Vung Tau is a resort town in the province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau, 125 km from HCMC. The town is a long strip approximately 14 km long and 6 km wide. Where the southern tip of town meets the ocean stand two famous mountains Nui Lon (Truong Ky) and Nui Nho (Tao Phung).
Ba Ria - Vung Tau's terrain includes mountains, hill, beaches, plains and sand dunes stretching put along the 100-km long coastline.
VUNG TAU BEACHES: Vung Tau is an old port, and the first Vietnamese area to be visited by local vacationers. It is located on a 110 sq. km area, 125 km south-east of Ho Chi Minh city. With an average temperature of 28oC and 20 km of beautiful coastline, it's no wonder that it's a popular spot. Vung Tau have five beaches scattered over the peninsula.
Bai Truoc - Front Beach: Bai Truoc is also known as Bai Tam Duong. Tam Duong means "searching for the sun". The beach is located between Nui Lon mountain and Nui Nho mountain.
From far, the beach is shaped like a crescent moon, and along the beach, there are many coconut trees. Not a clean beach for swimming, it has many kiosks, open-air restaurants and bars and it is the beach closest to urban Vung Tau.
Bai Sau - Rear Beach: Bai Sau is also known as Bai Thuy Van. This stretch of beach is located in the southeast side of town and is about 10 km in length from the base of Nui Nho. The most popular beach in Vung Tau, it is packed with Saigonese every weekend during the summer months. Teenagers arrive on scooters (3 hrs travel), locals by mini-van or bus (2 hrs) and affluent tourists by hydro-foil boats (1 1/2 hr). The sea is calm during the rainy season but there are frequent periods of high winds and big waves during the dry season. Strong undertow currents make swimming dangerous in some spots.
Bai Dua - Pineapple Beach: Historically known for its wild pineapple trees and black rocks, Bai Dua is located at the foot of Nui Nho Mountain. It is the smallest of the four major beaches in Vung Tau but very popular for its calm waters and its majestic sunset.
Bai Dua is also known as Huong Phuong beach. Visitors come to this rocky cove for its tranquility and cleanliness.
Paradise Beach: In 1994, a Taiwanese conglomerate paid a large sum of money to the Vietnamese government for the right to build a theme park with private beach on the northern end of Bai Sau.
This beach, not too aptly named Paradise Beach, is open to the public but requires an entrance fee. Everything here costs twice as much as at the other beaches. It is populated mostly with group tourists from other Asian countries
As all good coastal destinations provide, Vung Tau has a plethora of fresh seafood to satiate your appetite for grilled, steamed or fried fish. While you can order up a plate at most of the finer local restaurants, some of the better dishes come straight from the street. Grab some freshly grilled squid, add a touch of lime and salt and dig into an undersea temptation.
Some recommend restaurants in Vung Tau:
1. Kozak Mamay
A favourite of Vung Tau’s expat community for over 5 years, this cozy restaurant is a slice of Eastern Europe in the heart of Vung Tau. Head to their ground floor for a quick drink with an expat stationed down the road at the Russian village before heading upstairs for some of the best Ukrainian food in Vietnam. The expansive menu features such authentic Ukrainian fare such as home made sausages and Ukrainian borsch mixed with Western and pan-Asian cuisine. Wash down your meal with a glass from their extensive wine menu or an imported bottle or draft beer.
Adress: 06-07 H3, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Vung Tau, Vietnam
2. Nine Cafe & Restaurant
Adress: 9 Truong Vinh Ky, Vung Tau, Vietnam
Four years running, this cozy restaurant serves some of the tastiest and freshest food in the city. Along with the baking their own bread daily, the restaurant also makes their own chocolate and ham. Gastronomes are spoilt for choice when pairing a wine with their meal as Nine arguably has the largest wine selection in Vung Tau
3. Tommy’s 3 Restaurant & Bar
Adress: 3 Le Ngoc Han Str., Ward 1, Vung Tau, Vietnam
Eat grilled specialties or burgers considered to be Vung Tau’s best and wash them down with dark beer while socializing with Vung Tau’s local and expat community at this Australian-owned establishment. Once the belly is satisfied, head upstairs where wall to wall sports memorabilia and the games broadcasted on flat screens will give you the true sports bar feel from back home. Tommy's 3 has something to offer to suit several tastes from its own rugby league to battlefield tours. Add a group of die-hard rugby fans and you've got the busiest sports bar in Vung Tau boasting live music, weekly barbeques and historical tours.
4. Cay Bang
Cay Bang, named after the old tree residing in the entrance, is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in Vung Tau. The establishment packs its 200-plus beachfront dining room on weekend nights; the service is attentive but not overbearing and the fish hotpot is a must-try. Cay Bang also has an impressive wine list.