Vung Tau

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Vung Tau

If you are a person who loves seas with white long –sand beaches, please get evisa Vietnam, after a  journey by plane to Tan Son Nhat airport. You can come to Vung Tau by cars and enjoy beautiful sceneries here.

It is about a 110km to the northeast of Ho Chi Minh City with a Vietnamese resort and the centre of the country’s offshore oil industry. It’s a busy city with an attractive summer palace, a couple of interesting temples and other attractions. Nevertheless, Vung Tau and its hinterland have enough attractions to make a short visit worthwhile.

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– Vung Tau has undergone a very long history. The first settlements appeared during the reign of Emperor Gia Long. At that time, Malay bandits and pirates were active in the area region, threatening the nascent trading centre. Gia Long deployed three garrisons of troops to deal with the problem. In 1822, Emperor Ming Mang rewarded the three commanders who had led the army to victory by assisting them to establish three settlements in the area, which they became known as Tam Thang (Three Wins). The modern name came later. The geography in the area forms a natural bay where many merchant ships sought shelter, hence Vung (puddle) Tau (ships).

After the French Invasion, they began Vung Tau’s role as a seaside resort by building several fine villas to provide comfortable retreats for civil servants and officials from Saigon, including the Governor General of Indochina. Later, the last Emperor, Bao Dai, had a holiday palace built not far away – today it’s a luxury resort hotel.

Vung Tau’s attractions

The three most beaches in Vung Tau, Vietnam are Bai Sau (the Rear Beach), Bai Dua (the Pineapple Beach), and Bai Truoc (Front beach).

– Bai Sau beach is located in the southeast side of the town and is the most popular beach in Vung Tau. The affluent Saigonese holiday makers are a common sight in this beach on weekends. During the rainy season the sea is calm, but frequent periods of high wind and dry waves during the dry season.

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– Bai Dua beach, located at the foot of Nui Nho Mountains, is historically known for its pineapple trees and black rocks. It is the smallest of all the beaches in Vung Tau but is a very popular destination for its majestic sunset and calm waters.

– Bai Truoc beach is located between the Nui Lon and Nui Nho mountains and is lined with coconut trees, the beach looks like a crescent moon when seen from far. This is the closest beach from urban Vung Tau, Vietnam and hence is filled with open air restaurants and bars.

The most spectacular item of interest is the ‘giant Jesus’, a 30m high figure along the lines of the statue in Rio de Janeiro. It’s large enough to accommodate six people on each of the viewing platforms on the arms.

         Niet Ban Tinh Xa is a modern pagoda built ion the side of a hill. Reputedly the largest in Vietnam, it boasts a half-tonne bell and a 12m reclining Buddha.

          A late afternoon walk to the lighthouse on the top of Small Mountain will reward you with excellent views.

         In the town, the Lang Ca Ong temple is dedicated to the whale. It is one of a number of fishing areas where the little-understood  “whale cut” of Vietnam is established. Inside are whale skeletons revered as votive objects, and photographs of the rituals and ceremonies involved in worshipping.

Probably Vung Tau’s best attraction is the former residence of Paul Doumer, the Governor General of Indochina (1897-1902), generally considered to have been the architect of the colonial system in Vietnam.            

Vung Tau is also the place to board a boat, plane or helicopter to visit the remote Con Dao Archipelago, 180km away.

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