Vung Tau Travel: A to Z handbook (Updated with latest information 2019)

Vung Tau Travel: A to Z handbook (Updated with latest information 2019)

Vung Tau travel has long been considered an attractive tourist destination, because of its natural beauty. Wherever you travel in Vung Tau, you will be fascinated by the scenery of this place.

Vung Tau is a coastal city in Ba Ria - Vung Tau province. The reasons why Vung Tau travel is so popular lie in many aspects. Bai Sau Beach (Back Beach) is the most well-known destination chosen by tourists coming to Vung Tau. In addition, Vung Tau also has notable attractions such as Statue of Christ King on Nho Moutain (Small Mountain), Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda and Bach Dinh (White Palace) building close to the sea. Nghinh Ong Festival and Dinh Co Festival are two of the most prominent cultural festivals in Vung Tau.

Overview of Vung Tau travel

Only about 3 hours drive from Ho Chi Minh city center, with a stretching coastline of 20km, Vung Tau is one of the favorite destinations for Southern visitors. Lying completely out of the mainland like a strip of land, from here, one can see the East Sea both at dawn and at dusk. Besides the natural landscape values, Vung Tau is also a destination with a long history and cultural traditions.

Vung Tau Travel

The beauty of Vung Tau travel

Coming to Vung Tau, you will feel peaceful and relaxed with wide and airy roads. The blue sea, the big and small mountains, and tranquil temples... All create an irresistibly charming Vung Tau, a city of not only peacefulness and idyll but also numerous famous scenic spots. Therefore, Vung Tau travel is on the to-do list of many travelers or tourists.

Climate

Ba Ria - Vung Tau belongs to the tropical monsoon climate zone, with two distinct seasons in a year: The rainy season starts from May to October, with Southwest monsoon; The dry season starts from November to April the next year, with the northeast monsoon. The average annual temperature is 27°C, the lowest month is about 24.8°C, while the highest is about 28.6°C.

The most ideal time for Vung Tau travel

The tourism season in Vung Tau is all year round because the temperatures are never too cold or too hot. You only need to check the weather forecast to avoid traveling to Vung Tau during storms. In addition, on weekends and public holidays, Vung Tau attracts a lot of tourists, thus service prices are rising.

Transporting from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau

The coastal city of Vung Tau is not far from Ho Chi Minh city, only 125km away, which is a great destination for a short trip. There are currently 3 vehicles available for backpackers: self-driving motorbikes, passenger cars or hydrofoil boats.

Motorbike

  • Option 1: You take the Highway 1, cross Dong Nai Bridge to a traffic roundabout (Vung Tau crossroads, formerly known as Vung Tau fork), from here you turn right along Highway 51. Go straight ahead about 100km to reach Vung Tau city.
  • Option 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 section will lead to Highway 51 and the entrance to Nhon Trach Industrial Zone. This route is about 20km closer.

In addition, for those who drive their own cars can choose the route to Vung Tau via Long Thanh - Dong Nai highway, which will help shorten the distance to Vung Tau to only about 2 - 2.5 hours.

Note: Travel to Vung Tau by motorbike takes about 3 - 3.5 hours.

Passenger cars

High quality coach: Price from 80,000 - 160,000 VND / ticket. You can go to the Mien Dong coach station to buy tickets. This takes about 2.5-3 hours.

  • Mien Dong coach station (Eastern coach station/ben xe Mien Dong): Address: 292 Dinh Bo Linh st., 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: Address: 192 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia st., ward 3, Vung Tau city
    - Tel: (064) 3859727.

Some quality car companies running this route:

  • Hoa Mai Taxi:

Open Tour: Vung Tau - Ho Chi Minh

 Time: 4h00 - 17h30 (each trip 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 coach station (Western coach station/ben xe Mien Tay)

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm (each trip is about 15 - 30 minutes apart)

- Booking tickets:

+ Vung Tau coach station ticket counter - Tel: 0643.527 500

+ Mien Tay coach station ticket counter - Tel: 01207 226 226 - 01207 227 227

Mien Dong coach station

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm (each trip is about 15 - 30 minutes apart)

- Booking tickets:

+ Buy tickets directly at the coach station (Vung Tau city)

+ Buy tickets directly at the 84 ticket counter (Ho Chi Minh city)

+ Phone number: 0937 756 756

  • Phuong Trang Car: Ticket price: 95,000 VND / ticket. You can refer to the booking here.
  • Thien Phu Car

