Vung Tau is a picturesque seaside city in southern Vietnam & a perfect weekend getaway from the busy metropolis lifestyle in Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố (Saigon). Vung Tau is an affluent và prosperous coastal thành phố with a busy port, a stunning natural landscape lush green hills (affectionately called mountains by locals) và beautiful sunsets. Although it’s almost close enough lớn Saigon lớn visit as a day trip, there are plenty of things to vị in Vung Tau lớn make it worthwhile spending a few days. 

Perched on a peninsula lined with beaches, Vung Tau is considered the go-to coastal destination for đô thị dwellers in Saigon. With water on three sides of the city, wide boulevards, colonial architecture & other Vietnamese landmarks, it’s easy to lớn see why Vung Tau is so appealling.

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Elena Tchijov from Traveling Bytes spent two months living in Vung Tau & has written this mini-guide with everything you need khổng lồ know, including its history, Vung Tau weather and when lớn visit, what khổng lồ do, what to eat and the best restaurants in Vung Tau as well as which Vung Tau beaches to choose. 

As Vung Tau has the closest beaches khổng lồ Ho bỏ ra Minh City, it’s a popular beach getaway for those who live in that city, however, when judged on beaches alone, Vung Tau may not be considered worthwhile to lớn a foreign visitor.

Fortunately, this coastal city has plenty lớn offer beyond swimming & sunbathing as there are some interesting things to vày in Vung Tau that make it an enjoyable và fun destination in Vietnam to lớn visit.

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Vung Tau Travel Guide
Vung Tau Weather
Things to bởi vì in Vung Tau
Vung Tau Beaches
What và Where to Eat in Vung Tau

Vung Tau Travel Guide

A Brief History Of Vung Tau

Vung Tau in Vietnam is a holiday destination on the rise as it’s close lớn Ho bỏ ra Minh City và there are plenty of coastal attractions in Vung Tau.

Vung Tau was initially known as Tam Thang, or “three boats” after the first three villages in the area.

The current name, Vung Tau, means “ships bay” or “anchorage” due khổng lồ its use as a European trading port during the 14th and 15th centuries.

It was also called Sant’lago by Portuguese navigators and then Cap Saint Jacques by the French in the mid-19th century.

Some scattered remnants of battlements và cannons serve as evidence of the Vietnamese resistance to lớn French colonization.

Those canons were first fired at French battleships way back in February 1859 & are an important landmark of Vietnamese resistance khổng lồ the French but despite all efforts, Vung Tau was ultimately colonised.

For centuries, the fishing industry was the primary source of for the local population.

Suddenly, in 1981, Vung Tau’s fortune changed, thanks to off-shore oil deposits discovered nearby.

Since then, Vung Tau’s economy has taken off, fuelled by a booming oil and gas exploration.

The thành phố has developed along with the industry, which is a leading contributor to lớn Vung Tau’s current affluence.

Nowadays, Baria-Vungtau province is the richest in the country but thankfully, the influence of oil và gas has not interfered with the relaxed coastal vibe of Vung Tau.

During the Vietnam War, the đô thị was a popular resort spot for in-country R&R for U.S. Troops.

Years later, Vung Tau became the tourist destination it is today and is now visited by more than 10 million local & foreign tourists every year.

Since 2013, tourism has contributed almost USD$150 million to lớn Vung Tau’s economy.

Vung Tau Weather

This coastal city in Vietnam has a number of attractions. One of the things to vì chưng in Vung Tau is to lớn attend the Tet Festival.

Overall, Vung Tau has relatively cool weather year-round but “relatively” is the operative word here – remember you’re in Vietnam.

The average temperature varies very little in Vung Tau, with daytime temperatures in the high 20s lớn mid-30C.

Cloud cover and high humidity contribute to lớn the balmy climate but, luckily, wind (from a light breeze khổng lồ some pretty strong gusts) is ever-present in the thành phố providing much-needed relief.

The hot & rainy season

The hottest and most humid months are April, May & June.

These are also the rainiest months, however, ‘rainy season’ in Southern Vietnam typically means a few afternoon showers.

The cooler months

The coldest & driest months are December through March, thus making this the “best time to visit” Vung Tau.

