Conservative and prudish, especially in the South, the Vietnamese convert to the pleasures of nude bathing.
According to Vietnamnet website, nudism is now practiced in Vietnam in at least five centers. The first is the southern island of Phu Quoc, in the Gulf of Siam. Nudists bathe in mountain cascades, on the small beaches of some of the 21 islets that border the big island or on the long beach of the peninsula of An Thoi, main port Of Phu Quoc and so far renowned center of production of nuoc mam (fish brine).
The second is the Son Tra peninsula, off the harbor and Da Nang bay. Son Tra is a national park lined with coves and small beaches sheltered and frequented by nudists. The third center is Bach Ma Mountain (the White Elephant), 60 km from the ancient imperial capital of Hue and 1,450m above sea level. Bach Ma counts several waterfalls and superb views over the Cloud Pass. In summer, the flowering rhododendrons take on the appearance of a « carpet of flowers ». Nudists bathe at Ngu Ho and at the foot of four waterfalls (Tri Sao, Bac, Thuy Dien and Truot) used as jacuzzis.
The fourth is formed on the Southern High Plateaux by the Gia Long waterfalls on the Serepok River in Dak Lak province, some thirty kilometers from the main town of Ban Me Thuot. The waterfalls of Gia Long, described by Vietnamnet, from a height of thirty meters to a hundred meters in width, are « very beautiful » and overlook a water of a hundred square meter, « surrounded by the jungle, very romantic And very suitable for bare baths « . Finally, in the north, near Hanoi, several uninhabited islands in the middle of the Red River are now frequented by nudists.