What to do and see in Vung Tau, Vietnam: The Best Places and Tips

November 29, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

Vũng Tàu (Hanoi accent: [vuŋ˧ˀ˥ taʊ̯˨˩] ( listen), Saigon accent: [vuŋ˧˩˧ taːw˨˩] ( listen)) is the largest city and former capital of Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Province in Vietnam. The city area is 140 square kilometres (54 square miles), consists of thirteen urban wards and one commune of Long Son Islet. Vũng Tàu was the capital of the province until 2 May 2012, and is the crude oil extraction center of Vietnam.
Restaurants in Vung Tau

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%
Terrible
0%
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. 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!

3. 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!

4. Duc Me Bai Dau

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

5. 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!

6. 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.

7. Hon Ba Island

Halong Road | Actually in the Ocean, Vung Tau, Vietnam
Excellent
44%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

Hon Ba Island

Reviewed By ROCruiser - California

It was high tide when we were there so not possible to get on the island. Looked interesting enough though. Kind of reminded me of the Battery Point Light house in Crescent City, California. Same idea, you can walk across during low tide. Would have been interesting to go over and see the temple.

8. Bach Dinh White Palace

Tran Phu Phuong 1, tp., Vung Tau, Vietnam
Excellent
34%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 46 reviews

Bach Dinh White Palace

Reviewed By Followthesun1946 - Saigon

Got ticket to drive up to this French colonial building for the king of Vietnam. Little ceramic museum inside and we walked up to see King' s bed room and cabinet room
Not much to see but nice view in teak wood garden and the sea

9. Vung Tau Ferry Terminal

Ha Long Street, Vung Tau, Vietnam +84 64 3515 151
Excellent
21%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 156 reviews

Vung Tau Ferry Terminal

Reviewed By TravelerTrev - Mittagong, Australia

The Vung Tau Ferry terminal is now located at the other end of Bai Truoc Beach and is now operated by GreenlinesDP. Tickets can be booked online or purchased at the terminal entrance. However the port Authority and restaurants and possibly other boat operations still operate here

10. Back Beach

Thuy Van Road, Vung Tau, Vietnam
Excellent
27%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
9%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 84 reviews

Back Beach

Reviewed By Alexandre S - Singapore, Singapore

The beach is quite nice there. Spacious to. Accommodate everyone, however not sure if all season is similar but when we went there there were many waves so you can't and not allowed to swim very far. Waves can be strong sometimes so be careful. Otherwise we enjoyed the few hours we spent there. You can buy street food at the opposite road first before heading down to the beach.

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