Vung Tau, is located in the southern part of Vietnam and used to be a French colonial town. This port city lures many visitors from Ho Chi Minh City, on the weekend, for some much-needed rest and relaxation from their busy lives. It does get quiet on weekdays, though. This seaside resort town has a long, sandy coastline, with the Small Mountain and Big Mountain as the backdrop. There are many things to do in Vung Tau and the following are some of the tours that you can take to explore the region.
The tour will take you from Ba Ria to Vung Tau province, where you will be picked up by minivan and taken to the former Long Tan Battlefield. This is where you will get to visit the Australian Memorial in Long Tan and acknowledge the courageous efforts of the fallen soldiers during the Long Tan Battle of August 18, 1966. This is the most well-known battle fought by the Australian Army during the Vietnam War. The tour will return after savouring a scrumptious seafood lunch.
Price: from 131 USD (This experience is free for children aged 0-5 years old)
Full-day LONG TAN BATTLEFIELD TOUR from HO CHI MINH CITY
Duration: 8 hours
This tour begins from Phu My Port, where you will depart around 7.30 am. You will enjoy the sights and sounds of the coastal city of Vung Tau and visit the Nirvana Meditation Retreat and other significant pagodas, as well as the giant Jesus statue and the old lighthouse, from where you can get a panoramic view of Vung Tau and learn about its history.
You will also get the opportunity to sample the local Vietnamese cuisine in the city, before visiting nearby villages to get a feel and learn about their culture and their daily lives.
Best of Vung Tau City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
This journey begins from Phu My Port around 8.30 am. If you are interested in traditional markets, this tour will take you to Long Đien Market in the Vietnam countryside, from where a variety of products are sourced. You will get a chance to immerse yourself in the Vietnamese rice paper making village, the Long Phuoc Tunnel which used to be an underground military base, orchards and the Bung Bac tourism area. When you visit the tourism area, you will be able to wear a Vietnamese black silk outfit typical to southern Vietnam and this is where you can relax with a nice lunch before returning to the Cai Mep International Port, at around 2 pm.
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
Price: from 85 USD
When visiting Vung Tau, it is important to include Long Son Island, which was previously only accessible by boat. First, a bus will take you to a communal temple, where you will get to see the whale skeleton of the “Lord” fish, as it is known as by the locals. Another important sight is the statue of Christ, built in 1972.
Then onto the White Palace, the Grand Hotel and the Ong Dao Tran Big House, where you will get to have lunch on Long Son Island and then coffee afterwards while the guide regales you with stories about Long Son and the Big House.
Baria - Vung Tau Tour
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
This tour will take you on a private tour to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will have lunch at a nice local restaurant for a taste of Vietnamese dishes. Leaving from Phu My Port to Ho Chi Minh City, you will get to visit the War Remnants Museum, opened in 1975, where you can see old military equipment and other paraphernalia from the Vietnam War.
Next, you will visit Reunification Palace, which is still being used today and which used be called the Presidential Palace. It is symbolic of the end of the Vietnam War, when a North Vietnamese army tank went through its gates. Visit also the City Hall, the Opera House and the City Museum. You will also get to see French colonial architecture when you visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. For the shoppers out there, the huge Ben Thanh Market and embroidery shop will be shopping stops on this tour.
Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port
Duration: 6 to 12 hours
Get picked up by your guide at Phy My Port, in Vung Tau, before transferring to a 2-hour’s drive to Ho Chi Minh City. The tour begins at the crossing of Nguyen Hue and Le Loi streets. This is where you can get a good view of the City Hall, the Opera House, Ben Thanh Market and the flower garden, with the Ho Chi Minh statue in front of City Hall. Be prepared to experience the hectic life of the locals.
Next on the list is the Notre Dame Cathedral, the old post office and Reunification Palace, all within walking distance. You will get a glimpse into the past and see how now the Reunification Palace serves as a reception hall and museum of the government. Enjoy a local Vietnamese lunch before shopping at the Ben Thanh Market and an embroidery shop and heading back to the port for your return.
Ho Chi Minh City Private 8-Hour Tour from Phu My Port
Duration: 8 hour
The Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of extensive tunnels under Cu Chi district, were built during the Vietnam War. This Cu Chi Tunnel tour will provide you with the history of the tunnels and you will be able to find out why they were built and why the Vietnam War happened. Explore the underground tunnels with a knowledgeable guide who will be able to point out where the Viet Cong built weapons and kitchens.
After the historical insights and journey into Cu Chi Tunnel, you will be able to try local delicacies, like rice tapioca and tea. If you are interested in trying out the shooting range, you will be given the opportunity to fire off an AK47 or machine gun. Upon leaving the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will then be taken to the Ben Duoc Restaurant for lunch and then off to the Ben Thanh Market for a spot of shopping, before returning to Phu My Port.
Cu Chi Tunnels Private Tour from Phu My Port
Duration: 1 day
Start your tour from Phu My Port where you will be picked up and transferred to Ho Chi Minh City, to visit the colonial centre, with broad promenades, French architecture, temples and pagodas. The important sights include Reunification Palace, the War Museum, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral, Chinatown and the bustling Ben Thanh Market, after which you will return to the port by 5 pm.
Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port
Duration: 10 hour
Get a full tour of the city and try some delicious seafood in a local restaurant at the famous seaside resort of Vung Tau. You will be taken by bus to a communal temple named Thang Tam, built in 1820. This is where you will be able to see the whale skeleton that was called the “Lord” fish by the local people.
Then, you will get to visit the giant statue of Jesus that sits atop a small mountain, overlooking the sea. En route to visiting the White Palace, you will see the Grand Hotel, one of the first hotels built by the French in Vietnam, around 1890. The White Palace was the former residence of the Thanh Thai King of Vietnam.
No visit would be complete without heading over to the Ong Dao Tran Big House, a famous destination of Long Son Island. Due to its sheer size, the area is divided into three zones: the zone of worship, the zone of the festive house, the school, market, the Ghe Sam reserve house and the Master Tran’s tomb. In Long Son, you will get to taste the dishes prepared by the locals and after lunch, you will head off to a nearby coffee shop for a free coffee.
Shore Excursion: VUNG TAU CITY TOUR from PHU MY PORT
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
What are you waiting for...
Vung Tau and its enticing waters and wide sandy beaches are calling your name. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Vung Tau. Get on one of these tours for a more comprehensive view of Vung Tau and its surroundings. For more excitement, head on over to the Ho May Culture and Ecotourism Park. It may not rival Disneyland but it is certainly worth your time and money. Kids will definitely enjoy it and it makes for a good family outing.
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