OVERVIEW ON BA RIA-VUNG TAU PROVINCE

 
 

Tiềm Năng Du Lịch

Ba Ria – Vung Tau is a large tourism center of country. Province has about 150km seashore with beautiful beaches, flat sand, clear and clean water  all year around such as: Truoc Beach, Sau Beach, Dau Beach, Dua Beach (Vung Tau), Long Hai Beach (Long Dat), Ho Coc Beach, Ho Tram Beach (Xuyen Moc), and a range of Con Dao Beach. Binh Chau – Phuoc Buu primeval forests, which are 11,293 ha area with Binh Chau Hot Spring, and Con Dao National Park, which is 6,043 ha with rich flora and fauna, are related to beaches. The perfect natural conditions and rich systems of revolutionary historical and cultural monuments, and famous landscapes are tourism resources that Ba Ria – Vung Tau is developing. Coastal specialities of Ba Ria – Vung Tau are very abundant, special, are processed fine, and meet the tourists’needs.

 

 

 

VUNG TAU CITY

Vung Tau City is not only a famous destination of Vietnam but also is known by all over the world. City is located in southern province, is 120km from Ho Chi Minh City, sea on three sides of city with the 20km length of peninsula, and city’s northern border is Ba Ria city.

* Area: 144.42km2
* Population (in 2012): 380.000 habitants 
* Climate: Tropical monsoon
*Annual average temperature: 26 – 28oC
* 2 seasons:
+ Rainy season from May to October
+ Dry season from November to April
* Sea-water: average temperature from 25 – 29oC; frequently with 32-35% salinity.

 

 

BA RIA CITY

Ba Ria City is a long-standing name. (In 1876, it was named for province), it is familiar with south - eastern region.

Ba Ria City is located in the center of province, has northern border with Chau Duc district and a part of Tan Thanh district, southern border with Vung Tau city, eastern border with Long Dat district, and western border with Tan Thanh district. Area: 91.5km2, population in 2010: approximately 122424 habitants, population density in 2010: 1,338 habitants/km2; it has 9 administration units, including 2 communes and 7 wards.

 

 

 

 

 

TAN THANH DISTRICT

From Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau along the Road 51 and crossing Dong Nai province, it is Tan Thanh district. It shares its border with Chau Duc to the east, Can Gio (Ho Chi Minh City) to the west, Ba Ria City to the south and Long Thanh district (Dong Nai province) to the north. Physical area: approximately 338.54 km2, population in 2009: 107.000 habitants; it has 8 administration units, including 7 communes and 1 town.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAT DO DISTRICT

It shares its border with Xuyen Moc district and East Sea to the east, Long Dien district and Ba Ria City to the west, East Sea to the south, and Chau Duc district to the north. Physical area is 18,957.63ha. It includes 2 towns and 6 communes. In 2011, the population of this district is 76,659 habitants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XUYEN MOC DISTRICT

Xuyen Moc district is a district that has the largest area of province, approximately 642.18 km2,the eastern border with Ham Tan district (Binh Thuan province), the western border with Chau Duc district and Long Dat district, the southern border with East Sea, the northern border with Xuan Loc district (Dong Nai province).Population in 2011: 162,356 habitants;it has 13 administration units, including 12 communes and 1 town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAU DUC DISTRICT

Chau Duc district is an agricultural district of province, has the northern border with Long Khanh district (Dong Nai province), the southern border with Long Dat district and Ba Ria City, the western border with Tan Thanh district and the eastern border with Xuyen Moc district. Physical area: 426.55km2, population in 2011: approximately 164,800 habitants, population density in 2011: 390 habitants/km2; it has 15 administration units, including 14 communes and 1 town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONG DIEN DISTRICT

Long Dien district is a littoral district, the eastern border with Dat Do district, the western border with Vung Tau city and Ba Ria city, the southern border with East Sea, and the northern border with Chau Duc district. Physical area of total district is 77.06 km2 (in 2007). Population in 2007: approximately 127,947 habitants, Population density in 2007: 1,660 habitants/km2. Long Dien district has 2 towns, including Long Dien and Long Hai; and 5 communes, consisting of An Ngai, Tam Phuoc, An Nhut, Phuoc Tinh, and Phuoc Hung.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CON DAO DISTRICT

