Vung Tau has long been considered an attractive tourist destination, because of its natural beauty. Wherever in Vung Tau you go to, you will be fascinated by the scenery of this place.
Overview of Vung Tau
Only 3 hours’ drive from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, with a 20 km stretch of coastline, Vung Tau is one of the favorite destinations of southern tourists. This peninsula is located completely out of the mainland like a strip of land, from here; people can look at the East Sea, even the time of sunrise and at sunset. Besides the values of natural landscapes, Vung Tau is also a land with long cultural and historical traditions.
Coming to Vung Tau, you will have a peaceful and pleasant feeling with spacious and airy roads. One side is the blue sea; another side is the big mountains, small mountains, and pure temples… All create a magical Vung Tau; a city of Vung Tau is not only peaceful but also having countless famous landscapes.
Ba Ria – Vung Tau is a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons: the rainy season starts from May to October, this time has a southwest monsoon; The dry season starts from November to April next year, this time has the Northeast monsoon. The average annual temperature is 27 ° C, the lowest month is about 24.8 ° C, and the highest month is about 28.6 ° C.
The best time to visit Vung Tau
In Vung Tau, all year round is the tourist season because the temperature is never too cold or too hot. You just need to follow the weather forecast to avoid coming toVung Tau when there is a storm. In addition, on weekends and holidays, Vung Tau attracts a lot of tourists; the price of all services is high.
Transportation from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau
Vung Tau coastal city is only 125 km from Ho Chi Minh City; this is a great place for your short trip. Currently there are 3 vehicles for your trip: motorbike or car, coach and hydrofoil.
Motorbike or Car
The route 1: You go along National Highway 1, passing Dong Nai Bridge, you will meet a traffic roundabout (Vung Tau crossroads, formerly called Vung Tau fork), and from here you turn right along National Highway 51. Go further About 100 km is Vung Tau City.
The route 2: From Ho Chi Minh City, you can choose the route from Cat Lai ferry (District 2, Ho Chi Minh City) to Nhon Trach (Dong Nai). This road section will lead to National Highway 5, section of gate to Nhon Trach Industrial Zone. This road is closer than about 20 km.
In addition, for tourists who drive their own cars, it is possible to choose the route to Vung Tau via Long Thanh – Dong Nai highway, which will help shorten the distance to Vung Tau with only about 2 – 2.5 hours.
Note: Time to go to Vung Tau by motorbike: 3 – 3.5 hours.
High quality bus: Price from 80,000 VND to 160,000 VND / ticket. You can go to Mien Dong bus station to buy tickets; the duration time of driving is about 2.5- 3 hours.
Mien Dong Bus Station: 292 Dinh Bo Linh, Ward 26, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Tel: (08) 3899 4056; (08) 3898 4441; (08) 3898 4442; (08) 3898 4893
Vung Tau City Bus Station: 192 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 3, Vung Tau City. Tel: (064) 3859727
Some good quality bus companies go this route:
Hoa Mai Bus Company
Open Tour: Vung Tau – Ho Chi Minh
Time: 4:00 am – 17:30 (each bus is about 15 minutes apart)
– Booking tickets:
+ Vung Tau ticket counter – Tel: 0643.531 980 – 0643.531 981
+ Ben Thanh ticket counter – Tel: 0838.218 928 – 0838.218 927
Mien Tay Bus Station
– Time: 4:00 am – 19:00 (each bus is about 15 – 30 minutes apart)
– Booking tickets:
+ Ticket booth of Vung Tau bus station – Tel: 0643.527 500
+ Ticket booth in Mien Tay bus station – Tel: 01207 226 226 – 01207 227 227
Mien Dong bus Station
– Time: 4:00 am – 19:00 (each bus is about 15 – 30 minutes apart)
– Booking tickets:
+ Buy tickets directly at Vung Tau bus station
+ Buy tickets directly at Ticket Office 84 (Ho Chi Minh city)
+ Phone number: 0937 756 756
Phuong Trang Bus
Ticket price: VND 95,000 / ticket. You can consult ticket reservations at futabus.vn
Thien Phu bus
Vung Tau: Address: 04 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 3, Vung Tau city, Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province. Ticket booking: 064. 3 62 52 62 – 0917 35 10 35
Saigon: Mien Dong Bus Station. Address: Ticket booth number 36, 292 Dinh Bo Linh, Ward 26, Binh Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City. Book tickets: 0917351035 – (08) 35112958
Address: 292 Dinh Bo Linh, Ward 26, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Tel: (08) 35.112.112. Ticket price is VND 85,000 / ticket.
