At the time of this blog entry, I've been in Saigon for a little more than 4 years. I've seen some incredible places and been on many fantastic journeys. One thing I always felt was missing was a good cabana bar by the beach. Growing up in Long Island, New York and working in the bars and restaurants of Freeport and Long Beach made me a sharp critic of a good beach bar. Fortunately, that bar has finally come to my recent home of Vietnam.
The selfish side of me wants to keep this place a secret to prevent an overflow of cheap backpackers, however, it would be a crime to deny the hard working people and family run restaurant from making a business. Cocobeachcamp, though owned and operated for 13 years by the same friendly owner, has just recently come on the scene as a worthwhile beach destination. They have done a fantastic job of promoting sustainability, enveloping their bungalows with a duck pond and vegetable gardens. Their small shacks and retrofitted campers are painted by a talented young French artist. They are a selfie goer's dream come true. During the weekday they have a very affordable dollar menu which includes beers and food.
Cocobeachcamp, three hours by bus (150,000 VND or 7.5 dollars) offers visitors tents for couples and large families. The tents have fans, pillows, sheets, mattresses and electricity available. Public showers and bathrooms are available to all. The campers, and huts range from 30- 50 USD a night, depending on the season. If your a foreigner, try to avoid the Vietnamese holidays, unless you want a real dose of the culture. Vietnamese flock to this place to picnic, photo op and enjoy the beach. Its no secret to the locals anymore, as there isn't a whole lot to do in the town of Lagi. Please be appreciative of the hard work and effort that 40 plus staff memebrs work in sync to make available to you. This type of service would cost you a minimum of 6 USD a beer back in the Western world. If you do make the trip and decide to go elsewhere there are a few knockoffs just beside Cocobeachcamp. There is also a little bit more luxury and isolation a few hundred meters North. If you want an entertaining DJ performance (music stops at 11ish), a seaside BBQ, fresh squeezed juices with custom cocktails, not to mention the variety of sporting activities offered during the day, Ccocbeaccamp is the place. Check it out and keep this hidden gem beautiful. Be nice to the staff. They are awesome people!
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