VUNG TAU, VIETNAM TRAVEL GUIDE
- Perfect time to visit
- Where to go
- What to do
- Expenses (Ho Chi Minh – Vung Tau)
If you have ended your trip to the Southwest but still have some free days left, why wouldn’t you go to the Southeast? If the businesses of Ho Chi Minh City was driving you crazy, why wouldn’t you take some days off? If you just craved for a gorgeous beach-trip but not so isolated, why wouldn’t you come to Vung Tau?
Perfect time to visit
Vung Tau is a top tourism attraction so every month around the year is travel time. Nonetheless, you should avoid stormy seasons (July to September), and peak seasons (summer and Tet holiday) if you do not prefer the crowd. If you don’t mind the crowd you should go in the summer, when tourism activities are their most active.
125km away from Ho Chi Minh city, Vung Tau is a good option for a short day trip..
Motorbike rider can follow Freeway 1 to Dong Nai then turn right to Freeway 51, continue going for 100km to Vung Tau (this way takes 3 – 3.5 hours).
You can choose Highway Long Thanh – Dong Nai to cut down time to 2 – 2.5 hours
The route is Mien Dong car park (292 Dinh Bo Linh street) to Vung Tau car park (192 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street).
This is the fastest way to get to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh City. It only takes a bit more than an hour.
Where to go
Bai Truoc, Bai Sau
Bai Sau. CREDIT: mytour.vn
Bai Sau, which is also called Thuy Van beach, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Vung Tau. The beach’s located in the East, stretches from Nui Nho mountain to Chi Linh. The temperature is moderate around the year, with clear water and sand as well as gentle waves. Bai Truoc is 5km away from Bai Sau, which has more beautiful scenery but there are less tourists due to pollutants disposed from fishing ships.
Con Dao prison. CREDIT: dost.hochiminhcity.gov.vn
Con Dao is a historical site. On this land stood Con Dao prison where many communists were tortured and killed. However, the natural beauty of Con Dao has been discovered and utilized in recent years, making it a must visit destination on your Vung Tau trip.
Belonging to Long Dien district, Ba Ria Vung Tau province, 12km away from Vung Tau city, Long Hai is an appealing amusement and entertainment destination. Long Hai beach is quiet gorgeous and peaceful with white and smooth sand. There are resorts in Long Hai with breathtaking sight and various activities. Other splendid places you should visit include: Minh Dam mountain, Dinh Co beach, Truc Lam Chan Nguyen temple, Tram lake
Linh Son Co Tu
Linh Son Co Tu . CREDIT: mapio.net
Linh Son Co Tu is an outstanding religious destination of Vung Tau. Being the oldest pagoda of the city, Linh Son Co Tu worships a delicately sculptured Buddha statue.
Jesus statue. CREDIT: wikipedia.org
If you are a Buddhist, come to Linh Son Co Tu. However, if you are a Christian this Jesus statue welcomes you. Lying on top of Nui Nho mountain, the statue was recognized as the biggest Jesus statue of Asia in 2012 with a 32m height, 18.4m arm span and more than 1000 stairs.
What to do
Exploring Mui Nghinh Phong
Mui Nghinh Phong with three upstanding sides will challenge any adventurer. Nghinh Phong has been turned into a tourism attraction with restaurants, bars, and lounges in the area. all have a view towards the sea. In ebb tide, you can follow the rock path to get to the island.
Climbing Tao Phung mountain
Following Ha Long street, you will reach Tao Phung mountain. Climbing to the top of the mountain, you will find the Jesus statue, a statue with 32m height that can be observed from everywhere around the city
Participating in entertainment activities
If visiting and observing are getting you bored, let’s have a go at some more active activities. This beautiful sea city brings you options of swimming, racing and riding horses, all along the coastline. You are also able to visit religious places, take part in thrilling games and visit the water park (the first water park on a mountain in Vietnam), enjoy your meals with wonderful sight in Ho May resort. You can also take cable car in Ho May or in the opposite of Bach Dinh
Going to Bai Truoc when the night comes
Bai Truoc is a lively area of Vung Tau after sunset. There are countless street hawks selling delicious food. You can also rent a tandum bike to wander around. Before leaving Bai Truoc, don’t forget to visit 15 Le Loi street to spectate dog racing in Lam Son stadium (only on Saturday night).