Vung Tau city: Address: 04 Tran Hung Dao St., Ward 3, Vung Tau city, Ba Ria -Vung Tau Province. Booking: 064. 3 62 52 62 - 0917 35 10 35

Ho Chi Minh city: Mien Dong coach station. Address: Ticket counter number 36, 292 Dinh Bo Linh st., ward 26, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh city. Booking: 0917351035 - (08) 35112958

  • Kumho Car: Address: 292 Dinh Bo Linh st., ward 26, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: (08) 35.112.112. Ticket price: 85,000 VND / ticket.
  • Toan Thang Car: call 0908.121.135 or 0908.121.135 for ticket booking. Ticket price: 90,000 VND / person

High-speed train: Pacific Express high-speed train, takes 1h30′ with the ticket price of 200,000 VND. The train will depart from Nha Rong station (No. 05 Nguyen Tat Thanh st., district 4) along the Saigon River, through Ganh Rai Bay and finally arrive at Cau Da station, Vung Tau city. Booking hotline: 01222 69 69 68.

Must-know phone numbers:

  • City police: 064 3852361
  • Central Vung Tau Post Office: 064 3623483
  • Le Loi Hospital, Vung Tau: 064 3832667
  • Petro Taxi: 064 3851851
  • Mai Linh Taxi: 064 3565656

Traveling to Vung Tau is really convenient with a wide range of transportations available.

Main tourist hotspots for Vung Tau travel

Back Beach ( Bai Sau Beach)

Bai Sau beach

Back Beach in Vung Tau is famous for its beautiful coast side and few big waves

Back Beach in Vung Tau is famous for its beautiful coast side and few big waves, with many hotels and dining areas available. Therefore, most tourists who like to travel to Vung Tau prefer to stay at Back Beach. Back Beach also has Thuy Van st. which is quite well-known, just like Tran Phu st. in Nha Trang, there are a lot of budget hotels as well as high-class hotels on this road.

Front Beach (Bai Truoc Beach)

Bai Truoc Beach

The center of Vung Tau city is located at the Front Beach (Bai Truoc Beach)

, where many high-rise buildings and crowded shopping areas are gathered. Tourists often choose the beach in the Back Beach (Bai Sau Beach) area because the Front Beach is more polluted due to high population density and crowded tourists. However, Front Beach will be an ideal place for you to admire the sunset or take a walk.

Long Hai Beach

About 110km northeast of Ho Chi Minh city (nearly 2 - 2.5 hours by motorbike), Long Hai Beach is a popular vacation spot for many travelers. Long Hai has beautiful coast sides with crystal clear blue water, stretching golden sand and resorts near the sea. Especially, Long Hai beach has many delicious kinds of fresh seafood at quite cheap prices. Binh Chau hot mineral springs, located on the Long Hai tourist route, is also an interesting destination for visitors.

Long Hai Beach

Long Hai Freshwater Pass.

Ho Coc – Ho Tram

These two beaches are both in Xuyen Moc district, which is an attractive tourist destination due to its rare pristine features. The seawater there is visible-sandy-bottom clear all year round, with stretching white sandy beach, the gentle slope and especially poetic beauty thanks to the white-foam waves created by the rocks in the beach.

Ho Coc – Ho Tram

Ho Tram Beach

Suoi O

Suoi O Beach is located in Binh Chau commune, Xuyen Moc district, about 3 km from the Binh Chau market, towards Binh Chau hot spring. Suoi O Beach has not only a freshwater stream but also a smooth white sand beach with vast blue seawater. This is one of the rare beaches in Vietnam that has both fresh and saltwater.

Suoi O Beach

Suoi O Beach is located in Binh Chau commune, Xuyen Moc District

Con Dao Islands

Con Dao is famous for its crystal-clear beach, green coconut trees and white sandy beach that can entice any visitor. It is easy to understand why Con Dao attracts so many domestic and foreign tourists in their Vung Tau travel. With it's pristine and yet-to-be-influenced by the tourism industry beauty, Con Dao is now a rare tourist paradise in Vietnam.

COn Dao Islands

The pristine beach of Con Dao

Main tourist hotspots for the Vung Tau travel list only highlight limited places. If you are an intrepid explorer, you can also wander on your own to many check-in worthy places in your Vung Tau trip.

