48 Hours in Vung Tau, Vietnam: Your Ultimate Itinerary with Must-Visit Landmarks


Before we start our adventure in the charming city of Vung Tau, let’s get the practical stuff sorted. Finding a cozy place to crash here is a breeze. You’ve got options galore, from fancy beach resorts to snug boutique inns. Need a simple way to book? Hit up well-known sites like and Agoda.

When our team set out for an unforgettable journey to Vung Tau, we chose to stay at The Song ApartmentsAngia Residence, which is very near from the beach. Let me tell you, the stay was as smooth as silk, the lady agent who was in charge of the booking was very kind and helpful to us. There are many hotel options too nearby, do check out and choose wisely according to your budget and preferences.

Now that you’ve got your home base locked in, let’s dive into a whirlwind 48-hour plan that’ll show you the best of Vung Tau. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or just in desperate need of Vitamin Sea, we’ve got you covered. Ready? Let’s roll!

Nestled along Vietnam’s stunning coastline, Vung Tau shines as a beach city that’s not just new but buzzing with energy. It’s like this vibrant place that’s still growing but already a blast. If you’re up for a short yet incredible escape especially from the nearest urban Ho Chi Minh City, our 48-hour plan is your ticket to discovering the very best of this enchanting coastal gem.

Unveiling Vung Tau: A 48-Hour Adventure of Discovery

Situated just a 2-hour cab ride away from Ho Chi Minh City, getting to Vung Tau is a breeze. You can also hop on a ferry for a unique journey with water views. This makes it a weekend hotspot for Saigonese looking for a quick retreat.

While Vung Tau is still figuring out its beachy identity, it’s got this mix of modern and natural vibes that’s pretty cool. You’ll find spots that whisper stories of its past, and then there are these untouched beaches where the waves playfully meet the sand. In Vung Tau, there’s a bit of everything to make your getaway special.

Let us be your guides on this speedy adventure as we lead you through two fun-filled days. You’ll dive into intriguing historical spots that highlight how the city is growing. And don’t fret, we’ve got your meals sorted – from local treats to global delights.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or simply craving a quick break, our “48 Hours in Vung Tau: Perfect Itinerary” has got you covered. We’ve crammed in all the top-notch experiences, ensuring every moment you spend here is nothing short of fantastic. So, gear up to plunge into Vung Tau – a city that’s fresh, friendly, and absolutely thrilled to welcome you.

Day 1: Historical and Cultural Exploration of Vung Tau

Welcome to the start of your amazing Vung Tau adventure! Get ready to uncover the city’s captivating history and dive into its vibrant culture. If you’re thinking about the best way to get around, renting a bike is a smart choice for easy exploration. The process is very simple – just provide your passport to the rental service provider and you’re good to go. They will most likely charge you on ‘per day/24 hours’ basis – approximately $4-$6 US.

Alternatively, you can also make use of ride-sharing apps like Grab and Gojek, which work perfectly fine in the area. Personally, I use Grab most of the time.

These convenient options will surely enhance your experience as you navigate through the beauty and charm of Vung Tau.


Kick off your day with a satisfying breakfast at a local café or you can check out few of these cafe – coffee shops Palma – The Garden, Lan Rừng Coffee & Restaurant and The Heaven Cafe soaking in the relaxed Vung Tau vibe.

Enjoy a mix of local specialties and international favorites to fuel up for the day ahead.

Late Morning:

Our first step is to explore one of the finest Vung Tau’s historical monuments ‘The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms‘, a hidden gem that tells about the years of military history, arms and weaponry.

Wander through its exhibits, filled with artefacts, weaponry, photos, and stories that give life to Vung Tau.


As your stomach starts rumbling, treat yourself to a lunch bursting with the freshest seafood flavours at a top-notch restaurant. There are numerous seafood restaurant options highlighted on the internet.

Don’t miss out on Vung Tau’s seafood delights – juicy prawns, tender squid, and make sure to try the famous “Banh khot” (my personal favourite), those yummy shrimp-topped mini pancakes.


