Ba Ria – Vung Tau is 125km from Ho Chi Minh City, just below Dong Nai Province and next to the East Sea. Its terrain includes mountains, hills, beaches, plains and sand dunes stretching along a 100km of coastline. The climate is divided into two main seasons. The rainy season from November to March. The average annual temperature is a balmy 27oC (80.6oF). In this article, VietNam Travel Blog wirte a favorite beach of Southern people.
Vung Tau and Big Mountain as seen from Small Mountain
Due to the harmonius combination of the sea, mountains and beaches, this is a great tourist area. The friendly resort town of Vung Tau (know as Cap Saint-Jacques during French colonial period) attracts many people from Ho Chi Minh City, who come here to spend the weekend or some holiday. Just off the coast is the Con Lon Archipelago, including Con Dao Island, which is endowed with a national forest, beautiful beaches and rare and precious sea products.
This area is also well known for its industrial petroleum and gas development. The handicraft products are also developing a name for the province, with ornament made of snail shells, coral and turtle shells.
There are performances of traditional Vietnamese songs and music in the theatres and at the Palace Hotel. Popular festivals also characterise this animated and lively sea area.
Giant Jesus Statue
This enormous 32m figure of Jesus gazing across the East Sea with outstretched arms is located at the southern end of Nho Mountain (Small Mountain).
Built in 1972 and was completed in 1994, this Giant Jesus rests on a 10m-high platform. The interior of the statue is hollow and contains a spiral staircase of 133 steps, ascending from the foot of the statue to its next. 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.
Bach Dinh (White Villa)
The construction of Bach Dinh started in 1898, and was completed in 1916. Its was done according to late 19th century French influence, and its facade is decorated with ancient Greek designs. Located on Large Mountain, Bach Dinh was used as a rest house for French Governor Paul Doumer.
Vung Tau Lighthouse
Vung Tau Lighthouse was built in 1907, at an altitude of 170m, on the peak of Small Mountain. The lighthouse can project light as far as 35 miles and contains a telescope to observe and direct boats and ships.From the lights house, one can enjoy a view of Vung Tau as far as Can Gio Port and Ba Ria.
TEMPLES AND PAGODAS
Quan The Am Bo Tat Pagoda (Avalokitecvara Pagoda)
Quan The Am Bo Tat Pagoda was built in 1976, near Large Mountain, 500m from Mulberry Beach (Bai Dau). In the middle of this small pagoda , there is a white statue of Avalokitecvara standing on a lotus-shaped platform. The statue is made of reinforced concrete in the shape of a woman looking towards the sea and holding a holy water urn in her hands.
Linh Son Co Tu (Linh Son Pagoda)
Linh Son Pagoda, which is a small pagoda on Hoang Hoa Tham Street is the oldest pagoda in Vung Tau. In the main sanctuary, there is a Statue of Buddha made of stone and gilded with gold. The statue is cleverly sculpted such that its portrays the lively benevolence of Buddha.
Thiet Ca Phat Dai (Sakyamuni Pagoda)
Thich Ca Phat Dai is a large pagoda that is located at 25 Tran Phu Street in Vung Tung, 3km from the city centre. This pagoda was built in 1961 and was completed in 1963, on a 6ha area on the eastern slope of Large Mountain.
The beauty of the pagoda resides in the union of the religious architecture with the landscape. The 19m Bat Giac Tower (Octagonal Tower) and Sakyamuni Statue are not to be missed. Both shining of a sparking white, there were erected half-way up the mountain slope.
The pagoda is open from 6am to 6pm.
Niet Ban Tinh Xa Pagoda
Construction of Niet Ban Tinh Xa started in 1969 and was completed in 1974. The pagoda faces the sea on the western side of Small Mountain (Nho Mountain) and houses a giant statue of the reclining Buddha made of reinforced concrete and covered with marble (form the Marble Mountain in Da Nang). Niet Ban Tinh Xa is famous fot its 5,000kg bronze bell.
Back Beach (Thuy Van Beach or Bai Sau)
Located southeast of Vung Tau, Back Beach is a large and beautiful beach. There are many accommodations and services in the area. The Thang Muoi Hotel Complex on Thuy Van Street has rooms available to suit all budgets. There are also restaurants and parking areas, as well as lifeguards patrolling the beach.
Front Beach (Tam Duong – Bai Truoc)
Front Beach is located in the centre of Vung Tau, along the newly widened Quang Trung Str., where stand numerous luxurious hotels: Palace, Rex, Hong River, Huong River, Royal, …
From Bai Truoc, the new Ha Long St. leads to Pineapple Beach (Bai Dua). Back Beach (Thuy Van Beach) can be reached by following Hong Hoa Tham St.
Pineapple Beach (Bai Dua)
Pineapple Beach is situated between Front Beach and Back Beach, near Small Mountain (Nho Mountain) and Nghinh Phong cape. There used to be numerous wild pineapples that grew on the rocky shore, which is why the beach is called Pineapple (Dua) Beach. The waves here are small and safe.
Mulberry Beach (Bai Dau)
Mulberry Beach lies at the foot of Big Mountain, 3km from Front Beach. The beach is narrow and its waves are very small. This is a popular beach with those who appreciate its calmness, cleanness, and beauty.
Long Hai Beach
Long Hai Beach runs several kilometres along the Chau Long and Chau Vien Mountains. At a few spots, the mountains seem to merge into the sea creating magnificent stone beaches. Along the coast, there are several kilometres of cherry orchards. During the blossom season, the scenery is fantastic.
This beach is a favourite for many people who find it quieter than those in Vung Tau. Long Hai Beach is comparable in beauty with those in Nha Trang. It will soon become a vacation resort offering activities such as swimming, surfing, boating, hiking and mountain climbing.
A new resort was built, called Anoasis Beach Resort. It is consider the best resort in Southern Viet Nam. It is located 2km from small town of Long Hai.
Long Hai Beach is 120km south of Ho Chi Minh City, 40km northeast of Vung Tau City, 15km southeast of Ba Ria Town.
Lady Islet (Hon Ba)
Hon Ba Island is located approximately 200m from Small Mountain. When the tide is low, it is possible to walk to this tiny island. On the 1st and 15th of each lunar month, people go to the island and burn incense for luck. Hon Ba is a lovely scenic spot in Vung Tau.