Must-visit places when traveling to Vung Tau

Tourists tend to choose Vung Tau to try something fresh at weekends because the location is very close to the HCM city. But besides the beaches and delicious restaurants, Vung Tau has many interesting explorable tourist attractions.

The Statue of Gautama Buddha (Thich Ca Phat Dai)

This is a pagoda located on the Big Mountain (Nui Lon/Lon Moutain) slopes of Vung Tau city. The beauty of the temple is a clever combination of religious architecture and natural landscapes. The 19m-high Octagonal tower and the Sakyamuni Buddha sitting in meditation on a lotus built halfway up the mountain are 2 notable sceneries visitors can see from afar.

Route: Visitors to Thich Ca Phat Dai follow Le Loi st., turn to Tran Phu st. or from Tran Phu st. - Front Beach along the coastal road passing Dau Beach, to Ben Da territory to reach The Statue of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Thich Ca Phat Dai

Shakyamuni Buddha Statue

Statue of Christ the King

The statue of Christ the King or the Statue of God standing with his stretching hands on the Nho Mountain (Nui Nho/Small Mountain) peak of Vung Tau city, was built in 1974. This statue is 32 m high, span 18.3 m long on a height of 170 m overlooking the sea, there is a staircase of 133 steps up to the hands inside the statue. This statue can be considered as a similar version of the Statue of Christ the King in Rio de Janeiro city in Brazil.

Location: The statue of Christ the King is located on Small Mountain, Vung Tau city.

Statue of Christ the King

Statue of Christ the King

White Palace (Bach Dinh)

In 1898, Indochina Governor Paul Doumer built the White Palace (Villa Blanche) on the ground of Phuoc Thang fort where the French warships were fired nearly 50 years ago. Bach Dinh is a Roman architecture with 3 floors, 19 m high, leaning on the Big Mountain (Nui Lon). There are still 19 cannons here.

Location: No. 10 Tran Phu st., Vung Tau city.

White Place

The beauty of the White Palace viewed from above

Ho May tourist area

This is one of the intriguing destinations to explore when coming to Vung Tau. You can take a cable car to admire the scenery, or play numerous games, and swim in the lake. Especially, this place is an ideal destination for children with a variety of arcade games such as aircraft, carousel, roundhouse, train, children's water park,... will definitely fascinate children to have fun on their vacation.

Ho May tourist area

Ho May tourist area

Dinh Thang Tam relics area

In this relic area, in addition to the Tien Hien Temple and the Ong Nam Hai Mausoleum, Ba Ngu Hanh Temple, there is Ba Temple, located on a small island, lying unsteadily, protruding in front of the sea. Nghinh Ong Thang Tam Vung Tau Festival is considered one of the spiritual tourism places of Ba Ria Vung Tau, attracting a large number of visitors.

Location: 77A Hoang Hoa Tham st., Thang Tam District, Vung Tau city

Dinh Thang Tam relics area

Dinh Thang Tam relics area

Nirvana Vihara (Niet Ban Tinh Xa)

This is one of the most beautiful temples in Vung Tau with modern architectural features. Nirvana Vihara Temple is also known as the "Reclining Buddha" temple, built on the Small Mountain slopes, facing the sea. The pagoda construction began in 1969 and inaugurated in 1974 with money donated by fellow Buddhists. Venerable Thich Thien Hue was in charge of the construction process. This is one of the most beautiful temples in Vung Tau with modern architectural features.

Quan The Am Bo Tat pagoda (The pagoda of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva) 

This is a small prominent pagoda with a 16m high white Buddha statue standing on a lotus facing the sea, holding a Cam Lo vase, with a gentle and virtuous face.

Location: The pagoda of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva is located on the Lon Mountain (Nui Lon) road, Vung Tau city, 500m from Dau beach.

Quan The Am Bo Tat pagoda

The pagoda of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva looks from outside

Linh Son Co Tu (Linh Son Ancient Temple)

In spite of not being massive or vast, Linh Son Co Tu is the oldest temple in Vung Tau. In the main hall, there is a 1.2m high Buddha statue made of gilded stone sculpted very meticulously creating a compassionate and lively look on the face of the Buddha.

Location: 61 Hoang Hoa Tham st., Vung Tau city.

