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BA RIA - VUNG TAU

Ba Ria - Vung Tau is a coastal province located in the country’s southern region. Vung Tau, the largest city of the province, is the capital since the province’s founding until 2012. From May 2012, the capital city moves to Ba Ria. It shares its border with Dong Nai province to the North, Ho Chi Minh city to the west, Binh Thuan province to the east and East Sea to the south.
 
Area: 1,989.5 km2
 
Population: 1,027,200 inhabitants composed of 28 ethnic groups  among which 97.53% of Viet people, 1.01% of Hoa, 0.76%  of Cho Ro, 0.23% of Khmer people, 0.14% of Tay people and 0.33% for the remaining ethnicities of the province.
 
Topography: divided into 4 regions:
+ Vung Tau peninsula, a long and narrow area of 82.86 km2 and an elevation of 3-4 meters above sea level;
+ Con Dao archipelago and Long Son island;
+ Low mountains and hills in the north and northeast, situated in Tan Thanh, Chau Duc and Xuyen Moc districts;
+ Flat and coastal delta suitable for wet rice cultivation,  intermixed with low hills and thin forests with coastal sand-banks. The continental shelf is 100,000 sq.km.
 
Administrative organization: 8 units divided into 2 cities (Ba Ria, Vung Tau), 5 districts, 1 island district (Con Dao).
 
Climate: Vung Tau has a tropical monsoon climate with 2 seasons: the rainy season from May to October and the dry season from November to April of the following year.
 
 
Vung Tau
 
Vung Tau city has a large potential in sea tourism as it has numberless beaches.
 
Location: Vung Tau is 125 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh city by road and 80km by air, is the important gate of the southeastern region to the sea, with an approximative lenght of 14 km and a width of 6 km.
 
Area: 140.1 sq.km
 
Population: 322,873 people
 
Topography: Vung Tau is a seaside city with 42 km of surrounding coast, having Nui Lon mount  with an elevation of 245 m and Nui Nho 170-meter high mount.
 
Administrative divisions: 13 urban wards and 1 commune (Long Son islet)
 
Sights of interest
 
Nui Lon mountain in the north and Nui Nho mountain in the south served as a screen for Vung Tau city, and surrounding sea gives to Vung Tau a unique beauty:
 
       + On Nui Lon mountain are Bach Dinh (White Palace) and Thich Ca Phat Dai, Ho May tourist spot with cable car transporting vistors to the top of the mountain. Around the mountain is Tran Phu street next to the sea with beautiful beaches.
 
       + On Nui Nho mountain are Jesus statue and an ancient artillery battlefield in late 19th century.
 
 
                                            Nui Lon mountain                                                                  Nui Nho mountain
 
 
Jesus statue, standing at the top Nui Nho mountain, is built by the Vietnam Catholic Association in 1974 and completed in 1993. It is 32 meters high, standing on a 4-meter platform with two outstretched arms spanning 18.3 meters. Visitors can climb up a 133-step corkscrew staircase inside the statue to enjoy the whole view of Vung Tau.
 
 
 
Bach Dinh (White Palace), built by the French (1898-1916) as a summer holiday house of French Governor General Paul Doumer, named Villa Blanche after his favorite daughter’s name. Villa Blanche is located on the slop of Nui Lon (Big Mountain), along Tran Phu St., at 50m above sea level. From its balcony there's a panoramic view of Front Beach and opposite the Villa at the foot of that mountain is Hai Nguu islet with a stone rock shaped like a water buffalo wallowing in water. Next to Hai Nguu at the seaside was the helicopter yard. Today Villa Blanche exhibits hundreds of antiques collected from Cau Islet - Con Dao and is the culture destination attracts hundreds of tourists every day.
 
 
 
Thich Ca Phat Dai pagoda, located on the northern slope of Nui Lon mountain, built between 1961 and 1963, is set on a plot of around five hectares, with a Zen buddhist monastery at the foot of the plot and a giant statue of Buddha in white cement sitting on a large lotus blossom at the top. The pagoda is famous as it lies in the harmonious combination beteween the natural surroundings and the architectural structure.
 
 
 
 
Beaches: Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province is a large tourist center. It has over 100km seashore with beautiful swimming beaches, as well as many lakes and thermal springs. Some beaches at Vung Tau city are: Ho Coc, Bai Truoc (Front Beach), Bai Sau (Back Beach), Bai Dua, Bai Vong Nguyet... In addition, there are Long Hai beach at Long Dien district, 20km from Vung Tau and Ho Tram beach, 30km from Vung Tau.
 
  
                  Bai Truoc (Front Beach)                                Bai Sau (Back Beach)                                            Bai Dua
 
 
Con Dao is an offshore archipelago on southern coast of Vung Tau province, 180km from Vung Tau, composed of 16 islets with a total floating area of 76km2, among which Con Son is the largest.
 
 
 
Con Dao sights of interest:
 
Beaches: Con Dao has deserted and sandy beaches with blue cool water and extensive coral reefs suitable for diving;
 
 
 
Con Dao national park: has an ideal position and environment for the development of flora and fauna. Con Dao National Park is 6,000 hectares on land and 14,000 hectares underwater in area. This is the suitable place havinh a convenient environment for the reproduction, nursery and conservation of marine species, especially turtles, dolphins, dugongs are found on shallow water near the island.
 
 
 
 
Con Dao prison: built in 1861 by the French colonists to detain political prisoners considered specially dangerous to the colonist government. It is ranked a special historical relic of national importance by the government of Vietnam. The most famous site in this prison is "tiger's cage".
 
  
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