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Vung Tau

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Vung Tau
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By bus

Vung Tau is connected to the mainland by Highway No. 51 , which runs from Biên Hòa City. Travelers take Highway No. 1 northwards to Bien Hoa. After crossing Dong Nai River bridge and arriving Vung Tau Intersection (Nga Ba Vung Tau), turn right.
By Hydrofoil

"Tau canh ngam" aka "Hydrofoil fast ferry" in Vietnam is a quick way to get to and from Vung Tau. Taking the Hydrofoil is a good way to see the commerical maritime areas as the boat runs through the Saigon River to the sea. After one hour and 15 minutes, Vung Tau peninsula appears with its two mountains (conveniently called "Big Mountain" and "Little Mountain") at the waterfront. This is a little more comfortable way to get to Vung Tau rather than taking the bus. It's a little more expensive at 200,000 VND/person (US$10). 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.

Key places to visit
Dinh Than Thang Tam, Vung Tau Lighthouse, Statue of Jesus Christ with outstretched arms, Dai Liet Si , Bach Dinh


Places to Visit

Dinh Than Thang Tam (Thang Tam Temple)

Aka Thang Tam’s Local Gods Communal House, is a special feature in Vung Tau. According to legend, it was built in the Minh Mạng dynasty (1820-1840) as a place to worship the three men who set up the 3 villages of Thắng in Vung Tau. Visit this site to discover the story of the three men who led three villages’s inhabitants to Vung Tau and started a new way of life. The architecture is particularly interesting around the Tam Quan gate, the sanctum, the public commune, the meeting room and the scene for military opera stage that is skillfully engraved.The sanctum is roofed with yin-yang tiles and is in the shape of “a couple of dragons joking upon the moon” and the pillars are engraved wit the shapes of dragons. This commune stores twelve pieces of sanction of Nguyen dynasty.

Vung Tau Lighthouse

On top of Small Mountain.First built in 1907 on the lower peak of Small Mount, it burned kerosene in its lamp. In 1911, it was rebuilt to 3 meters in diameter and 18 meters in height, and moved to the higher peak where it stands today. The Vung Tau Lighthouse projects light as far as 35 sea miles (64.75 km) and is equipped with telescopes to follow and direct ships at sea.Next to the platform, 4 old French cannons (about 10m long and weighing several tons) were once used to defend the area from naval attacks.The lighthouse affords a panoramic view of the whole of Vung Tau and is a really interesting site. No ticket is needed, but tourists are required to pay 4,000 VND per visit.

Statue of Jesus Christ with outstretched arms

On top of Small Mountain.The enormous 28m figure of Jesus gazing across the East Sea with outstretched arms is located at the southern end of Small mountain.Built in 1971, this Giant Jesus rests on a 10m high platform. The interior of the statue is hollow and contains a spiral staircase of 129 steps, ascending from the foot of the statue to its neck. The two shoulders of the figure are balconies, each able to accommodate up to six people, which offer a splendid view of the surrounding landscape.This is the largest sculpture in the Southern Vietnam. Recent construction of a pathway has made the 30-minute hike up the mountain more pleasant and the panoramic view from various vista points along the way is magnificent. Definitely a must do!  

Dai Liet Si (Martyr's Memorial)

A stone obelisk on a hill-top, located on the way to the sea, the Martyr's Memorial hill is said to be the biggest traffic circle in Indochina. A cool hang-out place for lovers.

Bach Dinh (Villa Blanche)

Built by the French (1898-1916) as a summer holiday house of French Governor General Paul Doumer. The building was named Villa Blanche after his favorite daughter. The name Villa Blanche or Bach Dinh coincides its appearance, for that season, the local people call it Bach Dinh (White palace).Later, some Indochina-French Governors used this summer house occasionally so it’s also called “Villa du Gouverneur” (Dinh Toan Quyen).Both Ngo Dinh Diem and Nguyen Van Thieu used it as well for recreation and holiday. It made the name Dinh Ong Thuong (Palace of Lord appear).

Right Time to Visit

December - May


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