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Why Vung Tau City is special ?
Vung Tau is the tourist and commercial center of Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu (an industrial province in Southeastern Vietnam). The whole city area lies on a peninsula which is separated from the mainland by a gulf river called Co May river. The city is located in the south of Vietnam, situated at the tip of a small peninsula. It has traditionally been a significant port, particularly during Vietnam's period of French rule. Today, the city's importance as a shipping port has diminished, but it still plays a significant role in Vietnam's offshore oil industry. Vũng Tàu is the only petroleum base of Vietnam where crude oil and natural gas exploitation activities dominate the city's economy and contribute principal income to Vietnam's budget and export volume. Vũng Tàu shipyard's reconstruction is scheduled to be completed in 2008, supplied with up-to-date anchor handling supply vessels of Aker.
What to explore at Vung Tau City?
A popular weekend escape from HCMC, Vung Tau rocks at weekends when beach-starved locals and expats descend in numbers, but it is relatively quiet during the week. The city enjoys a spectacular location on a peninsula, with ocean on three sides; the light and sea air makes it a refreshing break from sultry Saigon.
Vung Tau is a remarkably civilised-looking city of broad boulevards and imposing colonial-era buildings, but a slightly seedy bar scene also flourishes here, accommodating the tastes (and wallets) of retired Anzac servicemen, Russian expats and oil workers.
How to get to Vung Tau City?
Tan Son Nhat International Airport located in Ho Chi Minh City, provides the closest air link to Vũng Tàu. To get to the City centre, passengers can take either a bus or a taxi.
Direct transfer to Vung Tau
A number of chartered bus companies offer direct transfer from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Vũng Tàu. This is very useful for Vũng Tàu locals. However, tickets must be booked in advance.
There are several bus stations and companies which handle short-distance and long-distance bus services to Vũng Tàu. One can take bus at Miền Đông Bus Station, City centre and Phạm Ngũ Lão...
By Road from Ho Chi Minh City
1. Ho Chi Minh City to Vũng Tàu via Biên Hòa: Take Hanoi Road (Xa lộ Hà Nội) and Route 1 (QL 1) towards Biên Hòa. After crossing Đồng Nai Bridge, turn right at the first major roundabout (Ngã ba Vũng Tàu). Follow Route 51 all the way to Vũng Tàu. It's 125 km long, about 3 hours.
2. Cát Lái Ferry shortcut: If you're riding a motorbike, or want to have more cool breeze from the countryside forests in Đồng Nai, consider taking this route. Leave the City centre via the Saigon River Tunnel (or Phú Mỹ Bridge in further south of the City). Connect to Đồng Văn Cống Road, and Nguyễn Thị Định Road towards Cát Lái Ferry Terminal. Allow 10 mins for the ticketing, queueing and crossing the river. When your arrive on the Đồng Nai side, follow Provincial Route 769 (ĐT 769), Trần Văn Trà, Quách Thị Trang and Tôn Đức Thắng Roads before connecting to Route 51 (QL 51, AH17). Turn right at the corner.
3. Expressway: If you just want to get there fast, use the HCMC-Long Thành-Dầu Giây Expressway before connecting to Route 51 in Long Thành Town. The section between HHCMC's District 9 and Long Thành was opened in 2013, about 30 km and 1 hr shorter than Option 1. However, the link to the HCMC end of the Expressway is in bad conditions. But the view of the remote countryside is very gigantic.
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