Toan Thang bus
Booking tickets 0908.121.135 or 0908.121.135. Ticket price: VND 90,000 / person
Pacific Express Speedboat takes 1,5 hours at a fare of 200,000 VND. The ship will depart from Nha Rong port (No. 05 Nguyen Tat Thanh, District 4) along the Saigon River, through Ganh Rai Bay and finally dock at Cau Da port, Vung Tau. Hotline for ticket booking: 01222 69 69 68
Phone numbers to know:
– City police: 0264 3852361
– Vung Tau Central Post Office: 0264 3623483
– Le Loi Hospital, Vung Tau: 0264 3832667
– Petro Taxi: 0264 3851851
– Mai Linh Taxi: 0264 3565656
Famous tourist attractions in Vung Tau
Bai Sau Beach
Bai Sau Vung Tau is famous for its beautiful coastline and calm sea, concentrating a lot of hotels and dining areas. Therefore, most tourists when traveling to Vung Tau are interested in Bai Sau. Bai Sau Beach also has a quite famous Thuy Van street, similar to Tran Phu Street in Nha Trang, there are many hotels from budget hotel to luxury hotel on this road.
Bai Truoc Beach
The center of Vung Tau city is located in Bai Truoc, where there are a lot of high-rise buildings and shopping centers. Tourists often choose beaches in Bai Sau area because Bai Truoc is more polluted due to the density of inhabitants and crowded tourists. However, Bai Truoc will be the ideal place for you to watch the sunset or take a walk.
Long Hai Beach
About 110 km from Ho Chi Minh City to the Northeast (equivalent to 2 – 2.5 hours by motorbike drive), Long Hai Beach is a favorite destination for tourists. Long Hai has a beautiful beach with clear blue waters, golden sand and beach resorts. Especially, Long Hai Beach has much fresh seafood with quite cheap price. Binh Chau hot spring is located on Long Hai tourist route, also an interesting stop for tourists.
Ho Coc – Ho Tram Beach
These two beaches are located in Xuyen Moc district, a tourist attraction that attracts tourists by rare primitive wild features. The sea here has clear blue water and you can see sandy bottom all year round, the white sand beach spreads, the slope is gentle and especially beautiful thanks to the rocks on the beach creating the waves of white foam.
Suoi O Beach
Suoi O Beach is located in Binh Chau commune, Xuyen Moc district, about 3 km from Binh Chau market, on the road towards Binh Chau hot spring. Suoi O Beach has a fresh water stream, and has a smooth white sand beach with immense blue sea. This is one of the rare beaches in Vietnam that has both fresh and salt water.
Con Dao Islands
Con Dao is famous for its clear beaches, green coconut trees and white sandy beaches that can fascinate any visitor. It’s easy to understand why Con Dao attracts many domestic and foreign tourists to come and enjoy. With unspoiled beauty and not much affected by the tourism industry, Con Dao is now a rare tourist paradise in Vietnam.
The giant statue of Shakyamuni Buddha
This is a temple located on the side of Lon Mountain of Vung Tau City. The beauty of the temple is skillfully combined between religious architecture and natural landscapes. Most notably, the Bat Giac tower is 19 m high and the statue of Buddha meditating on the lotus built on the middle of the mountain, visitors can see it from a distance.
The giant statue of Jesus
The statue of Jesus spreads his arms and stands on the top of Vung Tau’s Nho Mountain, built in 1974. The statue is 32 meters high, arm span 18.3 meters long on a height of 170 meters overlooking the sea. Inside statue, there is a staircase of 133 steps up to 2 hands of the statue. The statue can be thought of as a similar version of a statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 1898, Governor-General of Indochina Paul Doumer built the White Palace (Villa Blanche) on the fortress of Phuoc Thang, which once fired at the French warship nearly 50 years ago.
