Two Days in Vung Tau

Vung Tau Kite Festival
Vung Tau Kite Festival

Distance from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau

Vung Tau is really close to Ho Chi Minh City. The distance from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau makes it an easy 3 hour bike ride. With Vung Tau’s 20km’s of coastline, it is often the first choice for Saigonese for a short escape. Here is a suggested schedule for you, or if you are more adventurous maybe you can venture out a little or if you would like to relax and read a book next to the hotel pool Vung Tau is close enough to rejuvenate the batteries.

Day 1: Saigon to Vung Tau

Late Morning in Vung Tau              

Head out in the morning and make your way to your hotel. Vung Tau has a variety of hotels ranging from luxury to the cheaper motel and guest house. In Vung Tau there will be a hotel for a traveller on any budget. However, if you are travelling over the weekend, you should reserve your room first.

After checking into your hotel, grab your bathers and your towel and spend the afternoon lazing away on the beach and maybe some seafood for a late lunch. Then it’s time for a nap to recharge the batteries for a late afternoon site seeing, to discover some of the monuments and tourist sites of Vung Tau.

Con Dao
Con Dao

Afternoon Exploring Vung Tau

Take your time to explore: Thang Tam vestige monument, White Mansion, Niết Bàn Tịnh Xá Temple, or maybe take in the sunset from the Jesus statue. You can see more detail about tourist attractions of Vung Tau in here.

Nightlife in Vung Tau

Take a stroll along the boulevard and stop maybe for a hot espresso at coastline cafe in the colder weather or if it’s a bit warmer an ice cold drink to refresh the palate.

For something a little more different maybe spend the evening at Lam Son stadium to watch the dog racing. When the racing is over, it is time to eat oyster porridge before going back to your room to rest softly for the night.

Vung Tau Fishing Boats Vietnam
Vung Tau Fishing Boats Vietnam

Day 2: Discovering Vung Tau

Cake anyone?

Breakfast will be the famous Khot Cake at the Ba Hai Shop on Le Loi Street or Long Huong Canh Cake. After breakfast there are a range of options for the traveller. Maybe take in a visit to Binh Chau Hot Waterfall or go to Ho Coc Beach or explore the primary forest or simply go fishing. Then seafood lunch at Ho Tram.

Cannons of Vung Tau
Defending Vung Tau

Long Hai Beach

When you head back to Saigon head towards towards Long Hai beach. Drink cool coconut water or go to Long Hai market and eat Cha Gio Ca (Khoai Cake).

Also don’t forget to stop at Ba Ria city. A great place to buy seafood and gifts for your friends and loved ones before venturing back to Saigon towards route 51.

As you can see the distance from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau makes it the perfect two day getaway. Go enjoy the break you deserve it!


  1. This is a really good overview of Vung Tau. Have you considered doing videos of your travels? Based on how you write, I think you would be fantastic at it! If you do already do this, I would love to see them. I find it hard to find a solid travel blog written well like this. One that helps me absorb the culture. I have your blog bookmarked for life!

  2. Sounds absolutely beautiful and amazing. But to top it all off with a cake place?! That really got me hooked. I can’t wait until I get to go. I’m planning for next year and just reading up and researching until then!


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