Vung Tau is located on the coast 125km south-east of Ho Chi Minh City and has become a favourite weekend destination for residents of Vietnam's largest city. There are a few pagodas around Vung Tau and you can hike up the two mountains on the nearby peninsula, but Vung Tau is primarily a party town with plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants and a few discos. The ... More>most popular beach in this area is known as Back Beach in English, although locals call it Bai Sau. To get there head east out of town and you will hit the 8 kilometre stretch of seashore. The best time to visit this part of Vietnam is during the dry season, from November to April, although if you want to guarantee the weather is hot then come in April. On either side of Vung Tao is a hill, called Big Mountain and Small Mountain.