As you first approach Vung tau, two spectacular mountains greet you. When you move in further you realize that these mountains are surrounded by ocean on both sides. The sight that Vung tau presents as you approach it is one of for sore eyes – with the Big Mountain and Small Mountain surrounded on both sides by the blue waters of the Back beach and the Front Beach. With such serene nature, Vung tau is the perfect place to catch some sun and some rest.
Vung Tau translates into 'The bay of boats'. Sitting on a hilly strip of land that juts into the Ocean, Vung tau is one of the best beach towns located in close proximity to Ho Chi Minh City. The two main beaches are Back Beach and Front beach. Back Beach is a three kilometer stretch of sand and sea catering to all the tourists – sun loungers, umbrellas, jet skiis, tube rentals, seafood, beach toys and beer, you name it you get it! The Front beach is more low-key and is a harbor to many river boats. The French style promenade connects the two beaches and makes for a relaxing sunset stroll. The city gets painfully crowded during the weekends owing to its reputation as a great place for singles to mingle. Prices often triple and if you want to avoid crowds and/or are on a budget visiting during the week is a good idea. You can choose to visit the Jesus Christ statue or the Lighthouse and catch some spectacular views of the city or choose to visit one of the numerous pagodas scattered across the city. A must visit is the Worldwide Arms Museum that showcases ancient weaponry. Vung tau is thin on substantial things to do, but it has this festive, cheerful yet calming vibe to it and that is precisely why you should visit Vung Tau.
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Great scenery, Cheerful Locals, Relaxing atmosphere
Not many tourist attractions
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