Travelling to Vung Tau: All about it you may want to know

Vung Tau is a favourite tourist destination of many people, especially in the summer. What to eat, where to stay and where to go are common questions visitors to Vung Tau normally ask.

 Vung Tau belongs to Ba Ria Vung Tau (an industrial province in Southeastern Viet Nam). Let review some useful travelling experiences at Vung Tau with Whereto, it will boost your confidence for a backpacking trip.

1. Where to stay?

Vung Tau is a high-price tourist spots, especially at the weekend and in the peak season. You can find a hotel with reasonable price at Thuy Van Street (Back Beach) or at a resort complex.

Thuy Van Street - the Back Beach of Vung Tau, always has many hotels to stay - Photo: Internet

Thuy Van Street - the Back Beach of Vung Tau, always has many hotels to stay - Photo: Internet

The price for rent here is normally from 300 000 VND to 500 000 VND, but up to 600 000 VND to 1million VND at the weekend. So, it is advisable for you to go around until finding an affordable hotel.

Besides, you may also meet “brokers” who try to introduce you some hotels. If they make you uncomfortable, just directly say “no” to them and find your own suitable hotel.

Putting up a tent on beach is popular with young people - Photo: Internet.

Putting up a tent on beach is popular with young people - Photo: Internet

Putting up a tent on beach is another choice, but be careful with your belongings, and look after your health.   

2. When to go sea bathing?

Our goal to Vung Tau is for sea bathing. This place has many beautiful beaches such as Vong Nguyet, Chi Linh, Doi Nhai.

The good time for sea bathing is early morning and afternoon.

Watching sunset is one of favorite things to do at Vung Tau - Photo: Internet

Watching sunset is one of favorite things to do at Vung Tau - Photo: Internet

Early morning, about 5-6 am is a good time for watching sunset; then you can go sea bathing without worry of cold. If afraid of sunstroke, you should not swim after 9 am to stay healthy.

The beach normally gets crowded from 16 pm, but it is also an ideal time for sunbathing. A small note for you: the sun is most harmful from 12am to 4pm, so try to avoid sunbathing during this time.

Sea bathing once or twice a day is good for our health - Photo: Internet

Sea bathing once or twice a day is good for our health - Photo: Internet

3. Where to go?

The followings are popular tourist highlights at Vung Tau: Buddha Statue, Jesus Christ Statue, White Palace, Thang Tam Temple, Niet Ban Tinh Xa Monastery, Hon Ba Temple, Linh Son Pagoda, Lighthouse, and Worldwide Arm Museum.

You should prepare hats, water bottles and comfortable shoes for a long day trip.

You can take a panoramic view from the Jesus Statue - Photo: Internet.

You can take a panoramic view from the Jesus Statue - Photo: Internet

Besides, dog racing is also a favorite thing to do at Vung Tau. You can enjoy dog racing at Lam Son Stadium, from 19h15 to 22h30, on every Saturday and Sunday.T

hose trained dogs in the race always make spectators excited - Photo: Internet.

hose trained dogs in the race always make spectators excited - Photo: Internet

4. What to eat?

Vung Tau is well-known with a number of specialities like “banh khot” (small savory pancakes), oyster porridge, grilled octopuses, “banh canh” (Vietnamese thick noodle soup) and different kinds of seafood.

Banh khot (small savory pancakes) is one of the specialities in Vung Tau - Photo: Internet

Banh khot (small savory pancakes) is one of the specialities in Vung Tau - Photo: Internet

At night, many delicious dishes are out there in Back Beach of Vung Tau.  The most favourite dish is grilled octopus with affordable price of 60,000 – 90,000 VND.

You can buy some of these delicious food and stroll along the beach looking for an ideal place for eating.

In case you are in love with fresh crabs but too afraid of being cheated, let’s head to the market in ward 1, Tran Hung Dao Street. Depend on types of crabs, the price is about 250, 000 VND – 350,000 VND. If you prefer eating them right away, local people boil the crabs for you.

The fresh crabs is a favorite dish of visitors when they come to Vung Tau - Photo: Internet

The fresh crabs is a favorite dish of visitors when they come to Vung Tau - Photo: Internet

The crabs of 120,000 VND, usually the dead crabs, are also smaller than the fresh ones.

If you’d like to buy crabs as presents, crabs will be carefully packed for transporting without losing their quality.

5. Souvenirs

Souvenirs, most of which made from seashells, are sold at the coastal paths. They are designed as ornaments or jewelries.

Why don’t you take a trip to Vung Tau right away to spend your days and enjoy the breath of the sea?

Visitors can easily pick some among plenty of beautiful souvenirs in Vung Tau - Photo: Internet

Visitors can easily pick some among plenty of beautiful souvenirs in Vung Tau - Photo: Internet

Please share with Whereto and our readers your wonderful experience in Vung Tau!

It is easy to get Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh City by car or ferry. Traveling by car via Ho Chi Minh - Long Thanh - Dau Giay Expressway (about 95 km) normally takes 1hour 20 to get there. Another option is get there by ferry. The route starts from district 1 and normally takes 1 hour and a half to get Vung Tau with a ticket price at about 11.5 USD. You can choose one of these ferries: Greenlines, Vina Express, Petro Express.

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