rich heritage, and a series of authentic experiences give guests direct access to local residents. Couples can explore traditional water villages, dine with the villagers, take boat trips with fishermen, shop for fresh produce at markets, hike through the unspoiled countryside and explore enchanting temples with in-depth excursions, including guided scooter tours.
This ability to connect with the heart and soul of the destination – sadly lost in many of Asia’s more developed beach destinations – makes Cam Ranh Bay a captivating option for culture-craving couples.