Vung Tau Travel Guide

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Vung Tau Things to Do


    VUNG TAU ..Walking around the bay I found really relaxing . The walkway by the bay has stairways in different places giving access to the beach..This enables one to get a great view of what is going on.I spent some time here walking along the beach looking at the fishing boats..The variation of the different boats is an interest and to watch the...


    VUNG TAU% After arriving in Vung Tau by hydrofoil Ferry from HCMC it was extremely hot and decided enjoy the sea breeze and walk by the bay. The bay had a gathering of the most colourful and varied lot of fishing boats. There were boats of all shapes and sizes. Located here by the bay I found a lovely park with nicely trimmed lawns and was...


    When in Vung Tau . TO escape the heat of the day..Take a fast ferry ride to Ho Chi Min city on the local fast Hydrofoil..This is a pleasant trip and not expensive..the ferries leave every 30 minutes and take about twenty minutes for the trip..They dock right at the Main ferry wharf in the city..

  • The oldest Pagoda: Linh Son Co Tu Pagoda

    This pagoda is not very spectacular when you discover it from the street, but is said to be the oldest of Vung Tau area, rebuilt in 1919, after the French occupied the land and built their houses. . . . . A very nice tower with a lotus flower motif on the roof, with hundred of gold painted Buddha (Main picture ) statues is the most remarkable sight...

  • Lang Ca Ong (Whale Temple)

    Whale Temple is based on a legend that whales protect ships and their crews. Inside this temple are the bones of a huge whale on display in glass cases.IT is said the local fishermen worship the whale. When a whale dies and washes ashore, the locals will drag it to a while temple such as this one. Along with the ceremonial corpse drag, there will...

  • Long Tan - Nui Dat

    Long Tan - Nui Dat is very important site for Australian veteran. 1 day trip is possible from Saigon. You can even go a cheaper way by taking hydrofoil to Vung tau. Go to OSC Travel at no 9 Le Loi st. in Vung tau and they will arrange the permission and tourguide and car to take you to Long Tan. It's best to call them in advance. OSC Travel is the...

  • Jesus Statue/White Palace/Motorbike...

    Take a hike up to the Jesus statue on the "Bai Truoc". It can be an arduous climb for the elderlies and the unfits, so beware. Take measures with proper footwear and be prepared to break a sweat. There are several stops along the way, and the views are breathless. After descending to the front entrance, take a motorbike ride to "Bai Truoc", "Bai...

  • A walk in a park full od statues.

    Between Quang Trung street and the beach is a landscaped garden where it is enjoyable to walk around and have a look at a display of numerous modern sculptures; the aesthetic may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is interesting to see there is a little effort to make the place nice. . . . . Probably what is displayed has something to do with...

  • Watch bikers whilst sipping a Vietnamese...

    What is nice in the quiet streets of Vung Tau, is that you can sit outside the cafés and watch what is going on in the streets (I write this, because there are many places which are just too crowed and noisy where you cannot sit outside). Yes, I know, for Vietnamese it is a common view, but for me, coming from the “clean” Europe, it is really...

  • I like the Asian markets too much!...

    Inside the market hall of Vung Tau, you do not know where and what to look at, so many things can be seen! Here are general views of the market and try to give a bit of the atmosphere. Markets are the important places in a city, no? Without food. . . no life!

  • The Asian markets just too much!...

    Meet people outside the market! On the streets around the market hall are many vendors, and I photographed some of them. Their life is probably not easy, but they do not complain, they have a sort of feeling for happiness, they laugh and smile, and this is contagious! And close looks show funny scenes, like this lady on the main picture, wearing a...

  • Laugh with people at the market !

    The scents, the colours, the shapes, all these things I do not see in my every day’s life. . . I love to visit markets, see the people, the busy vendors, the way they display what they sell, the shouts and laughers of the people; there is life in the markets, and I am never bored when visiting a market! And in South East Asia, it is even more...

  • The dragon fruit

    I discovered the Dragon Fruit during my first trip to Vietnam in 1998. In Vietnamese, it is called “thanh long” and it is an emblematic fruit of Vietnam. This fruit is strange, with its colour, shape, sweet taste, texture, but more strange is that it is not a Vietnamese fruit at its origin! I learned from a Vietnamese colleague that this fruit...

  • Pass by or enter in the little shops

    Having booked my return to Saigon by hydrofoil, I had a few hours left and walked in the streets of Vung Tau, in the city centre; like in many Asian cities, the little shops are open on the street, and you are almost always welcome to have a look, chat a bit, tell what you do, show your curiosity and accept the curiosity of the shopkeepers. I was...

  • Funny street sellers

    When I was looking for the entrance of the whale temple, this lady waved to me, showing me what she had to sell, and wanted to sell me maps or sunglasses; I was not interested, as I already had what I needed and was about to leave her when she pulled on the sleeve of my shirt and with a somehow naughty glimpse in her eyes, she took a few DVD’s from...