Vung Tau Lighthouse

Coming here, after following the tunnel built solidly in the 2-floor house, which was the occupation of the lighthouse keepers, you will reach the top of the tower. From here, you can capture the sight of the whole Vung Tau city looming in the fog, crescent-shaped beaches, and lush Minh Dam mountain. Looking down right below, the forest of bright plumeria highlights the stable, solid feature of the entire tower complex.

Location: Located on the Nho Mountain (Small Mountain/Nui Nho), Vung Tau city.

Vung Tau Lighthouse

Vung Tau Lighthouse

The big house (Ong Tran Temple)

The Long Son big house or Ong Tran Temple is an ancient architectural art complex made of bricks and precious woods located in Village 5, with a total area of ​​about 2 hectares, divided into three areas: the temple worship; assembly hall, school, market, conservation house of The Thunder and Ong Tran tombs.

Location: At the foot of Dua Mountain, village 5, Long Son commune, Vung Tau city.

Worldwide Arms Museum

Museum of ancient weapons (Worldwide Arms Museum) was founded by Robert Taylor (British) and his wife Nguyen Thi Bong. According to tourists, this is one of the most must-see museums in Vietnam. Opened in early 2012, the museum displays 500 life-sized mannequins, dressed in beautiful military uniforms, representing the image of warriors from around the world in many periods; more than 1,200 guns, 1,000 ancient swords along with their history and other interesting stories.

Location: 98 Tran Hung Dao st., Vung Tau city.

Worldwide Arms Museum

Worldwide Arms Museum

Hon Ba Island

Hon Ba is a small island, at the foot of which white foam waves hit poetically, located outside the sea along the Ha Long road around the Small Mountain, from Front Beach, through Dua Beach to Nghinh Phong cape. Hon Ba Island is located about 200m from the foot of the Small Mountain. In 1881, Ho Quang Minh, originally from Central Vietnam, spent money to build a small temple on the island called Mieu Ba. On the full moon or the first day of the lunar month, people often go to the island to burn incense to wish for good luck at this small temple.

Hon Ba Island

At low tide, visitors can walk to Hon Ba

Upside Down House

Model Upside Down House in Vung Tau is a 3-story building with 2 sightseeing areas and a cafe. The sightseeing areas have 7 shooting rooms, each room has about 4 different photography angles, the rooms are decorated with colors and furniture to replicate the actual house.

Upside Down House

Upside Down House

The exterior is intriguing, yet when stepping inside, you will be even more surprised by the fact that all the furniture in the house is reversed. To be specific, you will walk on the roof instead of the floor and the furniture will hover above. The upside-down makes visitors feel like they are lost in an astronaut station or traveling on the highway. Therefore, anyone coming here wants to capture their own interesting photos.

  • Entrance fee: 40,000 VND / person
  • Opening hours: From 6 am to 10 pm
  • Address: No. 66 Co Giang St., ward 4, Vung Tau city

These above are some hot tourist attractions in Vung Tau. While they do not necessarily represent all the charms of Vung Tau travel, it is said that if you haven’t been to these places, you haven’t been to Vung Tau city.

Some great festivals of Vung Tau tourism

Every year, in Ba Ria - Vung Tau province territory, local people organize traditional folk festivals, imbued with the culture, customs and beliefs of the sea dwellers, attracting dozens of thousands of people from all around the world. Here are some famous festivals in Vung Tau that you need to keep in mind when you have the opportunity to visit this beautiful coastal city.

Commemoration Feast of the Holy Tran Hung Dao

On August 20 of the Lunar Calendar each year, the death anniversary of the Holy Tran Hung Dao is held at the Shrine of the Holy Tran: No. 68 Ha Long, ward 2, Vung Tau city. Since long ago, the death anniversary of the Holy Tran is no longer restricted to the local community but has become a festival attracting many people from localities throughout the country.

The various activities of the festival are not only a mean of entertainment but also a way to educate the successive generations about patriotism and national pride. On the occasion of the festival, tens of thousands of visitors and local people attended the opening ceremony and incense offering ceremony.

Dinh Co Festival

Dinh Co is a temple with monumental architecture, with traditional architectural features, located on Long Hai beach of Ba Ria - Vung Tau province. Dinh Co Festival (10 - 12/2 Lunar Calendar every year) is imbued with folk colors, each festival has attracted thousands of visitors to attend and admire the eye-catching scenery here.

