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Vung TauVietnam

This beach town, once a popular place for soldiers to relax during the Vietnam War, has a beautiful landscape and a lively weekend bar scene.

A few hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City, the resort town of Vung Tau has been a popular beach getaway for decades. The town sits on a peninsula and is cradled by two mountains. It was a favourite spot with off-duty American and Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. The town’s proximity to the country’s largest city makes it a perfect escape for weekends and longer stays.

European trading ships visited Vung Tau’s bay as early as the 14th century. Vung Tau later earned fame as the site where the Vietnamese first fired cannons against invading French battleships. Australian and American servicemen used the area as a rest and recuperation zone during the Vietnam War.

Vung Tau’s beaches may not be Vietnam’s most spectacular, but they still offer plenty to see and do. An array of hotels, bars and restaurants make the most of picturesque Back Beach, while Front Beach is the place for watching sunsets. Meanwhile, the smaller Pineapple Beach offers a tranquil, rocky cove and cleaner sand.

Climb up the smaller of the two mountains, which is helpfully named Small Mountain, to see Vung Tau Lighthouse, a magnificent structure that offers panoramic views of the whole region. Look for four old French cannons that stand nearby. Further up Small Mountain you’ll find one of the tallest outdoor statues of Jesus in Asia.

On Big Mountain, visit Villa Blanche, the former holiday house of the French Governor General of Indochina. Today the elegant villa is home to a collection of Ming pottery as well as lush gardens.

Vung Tau can get busy on the weekends as people from the city flock to its beaches, but is generally much quieter during weekdays. Vung Tau is a 3-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. If you have a car, take the time to explore the scenic coastal route between Vung Tau and Phan Tiet.

Top Hotels in Vung Tau

Pullman Vung Tau
Pullman Vung Tau
4.5 out of 5
15 Thi Sach Street, Thang Tam Ward, Vung Tau
The price is $88 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Back Beach and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Front Beach. Lang Co Ong and Linh Son Co Tu are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (165 reviews)

"I really enjoyed the beautiful view and great breakfast! Highly recommend checking out the pool! Only problem was that we had two-three power outages and the staff didn’t Check on our safety. (E.g. phone call after they got the power back) Communication would be appreciated."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Pullman Vung Tau
The Imperial Hotel
The Imperial Hotel
5 out of 5
159 Thuy Van Street, Vung Tau, Ba Ria-Vung Tau
The price is $97 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Vung Tau, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Back Beach, Linh Son Co Tu, and Doi Con Heo. Front Beach and Tuong ...

4.3/5Excellent! (457 reviews)

"Restroom need to be improved, water supply was weak"…"

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

The Imperial Hotel
Malibu Hotel
Malibu Hotel
4 out of 5
263 Le Hong Phong St., Thang Tam Ward, Vung Tau
The price is $54 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

Located in the heart of Vung Tau, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Back Beach and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Front Beach. Lang Co Ong and Linh Son Co Tu are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (141 reviews)
Great Hotel

"Very nice hotel, probably the best we've stayed at in Vung Tau. Good location, very friendly staff, and excellent facilities. Will stay again for sure."…"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Malibu Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Vung Tau

Artmio Hotel Apartment & Cafe
Artmio Hotel Apartment & Cafe
3 out of 5
11 Le Van Tam, Vung Tau
The price is $28 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9

Situated in Vung Tau, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bảo tàng Vũ khí cổ and Front Beach. Back Beach is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

Artmio Hotel Apartment & Cafe
Prague Hotel Vung Tau
Prague Hotel Vung Tau
3.5 out of 5
338, Truong Cong Dinh, Ward 8, Vung Tau
The price is $22 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

Situated on the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bảo tàng Vũ khí cổ and Front Beach. Back Beach is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Tất cả đều mới. Dịch vụ qá sức sắc. Giá cả hợp lý. Lần sau có xuống sẽ ở đây."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2019

Prague Hotel Vung Tau
Saint Simeon Resort & Spa
Saint Simeon Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Ap Tan Phuoc, Xa Phuoc Tinh, Long Dien, Ba Ria-Vung Tau
The price is $169 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Offering direct access to the beach, this Long Hai villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Long Hai Beach, Dinh Co Temple, and Back Beach. Minh Dam Mountain and Nah ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (10 reviews)

"Th resort is beautiful and the room was very large and well furnished. The main pool was a great place to relaxe in the mid day sun. The splash pad was a nice added touch that our boys young and old truly enjoyed."…"

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

Saint Simeon Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Vung Tau

Long Hai Beach
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Long Hai Beach

3.5/5(13 reviews)

Spend lazy days at this idyllic beach, sipping cocktails in resort bars, swimming in warm waters or dozing off in the shade. 

Dinh Co Temple
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Dinh Co Temple

3.5/5(5 reviews)

Splendid views, beautiful architecture and a fascinating back story are the main reasons to visit this vast temple. 

Tuong Dai Chua Kito Vua
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Tuong Dai Chua Kito Vua

4/5(8 reviews)

Leave the busy city streets behind to witness breathtaking coastal views from one of Vung Tau’s most iconic landmarks.

Minh Dam Mountain
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Minh Dam Mountain

3.5/5(2 reviews)

Once a stronghold for Viet Cong militants, these mystical mountains hide scenic trails and magnificent views over the South China Sea.

Linh Son Co Tu
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Linh Son Co Tu

4/5(1 review)

The oldest pagoda in Vung Tau features mesmerizing golden statues and a beautiful lotus flower roof.

Christ of Vung Tau
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Christ of Vung Tau

4/5(12 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Vung Tau with a stop at Christ of Vung Tau. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

Top things to do in Vung Tau

Vung Tau Beach Excursion from Ho Chi Minh City
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Vung Tau Beach Excursion from Ho Chi Minh City

$94
Per adult
Ho Coc Beach, Fruit farm and Natural Reserve Day trip by car
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Ho Coc Beach, Fruit farm and Natural Reserve Day trip by car

$196
Per adult
Historical Excursion to Long Tan Battle Field
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Historical Excursion to Long Tan Battle Field

$117
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Long Tan - Nui Dat Battle Field 1 Day Tour from HCMC
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Long Tan - Nui Dat Battle Field 1 Day Tour from HCMC

$120
Per adult
Saigon highlights from Cruise (private Pick up at Phu My)
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Saigon highlights from Cruise (private Pick up at Phu My)

$317
Per adult
Cu Chi Tunnels Tour
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Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

$60
Per adult

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Long Hai which includes a temple or place of worship

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