With beautiful beaches and high mountain covered with primitive forests, Vung Tau becomes a famous tourist destination. Yearly, it attracts a huge of number tourists to relax.
You can reach Vung Tau from the nearest city: Ho Chi Minh City. There are three cheap airlines in Vietnam is Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Vietjet Air but I usually use Vietjet Air
After reaching Ho Chi Minh City, you can take relatively cheap coaches to the bus station and travel to Vung Tau.
Vung Tau is also famous for International Kite Festival with the largest scale in Vietnam, which is organized yearly. This is a cultural-sport event which attracts many famous kite-playing teams inland and abroad, brings many unique and diverse kite. If you have a chance to Vung Tau, don’t forget to visit these most well-known places.
- Bach Dinh
Outstanding with white walls and red roof, Bach Dinh is a large palace which is built up by Governor-General of French Indochina - Paul Doumer on the base of Phuoc Thang fortress on Lon Mountain in 1898. This villa is named after Paul’s beloved daughter(Villa Blanche). Bach Dinh is a Roman architectural with 3 stories, 19 meters. Standing here, you can enjoy panorama sightseeing of Bai Truoc - one of the beautiful beaches of Vung Tau. Besides, visiting Bach Dinh, you also have a chance to gaze with precious antiquity and 19 gunners.
Address: 4 Tran Phu, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria Vung Tau.
- The Statue of Christ
The Statue of Christ with the outstretched hands is built up in 1972 on the top of Nho Mountain, but later, it interrupted until 1994. It may call that is a miniature version of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro City, Brazil. The Statue of Christ stands 31 meters, outstretched arms spanning 18,4 meters.
To catch the arms of the statue, you have to step 133 stone grindings put up in the stomach of the statue. From there, you can see the overall view of Vung Tau City.
Address: Thuy Van Street, Ward 2, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
There is also a fairly good homestay vũng tàu with affordable price located near The Statue of Christ. It’s Hai Long Hotel.
- Shakyamuni Buddha
The pagoda has the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha meditating on white lotus stone, basing about 19 metres. Due to the location on the mid of flank of Lon Mountain, the sight around this pagoda looks like picturesque and makes it more solemn with Buddhist architecture.
Address: 608 Tran Phu Street, Ward 5, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
- Vung Tau Lighthouse
Established in 1862 by French, Vung Tau Lighthouse is recorded as the most ancient lighthouse in Vietnam.
The work is a white round tower. With the height of 18 meters, it can beacon 35 nautical miles away and is equipped with a telescope to track ships at sea.
To reach the top of the lighthouse, you can walk or drive a motorbike on a winding road of the mountain slope.
In return, the roadside scenery is very beautiful, it is worth taking time to admire and photograph.
Address: Ward 2, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria - Vung Tau.
- Hon Ba
Ba Island is a small island with ocean wave white foam, lies about 200 meters away from the foot Little Mountain.
On Hon Ba, there is a temple called as Mieu Ba, built up by the money of Ho Quang Minh with the height of 4 meters. At low tide, you can walk through rocks to visit Mieu Ba.
Moreover, there are many other famous places, such as Buddhist Temple called as Niet Ban Tinh Xa, Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Temple, Thang Tam Relic, Cau Da Habour, The Big Whale Mausoleum,...
Address: Thuy Van, Ward 2, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria - Vung Tau.
- The Pig Hill
One of the most attractive places that you should not ignore is The Pig Hill - a site located at Bai Sau - a beach of Vung Tau City. The Pig Hill makes people curious about its special name that no one can explain its origin until now.
Standing on The Pig Hill, you can enjoy the beautiful scenes of Vung Tau City from the top view. Having good sightseeing, The Pig Hill is the best play for the younger who love photographing. Moreover, this is a great place for couples to save the happiest moment for the photo album in their wedding.
Address: Alley 222 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Ward 2, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria - Vung Tau.
- Nghinh Phong Cape
Being discovered recently so many people may not know about Nghing Phong Cape.
This is a long spit of land reaching to the breezes of sea through the four seasons.
With a side is adjacent with mountain and the other abuts the sea, Nghinh Phong Cape will give you great sights looking as you are in the center of ocean.
Address: 01 Ha Long Street, Ward 2, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
- Vong Nguyet Beach
Vong Nguyet Beach is nearby Nghinh Phong Cape, located at the foot of Nho Mountain and can be seen from the top of the Statue of Christ.
Vong Nguyet beach is quietly pristine with coarse sand, crystal water and having many waves.
Despite its location nearly with other famous places, not many tourists know about it because the way to Vong Nguyet is a hard trail follow mountain slope.
Therefore, this is the best places for tourist who love discovering and having a new experience.
Address: 01 Ha Long Street, Ward 2, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
Most of small & medium hotels will be pretty near all above sceneries, so tourist is pretty much got no trouble on finding the way to them. The list of hotels can be found here
Vung Tau cultural tourist destinations
1. Museum of ancient weapon[caption id="attachment_2470" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Museum of ancient weapon[/caption]
This place stores a private collection of more than a thousand exhibits, including guns, swords, uniform, etc… dating from 17th century - 20th century, owned by Mr. Robert Taylor - an Englishman currently living in Vung Tau.
Visiting museum, you’ll have feeling of turning back to the past in the crusades when seeing firsthand the uniforms of the army of Britain, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Germany, etc.
Especially, there are: a pistol of Queen of England 1728, a famous machine gun Maxim of Russia in the First World War and many other unique artifacts in the museum.
Price ticket: 50,000 VND/person
Address: 98 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 1, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
- Long Son Big House
Long Son Big House or Mr.Tran Temple is a housing complex in the style of ancient Vietnam village style.
This work has a total area ođ about 2 hectares, divided into 3 zones: Worship, Mr.Tran’s Mausoleum and multi-functional zone. Besides, in the house, there are many beautiful hanging couplets.
On the night of 8th and 9th Sep in Lunar Calendar, there is a festival called Cuu Trung to pray for the prosperous of the country.
Different from other jubilantly festival, Cuu Trung is completed is quietly solemn and pious with activities such as: burning incense, worshiping.
Address: Hamlet 5, Long Son Village, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
- Nghinh Ong Festival
This is one of the largest-scale festival of Vietnam - voted by Tourism Authority. It’s also the biggest water festival of fishermen of Vung Tau.
This festival occurs during 3 days yearly, from 16-18 August in Lunar Calendar at The Big Whale Mausoleum.
Address: The Big Whale Mausoleum, Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Thang Tam Ward, Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
- Cannon Shooting Festival
This festival is annual organize in the early year or to celebrating the important historic milestone of Vung Tau. It attracts not only many people but also tourists.
At the festival, the cannon will be fired, combined with scenes replayed the struggle of our army in the fight to against the invaders.
- Ngu Hanh Temple Festival
The festival occurs in three days, from 16-18 October in Lunar Calendar every year.
Main activities of festival includes: sacrificing Seven Madam (include 5 female goddesses: Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Thuy Long Than Nu anh Thanh Mau Thien Y Ana), thurifying Thuy Long Than Nu at Hon Ba Temple at Bai Sau
Address: Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Thang Tam Ward, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria - Vung Tau.
- Anniversary of Duc Thanh Tran’s Death
The anniversary of Tran Buddha’s Death begins on 20/8 in Lunar Calendar every year to show the gratitude of local people to Tran Hung Dao Tycoon.
There are a lot of national cutural activities taken place on this occasion.
Address: Duc Thanh Tran Temple - 68 Ha Long Street, Ward 2, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria - Vung Tau.
Wish you a good trip to Vung Tau!