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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

ibis Styles Vung Tau
ibis Styles Vung Tau
117 Thuy Van, Thang Tam Ward, Vung Tau
The price is SG$93 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

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 1 Aug,2020

ibis Styles Vung Tau
The Grand Ho Tram Resort & Casino
The Grand Ho Tram Resort & Casino
4.5 out of 5
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Nestled on the beach, this Xuyen Moc resort is just steps away from Binh Chau-Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve and Ho Tram Beach. The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip is 1.4 mi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (327 reviews)

"Good location and quiet. The ovean view is great. The staff is very comperent and professional. Great pools fo the kids"…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov,2020

The Grand Ho Tram Resort & Casino
Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort
Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort
5 out of 5
Coastal Road, Ho Tram Hamlet, Phuoc Thuan Commune, Xuyen Moc, Ba Ria-Vung Tau
The price is SG$208 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Nestled on the beach, this Xuyen Moc hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ho Tram Beach and Binh Chau-Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve. Long Hai Beach and Back Beach are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (46 reviews)

"Food (other then the breakfast buffet that was very good) needs some work but overall a great resort with excellent staff and service. Thumbs up!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Sep,2020

Melia Ho Tram Beach 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.

Holiday Rentals in Vung Tau

Artmio Hotel Apartment & Cafe
Artmio Hotel Apartment & Cafe
3 out of 5
11 Le Van Tam, Vung Tau
The price is SG$48 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in Vung Tau, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bảo tàng Vũ khí cổ and Front Beach. Back Beach is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Value for money, clean, secure, great spot

"Wonderful location, really nice homely rooms. Great coffee shop downstairs. Nice staff. The only thing is the bed is a little hard, maybe they could improve that with a pillow topper. Value for money was great"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec,2020

Artmio Hotel Apartment & Cafe
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 miles (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
Duc Anh Hotel and Apartment
Duc Anh Hotel and Apartment
3 out of 5
222 Phan Chu Trinh, Phuong 02, Vung Tau

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
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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24 Jan 2020

Think summer would even be better

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Apr 2019

Polluted beach but they are doing their best to keep it clean. Cool bars and restaurants in the area, a nice break from Ho Chi Minh City. We will come back but not fo this hotel.