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Vung TauVietnam

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.

Top Hotels in Vung Tau

Pullman Vung Tau
Pullman Vung Tau
4.5 out of 5
15 Thi Sach Street, Thang Tam Ward, Vung Tau
The price is ¥9,142 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Back Beach and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Front Beach. Lang Co Ong and Linh Son Co Tu are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (176 reviews)

"The room is very clean and cozy."…"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Pullman Vung Tau
ibis Styles Vung Tau
ibis Styles Vung Tau
117 Thuy Van, Thang Tam Ward, Vung Tau
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,112 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Located in the heart of Vung Tau, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Back Beach and Linh Son Co Tu. Lang Co Ong and Doi Con Heo are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)

"Great stay and very good facilities. However reception staff often will hang up when you call when you speak English this is not good customer service. They also tried to charge me more for two people in the room yet on the website it’s the same price whether it is one or two people. The bars staff ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

ibis Styles Vung Tau
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 ¥9,438 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20

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 ...

3.7/5Good! (14 reviews)

"Stunning modern hotel ideally located in Vung Tau. Perfect place for a weekend escape from Ho Chi Minh City"…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Vung Tau

SAINT SIMEON RESORT&SPA LONG HAI
SAINT SIMEON RESORT&SPA LONG HAI
Tan Phuoc Hamlet, Phuoc Tinh Village, Long Dien, Ba Ria - Vung Tau

Situated in Long Dien, this villa is within 9 mi (15 km) of Long Hai Beach, Back Beach, and Dinh Co Temple. Front Beach and Minh Dam Mountain are also within ...

SAINT SIMEON RESORT&SPA LONG HAI
Spring Home
Spring Home
10/4 B Lac Long Quan Street, Ward 2, Vung Tau, Ba Ria-Vung Tau
The price is ¥8,542 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Situated in Vung Tau, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Linh Son Co Tu and Back Beach. Front Beach is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

Spring Home
7S Hotel Lam Villa & Resort
7S Hotel Lam Villa & Resort
3.5 out of 5
306/8 Tran Phu, Vung Tau, Ba Ria Vung Tau
The price is ¥11,652 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Situated near the beach, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lam Son Stadium and Front Beach. Back Beach is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

7S Hotel Lam Villa & Resort
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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