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Vung Tau is a tourist attraction of Ba Ria – Vung Tau province, which lies in southeastern Vietnam. “Vung Tau” means the “bay of boats”. This charming city is situated on a peninsula separated from the mainland by Co May River. As Vietnam Online’s description, Vung Tau is considered as the “Vietnamese Riviera”.

Vung Tau
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In the past, people traveled to Vung Tau for swimming, waving in cool waves, enjoying the seafood and returning to Saigon. In fact, our life is gradually changing, the young change their mindset. Now, they come to the sea for a more peaceful place and a memorable weekend with friends to take delight and find joys. Therefore, Vung Tau is preferred because it is close to Ho Chi Minh city so it is affordable and easy to go.

Vung Tau
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It takes us 3 hours to drive from Ho Chi Minh City center to Vung Tau. This destination has a coastline of 20km and soon became one of the most favorite tourist attractions of the South. Standing out from the mainland like a strip of land, Vung Tau allows the visitors to look at the East Sea to indulge in both sunrise and sunset. In addition to the values of natural landscape, Vung Tau is also a land of tradition.
If you travel to Vung Tau, you will have a chance to feel the peace of mind with spacious roads. It offers blue sea and quiet pagodas. All make a magic Vung Tau.

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I. WHEN TO TRAVEL TO VUNG TAU, VIETNAM

Vung Tau
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1. General weather in Vung Tau, Vietnam

Vung Tau is located in the tropical climate due to the impact of the sea. It is divided into two separate seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to October, while the dry season is from November to April next year. There is usually southwest monsoon in rainy seasons and northeast monsoon in dry seasons.  The average annual temperature varies from 25ºC to 27ºC. The lowest is roughly 24.8ºC and the highest is about 28.6ºC. Vung Tau rarely has storms and often has sunshine. Its average humidity reaches more than 80%.
This place does not have winter so tourists can make a rest and travel anytime if they want.

2. The best time to travel to Vung Tau, Vietnam

Thanks to this favorable climate, Vung Tau became an attractive spot for traveling all the year. One point you should bear in mind is to pay attention not to travel there on stormy days to ensure safety by following the weather forecast in advance. Moreover, the number of travelers on weekends is often higher than the normal days, which perhaps lead to higher serving cost. Therefore, you are advised to avoid going to Vung Tau on these days.

II. HOW TO TRAVEL TO VUNG TAU, VIETNAM

1. Getting to Vung Tau, Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City

Vung Tau is only 125km from Ho Chi Minh city. It is an ideal destination for your trip. You can choose among many traffic vehicles including flights, buses, coaches, cars, motorbikes, taxis or hydrofoils.

a. Traveling to Vung Tau by airplane –  The fastest way

Vung Tau
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One of the most desired means of transport is flight. This not only saves your time but also bring about more comfort.
To have a better ticket, you can book via the 3 biggest airline agencies in Vietnam.
Vietnam Airlines: www.vietnamairlines.com

Vietjetair: www.vietjetair.com
Jetstar: www.jetstar.com

b. Traveling to Vung Tau by Bus/ Coach – The cheapest way

Vung Tau
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Vung Tau has a good connection to Highway No 51. The nearest route from Ho Chi Minh city is through Ho Chi Minh city – Long Thanh – Dau Giay Highway, exit at Long Thanh and enter Highway No 51.
For another way, you can catch a bus from Tan Son Nhat International Airport. All the bus stops are close to the domestic terminal. It offers comfortable buses for 16 seats and departs every 15 minutes. It takes 2 hours for each with a break.
In terms of the coach, some experienced visitors suggest that the most time-saving way to Vung Tau is by taking high-speed coaches in Mien Dong Coach Station in Ho Chi Minh city. To get to Mien Dong Coach Station, please catch Bus No 19 from Ben Thanh Market Bus Station, which will drop you opposite the Mien Dong Coach Station entrance.