Best time for cheap

December is the low season for visitors and you may be able khổng lồ find good giao dịch when booking

Best season for festivals

Like other popular destinations in Vietnam, Vung Tau is packed with tourists in February during the Tet Festival.

If you choose to lớn visit Vung Tau during the busiest time, Tet Festival, you’ll be rewarded with the Bong Gon Flower Season when trắng flowers bloom in abundance everywhere.

They almost look lượt thích the Japanese cherry blossoms, which might make braving the crowds worth it.

Best days of the week to lớn visit Vung Tau

It’s also good to remember that Vung Tau is a getaway from Ho đưa ra Minh City, so it’s a lot more crowded on the weekends and National holidays to weekdays.

If you have a flexible schedule, visit between Monday & Friday for an even more relaxed atmosphere.

Things to bởi in Vung Tau

As resort cities go, Vung Tau certainly offers more than just a beach experience.

The hilly landscape calls for hiking and there’s an adventure park at the đứng đầu of the mountain will give you an adrenaline rush.

Legendary Vietnamese affordability makes golf lessons suitable for any budget.

For temple enthusiasts, Vung Tau is the place to go as in the hills above the city, there are at least half a dozen ornate and colourful temples và pagodas overlooking the sea.

Here are 12 things to bởi in Vung Tau to lớn tick off your list.

1- Relax on the Vung Tau Promenade

Especially popular for sunset viewing, relaxing on the promenade is a favourite thing to vị in Vung Tau for Vietnamese and visitors alike.

The Vung Tau Promenade connects Vung Tau’s Front Beach & Back Beach.

It is fair lớn say that the promenade is equally popular even after the sunset when the heat of the day goes down.

It is lined with street vendors serving fresh seafood và Vietnamese favourites, so sit & eat takeout or cross the street lớn have a meal in a restaurant or just grab a drink.

The promenade encapsulates the Vung Tau vibe và it’s nice to just sit on the parapet and take in the town.

2- Meditate at Niet Ban Tinh Xa (Temple of Nirvana)
Chua Tu quang Temple in Vung Tau is one of many beautiful temple attractions in Vung Tau.

Also known as Pagoda of the Reclining Buddha, this temple is a Vung Tau attraction about 3km from the city centre on a mountain and faces the ocean.

It’s a picture-perfect pagoda, with granite và ceramic work and intricate architectural detail.

The temple is a bit off the beaten path và even local xe taxi drivers can get lost trying lớn find it, making it a quiet và secluded place for meditation.

3- Climb the Jesus Christ Statue
Climbing the Jesus Christ statue is one of the iconic things to vị in Vung Tau.

Rio, that you?

Smaller than its twin in Brazil, this Jesus statue on đứng đầu of a mountain is the biggest in Asia but unlike the one in Rio de Janeiro, the Vung Tau statue has a 133-step staircase inside the figure that you can climb.

It’s a 1000-step walk from the base of the mountain right into Jesus’s arms & if you’re up for the trek, you’ll be rewarded with impressive views of the city.

Admission is free to this Vung Tau tourist spot & you don’t exactly need khổng lồ dress in your Sunday best but vày dress modestly.

You might be denied entry if you show up sleeveless or wear shorts or skirts that are too short. Shoes, hats và bags are not allowed inside either.

Continuing with this theme, there is also a statue of the Virgin Mary holding Baby Jesus in a lovely park on a nearby hill.

4- Visit the Vung Tau Lighthouse
Most of the places lớn visit in Vung Tau have lovely ocean views. The lighthouse sits high on a hill và is worth visiting.

Built in 1862 by the French, this is the oldest of the 79 lighthouses in Vietnam.

With 360-degree views of the city, this is one of the most fabulous of Vung Tau’s many sunset viewing spots. back there at night time lớn enjoy the lighted panorama of the city.

You can drive a motorbike or a car to the base of the lighthouse or opt for a more ambling path along the mountainside.

5- Ride the Vung Tau Cable oto to Ho May Park
The giant Buddha statue at Ho May Park is a Vung Tau tourist spot that attracts a crowd.