Con Dao district is an archipelago, which is located in south – east of Viet Nam, 97 sea-miles from Vung Tau City, 120 sea-miles from Ho Chi Minh City, and approximately 83km from estuary of Hau River (Can Tho). Con Dao has 16 large and small islands with a 76 km2 area. The largest island is Con Son Island with a 51 km2 area. Population is approximately 6,000 habitants (including the end of 2010).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A popular weekend getaway for Ho Chi Minh City residents, Vung Tau is best known as a beach destination but visitors who make the two-hour trek east of the southern hub will also appreciate the town's fresh seafood as well as some of the coastal history. With a combination of religious relics, French military garrisons and oceanfront real estate, Vung Tau makes for a perfect getaway from HCMC.

Vung Tau's Tallest Resident

Perhaps Vung Tau's most famous attraction is the Christ of Vung Tau, a towering 105-foot-tall structure akin to Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Arms outstretched, the Jesus figure stands part way up Vung Tau's Small Mountain. Visitors are able to make the hike up a generous set of stone stairs, enter the statue and perch on his shoulders for an incredible view of the ocean.

French Forts

Nestled in a tangle of trees are several old military garrisons which, it seems, have gone largely untended since the French departed in the mid-20th century. These outposts, set up to protect the mouth of the Saigon River from invaders, remain outfitted with cannons and other military equipment, though a few of these historical sites have been left untended.

On yet another hillside, the Vung Tau lighthouse makes for a pleasant place to take in the surrounding coast, while the White Villa near the center of town was originally built for a former French official.

Catch of the Day

History aside, Vung Tau's other claim to fame is one specific Vietnamese dish, bánh khọt. While the setting isn't much, the home of the local specialty, Bánh Khọt Góc Vú Sữa, serves mouthwatering fried rice cakes, which are combined with fresh lettuce and fish sauce for a perfect snack. Apart from the town's most famous dish, fresh seafood is also abundant here.

Release the Hounds

On the weekends, you'll find the locals at Lam Son Stadium, home to Vietnam's sole greyhound-racing track. The stadium holds races every Friday and Saturday, drawing a lively crowd.

Nearby Beaches

While Vung Tau is easily the most accessible beach destination from Saigon, its waterfront isn't the most stunning in Vietnam. Instead, beachgoers often opt to head slightly further afield to spots like Long Hai, an even sleepier, more local seaside town, or Ho Tram, home to a high-end resort casino and Greg Norman-designed golf course. While you'll have to hop on a local bus to make it to Long Hai, resorts in Ho Tram routinely offer shuttle service to and from Ho Chi Minh City.

Itineraries

24 hours in Vung Tau

Depart from Saigon in the morning, either by boat or hydrofoil, and arrive in Vung Tau around mid-morning. Make the trek up to the Christ of Vung Tau for an aerial view of the city before exploring the French garrisons that dot the hillside. When you've had enough, grab lunch at Bánh Khọt Góc Vú Sữa and laze for a while either on Front Beach or in one of the nearby cafes. Pay a visit to White Villa once you've recovered from the midday heat. You can also tuck into a helping of local seafood, time permitting, before heading back to Saigon in the evening.

48 hours in Vung Tau

For a full two-day stay in Vung Tau, tack on a sundowner on your first evening and make the local seafood a must. The following morning, make a trip out to the Vung Tau lighthouse before putting in some quality beach time; for sunbathers, Back Beach is best.

When To Go

Vung Tau experiences its best weather from November to April, when the dry season staves off heavier rains, though it tends to get hot around the end of April and into May. Just when the heat becomes unbearable, the rains arrive and provide steady, daily downpours from May through October. The coolest weather occurs during December and January.

