Vung tau, Vietnam is an easy getaway from the noisy and populous city of Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. In bygone years, Vungtau was a favorite beach destination for the rich and famous in Ho Chi Minh City. Today Vungtau stands as a resort town in Baria - Vungtau, 125 kilometers from Ho Chin Minh City. It is approximately 14 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide. It houses many bungalows and vacation homes from olden days and many large and modern hotels along its beaches.
There are many Vietnam tourist attractions in Vungtau. These include beaches and abundance of pagodas and temples, many leaning against the mountains and face the oceans. Vungtau, Vietnam faces the ocean on three sides. Not surprisingly Vung Tau is windy all year long with a very pleasant average temperature of 28 degrees centigrade which makes it a popular destination for sightseeing in Vietnam.
The three beaches in Vungtau, Vietnam are Bai Sau or the Rear Beach, Bai Dua or the Pineapple Beach, and Bai Truoc or Front beach.
Bai Sau beach is located in the southeast side of the town and is the most popular beach in Vungtau. The affluent Saigonese holiday makers are a common sight in this beach on weekends. During the rainy season the sea is calm, but frequent periods of high wind and dry waves during the dry season.
Bai Dua beach, located at the foot of Nui Nho Mountains, is historically known for its pineapple trees and black rocks. It is the smallest of all the beaches in Vung Tau but is a very popular destination for its majestic sunset and calm waters.
Bai Truoc beach is located between the Nui Lon and Nui Nho mountains and is lined with coconut trees, the beach looks like a crescent moon when seen from far. This is the closest beach from urban Vungtau, Vietnam and hence is filled with open air restaurants and bars.
Among the pagoda the Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda attracts maximum crowd, mostly pilgrims. This is famous for its large and serene environment and its 6.2 meter tall statue of Buddha. The other religious site is Niet Ban Tinh Xa Temple of Nirvana and the Statue of Jesus on top of Nui Nho Mountain.
Along with being one of the Vietnam popular destinations, Vungtau is also a centre of services for the exploitation of gas and oil with oil rigs just 70 kilometers off shore. Beside Vungtau, Vietnam also has a significant fishing industry.
Economy and society
The city is located in the south of Vietnam, and is situated at the tip of a small peninsula. It has traditionally been a significant port, particularly during Vietnam's period of French rule. Today, the city's importance as a shipping port has diminished, but it still plays a significant role in Vietnam's offshore oil industry. Vung Tau is the only petroleum base of Vietnam where crude oil and gas exploitation activities dominate the city's economy and contribute principal income to Vietnam's budget and export volume.
Vũng Tàu is home to 210,000 people, in which 1250 are Russians working as specialists in the oil industry.
Phu My Portis a deep-water port able to accommodate ships ranging between 40,000 and 60,000dwt.Phu My is a commercial port with nothing nearby. A shuttle may be provided to the small town of Ba Ria where you can take a taxi to a larger city like Vung Tau. The best way to get to Ho Chi Minh City is either with the ship's or private tour. Transfer from Phu My Port to Ho Chi Minh
Located in Southern Vietnam, Vũng Tàu has only two seasons in a year :
- Dry season (November - April) : dry and slightly cooler during winter months and around Tết Holiday. Gets hotter in April.
- Rainy season (May - October) : rainy, but less than Ho Chi Minh City. Usually hot at noon till 3PM. Summer is ideal for sea bathing,
Vũng Tàu is connected to the mainland by Highway No. 51 (Quốc lộ 51), which runs from Biên Hòa City. Travelers take Highway No. 1 northwards to Bien Hoa. After crossing Dong Nai River bridge and arriving Vung Tau Intersection (Ngã Ba Vũng Tàu), turn right
If you want to get in Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh airport, you should arrange private transfer. It's faster and cheaper if you take the hydrofoil, but the cost of taxis will actually make having your own car a better idea. Plus having a driver will be helpful in getting where you want once you get there. You can get a car and driver for a little under $100
Xe đạp đôi or double-bike (tandem bicycle) has been popular among youth and teenagers of Vung Tau. You can see groups of at least four riding along the windy and green streets and along the coast. A standard double-bike can carry 3 people in which 2 take the ride. You can rent a double bike at the Bãi Trước (Front Beach) Area beside Nhà thiếu nhi (Children Cultural House) or on pavements along the Bãi Sau (Back Beach) near hotels area.
Vũng Tàu is rather small in size, so don't hesitate to take a walk. Recommended ways are : Bacu street (the city's downtown), Đồ Chiểu Street (food center), Trưng Trắc and Trưng Nhị Square, Công viên Bãi trước (Front Beach park) and pavements along the coastline. The only drawback; foreigners are constantly sought after by motorbike drivers, especially if walking alone.
Seaside status makes Vung Tau a nearby paradise for Saigonners. However, for well-travelled foreigners, expect a bit less. The beach is not all too attractive with litter lining the coast, and most of the sandy eastern beach has signage about dangerous swimming. There are four beaches in the city center located in different positions.
Vung Tau's landscape is suitable for climbing mountains, few of the hikes in Vung Tau are
- Hike to the Lighthouse in the little mountain. The entrance is at in Phan Chu Trinh street, about 1 km from the beach.
- Hike to the Jesus statue in the little mountain. This is a very nice short hike.
- Hike to the big mountain. The trail starts in Tran Hung Dao street. The top is very flat, and there are couple restaurants on top.</listing>
There is also a cable car to the top of the big mountain where there is a small amusement park. Pricey at 200,000 VND a ticket for the cable car ride and entrance to the park.
Where to buy
- Chợ Vũng Tàu (Vũng Tàu Market), new central market built in 1985. Vietnamese day meals start with market. Goods in markets are cheaper and fresher than in shops and that's why a market is very familiar with every Vietnamese, esp. housewives.
Banh Khot is Vung Tau's signature meal, it is an all breakfast meal which includes greens and noodles.