Vung Tau

Travel Guide
Long Hai Beach featuring 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.

ibis Styles Vung Tau
ibis Styles Vung Tau
117 Thuy Van, Thang Tam Ward, Vung Tau
The price is AU$98 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Vung Tau hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Back Beach and Linh Son Co Tu. Lang Co Ong and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (18 reviews)
"Great location, walkable"

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

ibis Styles 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 AU$181 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Located in Vung Tau, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 2 mi (3 km) of Back Beach, Linh Son Co Tu and Front Beach. Doi Con Heo and Tuong ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (469 reviews)
"nice beach house across bridge. amazing oean view from high floor of residence building. breakfast is good. wish hot water for bath is available not stop after certain amount of use."

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2022

The Imperial Hotel
Fusion Suites Vung Tau
Fusion Suites Vung Tau
4 out of 5
02 Truong Cong Dinh, Ward 2, Vung Tau, Ba Ria Vung Tau
The price is AU$183 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Front Beach and Linh Son Co Tu. Back Beach and Doi Con Heo are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4/5 Very Good! (24 reviews)
"Ver quiet and peaceful. The spa is fabulous. Due to lack of guests (Covid) the breakfast was not up to past standards. Everything else was great."

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2021

Fusion Suites 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.
Duc Anh Hotel and Apartment
Duc Anh Hotel and Apartment
3 out of 5
222 Phan Chu Trinh, Phuong 02, Vung Tau
The price is AU$21 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Doi Con Heo and Back Beach. Lang Co Ong and Linh Son Co Tu are also within 1 mi (2 ...
Duc Anh Hotel and Apartment
Grand Villa Residence
Grand Villa Residence
3 out of 5
118 Phan Chu Trinh, Ward 2, Vung Tau, Ba Ria Vung Tau
The price is AU$61 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lang Co Ong and Linh Son Co Tu. Doi Con Heo and Back Beach are also within 1 mile (2 ...
Grand Villa Residence
APT 23 Floor, 75m2 All view to the beach
APT 23 Floor, 75m2 All view to the beach
Vung Tau, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province
Situated in Vung Tau, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Linh Son Co Tu and Back Beach. Lang Co Ong and Doi Con Heo are also within 15 ...
APT 23 Floor, 75m2 All view to the beach
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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