Vung Tau

Travel Guide
Long Hai Beach which includes tropical scenes and landscape views
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.

Where to stay in Vung Tau

ibis Styles Vung Tau
ibis Styles Vung Tau
117 Thuy Van, Thang Tam Ward, Vung Tau, 790000
The price is $49 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 27
Stay at this beach hotel in Vung Tau. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Linh Son Co Tu and Lang Co Ong are located nearby. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (22 reviews)
"Right across the street from the beach. Lovely views from the rooms. Breakfast was very good. Luan at the Front Desk was very helpful and friendly as we had a few requests. We liked it so much that we stayed an extra night. My daughter, 5 years old rally liked it too.. We will definitely stay there ..."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

ibis Styles Vung Tau
Pullman Vung Tau
Pullman Vung Tau
4.5 out of 5
15 Thi Sach Street, Thang Tam Ward, Vung Tau, 0
The price is $94 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Vung Tau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (196 reviews)
Friendly staff
"Our check in and check out staff, Chi is very friendly, helpful and polite. The room overall is good but it was partly covered."

Reviewed on May 1, 2021

Pullman Vung Tau
Vias Hotel Vung Tau
Vias Hotel Vung Tau
4 out of 5
179 Thuy Van, Ward 8, Vung Tau, 790000
The price is $92 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Vung Tau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (2 reviews)
Great Hotel! Reasonable Rates!
"Very nice hotel! Friendly staff! Always someone on hand whom can speak English.. Actually, always more than one on hand in the two nights I was there.. A really nice gym there - nicer than any hotel gym I had every seen before (even though I didn't use it (Ha))! Also, an Infinity Pool there - great ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Vias Hotel Vung Tau
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.
Lotus Apartment Hotel
Lotus Apartment Hotel
2.5 out of 5
6/11 Nguyen Du Str., Ward 1, Vung Tau
The price is $19 per night from Jul 20 to Jul 21
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Vung Tau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (16 reviews)
Nice place to stay. Easily recommended.
"This is a nice little hotel in a quiet back street. I had the ground floor room. Very clean and tidy. Daily room clean and bottled water. Room rate was very reasonable. Pleasant and helpful staff. 5 min walk to the beach front park. A sports bar with good food on the corner. Numerous eateries and ..."

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

Lotus Apartment Hotel
TDMAISON
TDMAISON
3 out of 5
138 Bình Giã, Vung Tau, 0254
The price is $25 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 30
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Vung Tau. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Bảo tàng Vũ khí cổ and Lam Son Stadium ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Very good"

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

TDMAISON
OSC Sunrise Apartment
OSC Sunrise Apartment
3 out of 5
5 Le Quy Don Street, Vung Tau, Ba Ria-Vung Tau
The price is $55 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Vung Tau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Popular attractions Bảo tàng Vũ khí cổ and Front ...
3.6/5 Good! (9 reviews)
Couple visiting friends in Vung Tau.
"Darby Park was a nice place to stay, the room was clean, the staff were friendly and helpful. Having a separate living area was very convenient. We were not in Vung Tau for the shopping but good restaurants were a short taxi ride away and the coffee shop across the road was handy."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2016

OSC Sunrise Apartment
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.

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