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“Back Beach - The best surfing spot in Vietnam”
Review of Vung Tau

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“Back Beach - The best surfing spot in Vietnam”
Reviewed August 18, 2009

I am living and working in Vietnam already 5 years, 4 of them in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). During this time I was traveling through all the country many times. I am crazy about surfing and I was traveling with my surf board and visited almost all possible surf spots in Vietnam.
I have been in Hai Phong, Hue, Da Nang, Quang Ngay, Dung Quat, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Pham Rang, Mui Ne, Kien Giang and many other. All these places are amazing, have sea and have something to see, but for real surfing lovers, for my opinion, only Da Nang (China Beach) and Vung Tau (Back Beach) are perfect for surfing. And, if to take into consideration that Vung Tau is just 90 km far from Ho Chi Minh City (1 hour 30 minutes by ferry boat), and that Vungtau in comparison with Danang have fully equipped surfing center I am sure "Back Beach" is the best surfing spot in Vietnam.

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“Home from Home”
Reviewed December 30, 2004

I came to Vung Tau 4 years ago working for BP and loved the place so much I am now married to a beautifull Vietnamese lady with a daughter !!!
I settled in Vung Tau because of the clean crisp air and the magnificant coast line.
The city itself has seen a vast improvement in the last 2 years due to a massive investment from the government to promote Vung Tau as THE place to visit.
It is the centre of the fishing trade in the south and therefore every other restaurant is sea food although they all serve similar dishes.
If you love fresh seafood then Vung Tua is the place for you.
Infact most of the sea food served in Ho Chi Minh city comes from Vung Tau.
You can travel from Ho Chi Minh city to Vung Tau via a ferry service whic runs from 0600 to 1630 every day ($10 each way) 1.5 hrs which hugs the mangrove deltas on its way out of the dirty city towards Vung Tau.
This trip will give you the first glimpse of the Mekong Delta and will get you thinking of visiting it further.
Trips are available into the Mekong and well worth it but not for the faint hearted or those who yearn for a hot shower every night. I have been there 3 times and each time see something new and interesting so would recomend it to anyone.
Vung Tau is ringed by one main road which skirts the coast line and then intersects the main road heading to Ho Chi Minh (2.5 hours by road).
The main road which hugs the coast line was voted the most beautifull road in VietNam in 2003 and since then the tourists have steadily increased to see what it is like.
Vung Tau is ringed by 2 mountains which will soon have a cable car strung between them which has already put the city back on the map for the tourist route.
The beaches - especially back beach are a very popular stop over for all people and at 4:30 each evening Vietnamese flock there to take an evening swim - the whole family join in and it is a great sight to see.
At the weekends all but a few of the hotels have spaces as the Vietnamese flock to the coast from the dirty, dusty cities to relax and take a swim in the sea.
Westerners used to be a rare sight in the city but now there are more and more visitors each year to view the sights and stay for a break during there tour around the country.
The city itself is dominated by a white jesus statue (to rival the one in Rio) which overlooks the see and there is aslo a similar giant statue in the other section of town of the virgin mary holding jesus.
Religion takes itslef centre in all Vietnamese culture and in Vung Tau there is a beautifull catholic church in town which this year was the centre of attention as it held it's nativity show outside for all to see.
There are some beautifull temples in Vung Tau - a must as they rival those of Hoi An and Hue and they are all well worth a visit.

I am a little biased to the city as I love the place and would not want to move away for a long time to come.
The cities improvements will bring the toursists flocking in which is good for the local industries but bad for those of us who would like to see the beaches empty just for oursleves.

Vung Tau is a must in anyones travels to the country and I would happily recomend it to anyone who asks.

If you dont believe me then pop over and see for yourself but be warned - if you come you may not want to leave !!!!

Happy travels.............

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