Vietnam’s most up-and-coming luxury beach destination, Cam Ranh, is to become more accessible with Bangkok Airlines emerging as the latest in a string of airlines to unveil a direct route to the pristine coastal destination.
Starting from January 25th, Bangkok Airways will operate four non-stop return flights weekly between Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and Cam Ranh International Airport on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday aboard a 144-seat Airbus 319.
The direction connection to Bangkok is the latest link forged between one of Vietnam’s hottest destinations and international markets, as travellers flock to Vietnam’s most beautiful beach destination. Cam Ranh is home to a growing number of five-star properties, including five-star hotel, The Anam, which celebrated its grand opening in 2017.
Bangkok Airways’ new route comes hot on the heels of the launch of Cam Ranh International Airport’s USD 163 million international passenger terminal, which can now handle four million passengers per year with expansion plans in place to increase capacity further. The airport receives more than 30 international flights per day.
Long deemed a gateway to nearby bustling beach city Nha Trang, Cam Ranh is fast emerging as a destination in its own right. Its increasing popularity has been fueled by the evolution of Long Beach, a stunning 8-kilometer stretch of white sand less than five minutes from the airport.
Since 2015, more than 30 hospitality projects have been licensed for development along the strip. Many are hotels that do or will carry an international brand name.
"With so many international resorts establishing themselves in Cam Ranh over the next few years, coupled with excellent infrastructure in place such as the airport expansion to cater to tourism growth, Cam Ranh will soon rival the likes of Danang, Phuket and even Bali as among Asia's best beach destinations," said Sulaiman Zainul Abidin, the Cam Ranh International Terminal's deputy general-director and chief operating officer.
“People can't get enough of Cam Ranh as there isn’t a more desirable place to be on the water in Vietnam,” added Pham Van Hien, owner and chairman of The Anam, a five-star 12-hectare resort overlooking 300 metres of Long Beach. “It’s rare to find so many remarkable qualities in one location.”
Hien said insiders predicted tourism investment along Long Beach would total well over one billion USD during the next decade.