Vung Tau Hotels

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  • Imperial Hotel

    159 Thuy Van Street, Ba Ria-vung Tau, Vung Tau, 74000, Vietnam

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Ho Tram Osaka Resort

    Phuoc Thuan Village Xuyen Moc Dist Ba Ria Vung Tau, Vietnam, Vung Tau, Vietnam

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Palace Hotel

    There are tens of hotels on the road surrounding the peninsula, and most are of course near the main...


Vung Tau Restaurants

  • The red snapper was excellent!

    You see big lights from the street, so you get curious, and getting closer. . .the smell of the food is dragging you inside. . . . . . Inside, well, in fact it is mostly an open air restaurant, designed like a beer garden, which looks very popular, for locals and foreigners. Some areas are like a rain forest, other areas are designed like a cave,...

  • Restaurant Along Front Beach

    We ate at a Vietnamese restaurant along front beach near the hydrofoil pier. It had excellent spring rolls and an ample supply of Ba Ba Ba Beer. Indoor and outdoor seating just across the street from the water, and prices as low as could be expected in a touristy area of Vietnam. On this weekday we were the only customers in the restaurant.

  • Fresh Fruit

    Have a seat on the beach and inevitably you will be offered a menu for food. There is a big selection of dishes available. The prices are somewhat more expensive than restaurants in town but not by western standards. Fresh fruit! There is nothing like cold fruit to enjoy while you're sitting on the beach. It's often best if accompanied by a fruit...


Vung Tau Transportation

  • Hydrofoil to HCMC

    Take the Hydrofoil between HCMC and Vung Tau. In 2003, it costs about US$10 (120,000 VND) for a round trip, but as of 2011, the rates are now 200,000 Dong; the trip only takes one hour and 15 minutes. There are about 6 hydrofoils each day. In Vung Tau, they pick up at the pier on the southern end of front beach.There are two companies operating the...

  • The hydrofoil to Saigon

    I travelled to Vung Tau by car (It was already booked by my colleagues in HCMC), and it was long, boring and dangerous (traffic wise) trip in the rainy weather! I decided to return to HCMC with the hydrofoil (against company rules. . . ), so I booked a trip from the hotel, in order to arrive in time to catch the flight back to Europe.I enjoyed the...

  • Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau & return

    We organised a bus to get to Vung Tau. It cost US$5 each. It was in a mini bus and we had the bus to ourselves, along with a hitch-hiking monk.For the return journey, we took the Vina Express hydrofoil. This cost 70,000 dong each.


Vung Tau Local Customs

  • These bikes may take you to hell!

    These bikes may take you to 7th heaven (your problem!) or. . . hell (your problem, again!)!”Transportation”, “Warning and dangers”, Nightlife”, “Local customs”. . . a bit of all . . . . The girls in the bars look much more sympathetic than these bike drivers who accost you at night and propose to take you to some massage parlours or whatever with...

  • Night birds (2)

    I wrote about R&R places in the introduction, and as an interested real traveller (haha), I decided to have a look. . . and to have a beer! By the way, I drank a half litre (a pint) Tiger beer in the bar full of girls for 20.000 Dong (less than one dollar!), whilst the same beer, in the check-in area of the airport in Saigon costs you 70.000 Dong!...

  • Night birds (1)

    I am not (really not!) a beach goer, so I visited the city when I was not at the conference, “discovered” some Buddhist temples, visited the marked, got lost in the small streets. . . tried to photograph the local life. . . dreamed in the streets,. . . things I like. And I also was out at night, and had some . . . eeeuuuhhhh. . . . . , how to say?...


Vung Tau Tourist Traps

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    by Kudos Written Nov 3, 2005

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    There is this lovely beach front park where you get to see some bizard Disney characters. It's called "Bai Truoc" or Front Beach. There tends to be a small army of peddlers trying to sell you everything from post cards to "herbs".

    Unique Suggestions: If you can ignore the locals, it's a great place to sit in the shade and enjoy the view.

    Mini and Mickie on crutches she has everything for sale that you could possibl

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Vung Tau What to Pack

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    by zuyao Written Jan 29, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A light jacket if you are coming in December/ January. The wind is very strong during this time and you could easily catch a cold.

    The weather is generally hot and humid so something light would be best most of the time.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Food is generally clean (even road side stalls) - I had no problem with them. But as usual some medical supplies for diarrhea is advisable. Bring some cold medicine too in case you catch a cold during the wind season.

    Miscellaneous: There could quite a lot of mosquitoes outdoors in dark areas at night.

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Vung Tau Off The Beaten Path

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    by RoseAmano Written May 9, 2004

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    We were escorted here by our driver, whom we hired for 36 hours from a local travel agent based in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Overlooking Vung Tau
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Beaches
    • Road Trip

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  • Language problem

    English is till not widely used in Vung Tau except at hotels. When taking a taxi it is always advisable to ask the receptionist to help you write your intended destination in Vietnamese and bring along a hotel card. The taxi drivers here are very obliging and says 'yes' to everything but in actual fact they may not understand where you really want...

  • Beach Town Vung Tau

    We got here by hiring a taxi driver for 36 hours from a local travel agent we happened to pass by in Ho Chi Ming City. The vehicle was an Opel Sedan with aircon and very comfortable.This is a nice and quiet resort town with good seafood restaurants.

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