Ocean View House An Bang Vietnam

Ocean View House An Bang Village, Hoi An, VietnamGood for aspiring boat captains
Sleeps 6
Cost from £973 a week including breakfast

A few miles from the souvenir shop-lined streets of Unesco-listed Hoi An is An Bang, where the sandy shore is dotted with thung chai, traditional bamboo basket boats. Rise before dawn and you’ll see An Bang’s fishermen amid a mountain of nets as they paddle out to sea.

In the village, sandy paths lead between nine whitewashed houses run by a local couple (who can arrange for you try your hand at sailing a basket boat). Ocean View House (comprising adjoining buildings called Ocean Dream and Ocean Breeze, which can be rented separately or together) is the closest one to the sea. Only a lawn scattered with sun loungers and umbrellas separates the shaded patios from the sand.

Light-filled, air-conditioned rooms are whitewashed with turquoise accents, and sparsely furnished (there’s a fridge, but no kitchen). Breakfast is included and a local chef can cook other meals, or you can use the communal outdoor kitchen 50m away down a sandy track.

There’s a fish market nearby, or you can ride the free bikes or hire a taxi to go into Hoi An for superb restaurants and street food stalls. Closer are a handful of simple beachside eateries, sublime spots for sundowners.
• +84 90 666 0309, anbangseasidevillage.com

The Boathouse Mui Ne, Vietnam

The Boathouse, Mui Ne, Vietnam
Good for luxury lovers
Sleeps 8
Cost from £2,077 a week

This must be one of the country’s most magnificent beach properties, slap-bang on the area’s best beach, which is great for young kids. You’ll pay a premium for the privilege of staying here, but at least the living is cheap – the Boathouse is right next to a fishing village, so you can buy seafood from the fisherman who ply their round basket boats around the bay. It comes with two motorbikes, a couple of staff and stacks of space – all done out in a rather tasteful if incongrous urbane style.
• No phone, flipkey.com/mui-ne-villa-rentals/p614930