VUNG TAU BEACHES:
Vung Tau is an old port, and the first Vietnamese area to be visited by local vacationers. It is located on a 110 sq.km area, 125 km south-east of Ho Chi Minh city. With an average temperature of 28oC and 20 km of beautiful coastline, it’s no wonder that it’s a popular spot. Vung Tau have five beaches scattered over the peninsula.
Bai Truoc – Front Beach:
The beach is located between Nui Lon mountain and Nui Nho mountain.
From afar, the beach is shaped like a crescent moon, and along the beach, there are many coconut trees. Not a clean beach for swimming, it has many kiosks, open-air restaurants and bars and it is the beach closest to urban Vung Tau.
Bai Sau – Back Beach:
Bai Sau is also known as Thuy Van Beach. This stretch of beach is located in the southeast side of town and is about 10 km in length from the base of Nui Nho. The most popular beach in Vung Tau, it is packed with the people from Saigon every weekend during the summer months. Teenagers arrive on scooters (3 hrs travel), locals by mini-van or bus (2 hrs) and affluent tourists by hydro-foil boats (1 1/2 hr). The sea is calm during the rainy season but there are frequent periods of high winds and big waves during the dry season. Strong undertow currents make swimming dangerous in some spots.
GIANT JESUS STATUE:
This enormous 28m figure of Jesus gazing across the East Sea with outstretched arms is located at the southern end of Nui Nho. 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 are the balconies, each able to accommodate up to six people, which offer a splendid view of the surrounding landscape.
BACH DINH (WHITE VILLA):
The construction of Bach Dinh started in 1898, and was completed in 1916. It was done according to late 19th century French influence, and its facade is decorated with ancient Greek designs. Located on Nui Lon, Bach Dinh was used as a rest house for French Governor Paul Doumer.