Vung Tau (Part 2)

Hi there,

I’m back, to continue where I’ve left off in my last part.

Day 2 in Vung Tau: Free buffet in the hotel – Swimming pool – Resting in the hotel – Lunch – Lighthouse – Swimming and flying a kite at the Back beach – Back to hotel – Dinner – Greyhound racing & nosh.

Ky Hoa is considered as a 3.5-4 star hotel. But I think their buffet service is not that standard. Little food variety. Buffet time limitation from 6:30AM something to 9AM (which I really hate about lots of hotel in Vietnam, whoever go for a vacation and need to get up early before 7PM to have a not-used-up-yet breakfast???). I also noticed that they never supplied more food to the container when it’s 8:30AM, nearly 9:00AM! Waiters are few, they rarely cleared the finished dishes.

But it’s OK. We still had fun having breakfast since we woke up before 7AM. 🙂

After breakfast, we had a very fun swimming section, especially with our little baby.


IMG_5434Way to the swimming pool, our room is on the right.


IMG_5437Flower in the hotel yard

IMG_5443My sister and brother-in-law and the 1-year-old baby

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After the swimming session, we intended to visit Bạch Dinh (White Palace) but the baby was, unfortunately, sleeping, so we had to skip this place and had to take a rest in the room instead, until the baby woke up.

Bạch Dinh locates very near my hotel, in the Front Beach. This villa was built as a summer holiday house for a French Governor.


(Photo from Internet)

We woke up for lunch, yay! Another seafood lunch at Cây Bàng restaurant, which is 5 mins driving from the hotel.

This is a sea-view restaurant as well.


Our bill for 6 persons is 800,000 VND (around 40USD) which was double expensive in comparison with the dinner last night.

I recommend Lẩu cá bóp (Fish Bóp hotpot).IMG_5544 IMG_5548My Dad

After the nice lunch, we headed to the Light House, which locates on Bai Sau (Back Beach) and then the Back Beach for swimming.

Way to the Lighthouse, it takes around 10mins to go up from the ground. They say people can go hiking here, but I don’t recommend doing this when you are alone or with 1 or 2 people. It’s very dangerous because of few residence and many threats of robbery.


We are super amused with this tree, can you guess what? Cotton tree!


“The lighthouse affords a panoramic view of the whole of Vung Tau and is a really interesting site. No ticket is needed, but tourists are required to pay 4,000 VND per visit.” (wikitravel). In fact, we were just requested to pay for our taxi’s parking at 0.5USD.

The toilet is quite dirty and abandoned :'(.



You can have your portrait drawn by this man, at 5USD/person.


View from the Light House:IMG_5603 IMG_5611

-Me and the baby at the foot of the Light House – the highest place of the Light House all tourists are allowed to get to. (Meaning we are not allowed to get up there on the top, I suppose the workers are working there right? :))
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View from another side of the Light House:


After the sightseeing on Light House, we quickly had our clothes changed in that dirty toilet 😦 and got straight to the Back Beach to swimmmmmmm. We told the taxi driver to drop us somewhere crowded. Yay, and there it was, our beach. Remember what I said in the last post, Vung Tau beach is not a very clear beach, so don’t expect too much :).

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First time I flied a kite!!! It’s very windy here, flying kite is a super good choice, instead of playing ball.IMG_5746 IMG_5833 IMG_5907


We got back to the hotel for showering. After that, we went for dinner and greyhound racing! I’m going to tell you a very good food we had for that dinner: Pigeon Porrigde.

Place I ate: 56 Đồ Chiểu street – 10 mins of driving from our hotel.

The porridge is cooked while being served, when it’s boiled enough, we put the veges, bean-spouts to the pot to cook together. Don’t worry about when the porridge is cooked well, a guy of the restaurant will help you doing this.


I think the Chinese people would know this, this is you char kway. To those who don’t know, this is a fried breadstick. In Ho Chi Minh city, very often, we cut this into smaller pieces and put it into porridge or some certain kind of noodle like Bánh canh cua (Crab tapioca noodles). It tastes nice!25878245_ai1hZatmV-t-F2Mvhun_uHMtr1v52tAd5vxG2Y8qkpY

The porridge is yum!

We headed for the stadium for Greyhound race!  The ticket is 60,000VND/person (~3USD). The stadium is LAM SƠN stadium, locates at 15 Lê Lợi. We can walk from the dining place. This is big stadium, not as I imagined haha.