You can find the contact of Mien Dong Coach Station here:

  • Address: 292 Dinh Bo Linh, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh city
  • Tel: (+84) 838 994 056 | (+84) 838 984 441 | (+84) 838 984 442 | (+84) 838 984 893

You can refer some suggestions as follows:

Hoa Mai Tourist Buses
: This bus departs hourly. However, please be noted that the seats are booked via telephone only. In case you are in Vung Tau, you are entitled to be picked up without any payment due. This brand is quite luxurious with a one-turn ticket at the cost of VND 100.000.
Address: Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
Tel: (+84) 90 920 0200
Working time: 04:00-17:00 every day
Booking place:
Vung Tau ticket counter: (+84) 643.531 980 | (+84) 643 531 981
Ben Thanh ticket counter: (+84) 838.218 928

Mai Linh Express
: This agency allows passengers to access to a reliable service in Vietnam, particularly in southern Vietnam. The bus of Mai Linh Express operates every half an hour. Its service includes a bottle of mineral water per person and charged toilet.
Address: 292 Dinh Bo Linh, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh city

Rang Dong Bus
: It is flexible that the drivers will start the engine when the bus is full, estimating very 20 minutes.
Address: 292 Dinh Bo Linh, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh city.
Tel: (+84) 85 111 111
Working time: 04:30 – 19:45

Thien Phu Bus
: This company offers the same service as Rang Dong Bus but noticeably with larger buses and departs every 15 minutes.
Address: Vung Tau: 04 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 3, Vung Tau city, Ba Ria – Vung Tau province

Tel: (+84) 64 3 62 52 62 | (+84) 917 35 10 35

Sai Gon:
Tel: Kumho coach: (+84) 835 112 112
Ticket price: VND 85.000

Toan Thang:
Tel: (+84) 908.121.135 or (+84) 908 121 135.
Ticket price: VND 90.000

c. Traveling to Vung Tau by private car – The most convenient way

If you travel by car, you can follow the highway Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh – Dau Giay. It takes about one hour and a half.

d. Traveling to Vung Tau by motorbike – The most interesting way

Vung Tau
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In case you are a fan of wandering, the motorbike is a good choice for you. It takes you approximately 3 hours to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau.
There are a lot of things you need to bear in mind. One of them is to bring a lightweight backpack, mineral water, a raincoat, and snacks if necessary. Additionally, you should bring cash, ATM card and some belongings such as identity card, driving license, and vehicle registration certificate. Personal items cannot be missed. They include toothpaste, toothbrush, sunglasses, sunscreen, and shoes.

In terms of motorbikes, remember some points as below:

  • Change oil or viscosity before departing
  • Ensure all the tires in good conditions.
  • Check the battery, horn, headlight, backlight, etc in advance
  • Ensure your motorbikes equipped with 2 mirrors 

You can choose one of three below options to reach Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh city.

Option 1: You follow the National Highway 1A. After crossing Dong Nai bridge, you drive a further distance of about 30 km to a roundabout. From here, you turn right at  Highway 51. You continue to travel more about 100 km to Vung Tau City.

Option 2: You can choose the route from Cat Lai ferry (belongs to District 2 in Ho Chi Minh City to Nhon Trach in Dong Nai). You go straight to National Highway 51 entrance to Nhon Trach Industrial Park. It is nearly 100 km to reach Vung Tau City.

Option 3: You follow the National Highway 1A, across the Dong Nai bridge. After that, you drive along Highway 51 to Vung Tau with a distance of 27 km to see a sign to Long Son. This is a shortcut heading to Vung Tau. This road is newly come into use with less traffic and picturesque landscape of a fishing village.

e. Traveling to Vung Tau by hydrofoil

Vung Tau
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Hydrofoils are a type of boats. It will be more unforgettable to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau by this means of transport. It departs from 6 a.m to 17 p.m every day with a half hour break for each.

Please note that:

  • Price: USD$ 10 / 1 ticket/ 1 pax (adult) | 5 USD for a child who ages from 6 to 11 and his/ her height is under 1.4m.
  • Duration: 75 minutes Departure venue: Bach Dang Pier in District 1, Ho Chi Minh city (100m from Majestic hotel)
  • Landing venue: Cau Da port, Ha Long Street, Vung Tau
  • 3 agencies: Petro Express, Vina Express and Greenlines with the same price of USD$ 10 for one way ticket. 

Here are some tips for you to book hydrofoil tickets:

  • Make sure that you book the ticket in advance
  • Book the ticket in the front section of the boat
  • Buy the return ticket to avoid being overcharged 

Petro Express:
Address 1: 1A Ham Nghi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (+84) 838 210 650/
Address 2: 120 Ha Long, District 1, Vung Tau City
Tel: (+84) 64 81 81 81 

Vina Express:
Address 1: 5 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Ward 12, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (+84) 838 25 333
Address 2: No 9 Ha Long, Vung Tau City
Tel: (+84) 643 856 565

Greenlines Express:
Address 1: 51 Ham Nghi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (+84) 839 147 806
Address 2: 124 Ha Long, Vung Tau City
Tel: (+84) 64 510 009