Dinh Co Vung Tau Festival

Dinh Co Vung Tau Festival

Nghinh Ong festival

Every year, the Nghinh Ong festival is held at the Ca Ong tomb at Hoang Hoa Tham st., Vung Tau city. The festival is held for 3 days from the 16th to the 18th of the 8th lunar month. This is the biggest water festival of Vung Tau fishermen. Nghinh Ong Vung Tau Festival has been chosen by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism as one of the 15 major festivals in the country since 2000.

Dinh Than Thang Tam Festival

The festival is held every year for 4 days, from February 17-20 lunar calendar. This is a festival of praying for peace, taking the occasion of the end and opening a season for fish and shrimp harvest. The ceremony took place very elaborately: offerings, sacrifices for the god, offering incense, kneeling, gongs, music and many taboos like pigs used for sacrifices must have the mono-color fur, family during funeral are not allowed to be involved in the rite. There are many entertainment activities such as lion dance, boi singing.

Mieu Ba Ngu Hanh Festival

Festival of Ba Ngu Hanh Temple is held annually on the 16th, 17th and 18th of the lunar calendar in Ba Ngu Hanh Temple, Vung Tau city. The festival is solemnly held with grave rituals and folk games, attracts numerous people and visitors offering incense and wishing.

Like any other Asian country, Vietnam and its cities consider festivals an inseparable part of Vietnamese culture and lifestyle. If you choose to visit Vung Tau during one of these occasions, you will be in awe with the colors of habits and customs of the Vietnamese; which definitely makes your Vung Tau trip memorable. 

What to eat when traveling to Vung Tau?

Vung Tau cuisine is not only famous for its hot cake (diced shrimp and pork wrapped in rice paper and dipped in fish sauce) but also many kinds of seafood, coffee, Russian style dishes,... Travel to Vung Tau without knowing the address of its delicious restaurants is extremely regrettable. Gonexp.com will introduce to you a series of delicious gourmet places in Vung Tau that have been voted by tourist lovers from all over the world.

SEAFOOD

1. Luxury restaurants and diners: these places are advantageous in terms of wide and airy space, with parking lots, suitable for resort and family travelers, because their dishes and service prices are quite high.

- Ganh Hao: Is a restaurant with many seat areas that are large and airy, suitable for family parties, or groups of friends. Especially, there is a "breath-taking view", you can enjoy delicious food while "zooming" the sea view. Ganh Hao's menu is really rich with more than 100 dishes. Because this is a restaurant, the price of the food is pretty high, but many visitors commented: "the price is commensurate with the quality". Address: 03 Tran Phu st., ward 5, Vung Tau city and 09 Ha Long st., ward 2, Vung Tau city.

Ganh Hao Restautant

Ganh Hao Restaurant

- Thanh Phat 1 Seafood: Fresh seafood for customers to choose freely at the counter and then weigh in kg, the price corresponding to quality, delicious food. Address: 334 Tran Phu st., ward 5, Vung Tau city.

- Quan Tre: This restaurant belongs to the high-class ones in Vung Tau. The seafood is very freshly delicious but the price is fairly expensive, but its quality, space, and service is top-tier. The specialties of the restaurant are seafood salad and hotpot. Address: 411 New Thong Nhat st., ward 8, Vung Tau city.

- Lam Duong Seafood: Its space is large, airy and cool with many options such as sitting indoors and outdoors. Address: 125B Tran Phu st., ward 5, Vung Tau city.

Lam Duong Seafood Restaurant

Lam Duong Seafood Restaurant

2. Budget restaurants

- Oc Tu Nhien 2: Delicious food, the price is not too expensive compared to other restaurants in the area. The food stall is located close to the sea, right in front of the beach, so if sitting outside, you can feel the sea cool breeze is very. Address: 34 Tran Phu St., Vung Tau city.

Oc Vung Tau

Oc Vung Tau

- Oc Thien Nhien: Airy space, fresh snail and affordable price. Address: 245 Truong Cong Dinh st., Vung Tau city.

- Kim Anh: Reasonable price, tasty food fitting your appetite. Address: Located in a night dining area in Vung Tau, behind Imperial Vung Tau, Nguyen Chi Thanh st., Thang Tam ward, Vung Tau city.

- Oc 5 Tang: The location is easy to find, cool sidewalk space to sit, lots of snail dishes that are appropriately spiced making your dry mouth water, affordable price. Address: A12 Nguyen Thai Hoc st., Vung Tau city.