As the sun starts to go down, go for a relaxed walk along the busy path by the beach.

Immerse yourself in the local vibe – wander through bustling shops, savour a quick bite from street vendors, and don’t miss out appreciating the vibrant and crowded beautiful beach. This is where the heart of Vung Tau comes alive. And hey, while you’re at it, be sure to soak in the lively tunes and performances of street artists adding their unique flavour to the city’s beat.


When it’s dinner time, you’ve got a world of options in this city – from classic Vietnamese dishes that’ll make your taste buds dance, to international treats that satisfy every craving. As you enjoy your meal, let the day’s historical and cultural experiences replay in your mind, adding an extra layer of flavor to your dining.

And here’s the bonus: if you’re up for some nighttime excitement, Vung Tau has got you covered there too. If you’re all about those good vibes, on the lookout for a happening place, and love being where the crowd is, then you absolutely need to check out this list of Bars & Clubs in Vung Tau. Imagine the scene – partying, clubbing, and enjoying a chilled beer while savoring fresh tropical fruits. This experience is the recipe for a night you won’t forget.

Rest up for what Day 2 holds – more adventures in this Area’s natural beauty and relaxation spots are just around the corner.

Day 2: Nature and Relaxation

Greetings to Day 2 of Your Enchanting Vung Tau Journey! Today, get ready to explore deeper into the city’s natural beauty and enjoy a tranquil break. Oh, and guess what? We’ve got a little culinary adventure for your taste buds – don’t miss out on trying Vung Tau’s famous snail delicacies.


Start your day with a delightful breakfast right where you’re staying. Apart from Banh Khot, here are few of Vung Tau’s famous breakfast delicacies: Pork Knuckle Noodle Soup and Tossing Noodle Soup.

Vung Tau Light House is our morning destination, it gets open from 7 AM. Built during the French colonial era, the Vung Tau Lighthouse has stood the test of time and has become an iconic symbol of the city, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of Vung Tau and its stunning coastline.

Late Morning:

Next up is the iconic Christ Hill of Vung Tau. The people of Vietnam were significantly impacted by the historical era of colonial rule, and Catholicism held a crucial position within Vietnam’s history. The Christ of Vung Tau is one of the monuments standing tall and majestic atop Nho Mountain. It not only a religious site but also a place to find solace, inspiration, and wide outlook of the city.


Next stop is the White Palace, a real historical gem.

Built in 1898, the White Palace was originally meant as a retreat for the Governor of Indochina

Explore its stunning architecture and rich history – don’t forget to snap some Insta-worthy shots.

Now get some R&R (Rest and Relaxation).


As the sun starts to lower, even if you’re feeling a bit tired from the day’s adventures, head over to the lively ‘Vung Tau Market’ for some shopping. You’ll find this market open until around 7 PM, offering a wide variety of items to discover and buy, get some souvenir for your love ones. It’s a great way to unwind and make the most of your evening, especially since it’s your last day in Vung Tau.


Dinner time! Dive into a delicious seafood feast at a great restaurant nearby the Vung Tau Market.

Get a good night’s sleep, taking in all the beauty of Vung Tau. Tomorrow, you’ll leave with wonderful memories and a heart full of excitement for the adventures that lie ahead.

Some famous must visit landmars:

Niet Ban Tinh Xa Pagoda: A tranquil retreat on Big Mountain, home to serene Buddha statues and intricate architecture.

Ho May Park: Adventure atop Big Mountain with ziplining, hiking, and cable car rides, crowned by breathtaking views.

Bai Dau Beach: A serene escape, providing a quiet contrast to the more bustling beaches in the area.

Vung Tau Marina: Our gateway to aquatic fun, offering boat tours, fishing escapades, and a chance to explore the waters.

Long Son Island: A paradise accessible by boat, luring us into its crystal-clear waters for snorkeling and swimming.

Vung Tau War Heroes Shrine (Đài tưởng niệm liệt sỹ): A solemn reminder of history’s heroes and their sacrifices.

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    26 August 2023

    Marvellous insights

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