Top 10 Things to do in Ba Ria, Vietnam

December 28, 2017 Mikaela Didonna

Bà Rịa (Vietnamese: [ɓaː˧˩ ɹiə˧˨˧ˀ] ( listen)) is a city in Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Province in the Southeast region of Vietnam. Bà Rịa is split from Vũng Tàu by a river crossed by Co May Bridge. This is the de jure seat of the province since most of the provincial administration agencies are located here. Bà Rịa officially became the provincial capital of Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu from May 2, 2012, replacing Vũng Tàu in that role.
Restaurants in Ba Ria

1. The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms

98 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ward 1, Vung Tau, Vietnam +84 64 3818 369
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 85 reviews

The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms

Reviewed By willys6 - Fairfield, California

Quite unusual to see military uniforms from all corners of the planet. Especially liked the Coldstream guards behind glass and with displays labeled in English. When I viewed some of the firearms, they were just incredible with inlay work I have never seen before! A must attend if at all interested in military history.

2. Hot Springs Binh Chau

Highway 55, Binh Chau, Xuyen Moc, Ba Ria 70000, Vietnam +84 64 3871 131
Excellent
32%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Hot Springs Binh Chau

At the beginning years of this XXI century, the Saigon - Binh Chau Tourist Corporation has investigated over 33ha of the Binh Chau hot Springs rated 4 stars, listed on the 65 areas of the ecotourist sustainable development of 47 nations worldwide by the World Travel Organization (WTO). Now the HoCoc beach resort has been being investigated for the 5-star standard services over 1,5km seashore length next to the primitive forest forming the two best resorts for domestic & international travellers.

Reviewed By raduvungtau - Vung Tau, Vietnam

Lost in the forest amid small villages, you will find with surprise this beautiful and nice arranged resort. It covers a large area with a couple of small hotels spread through the forest. There are many particular species of trees and plants, arranged like in a botanical garden. The crocodile pond is offering the trill of the adventure and of course you can serve crocodile delicatessen at the restaurant. Mud treatment, massage, spa, geothermal water pool with healing virtues, restaurants, kids playing grounds, water jets park, super-hot Springs where you can boil eggs and the list of attraction can continue.
I’m a Vung Tau man in the last 12 years, 60 Km away, so I visited many times the place. But I was unpleasant surprised this time by the doubling of the prices for almost everything without noticing many changes around: mostly the same old buildings with tired facilities & untidy bathrooms. I understand that the resort management wants to join the market economy but first of all have to do many changes and improvements - including the attitude of the staff. Just displaying 4 stars at the entrance and doubling the prices surely make the customers to feel they were ripped off.

3. Long Hai Beach

Bai Tam 298, Long Hai, Vietnam
Excellent
24%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
12%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 50 reviews

Long Hai Beach

Reviewed By Maria R - Helsinki, Finland

The beach itself is beautiful, quite clean and nice. But it isn't peaceful. There can be crowds - school classes and other very big groups that come by several big busses.
And even if there are no crowds, the locals are very interested in western tourists and are very keen to come and say hello. They want to take photos and may offer you a drink from their own bottle, show you photos of their families etc. At first this may feel nice but if you'd like to have a peaceful vacation, Long Hai isn't good choice.
There aren't decent sun beds or umbrellas. The ones they got are a bit broken and the locals can't understand that someone wants to rent them without having a meal! The locals come to the beach to eat and that's why there are some so called sun beds. Be prepared that you will be interrupted all the time by locals who try to sell you fresh fish or crab or octopus.
If you don't want to eat for lunch that street food mentioned above, you have other options. There are 4 eateries/ restaurants on the beach, named Cantin 1-4. You can get decent seafood, meat etc. as well beer and other drinks. But they close at 2-4 p.m! So no nice dinners or early night drinks when watching sunset.
The dinner options are street food only. You find the vendors in the big square next to the beach. Lots of fresh fish and other sea food. There are also some pho places in the main street about 1km from the beach but I'm not sure if they are open for a dinner, we just had a lunch. And Military Hotel has a good restaurant- if it's open.
Long Hai is suitable for a 2-4 days visits. You get the feeling what's like to have a Vietnamese style beach vacation but don't expect any peace or privacy. You can find those things in Phu Quoc or Con Dao. And if you want some facilities e.g. sun beds and real beachfront restaurants, you should go Vung Tau, Nha Trang, Hoi An etc.