The greyhound occur every Fri and Sat. Each night there would be 10 rounds of racing. We came in late when the 3rd round just started, we watched the race for the next 4 rounds and got off. We are not gamblers hehe. For more information, I quote from “Visitors can legally bet on winners, exacta betting, or trifecta betting. In Exacta, the bettor chooses first and second place finishers in order. The Trifecta is the same but also includes third place. Minimum bets are VND10,000.

Gamblers usually consult a programme describing each participating dog and their performance records.”

I feel poor the dogs!

We had some Rau má đậu xanh (Centella smoothie with green beans) which was really nice. Recommended address: Bà Già shop, on Đồ Chiểu str (where we had pigeon porridge).

Đồ Chiểu street is actually a food area. You can totally explore this area by yourself!

Then we got back to the hotel and slept!

Day 3: Free breakfast in hotel – Swimming pool – Lunch – BUS back to Ho Chi Minh city

We had Bánh khọt, a signature dish of Vung Tau for lunch. We intended to have Bánh khọt Bà Hai (Ms. Hai’s Bánh khọt) on Trần Đồng street, but it was close then, we, recommended by the taxi driver, got straight to Cô Ba Vũng Tàu (Ms. Ba). This restaurant has quite a few branches in Ho Chi Minh city already, so, nothing special! 🙂

Bánh khọt is popular in the South of Vietnam, it is a round, fried rice flour pancake which we serve with green veges and sweet fish sauce. Hmmm, I’m hungry.


This post is quite long already . Hope you enjoyed reading it. Actually, to me, Vung Tau is quite a nice city, except for the dirty beach and some cheats by vendors at weekend. It’s worth your trying! 🙂



Vung Tau (Part 1)

Hi everyone,

I just had a 3-day-2-night trip with my family members to Vung Tau last weekend (from 20Mar-22Mar2014). I’ve come here for several times, my impression about this city is that this is a pure city with a beautiful road along the beach, one side is covered by mountainous area, one side is the amazingly vast sea;  plus, Vung Tau beach is kind of an urbanized beach. These characteristics create the specialty for this beach city.

Ha_Long_Road_in_Vungtau (from Internet)

(Photo from Internet)

To be honest, Vung Tau beach is not a nice one, it’s even quite dirty and polluted, since, yes, it is urbanized as I said. Every weekend, thousands of people from Ho Chi Minh city and nearby areas flock into this beach – the nearest beach within Southern area of Vietnam, only 2-hour of driving from Ho Chi Minh City.

And another bad point about this city, if you’re a tourist, you’ve often got to be stung by the vendors, by the unknown restaurants. So be sure that you know well about where you’re going to have your meals and other services.

However, excepting those 02 points, there are a lot of good things you can experience in Vung Tau. I’m going to list down exactly what I have done in the trip, my recommendation… I write this for both local and foreign travelers, who may know less than me about this city :).

My itinerary: Ho Chi Minh City – Vung Tau

My transportation: BUS (Brand: Mai Linh)

Duration: 02 hours

How to buy: Phone Mai Linh bus office or get straight to Southern Area Bus Station (Bến Xe Miền Đông)

Ticket price: 90.000VND/one way ~ 4,5USD (update to Mar14)

Day 1: Arriving at hotel – Take rest – Lunch – Cable car to the Mountain – Sunset and Ice Cream – Back to Hotel – Dinner – Double-bike riding and walking along the Back Beach (Bai Sau)

We arrived at the hotel at around 10AM. Our hotel is Ky Hoa 4-star hotel, locates in Front Beach (Bai Truoc). Quick explanation, Bai Truoc (Front beach) locates in the center of the city, where lots of people come here to watch the sunset; lots of boats stay here. Bai Sau (Back beack) is the extended area of Bai Truoc, it is also called Thùy Vân beach because its locates on Thùy Vân road, where people come for swimming the most.

Back to my hotel, we’d got a suite room for our hotel to live in. Its well-equipped with kitchen and a bar table. We didn’t really cook though.


 (Photo from Internet)


 (Photo from Internet)

Full view of Hotel Ky Hoa:

IMG_5408This is my Mom.

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Ky Hoa Hotel Vung Tau

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This hotel has very nice exterior design actually, everything is OK, however, I’m not going to recommend it to you, it’s not that 100% perfect to me and you may also experience some little things that are not satisfying like I did. So it’s just upon your decision! 🙂

We had a snack with some foods we brought along and skipped the main lunch because we were all full then. We slept until 2pm, then we woke up and started our adventure!