The most relaxed way lớn take in views of the city and the coastline is by riding a cable oto to Nui Lon’s peak the đứng top of the hill.

The trip is relatively short but gives you enough time khổng lồ enjoy the scenery và take pictures.

The cable oto ride costs 300,000VND, which is a bit more than your typical Vietnamese attraction but the ticket includes amusement park access to Ho May Park.

You can get khổng lồ Ho May Park by road but it makes more sense lớn take the cable car.

Ho May Park covers an expansive territory at the đứng đầu of an impressive hill.

The amusement park has a few smaller rides, a zip line, games and a peculiar collection of exotic animals.

If you are not in the mood for any of these attractions, you can still enjoy a lovely stroll under the shade of blooming trees along a few charming ponds in an almost Japanese setting.

Pay respects to a giant Buddha & enjoy even more stunning views of Vung Tau.

6- Discover Vung Tau Cannon Fort

If you’re interested in seeing historical landmarks, visiting this fort is one of the things lớn in Vung Tau as Vung Tau Cannon Fort was part of Vietnam’s coastal defence system.

Currently, you can see several large cannons at the site that were installed by the French in 1892 to lớn prevent approaches up the Saigon River.

The fort is another historic site with panoramic views of the city & the sea in Vung Tau.

Located in a clearing on đứng top of a small mountain, the path to the fort is a bit steep, narrow and bumpy.

You’ll need to walk or ride a motorbike, if you’re game, to lớn the entrance.

The best time khổng lồ explore the fort is in the morning before the sun gets too hot.

7- Explore the white Palace
The white Palace is one of the places to visit in Vung Tau lớn get an appreciation of the city’s French legacy.

Also known as Villa Blanche or the white Villa, the palace was a summer house of a French governor, Paul Doumer who later became a French president.

Built in the romantic style of 19th-century French architecture, the opulent mansion is decorated with ancient Greek designs & portraits of Greek Gods & Goddesses.

The palace overlooks the cất cánh with sweeping views of the coastline.

The white Palace is one of the best places khổng lồ visit in Vung Tau if you want khổng lồ know what life was lượt thích for the elite in Vietnam during the early 1900s.

The interior is surprisingly modern with oriental touches, while the garden has an open-air dance floor and is filled with frangipani.

8- Visit the Robert Taylor Worldwide Arms Museum

English engineer Robert Taylor spent over 50 years acquiring an enormous collection of 2,500 military artefacts from different countries.

One of the quality places to lớn visit in Vung Tau is the Robert Taylor Worldwide Arms Museum, which is the largest private arms museum in Vietnam.

The museum has impressive displays of uniforms, weapons & guns from all over the world.

Unique artefacts include a rifle used in the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, 15th-century armour and Vietnamese swords.

Robert Taylor Worldwide Arms Museum is at 98 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ward 1, Vung Tau City.

9- Buy fresh fish at Chợ buôn bản Lưới (Fish market)
The fish market is a hub of activity & an interesting place khổng lồ visit in Vung Tau khổng lồ take photos and to see local life.

Chợ buôn bản Lưới is the biggest seafood market in Vung Tau và my personal favourite.

There are a few fish markets in Vung Tau but this one, without doubt, is the most colourful.

Fishermen bring the catch of the day around 4 pm in the afternoon, so that’s the time you want lớn be there for the freshest selection of seafood.

The prices are excellent and if you can bargain, expect to save about 10 to 15% of the asking price.

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The unique, and obviously the best thing about this fish market is that you can have everything prepared khổng lồ order.

Visiting the fish market is one of the best things to vị in Vung Tau is you’re a seafood lover.

10- cửa hàng at tiệm Cô Nhung tỉnh thái bình (Night Market)

If your cravings weren’t satisfied by the fish market, head over lớn the night market for even more fresh seafood, prepared according khổng lồ the menu on location.

This market is more visited by tourists, so expect the prices khổng lồ be slightly higher than the fish market.

11- Wander around Book Street

Inspired by Saigon, Vung Tau opened its own Book Street in 2018.

Going beyond books, you can find lots of dễ thương souvenirs và lovely coffee shops there.