Timetable

Hydrofoil Saigon – Vung Tau Vung Tau – Saigon
Perto Express

 

08h00 08h00
10h00 10h00
13h30 14h00
14h00 15h45
16h00 16h00
Greenlines

 

06h30 07h00
07h00 09h00
07h30

09h00

11h00
11h00 12h00
12h00 13h00
13h00 15h00
15h00 15h30
16h45 16h45
Vina Express

 

06h00 06h00
08h30 08h30
10h30 10h30
12h30 12h30
14h30 14h30
16h30 16h30
Duong Dong Express

Only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

08h00

250 passengers per trip

14h30


Notes:

  • Red-colored departure time is valid for weekends and public holidays
  • Blue-colored departure time is valid for Monday only

2. Getting around in Vung Tau

Vung Tau
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Vung Tau offers a variety of vehicles; however, taxi, motorbike, and bicycle are among the most loved ones to wander around and go sightseeing in this lovely city.

2.1. Getting around  by motorbike

There are many motorbike rentals available in the city whose fees are charged by day (VND 150,000 – VND 200,000 /day) or by hour (VND 25,000 – 40,000 /hour).

2.2. Getting around by double bikes

Double bikes are commonly used in Vung Tau. The visitors love riding the double bike along the coast. With such a bike, you will need at least two people to operate the car without feeling tired; in addition, it can carry more people.

Vung Tau
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Travelers can use it to get anywhere at any time of the day, particularly in the evenings. The rental price varies from around VND 15,000 to VND 20,000 per hour.
If you want to hire a motorbike or even a bike, you have to bring a valid identity card or passport.

Some motorbike and car rental locations:

Motorbike and car rental
Tel: (+84) 643 210 263 or (+84) 906 881 081

Car rental service

Address: 35 Nguyen Huu Cau, Ward 3, Vung Tau City

Tel: (+84) 64 353 1860
Web: www.vungtaucar.com

2.3. Getting around Vung Tau by Taxi

There are a lot of taxi agencies in Vung Tau. Below is a list of the most reliable ones:

Agency  Address Tel
Ba Ria Taxi 1268 Bach Dang, Vung Tau (+84) 64 382 7474
Petro Taxi 192 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 2, Vung Tau (+84) 64 385 1851
Gili Taxi 01B Le Ngoc Han, Ward 1, Vung Tau (+84) 64 385 8585
Mai Linh Taxi  12 Hoang Hoa Tham, Vung Tau (+84) 64 356 5656

III. WHERE TO LIVE IN VUNG TAU

Accommodation in Vung Tau is various. It depends on the needs and affordability of the tourists. As a consequence, the price varies based on the location, types of rooms and quality of service.

1. Hotels in Vung Tau
a. Imperial Hotel – The royal palace of the sea

Vung Tau
The Imperial Hotel – Vung Tau Source: Thèm VT

Imperial Hotel Vung Tau is located in Bai Sau and very close to the commercial center, which is convenient for shopping and entertainment. It is 3km from the Worldwide Arms Museum and 5km from Vung Tau Paradise golf club.

The 7-story hotel offers 144 rooms and services, including a business center, free newspapers in the lobby, laundry and dry cleaning services, conference and meeting rooms, gym rooms, 3 swimming pools, tennis court along with a boxing ring and etc. Furthermore, the Imperial Hotel also offers its customers elegant rooms equipped free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars. Room service is available 24/7. The customers also get a free breakfast buffet.

Contact Information of Imperial Vung Tau

  • Address: No. 159 Thuy Van Street, Vung Tau city
  • Tel: (+84) 254 3628 888
  • Email: info@imperialhotel.vn

b. Pullman Hotel – The first 5-star international hotel in Vung Tau

Vung Tau
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Location: This hotel is a 6-minute walk from the beach and 35.4 km from Ho Tram. With its favorable location, Pullman Hotel gives its guests a chance to visit the city’s must-see destinations.
Facilities: Pullman Hotel has a fitness center and a separate beach area; therefore, guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Parking is available on site without any charge. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels, together with an iPod docking station are featured. Some rooms have views of the charming sea or mountains. It also has an ATM.

Contact Information of Pullman Vung Tau

  • Address: 15 Thi Sach Street, Thang Tam Ward, Vung Tau City
  • Tel: 0254 3551 777
  • Email: h7133@accor.com

c. Corvin Hotel – An amazing 3-star hotel

Vung Tau
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Location: Corvin Hotel faces Back Beach which is regarded as the busiest and vibrant in Vung Tau.
Facilities: The hotel has 56 rooms in a design-blended style. All the rooms have open windows and balconies for an amazing view. Corvin Hotel offers traditional Vietnamese cuisine and seafood specialties with its hospitalism and professionalism. This hotel’s facilities consist of a business center, and bar-coffee lounge with a cozy atmosphere, modern design and full of amenities.

