Photo: Beach chairs at Vung Tau.


Vung Tau

Accommodation in Vung Tau can generally be split into two: those closer to Front Beach (Bai Truoc) on the western coast and Back Beach (Bai Sau), the main tourist beach on the eastern side. There are also two rates. Weekday prices are charged from Sunday to Thursday. One Fridays and Saturdays, room rates go up, are not negotiable and the good hotels are often full – if you’re planning to be there on the weekend, book ahead.

We reviewed excellent Sakura Hotel, which is found in an enclave known as A Chau (sandwiched between Hoang Hoa Tham and Phan Chu Trinh Street), which is chock full of mediocre skinny hotels. If budget travellers want to hunt around on foot, we suggest you head to this area.

Sakura Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
H15 Hoang Hoa Tham St, Vung Tau
T: (064) 357 0465

Clean, cheap and cheerful, Sakura Hotel is our top pick for budget travellers. Located in the A Chau area which is chock-full of mediocre, forgettable skinny hotels, Sakura is a bright spot of great value. Choose either a room or one of the five apartments that come with a kitchenette, including microwave, fridge, dinnerware, kettle, cooking condiments and a big drinking water dispenser, as... Read our full review of Sakura Hotel.

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Leman Cap Resort & Spa
Toprange - US$50 to 100
60 Ha Long St, Ward 2, Vung Tau
T: (064) 3513 136

Built up on a hillside near the tip on the western coast, Leman Cap Resort and Spa is a boutique hotel with impressive ocean views. This hotel is classier and more elegant than many of the so-called resorts in Vung Tau. With just 18 rooms and two two-bedrooms suites, the hotel feels private and low-key. To start with the best feature, rooms have a private terrace or balcony with sun lounger... Read our full review of Leman Cap Resort & Spa.

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Nguyen Ha Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
81/16 Thuy Van, Ward 2, Vung Tau
T: (0643) 836 600

Nguyen Ha Hotel balances budget price with the comfort that backpackers look for: clean linens, separate shower stall and a mattress that’s not rock hard. Other perks include a vanity, fridge, decent pillows, wall mounted flatscreen TV with a few English channels, good lighting, as well as WiFi and air-con. Hot water does take a while to arrive to the shower but once it does, it’s toasty. The... Read our full review of Nguyen Ha Hotel.

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Ngoc Dung Motel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
36 Phan Chu Trinh St, Ward 2, Vung Tau
T: (064) 352 7485

Throw five stones in Vung Tau and you are likely to hit 10 hotels. The city has an abundance of new family-owned hotels (of the skinny variety) and Ngoc Dung Motel is one of the better. It was sparkling new when we inspected it in March 2016 and it’s a good deal for the price. Rooms at the front are bright, spacious and have a small balcony. The decoration is simple, with white walls and soft... Read our full review of Ngoc Dung Motel.

Sasavuta Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
10 Ly Thuong Kiet St, Ward 1, Vung Tau
T: (064) 3855 195

Located a few blocks from Front Beach, the seaside promenade and restaurants, Sasavuta Hotel is a small place with comfortable rooms that are more expensive than they should be. What you pay for are the great modern bathrooms with a shower stall, hot water and contemporary fixtures. The hotel was full when we visited (a testament to the 16-room hotel’s popularity) so we were only able to... Read our full review of Sasavuta Hotel.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Vung Tau? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.

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