Top 10 Things To Do In Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

things to do in vung tau

A peninsula in southern Vietnam, Vũng Tàu is a port city and the capital of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province. It has four known beaches, which are Front Beach, Back Beach, Pineapple Beach, and Paradise Beach. One of the major landmarks in the city is Christ of Vũng Tàu, or Christ the Redeemer statue, which is 105 ft (32 m) tall. In order for you to reach the highest structure, you need to climb a set of stone stairs, and from the top, you’ll see the best view of the ocean. For an overview of what awaits you here, read our list below of the best things to do in Vũng Tàu.

1. Unwind at Mui Nghinh Phong

Mũi Nghinh Phong
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Vung Tau is a stunning city that boasts breathtaking natural wonders and offers a multitude of outdoor opportunities. For tourists who like to reconnect with nature and unwind, Mui Nghinh Phong is a destination not to miss. In English, it means Cape Nghinh Phong, and it is a picturesque natural tourist attraction, situated in Ward 2, Vung Tau. Nesting behind a marvelous mountain, right in front of the vast seas, its charming scenery will make your vacation experience more memorable. Aside from enjoying the views, tourists can swim in the refreshing waters and bask in the warmth of the sun.

Mui Nghinh Phong

Address: 1 Ha Long, Ward 2, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria - Vung Tau 790000, Vietnam

Website: Mui Nghinh Phong

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

2. Swim in refreshing waters at Bai Dau Beach

Bai tam Thuy van, duong thuy van-Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Việt Nam
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Bai Dau Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Vung Tau, and it is found in Phường 5, Thành phố Vũng Tầu. It is a beautiful paradise all-year-round, but it is exceptionally more crowded during the summer season. It showcases a 20km (12.4mi) long coastline and three sides that adjoin the sea. It is also characterized by delightful smooth sand that feels nice to the touch, and its tranquil waters that are not scary even for beginners. More so, the beach has lush trees that are the perfect shade for those who want to relax and unwind.

Bai Dau Beach

Address: Trần Phú, Phường 5, Thành phố Vũng Tầu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

Opening hours: (Temporarily closed)

3. Visit the historic War Memorial Statue

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Your Vung Tau holiday will not be complete without a visit to the War Memorial Statue. It is located in Phường Thắng Tam, close to the heart of the city, which makes it easy for tourists to find. The statuesque monument was built in honor of the fallen soldiers that sacrificed their lives during the war era. It stands at the center of a charming garden. Also, in the gardens, you’ll find a lovely fountain that accentuates the place.

War memorial statue

Address: 3 Tháng 2, Phường Thắng Tam, Thành phố Vũng Tầu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

4. Explore the fascinating Robert Taylor Museum of Worldwide Arms

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Are you a history buff or a regular tourist who wants to get to know the fascinating city of Vung Tau on a deeper level? You will have a great time immersing yourself in the culture and history of this Vietnamese city at the Robert Taylor Museum of Worldwide Arms. This interesting museum houses Vietnamese military armors, weaponry, and important artifacts. More so, it also houses pieces from other countries, such as Zulu exhibits and items from Europe and China. Tourists coming from the west will not have a hard time learning things at the museum as everything is written both in Vietnamese and English.

Robert Taylor Museum of Worldwide Arms

Address: 98 Trần Hưng Đạo, Phường 1, Thành phố Vũng Tầu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

Website: Robert Taylor Museum of Worldwide Arms

Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 5 USD

5. Mingle with locals at Back Beach

Back Beach Vung Tau
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Vung Tau city is popular for its breathtaking beaches, and one of them is Back Beach. It is a well-trafficked beach that is owned by the Imperial Hotel. Compared to other beaches in the city, Back Beach is more crowded and more urbanized. You will find food stalls selling delicious culinary delights everywhere, and there are also available chairs and tables for rent. You can also rent blow up toys for kids and kids at heart. The beach has warning signs that tell swimmers whether the spot is dangerous for swimming or not.

