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Top Choice Seafood in Vung Tau

Ganh Hao

Highly impressive seafood restaurant, with tables on terraces by the ocean, that's always packed with locals, so try to get here early. The menu is extensive, with delicious fish, lobster, crab (great with pepper sa…
Lighthouse in Vung Tau


Built by the French, this 1910 lighthouse boasts a spectacular 360-degree view of Vung Tau. From Cau Da Pier on Ð Ha Long, take a sharp right on the alley north of the Hai Au Hotel, then roll on up the hill. Althoug…
Monument in Vung Tau

Giant Jesus

Atop Small Mountain with his arms outstretched to embrace the South China Sea, this 32m Giant Jesus is one of the biggest in the world – taller than his illustrious Brazilian cousin. It is possible to ascend to the …
Museum in Vung Tau

White Villa

The weekend retreat of French governor Paul Doumer (later French President), this gorgeous, grand colonial-era residence has extensive gardens and an oddly empty interior (besides the odd piece of furniture and some…
Pub in Vung Tau

Red Parrot

One of the better expat joints in town with a heavy-duty clientelle of war veterans, oil workers and working girls. Check out the vintage Vespas.
Seafood in Vung Tau

Cay Bang

A seafood institution with a great location on the water, Cay Bang is set under the shadow of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus. At weekends it draws a huge crowd of the Vung Tau faithful for the shellfish, hot pots an…
International in Vung Tau

Tommy’s 3

The food is mainly Western and familiar, with big portions of steaks and burgers, plus local food including tasty noodle dishes. There's a prime front terrace that draws a mixed crowd of locals, expats and tourists.
Italian in Vung Tau

David Italian Restaurant

This is an authentic Italian-run restaurant with freshly prepared pasta and the pizzas are the best in town. Quite expensive but has a nice sea-facing terrace.
French in Vung Tau

Bistrot 9

Excellent bistro, perfect for an (all-day) breakfast, crêpe, panini or a full-on splurge (don't neglect the desserts, including great profiteroles). It also sells homemade gourmet chocolates and has the best wine se…
Sports Bar in Vung Tau

Lucy's Sports Bar

Almost opposite the ferry terminal, this non-sleazy bar has a busy pool table, a great sea-facing terrace and a sociable vibe. As the name indicates, there's a viewing diet of sports events – from test cricket to Au…