Vung Tau is a city in Southern Vietnam, about 120km from Ho Chi Minh City. Its close location to Saigon and its beauty and fresh air makes it a very popular destination for weekends.
"Hydrofoil fast ferry" in Vietnam is a quick way to get to and from Vung Tau. The boat runs through the Saigon River to the sea for one hour and 15 minutes. This is a little more comfortable way to get to Vung Tau rather than taking the bus. It's a little more expensive at 160,000 vnd/person. On the weekends, be sure to get your tickets at least a day early. You will be lucky to get a ticket if you wait till the day of.
Seaside status makes Vung Tau a nearby paradise for Saigonese. There are four beaches in the city center located in different positions.
Bai Truoc (Front Beach)
Located on the center of Vung Tau and stands between Big and Small Mount. Front Beach is connected through a small park called Front Beach Park. As this lays on the tourist center of the city, most people come here to visit the park and view the sunset.
Bai Sau (Back Beach)
Or "Thùy Vân Beach" is the only standard beach for tourism in Vung Tau. It is 3 kilometer long and streches from the Small Mount to Paradise Park. There are services for keeping your belongings, usually 15,000 VND each person. Fresh water bathe costs 8,000 VND. Sea parachute with canoeing available all day.
Vung Tau features the largest cheap guesthouses and hotels in Vietnam. Rooms range from electic fans and public bathrooms to air-conditioned with hot water. All located in Thùy Vân Street, in front of Bãi Sau (Back Beach) at the foot of Small Mount. Lowest prices from 120,000/room (on weekdays) to 200,000 VNĐ (weekend).
I'll be there next week end.........................................