Vung Tau is a nice city, two hours away by bus from Saigon. It is the primary vacation spot for local Vietnamese from Ho Chi Minh City; that’s why it is so crowded during public holidays.
This time I visited Vung Tau during the five day holiday at the end of April and beginning of May. It was crowded, I mean really crowded. It was also noisy and dirty, not exactly how I remember it from my first visit, nine years ago. My advice, don’t visit Vung Tau during public holidays.
I went there with my family (with kids) so we spent the mornings on the beach. All the beaches were full filled with people, like it is the last place on Earth that has a beach. But the biggest problem was the water, it was so dirty. I have no idea where that water is coming from. We found a place, 20 minutes away by taxi from the main beach area, where water was cleaner and it wasn’t very crowded.
Lucky enough, we stay in a very nice apartment building that has a very clean and elegant swimming pool on the ground floor. We spent afternoons there.
Of course you have to eat and drink. Here is the good part. There are plenty of places in Vung Tau where you can have a meal, Vietnamese restaurants where you can have a delicious meal for an affordable price.
There aren’t many nice places where you can drink a coffee but I found a nice one near the place I stayed. The only downside is that there were a lot of mosquitoes.
There is a big statue of Jesus that must be visited. You can see it from everywhere and it is hard to resist not visiting it. There are 450 steps up that you have to take to get there. It doesn’t sound much but it is a lot. And, when you get there you realize that it didn’t worth the effort. It is just a big concrete statue but it was a great physical exercise.
There are more places to visit but I preferred going to the beach with my daughter. Will I go there again? Yes, I will, because it is just two hours away from Saigon.