Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province is located in the Southern Vietnam, to the northeast of the Mekong Delta. It shares the border with Dong Nai Province to the north and Binh Thuan Province to the east, Ho Chi Minh City to the west and East Sea to the south - east.
There are two distinct seasons: the dry (from November to April) and the rain (from May to December). The annual average temperature is 27ºC.
Tourism and Economy
Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province is a large tourist center. It has over 100km seashore with beautiful swimming beaches, as well as many lakes and thermal springs. The offshore bench has two kinds of importance resources: petrol and seafood.
In Vung Tau City, there are Thuy Van, Chi Linh, Back, Front, and Dau beaches; Long Dien District has Long Hai Beach; Xuyen Moc District has Ho Tram, Ho Coc beaches. In Con Dao Island, tourists are able to swim in Dam Trau, Hon Cau, and Hon Tre beaches... then they can climb in Thanh Gia Mountain, Nho Mountain. If tourists would like to improve their health, they could go to Binh Chau Hot Spring, which its temperature comes up to 80ºC, then visit Binh Chau - Phuoc Buu Natural Preservation Zone.
Other popular places are Communal House of Dao Ong Tran, Ben Da Church, Bach Dinh vestige, Long Phuoc Tunnels, Minh Dam Revolutionary Area... and over one hundred Buddhist pagodas and temples such as Niet Ban Monastery, Thang Tam Communal House, Linh Son Pagoda, Dinh Co Temple.
Located in the 90km southern part of Vung Tau, Con Dao Island has a dense forest, which is Con Dao National Park with rich flora and fauna. The sea in this area is the home of various valuable marine species. Especially, tourists have a chance of watching the turtle laying the eggs. It also used to host a convict prison during French colonial era, and later, during the American War.
Besides these, tourists can participate in some traditional festivals as Dinh Co Festival, Nghinh Ong Festival (Welcoming the Lord Whale Festival), play golf or watch dog racing in Lam Son stadium in Vung Tau City every Saturday.
Vung Tau is 129km from Ho Chi Minh City, 95km from Bien Hoa (Dong Nai), 513km from Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa)
Road: Ba Ria - Vung Tau has National Highway 56 to Dong Nai Province, National Highway 55 to Binh Thuan Province, National Highway 51 to Ho Chi Minh City. Express buses leave for Bien Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho and some others.
Air: There are flights from Vung Tau to the Con Dao Islands.
Boat: Vina Express operates hydrofoils from central Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau.
Vung tau light house was first built in 1862, after the French colonials invaded three South East provinces. It is a cylinder with 18m height and 3m of diameter, in which there is a spiral staircase nearly up to the top and a way to the outside balcony to view Vung Tau city.
The light house has a 1500w light bulb, its can radiate 35 sea miles ( equivalent to 65km) far thanks to a giant prism system consisting of surrounding 3-side triangle glass panels, power-motored bulb. The light house has two rays, rotates 2.4 circles every minute. At night, people can see two light rays of the lighthouse no matter where they stand.
For many years, the lighthouse is always an attractive visiting place of Vung tau because of it architectural and historical value.
Christ the King, of Vung Tau (Vietnamese: T??ng Chúa Kitô Vua) is a statue of Jesus, standing on Mount Nho in Vung Tau, Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, norh of Vietnam. The Vietnam Catholic Association built the statue in 1974 and it was completed in 1993.
It is 32 metres (105 ft) high, standing on a 4 metres (13 ft) high platform, for a 36 metres (118 ft) total monument height with two outstretched arms spanning 18.3 metres (60 ft). There is a 133-step staircase inside the statue.
Located along the coastal road of Ba Ria, Vung Tau Province, Ho Tram Beach Resort & Spa is the ideal get-away from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. A mere two-hour leisurely drive from Saigon, Ho Tram Beach Resort & Spa showcases authentic Vietnamese architecture, set against a backdrop of blue seas, clear skies and rich garden landscapes. Using only the highest quality of indigenous materials, the Ho Tram Beach Resort & Spa allows the guests to experience the local culture and enjoy international standards of services.
Ho Tram Beach Resort & Spa was created to provide a memorable experience most representatives of genuine traditional Vietnamese architectural designs. Using the best indigenous materials, Ho Tram Beach Resort is a showcase of Vietnamese inspiration and creativity.
The resort boasts of a selection of uniquely designed Bungalows and Villas. Each room was carefully crafted, incorporating Vietnamese inspirations with western touches, creating a homey yet modern feeling for guests to experience and enjoy. With private balconies, guests have the option to choose from the sea view and garden view.
To get to Ho Coc Beach from Ho Chi Minh City, you can take the road to Vung Tau but turn left before the end and follow the signs to Long Hai. Continue through Long Hai and along the coast for a further 20km.
Ho Coc Beach has pristine sand-bank to explore on foot and clear water for swimming. Surrounding the 1.5-km beach is a primitive forest with big, shady trees and a variety of smaller flora.
In addition to bathing in the sea, visitors can try kayaking on the sea, angling for fish and squid from thuyen thung (a coracle made of bamboo), or riding sports bikes to explore the region.