Photo: Beach chairs at Vung Tau.


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Located on the coast 100 kilometres south east of Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau is a popular weekend getaway for Saigoners to escape the heat and stresses of the big city. Two to three hours by road, or one hour and 30 minutes by hydrofoil (the boat conveniently departing very close to District 1), traffic, noise and pollution are replaced by sea breeze, fresh seafood, surf and sand.

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Meaning “bay of boats”, Vung Tau sits on a hilly promontory of land that juts out into the ocean. On the eastern side is the star attraction Back Beach (Bai Sau), a three kilometre stretch of sand catering to the needs of Vietnamese tourists: sun loungers, umbrellas, jet ski and tube rentals, seafood, beach toys and beer for sale. On the western side is the smaller, more local and low-key Front Beach (Bai Truoc). This is also where many small boats harbour. A long coastal Riviera-esque promenade connects the two making for a pleasant sunset stroll – clearly the French had their hand in ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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