Overlooking the South China Sea, Sam Son is a historic resort city that became a popular destination for French colonists in the early 20th century. It’s clustered with waterfront hotels, entertainment facilities and seafood resorts and also home to a 450-hectare golf course.
Things to do in Sam Son
Spend your days relaxing on the golden sands of Sam Son Beach, which stretches from the Lach Hoi estuary to the foothills of Truong Le. Along the beachfront promenade, stop by the whitewashed statue of the female police hero Nguyen Thi Loi, then grab a bite to eat at one of the waterfront restaurants specialising in seafood.
Dominating the hill at the southern end of the beach is the rock formation of Hon Trong Mai, which is nestled in a lush forest overlooking the South China Sea. It is associated with a local legend involving two lovers who died atop the hill during rising sea levels. It comprises three large stones, one of which acts as a pedestal and the other two resembling a rooster and a hen.
Sprawling at the mouth of the Nam Ma River is the FLC Samson Golf Links, which offers magnificent views across Sam Son Beach. It was envisioned by Nicklaus Design and constructed by Flagstick Golf to challenge players of all abilities. In addition to its 18-hole course, there is a two-floor clubhouse where you can enjoy sundowners at the end of your game.
Getting around Sam Son
Sam Son is a 20-minute drive from Thanh Hoa and around three hours from Hanoi and Noi Bai International Airport. Regular buses connect from destinations across northern Vietnam to Sam Son and travel throughout the city. The beachfront area is best explored on foot.