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I’m back with another location review! Sorry about my brief hiatus from posting. I was busy traveling and then I almost died. 🙁 I haven’t been writing much but I promise there’s a lot of great content on the way! 😀
I just recently took a little weekend trip down to Vung Tau, Vietnam. Vung Tau is a small coastal city just south of Ho Chi Minh City a.k.a. Saigon. A lot of people bad mouth Vung Tau so I had pretty low expectations going in… But I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.
Let’s get into it. Here’s my official location review for Vung Tau, Vietnam!
Vung Tau, Vietnam – Women Rating 4/5
Vung Tau is a small city with a population of less then 500,000 people. Don’t come to Vung Tau expecting to be a player who dates a bunch of different girls. There is a limited selection compared to a big city like Saigon. Vung Tau is so small, you would definitely be running into the same people all over the place. There’s no hiding out there!
That said, there are still plenty of cute girls in Vung Tau. The first thing I did prior to my visit was log into my account on Vietnam Cupid. I did a search for girls ages 18-30 living within 50 miles of Vung Tau, active within the last week. My search yielded 340 results. Nice…
Then I checked on Asian Dating. The same search had over 500 results! Many of them were in Ho Chi Minh City but I was still pleased with such good results in a relatively small city like Vung Tau. The bottom line is, you can definitely find a girlfriend (or two) in Vung Tau. 😉 No problems there. I recommend signing up for Vietnam Cupid and Asian Dating prior to your trip so you can start setting up dates.
Another HUGE advantage of living in Vung Tau is it’s close proximity to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). You can take the hydro foil boat from District One in Saigon to Vung Tau. It takes approximately 1.15 hours and only costs 200,000 VND or $9 USD. It’s a few dollars more on the weekends. (250,000 VND) The boats run every hour from morning until the evening.
You can also take a bus to and from Vung Tau. I believe it takes about two hours. Not a bad deal if you’re stuck going at night. I recommend the boat service. It’s fast, cheap and super convenient. You can be door to door from District One, Saigon to your hotel in Vung Tau in two hours flat. That’s pretty sweet.
Having easy access to Ho Chi Minh City makes Vung Tau awesome for so many reasons! For now I’ll just focus on the girls. If you want to party or have a night out then you can easily shoot up to HCMC for a weekend bender.
Or you can invite some hotties you meet on Vietnam Cupid to visit you in Vung Tau for the weekend. All girls love a weekend getaway! If you had a house in Vung Tau you could easily host a new hottie every weekend! 😀
Vung Tau gets busy on the weekends when people from Saigon head down there to relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. You could easily have a girlfriend in Saigon and still see her often enough to make it work. Traveling back and forth is that simple and easy.
Mongering in Vung Tau, Vietnam
Vung Tau is a small sleepy city that’s pretty boring… I gave it a 4/5 for the women rating based on it’s close proximity to Saigon. But there’s another reason why it rates so high in this category…
Vung Tau is the best place for mongering in Vietnam! I know, that’s a bold statement but I truly believe it. Just off the main strip on back beach there is a street full of girly bars. There must be at least a dozen lining both sides of the street.
These girls are all dressed sexy and they’re waiting to party with you! 😀 The beer bar scene is much better then the bars in Saigon. Quite frankly, I never go to the girly bars in Saigon… I’m not into buying over priced drinks for some heartless vampire Vietnamese hookers. The girls I met in Vung Tau seemed much more pleasant then the working girls in Saigon.
If you need to rent a date in Vung Tau it’s very easy. Just go bar hopping in the girly bar area and make some new friends. I’m sure there will be something that catches your eye. A single man could have a blast on this one street alone. 😀
Now don’t get too excited. This ain’t Pattaya… It’s just a small strip full of laid back bars. If you’ve been to Vietnam before then you know the mongering sucks. Vung Tau seems to be the best place in Vietnam if that’s what you’re looking for.
In summary, Vung Tau has plenty of options. I would find myself a nice local girl and date her full time. On the weekends, I might cruise over to the bar area and pick a girl for a short time romp. Gotta mix things up every once in a while right? 😉
If you search Vietnam Cupid or Asian Dating in Saigon there are THOUSANDS of hot girls. This opens up a lot of options. I would probably be running back and forth each week to visit some girls in the big city. It’s great having big city options available while chilling by the beach! Vung Tau Women rating 4/5.
Vung Tau, Vietnam Cost of Living 5/5
Vung Tau is cheap! Not much else to say about that. All of Vietnam is pretty inexpensive but Vung Tau is one of the cheapest places I have been. I stayed in a nice clean hotel room with air con, wifi, cable tv, walking distance to the beach and it was $8 a night… Can’t complain about that! 😉
I usually eat with the locals and you can easily find some Pho or rice plates for $1.50 or so. Of course, if you want to stay in a luxurious resort with a harem of Vietnamese hookers then your monthly budget would swell rapidly…
A single man could live a comfortable lifestyle in Vung Tau for $1,000 a month. That’s renting a decent apartment or house, eating out for every meal and enjoying some cold beers with a lady friend several times a week. An easy 5/5 in this category.
Vung Tau, Vietnam Quality of Life Rating 4/5
I’ve been in Saigon on and off for about a year and just recently visited Vung Tau. The reason I put it off is because everyone I talked to said it’s not worth a visit… I’m glad I don’t listen to people’s travel advice because I really enjoyed my trip.
