Dam Trau Beach, Con Dao Island, Ba Ra - Vung Tau, Vietnam
Dam Trau Beach, Con Dao Island, Ba Ra - Vung Tau, Vietnam

Ba Ria – Vung Tau Travel Guide

Ba Ria – Vung Tau, located to the south-east of Ho Chi Minh City, is home to several sandy beaches which are popular at weekend for wealthy travelers from Saigon. The province is one of the biggest economic centers in southern Vietnam.

 Ba Ria – Vung Tau is bordered to the north by Dong Nai; to the north-east by Binh Thuan; to the east, south and west by the East Vietnam Sea, to the north-west by Ho Chi Minh City. A part from the inland area, the province also includes the offshore archipelago of Con Dao, a haven for getaway beach holidays. The provincial capital is Ba Ria City.

The climate at Ba Ria – Vung Tau is tropical monsoon with 2 seasons per year: rainy season from May-October with the south-westerly winds and the dry season from November-April with the north-easterly winds. The temperatures range from 24-29oC and annual rainfall is 1,500mm. There are rarely storms at Ba Ria – Vung Tau.

Ba Ria – Vung Tau has a lot of potential for developing the economy:
- Big oil reserves and related industries like power plants and fertilizer production,…
- Several beaches with luxury hotels and resorts for tourism.
- Biggest commercial sea ports in Vietnam.
- Big industrial zones with important industries.
- Large area of sea water for growing aquaculture.

Tourist attractions in Ba Ria – Vung Tau
There are several beaches in Ba Ria Vung Tau of which the most famed are in Vung Tau City, Long Hai and Xuyen Moc.
Binh Chau – Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve with some natural forest and wildlife.
Minh Dam Mountain in Dat Do District, a former revolutionary base during the 2 recent wars in Vietnam.
Long Tan Nui Dat: a former base of Australia’s troops in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War (aka American War) and former site of the battle between Australian troops and troops of South Vietnam Liberation Front.
Con Dao Island: while Con Dao is the name of an archipelago, it is more likely you’ll visit the biggest island of them which is also called Con Dao or Con Son.

Things to do, Travel, Tours and Beach Holidays in Ba Ra – Vung Tau
Vung Tau can be visited on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Paradissa offers 1-day to several day tours to Vung Tau which include:
- sightseeing tours in the city of Vung Tau.
- battlefield tours: visit Long Tan Nui Dat and recall the famous battle in 1966.
- luxury beach vacations in Vung Tau, Long Hai, Binh Chau, Ho Tram…
- mud-bathing holidays at Binh Chau.
- bike tours along the scenic ocean road of the province.
- eco tours to Binh Chau – Phuoc Buu forest.

There is a good number of water sports in Vung Tau City: Kite-boarding, stand-up paddle, surfing… Those plan vacations on Con Dao Island can join in scuba-diving tours.

Accommodation in Ba Ria – Vung Tau
There is a wide range of hotels at Ba Ria – Vung Tau from basic hotels to luxury beach resorts. Travelers with high demand for luxury travel will find it fairly easy with a variety of available options.

Getting there and away
Vung Tau is 120km from Ho Chi Minh City and the road trip takes about 1h30’. Alternatively there is a daily speedboat commuting between Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau.
Con Dao Island is less than 1 hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City and there are daily flights between these 2 locales.

Getting around
It is easy to travel around Ba Ria - Vung Tau by taxi, by motorbike or by bicycle. The waterfront road is great for biking or strolling along.