Vũng Tàu is the largest city and former capital of Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Province in Vietnam. The city area is 140 km2 (54 sq mi), consists of thirteen urban wards and one commune of Long Son Islet. Vũng Tàu was the capital of the province until 2012, and is the crude oil extraction center of Vietnam.
You can take a bus to Vung Tau from Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). All buses are parked near the domestic terminal. Look for "JetStar" or "Vietnam Airlines" painted on the bus body. The fastest way on bus to Vung Tau is by taking a high speed coach from Mien Dong Coach Station (Bến Xe Miền Đông) in HCMC.
Taking a hydrofoil is a little more comfortable way to get to Vung Tau than taking a bus. It is a good way to see the commercial maritime areas as the boat runs through the Saigon River to the sea. After one hour and 15 minutes, Vũng Tàu peninsula appears with its two mountains at the waterfront.
The most convenient way is to catch a taxi. Taxis are rather expensive in Vũng Tàu. Prices are 30% higher than Saigon companies, especially along the beaches. Major companies are Gili Taxi, Petro Taxi, Vinasun, and Mai Linh.
As an ordinary Vietnam urban area, Vũng Tàu has plenty of xe ôm (motorbike) drivers who are professional (and unfortunately seek out foreigners). The driver should supply you with a helmet. If he doesn't - find another one, as you'll be the one stuck with the fine. Remember : always agree on a price before you set off.
Additionally, Vũng Tàu is rather small in size, so don't hesitate to take a walk. Recommended ways are : Bacu street (the city's downtown), Đồ Chiểu Street (food center), Trưng Trắc and Trưng Nhị Square, Công viên Bãi trước (Front Beach park) and pavements along the coastline. The only drawback; foreigners are constantly sought after by motorbike drivers, especially if walking alone.
Jesus Statue on Summit of Small Mountain: The enormous 28 m figure of Jesus gazing to sea with outstretched arms is at the south end of Small Mountain. Built in 1971, this giant Jesus rests on a 10 m high platform. You won’t regret visiting Vũng Tàu Lighthouse (On top of Small Mountain). First built in 1907 on the lower peak of Small Mount, it burned kerosene in its lamp. In 1911, it was rebuilt to 3 m in diameter and 18 m in height, and moved to the higher peak where it stands today.
Vung Tau Light House projects light as far as 35 sea miles. It is equipped with telescopes to follow and direct ships at sea. This light house affords a paranomic view of the whole Vung Tau and is a really interesting site. No ticket is needed, but tourists are required to pay 4,000 dong pervisit
Moreover, there are many amazing sight-seeing such as beautiful pagodas (Niet Ban Tich Xa and Niet Ca Phat Dai), Villa Blanche (A summer holiday house of French Governor General Paul Doumer), Thang Tam Temple ( The place to worship three men who led inhabitants to Vung tau), Martyr's Memorial,...
The seaside makes Vung Tau a nearby paradise for Saigon visitors. Well-travelled foreigners may be underwhelmed. The beach is not too attractive with litter lining the coast, and most of the sandy eastern beach has signage about dangerous swimming. There are four beaches near the city centre: Bãi Dâu (Mulberry Beach). Small beach on the west side of Big Mount; Bãi Dứa (Pineapple Beach). Small beach along Hạ Long St, by Small Mount; Bãi Sau (Back Beach): The only standard beach for tourism in Vung Tau; Bãi Trước (Front Beach) (Centre of Vung Tau between Big and Small Mount) which is connected through a small park called Front Beach Park.
You can choose one of those hiking sites: Hike to the Lighthouse on Little Mount. The entrance is at in Phan Chu Trinh St, about 1 km from the beach; Hike to the Jesus Statue on Little Mount. This is a very nice short hike; Hike to Big Mount. The trail starts on Tran Hung Dao St. The top is very flat, and there are a of couple restaurants on top.
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