Eat play see in Vung Tau

Hi guys! Are you searching for an imaginative destination located near Ho Chi Minh city?. Let’s go trekking Vung Tau.

Not too far from Ho Chi Minh city – 2 hours by car,  Vung Tau is an all time amazing destination for a day trip or a weekend vacation.

This port city has a long stretch of sandy beaches and mountainous backdrop

Our tips below would offer you of the immersed experience for your complete day trip. Let’s go!

Eat Play See – How to get to Vung Tau:

speedboat boat to Vung Tau

By speedboat boat: Greenlines catamarans

One of the most convenient ways is to travel about 1.5 hours by speedboat to Vung Tau.

You could book ticket online and catch a boat from Nha Rong harbour in Ho Chi Minh city.


Monday-Friday: 8am – 2pm

Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 4pm

Price: 250,000 vnd for adults (12$); 130,000 for children(6$); 180,000 for elderly people(8$)

Express bus:

Express bus to Vung Tau

It’s such a common vehicle to go to Vung Tau. Some of the well-known bus stations are Phuong Trang (Futa), Hanh cafe, Hoa Mai…It takes you about 1.5 to 2 hours to arrive in Vung Tau.

Price: 120.000(6$)

Private bike:

Private bike to Vung Tau

Besides those vehicles, a motorbike looks like the most affordable transport for young locals who would like to experience backpacking tourism. It takes 2 – 3 hours to get to Vung Tau from Ho Chi Minh city.

Best food in Vung Tau:

Eat play see - Best food in Vung Tau

Not only is Vung Tau famous for its beautiful coastlines but also for a paradise of seafood lovers.

Whenever I go trekking in Vung Tau, I would rather choose street food than fancy restaurants. Here, I’ll share with you some must-try items when travelling in Vung Tau.

Bay Co diner:

Bay Co diner Vung Tau Banh Khot

Food at vung tau Located at  552 Tran Phu st, ward 5, Vung Tau city. You will be served up the local fresh seafood at reasonable prices.

If you are not a huge fan of shrimp, crabs, sea nails, you can easily find several delicious dishes there. Let’s grab a cup of beer and enjoy tasty food.

Vung Tau night market:

Vung Tau night market

“Nothing different to the local stores but interesting to see all the local seafood on display.” said an Australian tourists on TripAdvisor.

Located behind the Imperial hotel, that destination is exactly a perfect street for all seafood lovers.organicfoodvungtau

You can have several options of food here but mostly they are seafood such as snails, shrimps, crabs, octopuses, and fishes. After that, you could choose how they are cooked.

There are many amazing fresh seafood waiting for you. Sounds good!cheap food vung tau

Opening hours: 03:00 pm – 1:00 am

Address: Behind Imperial Hotel, ward Thang Tam, Vung Tau, Vietnam.

Vietnamese mini savory pancakes: Banh khot Cay Vu Sua

Banh khot Cay Vu Sua

This cuisine is a must-try item for anyone who love Vietnamese delicious street food.

To create dish of Banh Khot, all fresh ingredients are required such as shrimp, vegetable and a perfect recipe.

You could choose one store named:”Banh khot Cay vu sua” on Nguyen Truong To st to taste this food.

According to some visitors’ reviews on, this store has round pancakes, fried crispy with fresh shrimp and vegetable is so clean. The price is around 45,000 vnd(2$) – 110,000 vnd(5$).

Lan Rung restaurant:

Lan Rung restaurant

If you are looking for a luxurious place to taste local food but not so much expensive, Lan Rung is highly-recommended.

Long time ago, Lan Rung is a dining area which was built in colonial times and has always been an escape for French in Sai Gon.

Lan Rung is a dining area which was built in colonial times

According to some visitors who have experience in Vung Tau tourism, you could choose the seafood specialties from the menu or directly from tanks in a miniature lagoon-like area.vungtaufamousfood

After your choice is made, enjoy the sea view with the sound of waves lapping at the shore,  the rush of cool sea breezes through the trees.

In the evening the dining area of Lan Rung restaurant decorated with fairy lights, you could choose yourself wines, beers, cocktails besides your food and be immersed in a romantic area.

Ganh Hao Seafood Restaurant:

Ganh Hao Seafood Restaurant

If you would like fresh local seafood cooked in more diverse ways, going to a quality restaurant is a better option.

Ganh Hao is a favorite restaurants for locals. Its price is not too cheap compared to others, but the quality is always on top of list.

Address: 03 Tran Phu, Ward 5, Vung Tau City.

Highlight in Vung Tau:

Back beach:

Back beach in Vung Tau

Travelling on Vung Tau, you are surely recommended to visit the Back Beach due to its seafood stalls, hotel, hostel on Thuy Van street.

In addition, you can also look for many beach services at various prices. The sandy beach stretching around 8km creates an originality of Back Beach

Time: 9 am-9 pm

Address: Thuy Van st from Cape Au Vent to Nguyen An Ninh crossroad, Vung Tau.

Entrance: Fee

Christ the King monument:

Christ the King monument Vung Tau

One of the pride of Vung Tau local is Christ the King, the Statue of Jesus standing on the Little Mountain.

This is one of the most attractions in Vung Tau. The Statue is 32 meters high. Following 133 step staircase inside the statue, you will startle at especially great view of the whole city.

Time: 7am-5pm

Address: Little Mountain, Vung Tau.

Entrance: Fee.


Light house in Vung Tau

LightHouse, a unique architecture built by French, is still operational and gives visitors a 360 degree vista of the city and sea view.vungtautourfromsaigon

You could reach the top of the hill motorbike, car. On the way to the top, there will be very pleasant to make a short stop and enjoy local coffee at the coffee shops at the right side.

Time: 7am-5pm

Address: On the top of Little Mountain.

Entrance: Fee

White palace:

white palace in vung Tau

White Palace is Vung Tau’s nicest colonial era mansion. It commissioned by French govor.

Paul Doumer as a retreat for Emperor Bao Dai and a vacation accommodation for the heads of state during the French occupation.

You will be immersed by the ancient architecture at 20th century and learn more about the Vietnamese history and Emperor Bao Dai.

Time: 7am-6pm

Address: 10 Tran Phu st, ward 11, Vung Tau

Entrance: 15,000 vnd/adult (0.75$)


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Shakyamuni Buddha:

Shakyamuni Buddha in Vung Tau

Platform of Shakyamuni Buddha is a notable Theravada Buddhist temple. It lies to the northwest of Big Mountain, built between 1961 and 1963.

The giant statue of Thich Ca Buddha sitting on the large lotus blossom contrasts the blue and green background of the sky and forest.

This destination attracts millions of tourists and religious people every year.

Time: 8am-5:30pm

Address: 608, Tran Phu st, ward 5, Vung Tau

Entrance: 5000 vnd


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The Robert Taylor museum of Worldwide Arms:

The Robert Taylor museum of Worldwide Arms

Robert Taylor has made his home, Vung Tau an amazing museum with a collection of antique weapons and uniforms originated from nations all over the world.

This attraction is recommended to provide customers an interesting lens into different cultural exploration in Vung Tau.   

Time: 8 am-6 pm

Address: 98 Tran Hung Dao, ward 1, Vung Tau.

  • Entrance: 50,000-100,000 vnd    

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