The shopping street saw over 10,000 visitors over its first Tet Holiday.

12- Play golf

The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip Golf Course was designed by Greg Norman, a true legend of the game.

Set on the coastline, The Bluffs provides the experience of playing golf among the dunes of southern Vietnam surrounded by dramatic ocean views throughout your round.

What could be better for a true golf enthusiast than spending a morning or an afternoon playing the 35th-ranked course in the world outside the U.S.?

Vung Tau Beaches

Vung Tau beaches are an attraction to lớn those who live in Ho bỏ ra Minh City. khổng lồ the many wonderful beaches in Vietnam, to a spoiled beachgoer, Vung Tau might not look like a prime destination.

Nevertheless, as they are the closest khổng lồ Saigon, the beaches are of course, still one of Vung Tau’s biggest draws & worth mentioning.

In fact, the beaches here have improved a lot in recent years.

In 2016, the People of Vung Tau passed a law that banned beach barbecues.

They also opened a training course for over 100 beach vendors with goal of enhancing tourism.

This has made a visible difference in pollution, and the beach ambience is now a lot more desirable.

There are four main beaches in Vung Tau.

Front Beach (Bãi Trước)

Think city beach –Front Beach lies below the promenade with motorbikes cruising up và down.

The sand is dotted with large clusters of umbrellas with families underneath them.

Front Beach has the most food stalls, restaurants và bars and, with that, the most visitors và pollution.

This is the beach with the most visible improvements after the beach barbecue ban, where visitors were no longer allowed lớn bring uncooked food and alcohol onto the beaches in Vung Tau.

Back Beach(Bãi Sau)

For a typical beach day in Vung Tau, most people head to lớn Back Beach.

It’s the biggest, stretching 3km, và the most popular.

Umbrellas, kite surfing, surfing, paddleboards and various water sports are available here.

Pineapple Beach (Bãi Dứa)

Named after the wild pineapple trees that sprout along the shore, Vung Tau’s smallest beach is nestled at the foot of Nho Mountain.

It’s more of a rocky little cove than a beach, without umbrellas or any other beach frills, however the water’s calmer và cleaner than other beaches.

Pineapple Beach is a great spot khổng lồ watch the sunset.

Paradise Beach (Bãi Dâu)

This beach is part of a resort park & there’s an entrance fee to lớn Paradise Beach.

It’s actually just a paid section of Back Beach and has more of a beachside club feeling.

If you’re feeling fancy, you can pay the entrance fee for changing rooms and bathrooms.

There are refreshments for sale here that are also up charged.

What và Where to Eat in Vung Tau

The food in Vung Tau is delicious and inexpensive, which makes eating one of the top things to bởi in Vung Tau.

It goes without saying, if you lớn a coastal city, fresh seafood should be at the top of your mind.

Indeed, it is Vung Tau’s specialty, và the most popular way lớn enjoy it is a regional version of hotpot called lau.

Walking around Vung Tau, you will see the endless stream of eateries serving lau.

Every place has its version and all of them are delicious.

If there were an award for a foodie-friendly city, Vung Tau would be a worthy contender for the top prize.

From street food khổng lồ cafes khổng lồ restaurants, local chefs of all calibre are impressively skilled & treat you with scrumptious meals.

Yet, I want to nói qua places that I frequented most since every one of them had that special something that drew me back over and over again.

David Pizzeria

David Pizzeria is an Italian restaurant with a sea view but don’t go there if you’re in a rush as the waiters have a laid back attitude.

David Pizzeria is a Vung Tau’s favourite, especially among expats và as you get lớn meet more people in Vung Tau, you’ll find that most locals will mention this restaurant sooner or later.

Its reputation is well deserved as the food is delicious and the selection of wine is fantastic.

Sitting at the table overlooking the seashore, it felt like I was back in Sicily.

Bistro Nine Bakery Cafe

Owned by a world-class French chef with a distinguished career, this restaurant specialises in a modern take on French cuisine enhanced by Vietnamese influences.

The wine cellar is exquisite.

The bread is baked daily in-house và the home-made chocolate is to die for.

Eat here!

