Final Thoughts about Vung Tau
You may have picked up that I’m not particularly impressed by the Vung Tau escort scene. That’s a fair assessment because I think that there are far better options for that sort of thing elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Thailand is far better, Cambodia and the Philippines are also much better.
However, you do need to look beyond that to give a fair assessment of the overall appeal. I think that the main Vung Tau nightlife selling point comes largely as a getaway destination from Saigon, for short breaks of a day or two.
There is some good infrastructure and some good bars and clubs to choose from, but I think that it is best enjoyed in the company of some friends or a girlfriend.
There are lots of cafés/restaurants along beach road, as well as coffee shops. Coffee is as popular as always in Vietnam, and not just with tourists, the locals can often be seen enjoying a relaxing cup or two. Some of the coffee shops have live music too, which is not something you see often – I expect live entertainment venues to have alcohol as their main selling item!
The beachfront also has a selection of small open-front bars that are popular with expats. There are also quite a few younger backpacker type tourists who make the journey over from Saigon, but these dong-stretchers usually prefer to avoid bar prices and buy their drinks from a ‘Circle K’ or other convenience store.
Beer prices are very cheap if you like to drink local beers in a typical bar.
These past few years I’ve been struggling a bit with my blood sugar levels, so I like to drink San Miguel Light (still 5% ABV but with a lot less carbohydrate), unfortunately for me that stuff tends not to be available at the cheaper bars, and it is relatively expensive in the bigger bars. (I found the same to be true in Saigon, so this is not exclusive to Vung Tau.)
Generally speaking, tourist costs here are not that different to what you get in Saigon, but long-term visitors will be able to make significant savings because rental costs in particular are a lot cheaper. Groceries are also slightly cheaper.
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The nightlife starts slowly from around 8pm, and doesn’t really get going until late. For older expats, the early evening is recommended as it has a very relaxed feel to it, and there’s fewer young revelers around at that time.
Come to think of it, Vung Tau in general is a lot more relaxed than, for example, Saigon. The roads are much quieter with only a small fraction of the motorbikes that you might be used to. They tend to stick to the roads too, so you aren’t likely to get run over on the sidewalk!
Vung Tau escorts can be called upon if you have an itch that needs
scratching, and although I don't rate them highly on an overall SEA
comparison, I maintain that the prostitution options here are amongst
the best in Vietnam.
Finally, if you enjoy gambling, some of the better hotels have facilities that will appeal to you.