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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Vung Tau South Vietnam coast

January 21, 2015 by David Herd

Vung Tau South Vietnam

Vung Tau South VietnamVung Tau South Vietnam coast is a 90 minute fast ferry ride from Saigon. One surprise certainly was the statue of Christ similar to Rio on a smaller scale. Wayne Morris, my friend from Sydney climbing the 811 stairs to reach the top. It was very hot and I had to rest 5 times on the way up. 馃檪

A tough climb

Vung Tau South Vietnam

This climb reminded me of El Castillo at Chitzen Itza, that one was more frightening but this one was far tougher. Lucky for me they have quite a few rest stations which I was happy to take advantage of. 馃檪

Vung Tau South Vietnam

Vung Tau South Vietnam

A you can see there is access to the very top of the statue, however it is closed between 11 and 1 pm.

Happy dragon

Vung Tau South VietnamHalfway down the mountain this happy dragon appears.

Ferry terminal

Vung Tau South VietnamOnly 90 minutes from Saigon in a fast ferry that costs just $10 usd.

Vung Tau fisherman

Vung Tau South Vietnam

Vietnam of course specialise in seafood due the the incredibly long coastline.

Downtown Vung Tau

Vung Tau South VietnamDuring 14th and 15th centuries, the cape that would become V农ng T脿u was a swamp which European trading ships visited regularly. The ships’ activities inspired the name V农ng T脿u, which means “anchorage”. The French Indochinese government named it Cap Saint-Jacques (“Cap Xanh Gi岷痗”, in Vietnamese). The cliff of V农ng T脿u is now called M农i Nghinh Phong (literally meaning “Cape of breeze welcome“) or (“Cape of greeting the wind“).

Enjoying the evening breeze

Vung Tau South Vietnamlate afternoon and late into the evening people gather along the seaside to chat and enjoy the ocean breeze.

Escaping from the sun.

Vung Tau South Vietnam

Most Asian ladies are very careful to stay out of the sun.

 No clever remarks please

Vung Tau South VietnamI realise some of my friends will not be able to resist the comparison between myself and the whale. 馃檪


Green Hotel $40 pn

Vung Tau South VietnamGood location and great value if you book through this AGODA link.


View from Green Hotel

Vung Tau South Vietnam

Although this was a very good location if you like the beach, however next time I visit I’ll probably stay in the town.

Opposite Green Hotel

Vung Tau South Vietnam

The long sandy beach was ideal for my regular morning walk.

 Five Star Imperial Hotel

Vung Tau South VietnamMy friend was staying 800 meters from The Green Hotel at the five star Imperial Hotel. There is of course no comparison in the facilities, however there is a huge price difference. If you book through AGODA you will get a competitive rate of $230 to $300 aud, but that is a lot more than $40 for the Green hotel.

Imperial Hotel

Vung Tau South Vietnam

An excellent upmarket hotel with a pool and bar right on the beach.

Very unfriendly place

Vung Tau South Vietnam This beer bar is part of the Imperial hotel, sadly the staff are quite rude and unfriendly. I wanted to have a drink while waiting for my friend to arrive, it was early and only about 4 customers in the whole place. I wanted to sit near the window to keep an eye out for my friend, however they insisted I sit at the bar because I was alone. Because of their poor attitude I rang my friend and we had drinks elsewhere.

Lucy’s Sports Bar

Vung Tau South Vietnam

This friendly bar is totally the opposite from Vuvuzela, great food and very friendly staff. It’s run by an Aussie called KJ who certainly makes you feel welcome.


Lucy’s Sports Bar

Vung Tau South Vietnam

Here are the friendly girls at Lucy’s, nice food and a good atmosphere.

Scallop salad at Lucy’s sports bar


Vung Tau South VietnamThe extensive menu offers some great choices, I had a terrific seafood chowder and a great cheeseburger.

Aussie hamburger at Lucy’s

Lucy's Sports Bar

A bar run by an Aussie is always going to serve a great hamburger.

 Sunset at Vung Tau South Vietnam


Vung Tau South VietnamThis is the view from Lucy’s bar overlooking the bay.

Hollywood night club

Vung Tau South Vietnam

There is a reasonable selection of late night venues, many of them seem to focus on Karaoke.

 Lan Rung

Vung Tau South Vietnam

Good food here and even better beer which they brew themselves.

Shrimp and cauliflower at Lan Rung

Vung Tau South Vietnam Lan Rung restaurant, shrimp and cauliflower.

 Fresh spring rolls, my favourite.

Fresh spring rolls

They were delicious, I remember a little Vietnamese restaurant on the Gold Coast  beside the fire station near Monaco St, they had some of the best Summer rolls I have ever eaten.  

Hoang Hoa Tham road Vung Tau South Vietnam

Hoang Hoa Tham road photo IMG_6511-1.jpg

This road is a short cut from the beach to the town, about 30% lower taxi fare than going around the coast. You can guess which route the taxi drivers prefer. 馃檪

French bakery

Vung Tau South Vietnam

This is a very good French bakery and coffee shop in  Hoang Hoa Tham road, it’s quite large so you can’t miss it. The address is 128 Ho脿ng Hoa Th谩m, Xa Vung Tau, B脿 R峄媋-V农ng T脿u, Vietnam 064. Here is the bakery on Google Earth.

 Fast ferry to Vung Tau

Vung Tau South Vietnam Only 90 minutes at $10 usd from Saigon to Vung Tau South Vietnam.

15 minutes from HCMC

Vung Tau South Vietnam


Every now and then I take a photo I really love, this is one of those.

HCMC to Vung Tau

Vung Tau South Vietnam

It was an interesting trip from HCM to Vung Tau South Vietnam by river.

Even better value is the luxury mini bus

Vung Tau South VietnamThey run every hour and pick up from your hotel, the road is excellent, 65% express-way.  The trip from Vung Tau to Saigon was only 80 minutes.

I’m the only passenger from Vung Tau South Vietnam

Luxury mini bus, I'm the only passenger. photo BustoHCMC-1.jpg

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