Vung Tau – Day 1 the Ferry Ride and a bit of wandering

This was the travel day if you can call it that from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau. What this encompasses is riding a water ferry along the Saigon River and then out on the ocean to the Vung Tau. The water ferry is a very modern vessel which skims along pretty well. The first part of the journey was calm but when the ocean waters mix with the river, the whole thing gets frisky so it turns into more of a ride. A few of the kids got sea sickness and others were yelling and screaming with excitement and parents were laughing. It was just fun to see how the river and the port and boating all meet on the river. I had no real idea how big and sprawled out the city is. It seems to go on for quite some time and there is a lot of building going on.

So after two hours, we arrived at Vung Tau and I hopped a cab and came over to the hotel. The front desk manager was one of the nicest and funniest people who insisted on telling me about her experience trying to get a Visa for the US. She tried five times to visit and was turned down or delayed.

After checking out the room and relaxing for a bit and discovering that the wifi is very nice I decided I needed to see the Back Beach area and do this big loop around the city which looked pretty good to walk.

The Back Beach is quite pretty and while it looked like it might rain for awhile, skies cleared and it turned into a nice day for the beach goers. The path I decided to do was a really nice walkway all the way around this big loop and it brought me back almost to my hotel.

The city area is going through some growth and there are more hotels perhaps as the tourist business grows here. I kinda liked it today. There were no shoe shine boys, only a few scooters wanting to take me places, and no cyclo’s.

Reasons for Going…

The main reason for going is not being tired of Ho Chi Minh City but instead it seemed like the ideal getaway that I could do on a water ferry for really reasonable rates and then also stay somewhere different, do some different walks, and take some different pictures of things.

I will be doing those things through Saturday and then I head back to Ho Chi Minh City on the ferry and have about 1.5 weeks left before going to Da Lat.

Instead of sharing a few individual pictures, here’s the album I started to record my travels here. I’ll be updating that album for the next few days with my photographs from Vung Tau. The album has some shots from the water ferry trip as well as my wandering here today.