Vung Tau City

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Vung Tau is the political, economic and tourism capital of Ba Ria – Vung Tau province, about 125 km from Ho Chi Minh City to the north. The whole city area lies on a peninsula which is separated from the mainland by a gulf river called Co May river. It is the popular vacation destination of Sai Gon people.
Vung Tau has 42 km surrounding coast line, the Big Mountain (Tuong Ky Mountain) with the height of 245 m and Small Mountain (Tao Phung) with 170 m height.

The most highlight point of Vung Tau that makes it populat is the beaches. There are four main beaches, which are Front Beach, Back Beach, Pineapple Beach and Mulberry Beach. Front Beach is right in the center of Vung Tau, lying between Small Mountain and Big Mountain. It has curved coast line, calm water and a coconut range on the seashore. It is connected to Front Beach Park and people usually come here to view the sunset. Back Beach (aslo known as Thuy Van Beach) is the only standard beach for tourists in Vung Tau. It is relatively developed in tourist services. Tourists can also enjoy some beach activities such as parachuting and canoeing. Pineapple and Mulberry beach are both quiet and small one with charming scenery.

The tourist attractions of Vung Tau is surely the beach but it is also familiarized with many other images, such as the lighthouse, the statue of Jesus Christ, the statue of Maria on Bai Dau Hill.
The lighthouse is on Small Mountain with 18 m height and the sight up to 31 sea miles (about 64.5 km). It was built in 1907 on lower peak of the mountain. It was rebuilt in 1911 and moved to higher peak where it stands today. It was equipped with telescopes to follow and direct the ships in the ocean. The lighthouse offers a fantastic view of the sea and panorama of the whole city.

Also on the Small Mountain, the statue of Jesus Christ was built in 1971 with two outstretched arms. The statue was placed on 10-m high platform with engraving of Jesus’ 12 Disciples; each arm of the statue is 18.4 m long. The statue is hollow inside and has a staircase of 133 steps leading to the neck of the statue. The shoulders feature 2 balcony that can accommodate up to 6 people. From this point, it provides the marvelous view of the landscape. The statue has similar figures to the Jesus statue in Rio de Janero, Brazil, yet it is 2 m higher. The statue was recognized as the largest Jesus statue in Asia and the highest one in the world in 2012.

Vung Tau features relatively large number of religious buildings apart from the statue of Jesus Christ, a representative of Buddhism in Vung Tau is Thich Ca Phat Dai pagoda. The pagoda which is situated on Tran Phu Street, is among the largest pagoda in Vung Tau. The pagoda is said to preserve the inheritance of Buddhist and features the statue of Buddhist sitting on a lotus tower.

Another outstanding building is Bach Dinh (Villa Blanche or White Palace). It was built by French from 1898 – 1916 and used as summer holiday house of French Governor General Paul Doumer. The building was named Villa Blanche after his daughter. Later it was used by some Indochina-French Governor, Ngo Dinh Diem and Nguyen Van Thieu for a short time. The villa was built on the slope of Big Mountain, on Tran Phu Street. It can be seen a panoramic view of Front Beach from balcony of the house; opposite to the house from the foothill is the Hai Nguu islet, which features a big stone with the shape of a water buffalo. Today the Villa Blanch is used as an exhibition house which collects hundreds of antiques from Cau islet and Con Dao.

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