Secluded Vung Tau awaits: its beaches, marina, cocktail bars, and more!

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.

Known for

Beaches, Marinas and Secluded

Top Hotels in Vung Tau

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Pullman Vung Tau
4.5 out of 5
15 Thi Sach Street, Thang Tam Ward, Vung Tau
$98
per night
Sep 25 - Sep 26
4.2/5Excellent! (114 reviews)
Family trip to Vung Tau

"The service and restaurant plus the room was awesome but some of the shower equipment didn’t work well. But overall it’s was Fabulous"…"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

Pullman Vung Tau
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The Grand Ho Tram Strip
4.5 out of 5
Phuoc Thuan Commune, Xuyen Moc, Ba Ria-Vung Tau
$85
per night
Sep 25 - Sep 26
4.4/5Excellent! (279 reviews)

"LIKE: property + food + services DISLIKE: not much free entertainments program in the resort"…"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

The Grand Ho Tram Strip
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The Imperial Hotel
5 out of 5
159 Thuy Van Street, Vung Tau, Ba Ria-Vung Tau
$99
per night
Sep 25 - Sep 26
4.3/5Excellent! (420 reviews)

"I was very impressed with their staffs, very attentive and professional. Always helpful when questions arose and help needed."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

The Imperial Hotel

Popular things to do in Vung Tau

Long Hai Beach
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Long Hai Beach

3.5/5 (10 Ratings)

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

Tuong Dai Chua Kito Vua
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Tuong Dai Chua Kito Vua

3.5/5 (6 Ratings)

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 Ratings)

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

Top activities 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

$104

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.

Private Long Tan Nui Dat Battlefield Tour
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Private Long Tan Nui Dat Battlefield Tour

$80

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.

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

$95

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.

Private Cu Chi Tunnels & War Remnants Museum-Shore Excursion
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Private Cu Chi Tunnels & War Remnants Museum-Shore Excursion

$85

Crawl In The Cu Chi Tunnels! Welcome to Ho Chi Minh! Our team will be waiting with name signs, big smiles and a Maika Tours T-Shirt at your port to take you to your cool air-conditioned transport.

Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day City Tour from Phu My Port
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Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day City Tour from Phu My Port

$101

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.

Private Vung Tau Full-Day City Tour with Beach Relaxation
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Private Vung Tau Full-Day City Tour with Beach Relaxation

$81

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.

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