Vung Tau is located 130 km east of Ho Chi Minh City, and can be reached by bus, hydrofoil, or personal transportation. The city is a popular weekend getaway for locals due to its extensive beaches and soft, clean sand.
Vung Tau has many offshore oil rigs and is Vietnams biggest player in the oil industry. Once ashore, all the oil work has been moved to help maintain the beaches for tourism. Like many coastal Vietnamese cities, Vung Tau specializes in cheap, delicous, fresh seafood.
Two popular tourist attractions at Vũng Tàu are the giant statues on the hills/mountains inside the city limits. One is of Jesus where you can climb up inside and out onto its shoulders to get a grand view of the ocean. The other is of Mary holding an infant Jesus. Both statues require a moderate climb (Statue of Mary) and a heavy climb (Statue of Jesus) up to it. The views are fantastic, however, and worth the exercise.