Surrounded by oceans, the popular beachside resort is a welcome break from the crazy bustling atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City. A former French colonial town, Vung Tau sits on a beautiful peninsula in southern Vietnam. The port city is fairly quiet during the week with the real action coming at the weekend when locals and expats travel from the nearby Saigon, roughly an hour away by hydrofoil. This is a perfect way to break up a trip if you’re looking for some sun and relaxation while exploring the country.
Getting to Vung Tau
The best way to reach Vung Tau is from Ho Chi Minh City by hydrofoil. Leave from Bach Dang Wharf, it’s a very quick journey and takes just over an hour. During weekends and holidays, tickets can sell out so be sure to book them in advance. The other option is to take the bus from Mien Dong bus station, this takes around three hours.
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1. Thich Ca Phat Dai Temple
Located on the Big Mountain, the religious pagoda consists of a 19-metre-octagonal tower and stunning statue of Buddha on a lotus. The natural landscape makes a beautiful backdrop to the temple and is one of the top tourist sites in Vung Tau.
2. Eat Fresh Seafood
The coastal-town is well-known for its delicious and fresh seafood. Thanh Phat restaurant is a fantastic option for seafood and is one of the most popular spots in town, the food is tasty and very budget-friendly. Other seafood options include Co Nen restaurant, Ganh Hao restaurant and Stingray hot pot.
3. White Palace
The White Palace also known as Bach Dinh is one of the summer homes of the last emperor of Vietnam. You can find displays of Chinese artefacts from the 17th and 18th century that were recovered from a shipwreck off of Vietnam’s Con Dao Islands. The entire upper floor of the palace can be seen much like it would have been when the royal family occupied it. A great way to learn more about Vietnamese culture and history.
4. Back Beach (Bai Sau)
Renowned for its beautiful sandy shores and gentle waves, the beachside is lined with gorgeous restaurants and cafes. Thuy Van Street of Back Beach is filled with hotels from budget to luxury options.
5. Statue of Jesus Christ
Standing at 32 metres high, 170 metres above sea level and built in 1975, the statue is located on the Small Mountain and can be reached by a rather long hike up 847 steps. Officially known as the Christ the King Statue, the hike results in a cool sea breeze, gorgeous views and a small shop selling drinks and snacks.
6. Ho May Cultural and Ecological Park
Enjoy the cool and refreshing water at May Lake and soak up the landscape from the cable car. The Ho May Cultural and Ecological Park is a must-visit while in the area. This is a great place to visit with children as there are lots of games including a merry-go-round, waterpark, roller coasters and dodgem cars.
7. Front Beach (Bai Truoc)
The centre of the city is at the Front Beach where you’ll find skyscrapers and the commercial hub of the area. The Front Beach is perfect for an evening walk and to watch the sunset but generally, tourists prefer to swim at the Back Beach.
8. Vung Tau Lighthouse
Built in by the French in 1910, the lighthouse is a great spot to visit to get 360-degree views of the town. The panoramic views are well worth the trip to the lighthouse. You can reach the lighthouse from Cau Da Pier, north of the Hai Au Hotel then head up the hill.