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.
Beaches, Marinas and Secluded
Spend lazy days at this idyllic beach, sipping cocktails in resort bars, swimming in warm waters or dozing off in the shade.
Leave the busy city streets behind to witness breathtaking coastal views from one of Vung Tau’s most iconic landmarks.
Once a stronghold for Viet Cong militants, these mystical mountains hide scenic trails and magnificent views over the South China Sea.
A three-hour drive will take you to Vung Tau where you can relax and enjoy some fun under the sun! Vung Tau is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Viet Nam with golden sandy beaches and transparent warm blue waters all year round.
Discover why Long Tan is etched in ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) folklore. On August 18, 1966, D Company, 6 RAR—although heavily outnumbered—fought a large Viet Cong assault in a grueling battle.
Enjoy a trip to the most quiet and beautiful beach in southern Vietnam. On the way, visit a local dragon fruit farm and Natural Reserve, have a delicious Vietnamese lunch with a local family and enjoy the peaceful natural surrounds.
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Devote a day to discovering the historical and cultural treasures of Ho Chi Minh City with a private guide at your service. After exploring sites such as Independence Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and the Jade Emperor Pagoda, spend time wandering Chinatown and the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Visit the coastal communities of Vung Tau on a day trip that shows you the historic sites and vivid scenery to be found around the city. With a personal guide and plenty of stops at temples, palaces, and beaches, you can make the most of your journey in southern Vietnam.