- Co So Grilled Food stall: The food can whet your appetite, many dishes, moderate prices. The shop has an open space, with a row of tables overlooking the sea. Address: 6 Tran Phu st., Vung Tau city.

- Xom Luoi Seafood Market: Sells a number of delicious fresh kinds of seafood, at affordable prices. You can either buy take-away or have your seafood processed right there. This is a self-gathered market of seafarers located near Bai Truoc park, right at the junction of Phan Boi Chau and Nguyen Cong Tru st.

KHOT CAKE (diced shrimp and pork wrapped in rice paper and dipped in fish sauce)

KHOT CAKE

KHOT CAKE

- Co Ba Khot cakes: This restaurant is really famous, spacious, luxurious, clean. Address: 01 Hoang Hoa Tham st., ward 3, Vung Tau city.

- Ba Hai Khot Cake: Small food stall but good quality. In addition, there is also oyster porridge for customers to try. Address: 42 Tran Dong st., ward 3, Vung Tau city.

- Khot cake 41: Delicious rice paper, with big shrimp, firm meat, crispy and very fresh. Address: 24A Tran Dong st., Vung Tau city.

- Goc Vu Sua Khot Cake: This restaurant is famous in Vung Tau, with a small space, pretty crowded. Address: 14 Nguyen Truong To st., ward 2, Vung Tau city.

- Ut Loan khot cake - Ba Trieu: The restaurant seats are comfortable, quick service, delicious food. Address: 67 Ba Trieu st., ward 4, Vung Tau city.

MANTA RAY (STINGRAY) HOTPOT

MANTA RAY Hotpot

MANTA RAY Hotpot

- Truong Cong Dinh Manta ray Hotpot: Very tasty spiced hotpot, a variety of dishes in the menu, inexpensive prices. Address: 40 - 44 Truong Cong Dinh st., Vung Tau city.

- 7 Luom seafood restaurant: The restaurant is spacious, clean, the wall drawing design is quite luxurious; but has affordable prices. Address: 37 Nguyen Truong To st., ward 3, Vung Tau city.

- Ut Muoi: Fresh and delicious hot pot with large and clean space. Address: 16A Truong Cong Dinh st., Vung Tau city.

SALTED EGG YOLK CHIFFON CAKE

- Goc Cot Dien Pancake - salted egg yolk chiffon cake: The cake here is soft and smells nice, but the place is rather crowded so you should order a take-away. Address: 17B Nguyen Truong To st., ward 2, Vung Tau city.

Goc Cot Dien Pancake - salted egg yolk chiffon cake

Goc Cot Dien Pancake - salted egg yolk chiffon cake

- A Ty salted egg yolk chiffon cake: Very delicious cake, fine chewy flour, fresh eggs. Address: 6 Do Chieu st., ward 1, Vung Tau city.

OTHER NOTABLE MUST-TRY RESTAURANTS:

- Hoa Huong Duong broken rice (com tam): The rice here is delicious, the seasoning enhances the taste well, the service staff is enthusiastic.

Address: 140 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia st., ward 2, Vung Tau city.

- Co Tien yogurt: Jelly yogurt is super delicious, super yummy.

Address: Road to the Lighthouse, Vung Tau city.

Co Tien yogurt

Co Tien yogurt

- Vuon Xoai white sardine Salad: The Restaurant is well-known for its white sardine salad. The umami in the fish is mouth-watering and delicious. You can eat it with rice paper, fresh vegetables, and sesame peanut sauce. The dining space is clean and airy.

Address: 34/5 Hoang Hoa Tham st., Vung Tau city.

- Hu Tieu Vung Tau (hu tieu is a kind of noodle soup): The noodles are delicious, with plenty of meat.

Address: 376 Truong Cong Dinh st., ward 7, Vung Tau city.

- O Kia Bo Ne (Beef dish): Delicious food, a variety of dishes, affordable prices.

Address: 648 Truong Cong Dinh st., Vung Tau city.

Vung Tau foods are really prominent in Vietnamese cuisine. Traveling to Vung Tau, visitors can’t help falling in love with the uniqueness of the local foods. Don’t be shy to try something new, who knows if it could be the favourite part in your Vung Tau travel?

