For a less-commercialized seaside retreat, this trip to Vung Tau is the best choice. The proximity of Vung Tau’s peaceful white-sand beaches to HCMC make this daytrip a quick, rewarding, and relaxed one.
50km cycling (L)During 14th and 15th centuries, the cape that would become Vung Tau was a swamp which European trading ships visited regularly. The ships' activities inspired the name Vung Tau, which means "anchorage". To get there, we’ll ride through the countryside of Ho Chi Minh City to Long Thanh via rubber plantations and tapioca farms. We’ll take the nicest country roads and go over the biggest bridge in Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in Vung Tau, we’ll climb up to the Nho Mountain, home to the second biggest Jesus statue in the world, and enjoy panoramic views of the coast. Then, we’ll ride to visit the White Palace, and Back and Front beaches. In the afternoon, we’ll take some time for swimming and enjoy a seafood lunch. Then, we’ll begin cycling back to Ho Chi Minh City to end the trip.