Contact Information of Corvin 

d. Minh Dang Hotel – The heart of Vung Tau

Vung Tau
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Location: Minh Dang Hotel is only 1.8 km from the city center. The hotel’s convenient location ensures that guests can quickly and easily access many city’s must-see tourist attractions.
Facilities: This hotel provides free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24/7 front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, smoking areas and car parking lots to make sure that all guests have an opportunity to enjoy the greatest comfort. Additionally, Minh Dang hotel offers fantastic amenities, including a golf course and a mini bar. It is a smart choice for travelers to Vung Tau with a reasonable price.

Contact Information of Minh Dang 

  • Address: 5 La Van Cau Street, Bai Sau, Vung Tau
  • Tel: 0254 3625 678
  • Email: minhdang.hotel@gmail.com

e. Palace Hotel – The first 4-star hotel in Vung Tau

Vung Tau
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Location: Palace Hotel is located in the heart of the city. It is very convenient for tourists to visit the shopping malls and amusement parks. In particular, the Palace Hotel is a reliable choice for hosting important provincial events, international conferences, hostels for diplomatic delegates, and heads of state.
Facilities: Palace Hotel Vung Tau comprises of 94 rooms and 14 luxury apartments with full facilities, international conference center, restaurants and banquet rooms with the capacity of up to 1.000 guests at the same time. This hotel owns Gaming & Bar Club which is open to foreigners and overseas Vietnamese. Being equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, the Palace Hotel makes the guests feel like they are in Las Vegas.
With a completed service system, professional standards and friendly staffs, this hotel commits to bringing you satisfaction.

Contact Information of Palace Vung Tau

  • Address: 1 Nguyen Trai Street, Bai Truoc, Vung Tau
  • Tel: (+84) 254.3856411
  • Email: info@palacehotel.com.vn

For the price, you can refer to the below table:

Type of room Single room Double room
Superior VND 1.785.000 VND 2.100.000
Deluxe VND 1.995.000 VND 2.310.000
Deluxe Plus VND 2.205.000 VND 2.520.000
Deluxe Suit VND 2.415.000 VND 2.730.000
Apartment type 1 VND 2.835.000 VND 3.150.000
Apartment type 2 VND 2.625.000 VND 2.940.000
2-bedroom apartment VND 5.040.000 VND 5.040.000


2. Homestay in Vung Tau
a. Sea La Vie

Vung Tau
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Sea La Vie Homestay is situated in Bai Dau. The staffs will provide the exact address if you book the room here. This place uses a gentle white tone to make an impression on the visitors. It is surrounded by a small garden full of roses. This homestay is characterized by themes such as Bohemian, Vintage, Tree and Sea styles.
It is sure that you will feel at home with a yard. You can hammock and lie to hear the sound of the waves and enjoy the beauty of the sea. Sea La Vie also offers bikes for guests to ride along the beach or go sightseeing.
The price is from VND 600.000 to 1.200.000 depending on the room and the number of guests.

b. An Yen Homestay

Vung Tau
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Being a recently opened in 60/54/8 Pham Hong Thai Street, Ward 7, An Yen Homestay has soon captured the hearts of many young people by its youthful, modern style. This large homestay is located in the heart of the coastal city with a garden of the 200-meter square. This destination is suitable for couples who want to rest in a place like in their own house, or group of friends wishing to relax.
The design of An Yen aims at the minimalism. The appliances are fully equipped from the kitchen to the living room. You can also bring childhood back with an old TV and four-button game engine. An Yen’s facilities allow you to prepare a BBQ party, have a group game and take a picture with friends.
Its price is VND 1.200.000 per person on holidays, with a maximum of 10 guests.

c. Bach Cuc Homestay

Vung Tau
Source: Bach Cuc Homestay

Bach Cuc Homestay lies in Hai Tan Street, Long Hai Town, Long Dien District, Ba Ria – Vung Tau. If you do not fancy a modern homestay, you can look for a rustic place like in the countryside in harmony with nature. Located in the town of Long Hai, not far from the central city. this place possesses many beautiful small-sized houses on stilt which is made up of solid wood slats and covered by coconut leaves. Bach Cuc Homestay is not too modern but it is carefully equipped with an interior.
If you are a quiet and peaceful lover, Bach Cuc is the best choice to forget the chaos of life.
The price for a double room is from VND 500.000 / person/ night and VND 200.000 / person/ night for a wooden room.