As soon as I stepped off the ferry in Vung Tau my anxiety level dropped. A cool sea breeze hit my face and I was able to take a deep breath of fresh air. Ahhh I needed that! 😀
Saigon is fun but it stresses me the fuck out. It’s so hot, noisy and crowded. I would lose my mind if I didn’t take a break every few months. Now let me be clear, Vung Tau does not have the best beaches in Vietnam… Not even close. If you want a proper beach holiday then head to Nha Trang, Da Nang or Hoi An. Those beaches are much nicer, but they also involve buying a plane ticket or taking a long ass bus ride. If you want even better beaches then fly to Thailand.
If you live in Saigon or if you’re pressed for time, Vung Tau is the perfect getaway spot for a few nights. If you have a nice girl in Saigon then consider taking her on a short trip. It’s nice to escape the madness of city life and recharge your batteries while listening to the sound of the waves. 🙂
Things To Do In Vung Tau, Vietnam
The first thing I did was rent a motorbike so I could explore. Vung Tau is small so you can ride around the main outer ring in about fifteen minutes. I cruised around a few times and stopped for food and coffee. Vietnam has the best cafe scene in the world so there’s hundreds of great places to stop for a caffeine fix. Strong glasses of Vietnamese coffee cost less then a dollar with bottomless iced tea. Many cafes over look the ocean and it’s a great place to relax or get some work done.
There are several pagodas around the city and a large Jesus statue on the southern tip overlooking the ocean. I decided to hike up there mid day in the blistering sun… Holy fuck I was soaked in sweat. It was still a cool experience though and I highly recommend you visit.
You can climb up inside the statue and stand on Jesus’ shoulder. This gives you an awesome view of the city and surrounding beach. Very cool. There’s also some old cannons sitting up there overlooking the water. It’s a nice little pit stop to make while exploring the city.
Vung Tau has everything you need to be happy. I saw several shopping centers such as Big C and Co Op Mart. Shopping malls, gyms and plenty of nice restaurants. If you need anything else just head to Saigon.
There are also lots of beer clubs which are jam packed on the weekends. I’m assuming it’s some locals and some Vietnamese tourists visiting from Saigon for the weekend. These places have thumping music, sexy promo girls and endless towers of cold beer… Vietnamese people know how to drink so come prepared! 😀
I also hung out on the beach one afternoon. I heard horror stories about how polluted the beaches were in Vung Tau… Once again, I didn’t think they were that bad! OK it’s certainly not pristine white sand beaches with crystal clear blue water, but they were OK. I didn’t see any oil, syringes, broken bottles, condoms or tampons laying around.
I love being close to the ocean and Vung Tau is the most convenient option while staying in Saigon. If you want to visit a beautiful beach for your holiday then head to somewhere like Koh Phangan, Thailand… But for a weekend of relaxation, Vung Tau is perfect.
The best time to visit the beach is between 5-6PM. That’s when all the locals swarm the beach like locusts. Work is done, school is out and the sun has disappeared from the sky. This is when the Vietnamese people bring their family down to the beach to swim, eat and hang out. It makes for some interesting people watching.
The locals in Vung Tau are super friendly. Three different groups of kids approached me to chat. They all said “hello, take picture?” I said uhh sure… and I reached for their phone to take a picture… I thought they wanted me to take a picture of them. But no, they wanted to take a picture with ME! 😀
I felt like a celebrity. Maybe they don’t see many foreigners? Maybe they think I’m Leonardo DiCaprio? 😀 It’s always funny when young people approach me to practice their English. Vietnam is the only place where this happens to me on a daily basis.
Most of the young people here are very studious and hard working. They are studying English and they know all about the outside world. Basically they are the opposite of Thai people. No offense to them…
When I say I’m from America, they start naming different cities and talking about world news. I think Vietnam will be a wealthy powerful country in the future. There’s a lot of bad people in Vietnam, but the good people really do have hearts of gold. The good outweighs the bad, just barely…
There aren’t many foreign tourists in Vung Tau. I only saw a handful of white faces during my short stay. Mostly coming and going on the ferry. I also saw a small group of what I’m assuming are expats hanging around the beer bars. I’m guessing retired gentlemen or perhaps some guys who work on the off shore oil rigs off the coast of Vung Tau. Oil and Gas is the big industry down there and a lot of foreigners work there. Not a bad place to be…
The rest of the people in Vung Tau seemed to be locals and other Vietnamese on holiday for the weekend. There were no shady moto taxi pimps harassing me. No one was trying to sell me cheap tourist crap, marijuana or ladies. Just smiling friendly locals. 😀
Vung Tau is clean and organized. There are well manicured parks, resorts and hotels. Traffic is light and manageable. I actually found my self going for rides just for fun! I never do that in Saigon anymore… In fact, I dread going too far as it makes my blood boil.
Vung Tau is the ideal place to lay low and get some work done. It fits into my boring location strategy perfectly. It’s boring… But it’s so close to Saigon that I could live there and be happy. Quality of life 4/5.
Women Rating 4/5
Cost Of Living Rating 5/5
Quality of Life Rating 4/5
Vung Tau, Vietnam – Single Man’s Paradise Rating 13/15
If you would like to live in a laid back beach city then Vung Tau could be for you. There’s plenty of cheap accommodations, delicious sea food and clean ocean air! You can live a quiet lifestyle and get work done or you can party hard and bang a different hooker every night. The choice is yours! 😀
Vung Tau would score lower if it wasn’t so close to Saigon. The fact that it’s only an hour away from a Saigon is a major factor here. If it was any farther away I would probably choose a different destination.
Overall, I left with a great impression of Vung Tau. It ticks all my boxes! I will most definitely go back for another visit and I could imagine staying for a month or so to chill out while still having easy access to Ho Chi Minh City.
My strategy would be to rent a house, join a gym and grind on my work / fitness goals. Have a nice girlfriend there and take weekend trips to party in Saigon. Perfect balance of work and play!