Tips / More information

A popular pleasure activity in Vung Tau is to hire a couple of bicycle in the evening to go sight-seeing around the city. You should contact the hotel for assistance. You also should refer to some reliable and quality restaurants in advance because there are numerous poor quality restaurants in Vung Tau, which is quite infamous. You should not, under any circumstances, eat in the restaurants recommended by unreliable taxi or motorcycle drivers to avoid being overcharged. Look carefully at the price list when visiting a strange restaurant, and it is best if you can ask the price beforehand.

One more thing, travelers should book hotel rooms early because most hotels will be full on the weekends. Better be safe than sorry, and make the most out of your trip to Vung Tau!

Where to stay during Vung Tau travel?

Hotels in Vung Tau are very diverse, therefore you can easily choose a suitable hotel depending on your own financial conditions and preferences. However, to be able to admire the sea and walk along the coast, you can choose hotels on Ha Long st., Thuy Van st., Tran Phu st... Prices vary depending on the types of rooms and the quality of service. The motels near the beach or some hotels close to the city center are cheaper.

The list of Vung Tau hotels is now nearly completed on gonexp.com, there are many price ranges for you to choose. Below are the favorite Vung Tau hotels that gonexp.com customers recommend recently:

1. Imperial Vung Tau

2. Pullman Vung Tau Hotel

3. The Grand Ho Tram Strip Vung Tau Resort

4. Malibu Vung Tau Beach Hotel

5. Melia Ho Tram Resort

6. Lan Rung Phuoc Hai Resort

Beautiful check-in worthy coffee shop in Vung Tau

Milla Nakedsoul

Calling is not quite right because it doesn't sell coffee but only cocktails and beers. However, this coffee shop is an ideal place if you want to capture marvelous photos. Located at 30 Ha Long St., Ward 2, Vung Tau city, MILLA Nakedsoul nestles on the MILLA Nakedsoul a cafe rooftop of a beautiful small old French house with a gorgeous view of the sea.

MILLA Nakedsoul cafe

MILLA Nakedsoul cafe

The most outstanding feature of MILLA Nakedsoul is the phenomenal beauty of the sunset view. In the space filled with waves sound, watching the sunset while sipping a cocktail is more than enough for an afternoon, right? The price of drinks at the shop ranges from 35 - 100,000 VND depending on the type.

  • Address: 30 Ha Long st., ward 2, Vung Tau city
  • Opening time: From 5 pm - 11:30 pm

Bohemiens Cafe

Located in an alley on Bacu st. (155/2 Bacu st., ward 4, Vung Tau city), Bohemians is a cafe with a nice small space for those who are tired of the hustle and bustle of the city with crowded traffic. The shop’s inner space is decorated with many vintage items such as old television, sewing machine, camera... so coming here you will get a familiar feeling like returning to your childhood.

Bohemiens Cafe

Bohemiens Cafe

Despite its small size, this cafe still has separate and comfortable spaces for visitors. Outside the cafe, there are benches for young people who want to have space to sit and chat while taking photos to check-in. In addition, the merit of Bohemiens Cafe is that the drinks are unique with very "cheapie" prices, ranging from 15,000 to 35,000 VND depending on the type.

  • Address: 155/2 Bacu st., ward 4, Vung Tau city
  • Opening hours: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm (weekdays) and 7:00 am - 11:00 pm (weekends)

Black & White Coffee

Having a classic atmosphere with a hint of modernity, Black & White Coffee is quite cutely decorated with two main colors, white and black. According to many visitors, the cafe is quiet, cool, the seats pretty comfortable and has many corners to take stunning photos. Drinks of the restaurant are delicious and varied with prices ranging from 25,000 to 45,000 VND.

  • Address: 91 Ba Trieu st., ward 4, Vung Tau city
  • Opening time: 7:30 am - 22:00 pm

Black & White Coffee

Black & White Coffee

La Vie En Rose Coffee

This is one of the cafes with impressive architecture and decor with walls and roofs made of transparent glass. The shop has both inside and outside space, the outside table row has a sea view, but is only suitable to sit in the afternoon or evening. If you come here during the day, it is best to choose to sit indoors.

  • Address: 6 Ha Long st., ward 2, Vung Tau city

La Vie En Rose Coffee

La Vie En Rose Coffee

Ngoc Tuoc Book Café

Located on a quiet st. on Thi Sach st., Ngoc Tuoc Book Café is the most suitable place for you to relax and immerse yourself in the space of books, after enjoying Vung Tau beach bathing to your heart’s content. The cafe is pretty large and the seats are also varied, so if you want to explore all the space here, you will have to come back several times.

