Vung Tau Travel And Tourist Guide

Located on a peninsula that juts into the South China Sea, Vung Tau is just 125kms southeast of Saigon and as such is the nearest seaside getaway for city dwellers. It’s largely ignored by tourists, who tend to head straight up the coast to Mui Ne or Nha Trang, and it has to be said that the place has a bit of a seedy feel about it, and its beaches are definitely second-rate.

Having said that, there’s always a holiday mood about the place and there are a few places worth looking at around town. Perhaps even more interesting, a newly cut coast road from Vung Tau northeast to Phan Thiet is ideal for exploring and has some secluded beaches too.


Attractions & Activities

Clamber up to the shoulder of the Giant Jesus statue or go play on the sands at Back Beach before diving in some cool water and exploring the underwater world with a snorkel...more


Indulge in some period charm at a boutique resort with five star facilities or snuggle down in a cheap budget room run by a typical Vietnamese family for a taste of rustic life...more

Restaurants & Bars

Select your seafood live from a tank or settle into a cozy café with WiFi and chat with friends before heading out for some drinks in the evening and watching the sunset with a cool beer...more


Hop on a hydrofoil to get to Vung Tao and then tour the town from the seat of a cyclo or alternatively rent a motorbike to explore the wider countryside in your own time...more

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Vung Tau Guide - Weekend Getaway for Vietnam Urbanites

The town was popularized by the French in the late 19th century, who found its sea breezes refreshing after the stifling heat of Saigon. They called it Cap St Jaques, and built some impressive villas on the hills facing out to sea, of which a few remain.

During the 20th century it became the base for several oil companies with offshore operations, which led to the development of business hotels, as well as restaurants and bars to accommodate the taste of foreign workers. There’s a good variety of accommodation, ranging from smart hotel geared to business people to luxury bungalows furnished in traditional style and simple budget lodgings.

These days there are still a few expats working here, but the place is generally quiet during the week. The weekend is a different matter, however; thousands of Vietnamese descend on the town to play on the beach, eat seafood and wander round the shopping malls. Remember to book your accommodation well in advance if arriving at the weekend or you may have to wander around searching for an overpriced room.

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