Loading

Jungle Beach: the backpacker all-inclusive resort

Jungle Beach: the backpacker all-inclusive resort

Imagine a beach you only had to share with fellow backpackers: no screaming children or overzealous hawkers. I’ve been there, and let me tell you–it’s awesome.

Christine Amorose at Jungle Beach resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam

At $25 a day, Jungle Beach Resort is the ultimate all-inclusive for the budget-conscious traveler: it includes a basic room with mosquito net, a locker with key lock, three square meals (with a lot of rice), free water or lemon water all day, an afternoon snack of fresh fruit brought to you anywhere on the property and access to a very secluded beach. You can buy alcohol, coffee and sugary snacks at super reasonable prices on the premises.

Family style dinner at Jungle Beach Resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam

But the real gem here is being surrounded by like-minded travelers: the family-style dining set-up, evening bonfires and communal hang-out areas all promote quick friendships. There’s plenty of those “five question” conversations: where are you from, how long have you been traveling, where have you been and where are you going next. As a solo traveler, however, it was nice to be forced out of my Wifi-induced isolation (one girl said we’re all recognizable by something–for Christine, it’s her sexy laptop) and not have to eat alone.

The sandy beach set-up and mountainous backdrop at Jungle Beach Resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Not surprisingly, the real draw for me was the beach. The promise of a three-kilometer stretch of sand all to myself (and perhaps a few other travelers) was too much for pass up, and I wasn’t disappointed. I spent sunny mornings reading under a bamboo lean-to shelter, splashing in the waves and walking the deserted stretch almost into the neighboring town’s port. For those who can’t sit still, there were boogie boards and soccer balls floating around, and usually at least one group a day went to hike up a nearby waterfall.

I opted out of visiting Nha Trang–Lonely Planet calls it “a brash Western resort town”: I’ve learned that usually means it’s party central. Jungle Beach was a laid-back alternative: I opted out of drinking most days, but many of the boys cracked open a beer around noon and it was common to split a bottle of local rum and play a few drinking games after dinner. Once night fell, a bonfire was usually blazing with a guitar being passed around the circle.

Afternoon fruit snack at Jungle Beach Resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam

The food is basic–I ran into one of the guys from Jungle Beach a bit farther up North, and we laughed about how much white rice we consumed in just a few days. You can order a fruit pancake or omelette whenever you wake up before 10 a.m., but lunch and dinner are served promptly at noon and 6 p.m. The family-style dishes included lots of veggie dishes, stir-fried meats, salads and French fries. It’s all a bit bland, so don’t be afraid to douse it with the chili-infused soy sauce.

Straw mat and shelter at Jungle Beach Resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam

After the frenzy of Saigon and suffering through three days of stomach flu on a motorcycle, Jungle Beach was exactly the dose of relaxation, silence and social space that I needed.

Note: Jungle Beach Resort graciously offered me discounted accommodation, but all opinions are my own.

  • This looks amazing. I will definitely be looking into this when I’m down in Vietnam next year 🙂

  • Wow, it looks suh-weeet. Who takes all the cute pictures of you on the beach? Do you set up a mini tripod, or have a friend take them?

  • I like the chilled atmosphere of this place… a bonfire, the sound of guitars and story telling is on my top favorite things to do at the beach! 

  • camorose

    One of my favorite places I visited in all of Southeast Asia! You’ll love it 🙂

  • camorose

    I just ask a stranger!

  • camorose

    The bonfire was pretty epic–a good group can make all the difference 🙂

  • Great advice & even better pictures! Love it : )

  • Sounds awesome and you look gorgeous as always!

  • Syl

    Thanx for the write up,
    many folks who show up here cannot eat spicy food,  including myself, so the spice is in the spicy soy sauce

  • That looks amazing, and it must have felt like heaven after being sick. I stayed in a similar type of place in Koh Phi Phi, and I loved it! I’ll definitely be making a note about this place for when I hit up Vietnam. 🙂

  • Oh wow, I wish I would have known about this when I was in Vietnam! I avoided Nha Trang for the same reason you did, but I would definitely check this place out in the future.

  • camorose

    Thanks girl–worth checking out if you make it to that side of the world 🙂

  • camorose

    And I did love that spicy soy sauce!

  • camorose

    I was SO happy to arrive here after the motorbike ride! They made me some ginger tea, and my stomach was instantly sorted!

  • camorose

    Exactly–no desire to go to Nha Trang, but still wanted to get some beach time in 🙂

  • Wow! That’s a pretty awesome deal. If I’ve back there I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing, I really loved Vietnam. 

  • This is the type of place I could live forever!

  • Now this is a hostel I could go to!

  • Hmmmm, looks yummy.  Somehow there never seems to be enough time for me to just sit and relax on the beach…and this looks like the perfect place to do so.  Thanks for sharing!

  • camorose

    This place was one of my favorite finds! Totally recommend 🙂

  • camorose

    This place was one of my favorite finds! Totally recommend 🙂

  • camorose

    Agreed 🙂

  • camorose

    Agreed 🙂

  • camorose

    It was awesome! Such a good vibe.

  • camorose

    It was awesome! Such a good vibe.

  • camorose

    There’s pretty much nothing to do BUT sit and relax on the beach–it’s awesome!

  • Pingback: If I Were Childless in Paris | HJ Underway()

  • Pingback: Jungle Beach: When Tour Groups Attack | FRUGAL FROLICKER | Independent Adventure Travel()