We headed to the Cable car center firstly in that afternoon. It was Thursday and we paid 100,000VND/person (~5USD) for 02-way cable car and free visit at the Flower Garden, on the top a mountain (where they also have a theme park here, but this fee doesn’t include the entrance to theme park; and if you want to play in the theme park, should go on Fri and weekend).

View from Cable car, its beautiful:


Our photos at the Flower garden, on top of the mountain where we can view the whole city:

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On the way back to cable car station, we are really sliding down back to the ground:

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After getting off from the cable car, it was near 5pm, we headed to find some ice-cream shop to enjoy something cool after a sweating trip and watch the beautiful sunset. Right in front of the cable car station, there are a lot of food vendors, I recommend to order fried seafood balls and ice-cream (they have Chewy Junior cake as well)!


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Enjoy the sunset at the right time!



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We got back to the hotel for some shower, after a sweating trip. Then we headed out for dinner, a seafood dinner, so excited!

THÀNH PHÁT II – was our destination. I ate here before, so I recommended this to my family. It took us around 10-min taxi trip to here, from Ky Hoa hotel. Very near. The bill for our whole dinner of 06 people was 500,000VND (~25USD), we enjoyed very fresh seafood, seaview.

Our order for your reference: Squid boiled with ginger, oyster porridge, Thai style clam, fried seafood noodle, veges dipped in kho quẹt sauce (a sauce made by cooking fish sauce and sugar). They are all nice. I recommend the squid boiled and oyster which is very refresh and yum!!


 (Photo from Internet)


 (Photo from Internet)

After finishing the dinner, we headed to Back Beach for riding double-bike, which took us around 20-25 min-taxi trip to get there from the dining place (Taxi fare is up to 300,000VND/1 way (~15USD) :'(. I don’t recommend going this far to Back Beach just for biking, and then finding this area quite quiet, dark since it was just Thu; moreover, to add in my disappointment, the bank which was under construction for these years hasn’t been finished, which caused a very messy look to Back beach. So, my advise is that you should combine to go somewhere as well since you went this far, and should go at weekend, when this area is stuffed with tourists! It would be more fun!

Double-biking at Back Beach:


I rented 02 double-bikes at 80,000VND/hour (~4USD) which I think is quite expensive since I didn’t bargain at all. You can keep bargaining about this, 30,000VND/bike/hour is acceptable.

After sweating bike riding, we headed back to hotel for rest.

See you in part 2, the remaining time of my family in Vung Tau.



Hi everybody,

Another week nearly ends. What have you achieved this week? 🙂

For me, I no longer have to go to work this week. Yes, I quit my job! Yayy! No more headache of budgeting tracking, and plan and proposal. But this doesn’t mean I have more spare time, I wake up everyday this week and find I have lots of things to do. My niece first birthday is coming this 16th Mar, 1 week later we will have a family trip together to Da Lat city – a nice highland city in the Middle of Vietnam. And I am also busy sharing my fashion, discussing with other beauty lovers on other forum other than this blog! I love that job, although I’ve had no money from that! 🙂

Well, today I pick up a more different-from-my-normal-look look. If any of you guys already searched around my blog for a while, you may know that my style is a bit feminine. This is considered as one of the break-my-style look. It is made by pairing a GUY white shirt and black skinny jeans.


This outfit may look edgy at first. But wait, coming a bit closer, you will see I’ve already added in something colorful into this, a statement necklace!




I love how this bunch of colors from my necklace pops up there. It helps the look less edgy and add in something fun to the whole outfit. You will feel totally refresh wearing this necklace! And this loose guy shirt as well!


Love this guy shirt so much. I have to say a white guy shirt should be a basic item in any girl’s wardrobe. It can be paired with a lot of bottoms and can be twisted in many ways. It can be worn with a pencil skirt, a skater skirt, a A shaped skirt! I’m quite sure they all will look perfect since this shirt is already cool itself.




I played another look with the original outfit, by adding a brown wide belt.



To create another look, I remain the original outfit, remove my necklace, and add in this soft silk scarf. There you go, a whole new look. This is the look that I’ve got the most compliments out of these 03 looks.Image




A last look, just a very basic look, when I pull all my shirt out of the pants.



What do you think about my look? Leave your comments below. Thanks for reading my post! 😉

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