Don Quijote

Maybe because of the name or, perhaps, due to some dishes I ate there first, I always perceived Don Quijote as a Spanish restaurant.

However, they identify themselves as the French one.

In hindsight, I shall say they incorporate ingredients & ideas from both countries.

The chef takes local ingredients và transforms them into French-Spanish-inspired meals.

Their vegetable terrine is a stroke of genius.

Sushi Tokyo Restaurant

At Vung Tau’s Sushi Tokyo Restaurant, I had the best sashimi outside of Japan.

If you want seafood served in a sophisticated way, this is the place.

Kozak Restaurant và Bar

Hearty home-cooked meals are the core of the thực đơn at Kozak Restaurant and Bar.

Perhaps, not the most refined or sophisticated cuisine, but you never leave this place hungry.

They serve a phối of Ukranian, Russian, and Vietnamese dishes.

Quán La Cà

Quán La Cà is a
Vietnamese barbecue spot popular with patrons watching sports games while drinking beer.

This place has terrific grilled oysters at a low price. there on weekends or during football game days is a fun way to lớn experience local các buổi tiệc nhỏ culture.

You will need a ride khổng lồ get there.

How lớn Get khổng lồ Vung Tau

There are two major ways khổng lồ get from Ho đưa ra Minh city to Vung Tau: by land or by water.

Travelling from downtown Saigon to Vung by high-speed ferry is an experience in itself.

The Saigon lớn Vung Tau ferry goes down the river, past the Mekong Delta and out towards the South china Sea.

Ferry boats depart from Bach Dang tốc độ Ferry Terminal & the travel time is around 90 minutes but if you’re travelling on weekends và holidays, book in advance online.

Alternatively, take a bus, taxi, private car or motorbike. Some buses are slightly cheaper than the high-speed ferry and take about three hours.

If you’re travelling by taxi, oto or bike, your travel time is about two hours.

Getting Around Vung Tau

Unless you’ve brought your own transportation or want to enjoy the nightlife, using Grab is the best way to lớn get around as there’s no Uber in Vietnam.

Grab offers car and motorbike rides and works the same way as Uber does through an app, which you install on your smartphone.

The advantage of using Grab instead of a xe taxi is that you will not need khổng lồ explain lớn your driver where to lớn go (the language barrier can be challenging!).

Restaurants, bars, cafes & hotels will call a xe taxi for you but make sure you carry cash to lớn pay for your taxi ride.

Renting a motorbike is not necessary and not really the most convenient khung of transport as finding a parking spot in the middle of the đô thị can be difficult.

Vung Tau Tips

Cash is king in Vietnam, however, supermarkets and larger restaurants will accept credit cards.

Have cash for traditional xe taxi rides.

With Grab, you can either pay by thẻ or cash, although địa chỉ your thẻ information into the app before booking a ride.

There are plenty of ATMs around but lượt thích most places in Vietnam, not all ATMs accept foreign cards.

Vietnamese ATMs are also likely to run out of money on the weekend or even late into the day.

To increase your chances of obtaining cash, hit the ATMs in the mornings.

Sometimes using ATMs in Vietnam are a trial và error process and you might need to lớn try a few before you are successful at getting cash out.

Elena Tchijov is a full-time long-term traveller who has been a location-independent lifestyle with circling the world since 2013. She spent two months living in Vung Tau and is not counting the number of countries visited but rather living through experiences taking photos along the way. She writes about alternative ways of exploring new destinations và is passionate about resolving issues related khổng lồ over-tourism. You can read her stories at Traveling Bytes.

This article introduces the most popular tourist attractions in Ho chi Minh City, including the list of all restaurants that the famous TV show have visited in 2018/05!

Shopping đô thị | Ho đưa ra Minh City

Vietnam is a thành phố that European culture. It was once colonized by the French city, full of rich history, wonderful food and reasonable prices, flight tickets are often promoted, the famous TV show only spend two days lớn travel in Ho đưa ra Minh city during weekend. Many Taiwanese people are joking that if you wanna travel in island of Taiwan, it would be better to fly directly to Vietnam to experience different cluture.



