Vung Tau, located at about 120 kilometers to the southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, was known as CapSaint-Jacques under French occupation. Among Vietnamese and expatriates, it is a popular beachdestination for weekend trips.

Travelers canreach Vung Tau by speedboat, car or helicopter from Ho Chi Minh City. Vung Tauis a busy coast city with a few beaches, an attractive summer palace, a coupleof interesting temples, a few other attractions and not much else, so it offers enough to do but nevertheless offers an off the beaten path and low key escape.

However, luxuryproperties, casinos and golf courses are set to open soon, in order attract long stay,high end holidaymakers to both the Ho Tram area and Vung Tau. Twentykilometers from the city center is Long Hai town, once a fishing village andnow a decent small resort popular with Vietnamese people.

Vung Tau is alsothe place to board a boat, plane or helicopter to visit famous Con Dao Island, 180 kilometers away. might be cold and foggy and after that period is the rainy season.