Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

While in Ho Chi Minh (HCMC), we decided to trail out from the city to see what this country has to offer than the usual Cu Chi Tunnels and French influenced architecture in the city. Vung Tau is a beach side city town that lies approximately 100km south from HCMC. My advise is, stay a night in Vung Tau if you plan to visit. We didn't and regretted as we need to spend 4 hours journey on the road which was pretty tiring.

The first thing that caught my attention when I searched for Vung Tau was undeniably the 105ft statue of Jesus overlooking the beach town! Come on, if you Google, it does look like Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil..... except this is in Vietnam and Jesus does look a bit Asian here. #Kidding. The place is still worth my 2 hours ride from HCMC.

This is how Christ the Redeemer in Rio look....
And this is how the Jesus in Vung Tau looks.
Yes I know they didn't look the same and they probably don't look like they have the same mother but the view from the shoulder of the one in Vung Tau is still to die for! See for yourself... I risked my phone for the photos so please take your time and appreciate the view.

Views to die for right????

So the big question is, how did we get there? And how did we move around Vung Tau?
While in HCMC, we knew we wanted to visit Vung Tau. We went to a few travel agents to scout for the best package. There are plenty of travel agents along the streets who can help you with securing a tour. If i'm not mistaken, it cost us about XXXXXXXXX

A few of my friends did not managed to climb up the statue because they were wearing spaghetti straps and mini skirts. Locals here treat this statue like a holy statue thus decent clothes are needed. Flip flops and t shirts are ok as long as your pants does not go above your knees and your shirt are not sleeveless. Once you are inside, prepare to brave through the VERY TINY staircase up the statue and if you are visiting during peak season, please i beg you, bring a fan or something because we almost suffocate ourselves inside there with the seriously tiny spiral staircase. Picture below. 

it's really so tiny that we had to squeeze through some part of the stairs to get through
Oh and did I mention that while you gasp for air in that really tiny and claustrophobic stairs, you will have to try your best to suck in your stomach so that those who made it up can make their way down VIA THE SAME STAIRCASE! Now imagine Happy Polla.... coming back down.....squeezing his...her way down the stairs....LOL

Well apart from the stairs, you have the sun! The sun can be so hot, you will melt. ok kidding. We made our way up, spent a good 2 hours, took pictures and made our way down. We couldn't stand the heat and went to one of the beaches in Vung Tau.

We were supposed to go to a few more POI below but we were running out of time thus we settled with the beach before heading back to HCMC...which took another 2 hours. Alternatively, you can always take the hydrofoil ferry from HCMC to Vung Tau which is apparently shorter compared to road travel. You can read more here regarding the ferry transfer. 

You've gotta live like everyday's your last day! It's time to quit your job, pack your bags and travel with me.


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