Ho May tourist area
This is one of the interesting destinations to discover when coming to Vung Tau. Just take a scenic cable car, play a comfortable game and have a bath. In particular, this place is the ideal destination for children with a variety of games will definitely fascinate. They are happy to have fun in their holidays.
Thang Tam temple
In this relic, there is Ba temple located on a small island, protruding in front of the sea. Nghinh Ong Thang Tam festival in Vung Tau is considered one of the spiritual tourism products of Ba Ria Vung Tau, attracting a lot of visitors.
Location: 77A Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Thang Tam, Vung Tau.
Niet Ban Tinh Xa
This is one of the most beautiful temples in Vung Tau with modern architectural features. The “Niet Ban Tinh Xa” temple was built on the Nho Mountain, facing the sea. The pagoda was built in 1969 and inaugurated in 1974 by the donation of Buddhist people.
Quan The Am Bo Tat Pagoda
This is a small temple with a 16m-high white statue facing the sea standing on a lotus tower, holding Cam Lo bottle, with a gentle and virtue face.
Location: Quan The Am Bo Tat Pagoda is located on Lon mountain road, Vung Tau city, 500 m from Dau beach.
Linh Son Co Tu
Linh Son Co Tu is the oldest temple in Vung Tau. In the main hall, there is a 1.2m high Buddha statue with stone sculpted very cleverly, creating a compassionate and lively looks on the Buddha’s face.
Location: 61 Hoang Hoa Tham, Vung Tau.
Vung Tau Lighthouse
Coming here, after following the fortified tunnel in the two-story house, you will reach the top of the tower. From here, you can take in the view of the whole city of Vung Tau hidden in the dew, the crescent-shaped beaches, and Minh Dam Mountain.
Location: Located on the top of Nho Mountain, Vung Tau City.
Hon Ba is a small island. At the foot of the island, waves rushed to the shore with white foam. Hon Ba is about 200 meters from the foot of Nho Mountain. In 1881, Mr. Ho Quang Minh from the Central of Vietnam invested money for the construction of a small temple on the island called Mieu Ba. At low tide, you can walk to the island.
In addition, Vung Tau has many other famous attractions such as: Upside Down House, Ancient Weapon Museum, Lon House (Ong Tran Temple)….
Some big festivals of Vung Tau city
Every year, in the province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, local people organize traditional folk festivals, full in culture, customs and beliefs of coastal residents, attracting thousands of people. Many visitors came to join. Here are some famous festivals in Vung Tau that you need to remember when you have a chance to visit this beautiful beach.
Tran Hung Dao’s death anniversary
On the 20th August of lunar every year, the death anniversary of Tran Hung Dao is held at the Temple of the Holy Tran: No. 68 Ha Long, Ward 2, Vung Tau City. Through various types of festival activities, it is also a way to educate young generations about patriotism and national pride. On the occasion of the festival, thousands of tourists and locals attended the opening ceremony and incense offering ceremony.
Dinh Co Festival
Dinh Co is a monumental temple complex, with traditional architectural features, located on Long Hai beach of Ba Ria – Vung Tau province. Dinh Co festival (10 – 12/2 lunar calendars) is rich in folk colors, each time the festival attracts tens of thousands of tourists to attend and enjoy the beautiful scenery here.
Nghinh Ong festival
Every year, Nghinh Ong festival is held at Ca Ong (Whale) tomb at Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Vung Tau city. The festival is held in 3 days from August 16 to 18 of the lunar calendar. This is the biggest water festival of Vung Tau fishermen. Nghinh Ong Vung Tau Festival has been selected by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as one of the 15 major festivals of the country since 2000.
Than Thang Tam Temple Festival
Every year the festival is held for 4 days, from 17-20 February lunar calendars. This is a festival to pray for peace, at the end of the time and the beginning of a harvest season for shrimp and fish. The ceremony took place very elaborately: offering sacrifices, offering incense, drum, gongs, music, and trumpets. Part of the festival has many entertainment activities such as lion dance, Boi singing.
