Best of Vung Tau Private Tour - Shore Excursion

From Phu My Port

Air-Conditioned Vehicle

Private Groups

For cruise ships docking at Phu My, Vung Tau is the nearest beach city and the best alternative if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. At a 45-minute drive from the port, this peninsula boasts fresh sea air and incredible ocean views, impressive temples and buddha statues, and colonial architecture.


Pick-Up & Drop-Off From Phu My Port

Experienced English-Speaking Guides

Witness the Grandeur of White Palace

Enjoy the Fresh Sea Breeze at Front Beach

Visit Whale Temple & Christ the King Statue

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Tour Details


  • 1 person $255
  • 2 people $155 per person
  • 3 people $145 per person
  • 4 people $135 per person
  • 5-8 people $125 per person
  • 9+ people $115 per person




All private tours are approximately 8 hours or longer depending on your time constraints. At the end of the private tour, we always make sure that you return on time to board the cruise ship.

Meeting point

Phu My Port

Port Permit Service

  • Opt to purchase port permit service: For a fee of 25 USD/person, our guide and transport can go inside the port, right to your cruise ship for pick-up and drop-off. This requires passport details such as full name, passport number, DOB, expiry date and nationality. We recommend this service for safety and comfort during the hot or rainy days, as well as a reliable transport service.
  • Opt not to purchase port service fee: Please walk out of the port for 15 minutes – 20 minutes where our guide and driver will welcome you with a sign and a smile. This does not include a fee.

Max Group Size

We can accommodate a big group of up to 35 people. However, we recommend a max of 15/group to get the best experience.


  • All Entrance Fees
  • All Taxes
  • Fully Air-Conditioned Vehicle
  • Unlimited Bottles of Water
  • English-Speaking Guide
  • Lunch (please note we can cater for any dietary requirements, just be sure to get in touch beforehand)

Not included

  • Gratuities
  • Booking Fees

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Insect Repellent
  • Light Jacket

What to wear

Please ensure you dress respectfully. Knees and shoulders should be covered at all times.

Admire the Beauty of Back Beach

Welcome to dry land! Your private guide will be waiting for you at the port and will greet you with a welcome sign and a big smile. Once we make our way to Vung Tau, our introduction to this pretty seaside city begins at Back Beach where we will walk along the coast with the sand between our toes. You are more than welcome to go in for a refreshing dip or to wander the length of the beach appreciating the sea breeze. We will then make our way to Mount Nho to snap photos of the famous Christ the King statue. This vantage point offers incredible views of the sea and Hon Ba, an islet with a beautiful temple worthy of a few photos!

Long Tan Battlefield and Vung Tau Highlights


Next Stop, Pagoda of Nirvana

Vung Tau boasts the most Buddha statues in Vietnam, but the Pagoda of Nirvana, (also well-known as Pagoda of the Reclining Buddha), is certainly one of the most impressive. At 12-metres high with a 21-metre flag tower, this statue is well worth the visit! Once we’ve taken all the photos we can, we’ll continue to a tranquil and picturesque park at Front Beach where we can enjoy the nature, sea breeze, and interesting sculptures dotted around the park. This is where families spend lazy days, so you can get an insight into the way of life of the locals.

large memorial statute


Enjoy Panoramic Views at White Palace

With our appetites worked up it is time to enjoy a local lunch at a famous, seafood restaurant on the seafront. You can’t get fresher seafood than this! If you have any food allergies or special dietary requirements, please contact us beforehand and we can try our best to cater to your needs.

With our bellies full, the next stop is the White Palace! Perched 50 metres up ‘Big Mountain’, White Palace is a beautiful colonial-era mansion once built for French Governor-General Paul Doumer. As well as boasting the best panoramic views of the ocean, White Palace displays carefully-preserved antiques from the colonial era. A visit here is like stepping into a centuries-old time-capsule!

white palace


Last Stop, Whale Temple

The last leg of our trip involves making our way to the top of a hill on which a lighthouse perches. Built by the French, this lighthouse offers 360-degree vistas of the ocean and surrounding city. Definitely do not forget your cameras for this stop!

Then, we’ll make our way to Whale Temple, a popular stop with tourists and locals alike! This ornate temple is dedicated to the whale and is the site where fishermen traditionally pray for their safety. This stop offers a fascinating insight into the belief systems of the locals here.

Unfortunately, we are at the end of our tour. Your English-speaking guide will return you to port in plenty of time to make your cruise!

statue of whale

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