IV. WHERE TO VISIT IN VUNG TAU, VIETNAM


1. Back Beach (Bai Sau) 

The Back Beach of Vung Tau is well known for its beautiful coastline and fewer waves, with many must-try hotels and restaurants. Therefore, a majority of tourists traveling to Vung Tau feel interested in Back Beach.

2. Front Beach (Bai Truoc)

The center of Vung Tau city is located in Front Beach, which is home to many high-rise buildings and busy shopping centers. Visitors often choose Front Beach to avoid pollution. Front Beach is also an ideal place to indulge in the sunset or go for a walk.

3. Long Hai Beach

Long Hai Beach is a common destination for tourists. This beach has clean blue water, golden sand stretches, and seaside resorts. In particular, it has a variety of fresh seafood at an affordable price. Binh Chau Hot Mineral Spring on the Long Hai tourist route is an attractive stop for tourists.

4. Ho Tram – Ho Coc

These two beaches are located in Xuyen Moc district, which is an attractive tourist destination due to their pristine primitive nature. The water here is blue all year round.

V. THINGS TO DO & FESTIVAL IN VUNG TAU, VIETNAM

Vung Tau
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The local people in Ba Ria – Vung Tau province often organize many traditional festivals every year. Those festivals which possess cultural imprints, customs and beliefs attract thousands of visitors. Below are some famous festivals in Vung Tau you can take part in if you travel to Vung Tau.

1. Hero Tran Hung Dao’s death anniversary

On 20th of August, the annual lunar month, the anniversary of Tran Hung Dao’s death is celebrated at 68 Ha Long, Ward 2, Vung Tau City. This anniversary is no longer confined to the local community that has become a national festival and attracted many people from all over the country for such a long time.
It is also a way to educate the successive generations of patriotism and national pride. On the occasion, thousands of visitors and local people attend the opening ceremony and the incense offering.

2. Dinh Co Festival

This is a temple with majestic and traditional architecture, located on the coast of Long Hai in Ba Ria – Vung Tau province. Dinh Co festival is held from 10th to 12th lunar February every year. The festival has attracted thousands of visitors to attend and enjoy the beautiful scenery here.

3. Nghinh Ong Festival

Nghinh Ong festival is held at Ca Ong Tomb in Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Vung Tau City. It lasts  3 days from August 16 to 18 of the lunar calendar. Consequently, this is the biggest festival of Vung Tau fishermen. This festival had been selected by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism as one of the 15 major festivals of the country since 2000.

VI. WHAT TO EAT IN VUNG TAU, VIETNAM

1. Restaurants in Vung Tau, Vietnam
The advantages of these places are spacious and have parking lots. However, the prices are quite high.

a. Ganh Hao Restaurant

Vung Tau
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This restaurant has a lot of spaces. As a result, it is suitable for family parties and groups of people. The noticeable advantage is its awesome view. Ganh Hao’s menu is quite rich with over 100 dishes.
Address 1: 03 Tran Phu, Ward 5, Vung Tau City
Address 2: 09 Ha Long, Ward 2, Vung Tau City

b. Quan Tre

Vung Tau
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Quan Tre is a famous brand in Vung Tau. So the seafood is very good but the price is quite high in exchange for quality, space, and service. The specialty of the restaurant is salad and seafood hotpot.
Address: 411 Thong Nhat Street, Ward 8, Vung Tau city

c. Thanh Phat 1 Seafood

Vunh Tau
Source: Foody

Thanh Phat 1 offers fresh seafood and free to pick to at the counter.
Address: 334 Tran Phu Street, Ward 5, Vung Tau city

2. Street food in Vung Tau
a. Vietnamese mini savory pancakes

Vung Tau
Source: Vietnam Culture
  • Star Apple Root food store: many people enjoy but the price is higher than average.
  • An unnamed store on Tran Dong Street. The pancakes here are round, fried crispy
  • The price is VND 5,000 for one.

b. Alibaba ice cream

Vung Tau
Source: foody

The ice cream is tasty and fatty. Each type has a different flavor. The price is VND 20.000 for a cone-cream and VND 28.000 for a glass of cream.

VII. SOME USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION 

City Police: (+84) 643 852 361
Central Post Office: (+84) 643 623 483
Le Loi Hospital: (+84) 643 832 667


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