Ba Ngu Hanh Temple Festival
Ba Ngu Hanh Temple Festival is held annually on the 16th, 17th and 18th of October in the lunar calendar at the Temple of Ba Ngu Hanh, Vung Tau city. The festival is solemnly organized with ritual ceremonies and folk games, attracting a great number of people and tourists to offer incense.
Food and Specialties in Vung Tau
The cuisine of Vung Tau is not only famous for its khot cake but also a lot of seafood, coffee, Russian style dishes…. Travelling to Vung Tau without knowing the address of delicious restaurants is extremely unfortunate. Dalat Trip will introduce you a variety of delicious food addresses in Vung Tau voted by tourists everywhere.
The advantages of these places are spacious and airy, with parking lots, suitable for vacationers, families, because the prices in these restaurants are quite high.
Ganh Hao restaurant: 03 Tran Phu, Ward 5, Vung Tau City and 09 Ha Long, Ward 2, Vung Tau City.
Thanh Phat Seafood 1: 334 Tran Phu, Ward 5, Vung Tau city.
The eatery Tre: This restaurant is quite luxury in Vung Tau. Seafood is very fresh but the price is quite expensive, in return for quality, good space and service. The specialty of the restaurant is seafood salad and hotpot. Address: 411 Thong Nhat Street, Ward 8, Vung Tau City.
Lam Duong Seafood: 125B Tran Phu, Ward 5, Vung Tau city.
– The snail eatery Tu Nhien 2: No. 34 Tran Phu, Ward 5, Vung Tau city.
– The snail eatery Thien Nhien: 245 Truong Cong Dinh Street, Vung Tau city.
– Kim Anh: Located in the night dining area in Vung Tau, behind Imperial Vung Tau, Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Thang Tam ward, Vung Tau city.
– The snail eatery 5 Tang: A12 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Vung Tau city.
– Ms. Nen barbecue eatery: 6 Tran Phu Street, Vung Tau city.
– Xom Luoi Seafood Market: This is a spontaneous market of seafarers near Bai Truoc Park, at the junction of Phan Boi Chau and Nguyen Cong Tru streets.
Khot cake Co Ba Vung Tau: 01 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ward 3, Vung Tau.
Khot cake Ba Hai: 42 Tran Dong, ward 3, Vung Tau.
Khot cake 41: 24A Tran Dong, Vung Tau.
Khot cake Goc Vu Sua: 14 Nguyen Truong To, ward 2, Vung Tau.
Khot cake Ut Loan – Ba Trieu: 67 Ba Trieu, ward 4, Vung Tau.
Truong Cong Dinh stingray hotpot: 40 – 44 Truong Cong Dinh, Vung Tau.
7 Luom Seafood Restaurant: 37 Nguyen Truong To, ward 3, Vung Tau.
Ut Muoi: 16A Truong Cong Dinh, Vung Tau.
Custard cake with salt egg
Kep cake Goc Cot Dien – custard cake with salt egg: 17B Nguyen Truong To, ward 3, Vung Tau.
– Custard cake with salt egg A Ty: 6 Do Chieu Street, Ward 1, Vung Tau.
Some other addresses of good eateries:
– Broken rice Hoa Huong Duong: 140 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 2, Vung Tau.
– Co Tien Yogurt: On the road to Lighthouse, Vung Tau.
– Vuon Xoai salad: 34/5 Hoang Hoa Tham, Vung Tau.
– Clear rice noodle soup Vung Tau: 376 Truong Cong Dinh, ward 7, Vung Tau.
– O Kia beef: 648 Truong Cong Dinh, Vung Tau.
Where to stay overnight in Vung Tau?
The list of Vung Tau hotels is on dalattrip.com/hotel, with many prices for you to choose. Here are hotels in Vung Tau that Dalat Trip’s customers love to stay:
Alma Oasis Long Hai Resort & Spa
Pullman Vung Tau Hotel
The Grand Ho Tram Strip Resort Vung Tau
Malibu Beach Hotel Vung Tau
Lan Rung Resort PhuocHai
Beautiful coffee shops in Vung Tau
MILLA Naked soul PUB
Black & White Coffee
La Vie En Rose Coffee
Ngoc Tuoc Book Café
Tree House Billiard & Coffee