Vung Tau and Con Dao Islands Sports
What to Do in Vung Tau and Con Dao Islands
Vung Tau is the first-choice seaside resort for the well-to-do in Vietnam. Many claim that it is the perfect getaway from the city and there is indeed a lot to do there. Options include swimming, snorkeling, watching dog racing as well as enjoying its golf course.
On Con Dao, the fun can start with a sightseeing trip on the back of a motorbike. It is the best a way to see the real island. There are beaches to swim or sunbathe or you can go trekking in the tropical jungle. Offshore is also known as one of the best places to dive in Vietnam too.
Swimming at Vung Tau Beaches
Bai Dau (or Foreigner's Beach)
is situated three kilometers northwest of town. It is the location of one of the most well-known seafood restaurants in the area, Cay Bang. This small beach is popular because of its calm and clear waters.
Bai Dua (Pineapple Beach)
a small beach with clean water and soft sand, is located at the foot of Nui Nho Mountain. Many people know it as a place to chill out and watch the beautiful sunset.
Bai Sau (or Back Beach)
is also known as Bai Thuy Van. This stretch of soft-sand beach is located southeast of town and here you will find many accommodation choices. It is usually very crowded on weekends in summer and is certainly the most popular beach around.
Bai Truoc (Front Beach)
is the closest beach to Vung Tau Town. Not the best place to swim but it has good number of restaurants and bars.
If you like indoor activities, try this third-floor 10-pin bowling alley. The prices for games and shoe rental are reasonable.
- Location: Third Floor, 36 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Dog Racing in Vung Tau
This greyhound racing track was once a football field and was renovated in 2000 into a state-of-the-art dog track. It has a total of 38 betting terminals with a VIP section with hostess’s services too. The races take place every Saturday night.
- Address: 15 Le Loi Street, Vung Tau
Vung Tau Golf Course
Try the only golf course in Vung Tau, the Paradise Golf Resort. Established in 1992, it offers 27 holes and has practice facilities with full putting and chipping green and driving range – all with sea views.
- Location: At the Paradise Golf Resort
What to Do in Con Dao
Visitors can enjoy learning about Vietnamese culinary arts at the new cooking school belonging to the Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao, the only five-star property on the island.
- Location: At the Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao
Diving in Con Dao
Con Dao is one of the best places to dive and snorkel in Vietnam. Con Dao and its island/islets are under the National Park's auspices. There are over 1,300 species of sea life in the area, including rare dugongs and sea turtles as well as beautiful coral reefs. This area's weather conditions allow water sports all year round.
Exploring Con Dao Island by Motorbike
A great way to experience Con Dao Island is by renting a bike and spending at least half a day riding around to see Con Son Town, its coastline, rugged hills, deserted stretches, rice fields, green mountains and fishing boats in the bays. It is hard not to stop to take pictures when passing through this unique scenery.
Trekking in Con Dao
A good place to start to plan any of your trekking trips is at the Con Dao National Park Office. The park office features a small museum, funded by the World Wildlife Fund. Trekking in Con Dao National Park provides good glimpses of jungle and a few remote bays and beaches. The island's highest peak is Thanh Gia (577m) and it takes about 90 minutes to trek up. There are also quite a few interesting short hikes which will reveal fruit plantations and local wildlife.
- Location: The National Park Headquarters is just a few kilometers inland from the port on Vo Thi Sau Street.
- Tel: +84 (64) 830 669
There are not many places on earth where you can see female sea turtles come up on the beach to lay their eggs. There is a special breeding program for turtles on Banh Canh Island usually in the month of September and many visitors spend the night on the beach to wait for this truly unforgettable moment. Since 1995, more than 300,000 baby turtles have been released. Check for more detail at the Con Dao National Park or your local agent for this tour.
- Location: Banh Canh Islet, part of Con Dao Islands