4. Tuong Dai Chua Kito Vua

2 Ha Long Street | Thùy Vân , Vũng Tàu, Vung Tau, Vietnam +84 93 367 47 79
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 483 reviews

Tuong Dai Chua Kito Vua

Reviewed By Pisca p - Playa del Carmen

We stopped on our motorbike exploration of Vung Tau to climb to the “Rio de Vietnam” Jesus Christ. We get used to Budda and tempkes so it feels weird to see all thoses saints and christians scenes, but a little sweat it never hurts nobody so we climb. 5kdons moto parking and 800 steps but not really view, too many trees and trash here and there. To climb to the shoulder, you pay 10kdongs but they close for lunch break so be there ontime!

5. Mary Mother of God Cathedral

227 Cach Mang Thang 8, Phuoc Hiep Ward, Ba Ria, Vietnam +84 64 3825 705
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Mary Mother of God Cathedral

Reviewed By David B - Rayong, Thailand

Mary Mother of God Cathedral in what is now Baria-Vung Tau Province in Vietnam is of particular significance to Australian Vietnam veterans.
At any one time more than 5,000 Australian soldiers were based at Nui Dat, the 1st Australian Task Force Base, just 8 km north of the Cathedral.
Back then the Cathedral was home to an orphanage that many soldiers supported by dropping in gifts of milk, bread, rice, fruit and other essentials.
There is even a 1970 photograph in the Australian War Memorial archives of one of the task force commanders, Brigadier Bill Henderson, holding a young orphan girl while the mother superior, Sister Augustine looks on.
The Cathedral itself has been completely renovated and restored and sits in grounds adorned with new marble religious statues and Gardens.

6. Christ of Vung Tau

On top of Tao Phung Mount, Vietnam
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Christ of Vung Tau

Statue of jesus on a hill over looking the sea 3 metres bigger than the one in reo its an hour and a half from siagon

Reviewed By grevilleabrae5761 - South Coast NSW

Great tourist attraction and views of Vung Tau... lots of steps however we went up the village pathway and back down the steps... must cover your knees and wear a shirt covering your shoulders or you can't go in. A hard walk for frail or very young.. but I feel it was well worth the effort. There is a small shop up the top to buy water and ice blocks.

7. Vung Tau Lighthouse

Ward 2, Vung Tau, Vietnam
Excellent
36%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 143 reviews

Vung Tau Lighthouse

Reviewed By Al M - Canberra, Australia

I both walked here from the Christ statue (don't think you are supposed to) then down, and then rode up and down the next day on a rented scooter. The walk up would be tough, the ride was fun. The views are awesome, the lighthouse is neat, all free. Almost a must do as long as you have a way up!

8. Duc Me Bai Dau

Tran Phu Street | Tuong Ky Mountain, Vung Tau, Vietnam
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Duc Me Bai Dau

Reviewed By Tony_of_Adelaide - Adelaide, Australia

I really enjoyed visiting this site.
The colossal statue of Mary is rewarding enough in its' own right, but what I enjoyed most was the climb up the steps, which had numerous smaller statues along the way, and leading to a splendid view from Mary's feet. I noticed however that the steps continued further up the mountain; curiosity drove me further and I found there were quite a few hundred more steps, with a little resting point every now and then, and eventually found myself at a giant crucifix very near the summit of this mountain. The views from the summit are excellent!
A few tips:
Good footwear is essential (well-fitting sandals is an absolute minimum as these steps are steep at times, and your feet are likely to get sweaty and slippery if it's a hot day - which it almost always will be).
Take a bottle or two of water per person - there are no shops of any kind except right down at the start of the steps.
Wear a sunhat and/or sunscreen to protect your shoulders and the back of your neck, especially if climbing in the afternoon, as you'll have the full brunt of the sun beating down on you for the entire climb.
Lastly: reward yourself with an ice cream from the gift shop after you've made your descent.

9. Front Beach

Vung Tau, Vietnam
Excellent
26%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 122 reviews

Front Beach

Reviewed By Hoang N

Worthily recommended for night walk because of the wide beach and safe environment. Haven’t tried street foods or restaurants around the beach, however, we were fooled by a taxi driver (Mai Linh) and had to pay 1.5 million VND for a meal with seafood for 2 people. NEVER TRUST taxi driver’s suggestion, ask reliable hotel staffs instead!

10. Lam Son Stadium

15 Le Loi, Vung Tau, Vietnam
Excellent
35%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 84 reviews

Lam Son Stadium

Reviewed By Neil G

This is really like going to the dog racing in Geelong Australia when I was a kid it costs approximately $4.50/ person and in total about 400dogs received around the track of 450trs. They start in eight at a time and go like hell after the bite foes past.. Very well run and I believe many of the greyhound are either bred in Australia or from Australian breeding stock. My four year old boy absolutely love it.. Good food on hand... A good night out for something different to do whilst in Vung Tau.

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