Besides the indoor air-conditioned area, the bar also has an outdoor area, suitable for those who like the open space and want to immerse themselves in nature. The drink here is considered to be rather delicious by many customers, with an inexpensive price, serene and unnoisy space suitable for those who like reading while enjoying coffee.

  • Address: 9/9 Thi Sach st., ward 8 near the Back beach (Bai Sau), Vung Tau city.

Ngoc Tuoc Book Café

Ngoc Tuoc Book Café

Tree House Billiard & Coffee

As the name implies, Tree House is like a miniature forest with its space filled with trees. Especially, in the middle of the cafe stands a very big tree, spreading its canopies shade across the shop. The design of the bar mainly uses wood, giving it a rustic but extremely unique vibe. No matter where you sit, it's easy to take lots of photos to post on social media.

  • Address: 97 Tran Hung Dao st., Phuoc Nguyen ward, Ba Ria city

Tree House Billiard & Coffee

Tree House Billiard & Coffee

UP Garden

Located in a small alley, UP Garden is a lovely garden for those who love quiet space and being close to nature. When coming here, you will be able to immerse yourself in the cool shades of green from plants and trees, enjoy the delicious home-made food and drinks in melodious background music.

From inside to outside of the cafe, the alley, a never-ending green color stretches everywhere. Opening hours are: 7:00 am - 11:00 am, 16:30 pm - 22:00 pm.

  • Address: 381/4 Cach Mang Thang 8 st., Phuoc Nguyen ward, Ba Ria city

UP Garden

UP Garden

Beautiful photography locations in Vung Tau

Statue of Christ the King

Considered a symbol of Vung Tau city, Statue of Christ the King is also a frequent place appeared in the photos of any tourist who has ever been to Vung Tau. Statue of Christ the King is a statue of Jesus built in 1974 and is now located on the top of Nho Mountain in Vung Tau city. The statue was established as "the largest Jesus Christ statue in Asia" in 2012.

White Palace Building – Bach Dinh (No. 10 Tran Phu st., Vung Tau city)

Less than 1 km from the Front Beach (Bai Truoc beach), following the winding Ha Long road along the mountain ridge, you will find another great photo spot. It is the White Palace. Because it was built during the French colonial period, it still retains the vintage features of the past, mixed with the glamorous elegance of the French architectural style.

Vung Tau lighthouse

To get a panoramic picture of Vung Tau city from above, you can find the famous lighthouse on Nho Mountain. With the highlight of the white lighthouse on the sky and blue sea background, you will take impressive photos here, especially in the evening, when dusk falls.

Vung Tau lighthouse

Vung Tau lighthouse

Dua Beach (also called Lang Du Beach)

Bai Dua (Dua beach) near Bai Truoc (Front beach) area is regarded as a beautiful beach of Vung Tau, contributing to luring many tourists to this city. The beauty of Bai Dua is not the same as that of Front Beach or Back Beach, which is usually noisy and crowded, but Bai Dua brings a romantic beauty with a peaceful, tranquil space.

The rocky area in Front Beach

Front Beach owns stones with many different shapes stacked stretching out to the sea, which is suitable for capturing impressive photos with the wild, majestic nature and the overflowing waves.

Ho Tram

Exploited in recent years, but mostly in the form of resorts with selective customers, the beaches of Ho Tram still retain the pristine character of a girl who has just woken up after a long sleep. The strong waves, crystal-clear seawater, the sea without single rubbish of this place can satisfy any of the most discerning travelers. Coming here, you can not only pose with the blue sea and white sand, but also take photos next to the extremely luxurious resorts.

Ho Coc beach

Ho Coc

Ho Coc

In addition to Ho Tram, Ho Coc is also a place chosen by many young people as a place to take photos, especially wedding ones. If you are familiar with the vast beach, when you come to Ho Coc, you will be surprised at the large, scattered or clustered stones here. Before coming to the beach, visitors will have the opportunity to cross a primeval forest to admire the beauty of natural mountains with greenery, green rocks of all kinds.

In short, Vung Tau is a gem for travel lovers with all of its charismatic features, either natural or man-made. Tourists to Vung Tau will find themselves so in love with this strip of land that they can’t wait to return there once again. Vung Tau will always welcome enthusiastic visitors.

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