Travelogue: Vung Tau - Vietnam, a Perfect Holiday Destination

December 7, 2015

It was my second visit to Vietnam on business. This time around it was Vung Tau, two-and-a-half hours by road or one-and-a-half hours by ferry from Ho Chi Minh city Airport. I opted by road. Vung Tau enjoys a spectacular location on the peninsula, with ocean on three sides giving a refreshing break in life.

Oil is big business here and oil tanker movement and petro dollar dominates the economy resembling Aberdeen or Texas to some extent. It is a city of broad boulevards.

Work first and after meetings, I managed a day to explore this beautiful place. Compared to Pattaya (Thailand) it is less wild (hope you know what I mean!) and more peaceful due to scenic nature beauty full of mountains and greenery. Plenty of parks, resorts, bars, discos and night clubs of several types, music galore and great kind of night life, amazing sea food variety, heavenly landscaped resorts and friendly staff set you into relaxed and happy rhythm.

People of Vietnam are extremely friendly and of no-nonsense nature. They have great respect for India. Industrial Area of Vung Tau was an unimaginable surprise; it was like a well maintained park, with plenty of huge trees, decorative plants, lawns, and landscaped industrial company compounds.

Most Vietnamese are Buddhists. Vietnam Catholic Association built Jesus Statue in 1974 and completed it in 1993. The statue is 32 meters in height with arms extending 18.3 meters, placed on top of the 170-meter high Nho Mount.



Vung Tau has over 10 km stretch of beach road like a highway, similar to Pattaya. A third world country can build such roads and resorts, we in Karnataka have such opportunity from Ullal to Karwar, where problem of sea erosion would be non-existent. Roads, public places are very clean and even narrow alleyways are spic and span. Can our coastal region think of such marvel in a few decades? Even if such facility is built, will our moral policing and religious fanatics (I mean all religions without exception) allow such tourism?

I have seen beach front roads and structures in more than a dozen counties, all them are on roaring revenue. I wonder if they do not have CRZ kind of regulations!!? Money spent on eyewash of sea erosion in our coastal area could have resulted in half of such roads…may be a full four lane road, elevated where needed and passage under the road for fishermen and their boats!



By Ronald Saby
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Comment on this article

  • CGS, Mangllur

    Fri, Dec 11 2015

    Beautiful write up on a beautiful place.Congrats Ronald Saby!Keep it up!

  • R J Soares, Brahamavar/ Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 10 2015

    It is really nice place to visit. but you missed out the excellent food and Tamilian hotels and cloth market etc..

  • thomas, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, Dec 07 2015

    Ronald, hats off to you! Great photos. Yes indeed a very beautiful place to visit. I was there last year to visit the statue of Jesus. I climbed 982 steps almost took me one hour each direction. Generally Vietnamese are friendly people only we face language problem and most of them don't speak English. It is worth visiting Vung Tau. There are many restaurants across the street which serves seafood.

  • Dinesh Kotian, surathkal

    Mon, Dec 07 2015

    Is CRZ clearance necessary in Vietnam like in India ??

  • raghavendra m k, mumbai maharashtra

    Mon, Dec 07 2015

    How beautiful a Asian country is. you have also mentioned its friendly nature of the Vietnamese people .I still remember during my college days in Mumbai the year 1970....s the front pages of LIFE AND TIME magazines the pictures of naked Vietnam's children and youths with guns fighting against the american troops. But after great battle for several years the people of Vietnam won the war and rebuilt the nation and preserved the natural beauty.

  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 07 2015

    An almost unbelievable transformation is right before our eyes - Vietnam, a country badly ravaged by war, has literally been transformed into a heaven on earth!

    Nature's beauty, in all it's glory, has been beautifully captured by Ronnie.

    Hope Karnataka's master-planners (including those of 'Mangaluru Smart City') incorporate the maximum possible features from Vung Tau and other similarly well-developed coastal cities, in it's Comprehensive Coastal Development Master Plan.

    Indians have to show the world, that, we are not lacking in any of the leadership qualities. Similarly, now is the time to show the world our high standards of technology, unity in diversity, as well as our national pride.

  • vnayak, mangalore/switzerland

    Mon, Dec 07 2015

    Considering that Vietnam was a poor country - much poorer than India - ravaged by war until the late 70ies they have really well to advance their country. In addition to dominating the fishing industry in Asia they are now growing Tea and Coffee in their country. In spite of rapid growth they seem to keep their country neat and clean like Thailand.

  • Vinayak, Mangalore / Dubai

    Mon, Dec 07 2015

    If we have good, young and well educated politicians then india too can be such a country. Unfortunately, we can only dream about it. Lets stop being communal first and set peace in the country. Rest shall take shape on its own. Vietnam is a far expanding country and the citizens really work hard for the up bringing of their country.


    Mon, Dec 07 2015

    Seems like a good place for relaxation from hustle and bustle life. Infinite edge pool looks beautiful on the sea side.

  • Hussain, Abudhabi

    Mon, Dec 07 2015

    Wow !! Simply superb !! Never imagined Vietnam will be so beautiful !! Great pics Ronald !!
    Mangaluru has all the ingredients to promote tourism but unfortunately people are moving away from Mangaluru because of few hate mongers..Hope Mangaluru and Udupi becomes the next Vietnam in terms of Tourism :)

  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 07 2015

    With the same money you can have a Five star Holiday in GOA ...

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