Good place khổng lồ go shopping | Ben Thanh Market

Address: Ben Thanh Market, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, hồ Chí Minh

Phone: (+84) 28-3829-9274

Time: 07:00~19:00

Binhai Market is located in the center of Ho bỏ ra Minh City. There are about 2,000 shops in the market. It not only sells fashionable clothes, traditional Vietnamese clothes, but also sells traditional goods, fresh fruits và vegetables, và hand-made gifts. It is the most amazing thing for me khổng lồ discover. Many fruits not found in Taiwan, such as: rambutan, paramita, mangosteen, Please remember if t you visit the Ben Thanh market, you need to ask for discount at least 30%off – 50%off before you buy them.


Half price five-star massage | MIUMIU spa làm đẹp

Address: 2B Chu khỏe mạnh Trinh, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, hồ nước Chí Minh, Vietnam

Phone: (+84) 28-6680-2652

Time: 09:30 ~ 23:30

To Southeast Asian countries, you must take a massage, because the price is close to lớn half the price in Taiwan. Miu
Miu spa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp is a massage shop by many well-known bloggers. In order khổng lồ make every consumer reach a massage, you will fill in the simple size first. Specially marked for part of body that you want lớn strengthen, so that the whole trip is more close lớn everyone's needs, và finally the dessert is not a big deal, but also sent the passion fruit smoothie lớn make a perfect ending.


24 hours Restaurant | Ph sinh sống Hùng

Address: 241-243 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Quận 1, hồ nước Chí Minh, Vietnam

Phone: (+84) 28-3838-5089

Time: 24 hours

The most famous food in Vietnam is Vietnamese noodles(pho). This Pho shop is open 24 hours. The signature dishes are: integrated Niuhe pho, besides raw beef, there is cowhide & beef tendon in the pho! It’s really rare food in Taiwan, that’s why so many tourist và have this good food.


Different view | Gondola Saigon River SAIGON boat tour

Address: 462 Le Hong Phong, P.1, Q.10, tp Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Just khổng lồ the Saigon River và to the station khổng lồ find a handsome boatman. Although there is no chance lớn go khổng lồ the Seine in Paris, the beauty of the Saigon River will not be lost to lớn France.


Night View bar | EON HELI BAR

Address: Tầng 52, bitexco Tower, 2, Hải Triều, Quận 1, tp Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Phone: (+84) 28-6291-8752

Time: 10:30~01:00

Absolutely no stranger to lớn this attraction, every attraction in Ho bỏ ra Minh City, the financial tower, is also a famous landmark in the area. The bar is located on the 52nd floor & overlooks the night view of Ho đưa ra Minh City.


City in the desert | Mui Ne

Recently, “this city” with a huge increase in Google search. Mui Ne is about 5-6 hours drive from Ho chi Minh City. In general, passengers will choose khổng lồ take the late-night bus and go directly to lớn the early morning lớn enjoy the sunrise of Mui Ne. Taking photos in the desert, the white sand dunes are very big, people aren’t easy to lớn walk. Generally, it is more convenient khổng lồ rent directly into the ATV. The red sand dunes are smaller than white sand dune. After the two spots, Don't miss the Fairy Stream and the Mui Ne Fishing Village. You can take hundreds of dream photos in these place!


About Vietnam War | Cu đưa ra Tunnel

Cu đưa ra Tunnel is located in the northwest of Ho bỏ ra Minh. If you take a bus, it is more troublesome khổng lồ transfer. We private tour to lớn Cu đưa ra tunnel. It only takes two hours also shorter than taking bus. There are already some mở cửa tunnels in the local area of ​​250m. The inside is very narrow. Only one person can go in. It is necessary lớn take pictures with the chariots in the forest. It is the ancient tunnel.


Travel's experience|

Ho chi Minh City's sightseeing spots are concentrated in the thành phố center. Each attraction is about 15 minutes walk away. Sometimes the weather is too hot. It is khổng lồ take the transportation tool more conveniently. Remember to lớn ask the price once before getting on the bus. It is easy khổng lồ be Local people are smashing the bar, & it is to lớn use chartered cars in remote places. The average price of several people is also more cost-effective and safe. tour&Price:Vietnam Private tour price & customized itinerary


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