It is the perfect blend of mountain and sea…aka HEAVEN!
Located on the coast of the Vietnam’s Southeast region, Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu offers breathtaking views and countless outdoor activities. There’s truly nothing like its presence and the free spirit feeling it provides its visitors. Bà Rịa should be at the top of everyone’s travel list but there’s a few key reasons why I believe you should try to get here.
The scenery is breathtaking and the experience is exhilarating. It’ll bring you back down to Earth, and you’ll appreciate it. Bà Rịa is the best place to unplug and rejuvenate. Most places don’t offer wifi and if they do it’s typically not free and spotty.
To escape from work is one thing but to escape from social media is what our generation really needs. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media…It’s stupidly addicting. It’s also stupidly toxic and full of false realities, promotes a “keeping up the jones” attitude, and instills a “fear of missing out” which all leads to angst, jealousy, and depression. The opportunity to disconnect in such a beautiful place as Bà Rịa will make you appreciate the importance of disconnecting. It’ll remind you of who you are and where you came from. Play outdoors! If you ever went to any kind of summer camp (brownies, boy scouts, church camp) when you were younger, you probably stayed in cabins or tents and went hiking. The scent of Bà Rịa will bring back those memories and the scenery will force you to stay outdoors like you did as a kid. My experience brought back memories from camp, which is one of the most special experiences of my youth. Which led me to reflect on who I was then and take a hard look at who I am now.
Planning Your Trip
Where to stay: Valley Mountain Hotel is located at Bai Dau Beach and offers beautiful affordable and quaint rooms. The hotel faces the ocean and leans on the mountains, which allows visitors to experience the beauty of Bà Rịa. Other places to stay are: Thang Muoi Hai Hotel, Palace Hotel, Imperial Hotel and Pullman Resort.
Grub: Food wise as with many regions in Vietnam, seafood is aplenty. Banh Khot (prawn fritters) are a specialty of Bà Rịa. One can rarely find this dish in other regions of Vietnam. The grand daddy of them all is Goc Vu Sua located at 14 Nguyen Truong To. One can’t really leave Bà Rịa without savouring the delights at these two restaurants. Truong Cong Dinh street is great for stingray hotpot, a speciality in Bà Rịa. Vũng Tàu is also considered to be the home of Banh Bong Lan Trung Muoi, the famous Salted Egg Yolk Sponge Cake. Try asking a local person at the market to order some for you. They will make them overnight and have them ready for you the following morning.
What to do: Bà Rịa beaches are ideal places for relaxing and falling in line with Vietnam’s beautiful nature. Tam Duong Beach where you can watch amazingly beautiful sunset every evening and gaze away huge coconut trees along the coast and Phuong Thao Beach for a romantic and quiet atmosphere. If you go during the weekdays it’s less likely to get busy. The city folks come out on the weekends. Russian oil drillers and their families go there a lot, so the signs are in Vietnamese, English and Russian. There is a famous statue of Christ, standing on Mount Nho and looking down over the ocean on one side and the town on the other. The Catholic association started building the statue in 1974, and it was completed in 1993. It is the only one in Southeast Asia. The walk up to the statue is absolutely gorgeous with small vistas looking out the ocean at every corner and bright pink and white frangipanis flowers. At the top the huge Jesus stands with his arms outstretched overlooking a small Mary statue just in front. There are 133 steps up inside the statue to come out onto his shoulders to look down at the beautiful views from the top. Other attractions in Bà Rịa includes: The Old Lighthouse, Bach Dinh White Palace and The Whale Temple.
Let me know if you are looking to plan a trip! Comment below or message me with questions.