Vung Tau Back Beach Square

Address: 125 Thùy Vân, Phường Thắng Tam, Thành phố Vũng Tầu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

6. Visit Chon Khong Monastery

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For tourists who are exploring Asian cities, it is a must that you add temple visits to your travel itinerary, besides food trips and shopping. One place of worship that you should not miss is Chon Khong Monastery. This Buddhist temple was built in 1920 on top of a mountain with an altitude of 262ft (80m). It is the initial temple that was constructed during its era, and it laid the foundation for the Vietnamese Zen School, which had 10 students in the beginning. In the corners of the temple, you’ll see various structures that include the Main Hall, the Main Tower, a nun’s hall, a meditation hall, and the bell tower. On top of these, the city views from Chon Khong Monastery will take your breath away.

Chon Khong Monastery

Address: Phường 1, Thành phố Vũng Tầu, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Vietnam

Opening hours: 4am - 12pm, 2pm - 9:30pm (daily)

7. See the iconic Jesus Christ's Statue

Vung Tau Thanh Gioc 1
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Have you heard about the majestic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil? Well, Vung Tau also has an iconic Jesus Christ statue in the city that pilgrims and tourists visit to worship and take pictures of. This skyrocketing religious statue stands proud on Mount Nhỏ in Vũng Tàu, overlooking the picturesque city. It was built in 1974, spearheaded by the Vietnam Catholic Association. It was only in 1993 that the whole construction process was finished. Tourists who plan to visit Jesus Christ’s statue should ready themselves for an 847-step stairway without cover from the warmth of the sun, and another 100 steps for tourists who wish to stand on the shoulder of the statue, with better views of the area.

Jesus Christ's Statue

Address: 01, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

Opening hours: 6:30am - 5pm (daily)

8. Enjoy the views at Front Beach Park

Front Beach Vung Tau 1967
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For tourists who like sightseeing and unwinding, Front Beach Park is a tourist destination to visit. It is a lovely waterfront park with lots to offer. Some people come here to enjoy the waters and swim, while others do their cardio exercises on-site. More so, it has a promenade with lush shady greens and breathtaking sea views, perfect for dating couples or families on bonding time. There is also a playground where kids can swing and slide all day long. Lots of dining spots await tourists who wish to try delicious local and international cuisines.

Front Beach Park

Address: 4 Quang Trung, Phường 1, Thành phố Vũng Tầu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

9. Witness magical sunsets at SOHO Sunset Viewpoint

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Do you want to know where to see the most magical sunset in Vung Tau? If so, add SOHO Sunset Viewpoint to your travel itinerary and make sure you come down to the place during sunset hours. This site is right off the highway, and it is mostly crowded at dusk - just when the skies start to show pastel-colored hues, and the centerpiece begins to go down, slowly vanishing into the horizon. The area is lit by lovely street lamps that add a romantic feel to the place. The sound of the seas crashing on the shores, the views of the artistic sky, and the embrace of the cool wind - all make a recipe for an unforgettable experience.

SOHO Sunset Viewpoint

Address: 66 Hạ Long, Phường 2, Thành phố Vũng Tầu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

10. Sample local cuisines at Quán Bánh khot Goc Vú Soa

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If you’re the type of tourist who is into food crawls as much as shopping and sightseeing, be sure to swing by Quán Bánh khot Goc Vú Soa on your holiday in Vung Tau. It is a budget-friendly restaurant that specializes in delicious seafood fare. As Vung Tau is a port city, it is no wonder that the food served in Quán Bánh khot Goc Vú Soa is always fresh and tasty. Plus, these are not regular seafood dishes that you can try everywhere; these are local specialties that are definitely a must-try. Be sure to come here with your most comfortable clothing as this local eatery is nothing fancy, and it can get crowded sometimes.

Quán Bánh khot Goc Vú Soa

Address: 14 Nguyễn Trường Tộ, Phường 3, Thành phố Vũng Tầu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 3:30pm; Sat - Sun: 7am - 8pm

Fall in love with Vung Tau

Vung Tau is a captivating port city that boasts breathtaking beaches and delicious food. It also has iconic landmarks that define the diverse cultures of the city. Also, it has attractions that are perfect for families and couples on a romantic getaway. If you are planning to fly all the way to this beautiful Asian city and immerse yourself in its offerings, refer to this list of top things to do in Vung Tau when planning an itinerary.

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