Vũng Tàu is a port city and the capital of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province, on a peninsula in southern Vietnam. Once a French colonial town, it’s now a popular seaside resort that draws many visitors from Ho Chi Minh City, who arrive by hydrofoil. Its long, busy stretch of sandy coast, including Front Beach and Pineapple Beach, has the verdant Small Mountain and Big Mountain as backdrop.
Back Beach’s boardwalk is lined with local seafood restaurants, bars and beach clubs. At the peninsula’s tip, Big Mountain’s Villa Blanche is a former French colonial building that now houses an antiques collection. Niết Bàn Tịnh Xá and Thích Ca Phật Đài are ornate Buddhist temples. Reached via aerial tramway, the Cloud Lake Cultural and Ecotourism Park is home to animals, rides, a lake, a forest and a campground. Small Mountain has a lighthouse and a giant, 32m sculpture of Jesus with a spiral staircase inside, both with sweeping city views