Vung Tau lighthouse. CREDIT: vietfuntravel.com.vn
Before coming back to your hotel when night comes, you should visit lighthouse on top of Nui Nho mountain. Observing Vung Tau’s vibrant nightlife from the lighthouse will surely be an unforgettable experience
Socializing with Friends
If you just want to spend the night chatting and fooling around with your friends, come to 209 Thong Nhat street. Emigrating “tra chanh” culture from Nha Tho street, Ha Noi, Thong Nhat is a place to gather with a cup of iced tea and bowl of sunflower seeds. You can talk all day with a cup of tea and sunflower seeds, sit on the sidewalk, and watch the world go by
Just like many other provinces in the south, Vung Tau is a sleepless city. Meals are always ready for your hungry stomach even in 2 – 3AM. The street around Dien Bien cinema is called Night Food Street, and it sells many Vung Tau specialties such as oyster soup, seafood soup, banh khot and grilled meat at reasonable prices. You can search for snails in Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Nguyen Truong To street, or for dried cuttle on Le Lai, Ly Tu Trong street. Don’t forget to complete your wander with a cup of coffee in Mui Da.
Mi thay Nghiep Ky (Nghiep Ky noodle)
This breakfast course of Vung Tau is definitely an interesting dish. The noodle is flipped several times in the air before being put in a bowl. The noodle itself is made from fresh eggs so the noodle is is tough, stringy, fragrant and delicious. The broth is clear with the strong flavor of simmered pork bones
Add: 127 Ba Cu street, 1 dist, Vung Tau city
Banh khot Vung Tau (Vung Tau fry stuffed cake)
Banh Khot. CREDIT: cobavungtau.com
The crust is rice powder with shrimp and green onion filling, all of which then are deep fried. The crust must be skifully blended in order not to be too dense or too watery. The meaty taste and mouth-watering fragrance of fried onion and shrimp are the main drawcards.
Add: 14 Nguyen Truong To street, Vung Tau city
Vung Tau skate hotpot
The fish meat is fragant, meaty with brittle cartilages, accompanied by sour, spicy bamboo sprout broth
Add: 3 Trang Phu street, 5 dist, Vung Tau city
Vung Tau oyster soup
The rice must be carefully chosen and simmered before adding the oyster. Oyster also has to be fresh and well marinated. Those two ingredients are served together and customers themselves add oyster into the rice soup right before eating. Side dishes added beside oyster include: fried coriander, onion, garlic and herbs. There is also mam nhi (kind of fish sauce with light taste and soft yellow color) which can be added.
Add: Tran Dong street
A Western restaurant in the center of Vung Tau. Well decorated with great Aussie dishes, quick service and hospitable staff, it is a nice spot to gather and meet other foreigners
Add: 6 Nguyen Du street
Serves signature Vietnamese dishes, Ganh Hao pleases gourmets with fresh and well-processed seafood, reasonable price and space, suitable for large family or company trip
Add: 3 Tran Phu street
Lucy Sports bar and hotel
Lucy is appropriate for light meals, beer while looking over the sea (right in the other side of road). Nice food (especially salad) and drinks, reasonable price and a gorgeous view.
Add: 138 Ha Long street
Expenses (Ho Chi Minh – Vung Tau)
Car passenger: 80.000 – 160.000 VND/ticket
Hydrofoil: 200.000 VND/ticket
High-ends: More than 1.000.000VND/night
Mid-ends: 350.000 – 600.000 VND/night
Food: 50.000 – 100.000 VND/main course
50.000 VND for light meal
Total expenses: 700.000 – 900.000 VND/day
Vung Tau is suitable for short day trip because the area and its destinations are quiet small. Additionally, you should carefully do research and book hotels before departing because the price is really high on peak. Nonetheless, Vung Tau is worth visiting due to its enlightened lifestyle and iconic dishes, best matches for visitors looking for poetic scenery and lively atmosphere at the same time.