How To Get There

Currently, most travellers visiting Vung Tau make the trip from Saigon by bus, with regular, air-conditioned vehicles departing from the southern hub and traveling along a relatively new, motorbike-free expressway, cutting travel time down to about two hours. The only other transportation option is one of the hydrofoils which depart from downtown Saigon and take around an hour and 20 minutes to reach downtown Vung Tau. As a popular destination for city dwellers, prices in the beach town tend to go up at the weekends.

A popular weekend getaway for Ho Chi Minh City residents, Vung Tau is best known as a beach destination but visitors who make the two-hour trek east of the southern hub will also appreciate the town's fresh seafood as well as some of the coastal history. With a combination of religious relics, French military garrisons and oceanfront real estate, Vung Tau makes for a perfect getaway from HCMC.
Vung Tau's Tallest Resident
Perhaps Vung Tau's most famous attraction is the Christ of Vung Tau, a towering 105-foot-tall structure akin to Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Arms outstretched, the Jesus figure stands part way up Vung Tau's Small Mountain. Visitors are able to make the hike up a generous set of stone stairs, enter the statue and perch on his shoulders for an incredible view of the ocean.
 
French Forts
Nestled in a tangle of trees are several old military garrisons which, it seems, have gone largely untended since the French departed in the mid-20th century. These outposts, set up to protect the mouth of the Saigon River from invaders, remain outfitted with cannons and other military equipment, though a few of these historical sites have been left untended.
 
On yet another hillside, the Vung Tau lighthouse makes for a pleasant place to take in the surrounding coast, while the White Villa near the center of town was originally built for a former French official.
 
Catch of the Day
History aside, Vung Tau's other claim to fame is one specific Vietnamese dish, bánh khọt. While the setting isn't much, the home of the local specialty, Bánh Khọt Góc Vú Sữa, serves mouthwatering fried rice cakes, which are combined with fresh lettuce and fish sauce for a perfect snack. Apart from the town's most famous dish, fresh seafood is also abundant here.
 
Release the Hounds
On the weekends, you'll find the locals at Lam Son Stadium, home to Vietnam's sole greyhound-racing track. The stadium holds races every Friday and Saturday, drawing a lively crowd.
 
Nearby Beaches
While Vung Tau is easily the most accessible beach destination from Saigon, its waterfront isn't the most stunning in Vietnam. Instead, beachgoers often opt to head slightly further afield to spots like Long Hai, an even sleepier, more local seaside town, or Ho Tram, home to a high-end resort casino and Greg Norman-designed golf course. While you'll have to hop on a local bus to make it to Long Hai, resorts in Ho Tram routinely offer shuttle service to and from Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Itineraries
24 hours in Vung Tau
Depart from Saigon in the morning, either by boat or hydrofoil, and arrive in Vung Tau around mid-morning. Make the trek up to the Christ of Vung Tau for an aerial view of the city before exploring the French garrisons that dot the hillside. When you've had enough, grab lunch at Bánh Khọt Góc Vú Sữa and laze for a while either on Front Beach or in one of the nearby cafes. Pay a visit to White Villa once you've recovered from the midday heat. You can also tuck into a helping of local seafood, time permitting, before heading back to Saigon in the evening.
 
48 hours in Vung Tau
For a full two-day stay in Vung Tau, tack on a sundowner on your first evening and make the local seafood a must. The following morning, make a trip out to the Vung Tau lighthouse before putting in some quality beach time; for sunbathers, Back Beach is best.
 
When To Go
Vung Tau experiences its best weather from November to April, when the dry season staves off heavier rains, though it tends to get hot around the end of April and into May. Just when the heat becomes unbearable, the rains arrive and provide steady, daily downpours from May through October. The coolest weather occurs during December and January.
 
How To Get There
Currently, most travellers visiting Vung Tau make the trip from Saigon by bus, with regular, air-conditioned vehicles departing from the southern hub and traveling along a relatively new, motorbike-free expressway, cutting travel time down to about two hours. The only other transportation option is one of the hydrofoils which depart from downtown Saigon and take around an hour and 20 minutes to reach downtown Vung Tau. As a popular destination for city dwellers, prices in the beach town tend to go up at the weekends.