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Overview

Vung Tau, known under the French as Cap Saint Jacques, is a provincial coastal town with beautiful sandy beaches and small rocky mountains. It is 120 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City and can be easily reached by road or by hydrofoils following the stream of the Saigon River and through the Cangio estuary.

La Villa Blanche (White Palace)

 

 
La Villa Blanche (White villa) is set amidst frangipanis and bougainvilleas on a lushly forested hillside overlooking the sea.

It was built in 1898 as a summer palace for the French Governor Paul Doumer.

Jesus Christ Statue

 
The Catholic Association began building the statue in 1974 and it was completed in 1993. It is 32 meters (105 ft) high, standing on a 4 meters (13 ft) high platform, for a 36 meters (118 ft) total monument height with two outstretched arms spanning 18.3 meters (60 ft). There is a 133-step staircase inside the statue.

The statue is standing on Mount Nho in Vung Tau, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Dong Nam Bo, Vietnam.

Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda

 
The beauty of the 19 m high pagoda lies in the harmonious combination between the natural surroundings and the architectural structure.

Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda is one of the largest pagodas in Vung Tau. The site of the pagoda occupies an area of 6 ha on the side of Big Mountain.

This pagoda exists exclusively for religious worship. The pagoda is unique in its white cement construction of the giant statue of Thich Ca Buddha sitting on a large lotus blossom.

Binh Chau Thermal Spring

 
Binh Chau Thermal Springs consist of many lakes and ponds joining through an underground pool of mineral water coming from a network of 70 main sources. The water temperature reaches up to 80oC, a temperature at which an egg can be boiled in 10 minutes.

Binh Chau Thermal Springs are located 70 km east of Vung Tau City. Covering an area of 1 km2.

Bai Sau (Back Beach)

 

 
Also called Thuy Van Beach, the Back Beach leans against white sand-dunes and an immense casuarina forest.

Located south-east of Vung Tau City, Back Beach is over 8 km-long from the foot of Small Mountain to Cua Lap.

Con Dao Island

   

 
Originally a prison for patriots and revolutionists during the French and American resistance, Con Dao Island sheltered brave revolutionary spirits of the Vietnamese people. More than 22,000 prisoners who dedicated their lives to national independence were incarcerated on the isolated island of Con Dao.

Con Dao Island is also famous for its nice beaches shaded with evergreen trees, fresh air, clear blue waters, and primitive forests.

Vung Tau Lighthouse

 

 
In 1911 it was renewed to the 3 meters in diameter and 18 meters in height, and moved to the higher peak where it is today. The Vung Tau lighthouse projects light as far as 35 sea miles (64.75 km) and is equipped with telescopes to follow and direct ships at the sea.

Firstly built in 1907 at lower peak of Small Mount, it was burned with kerosene.