Vung Tau is a coastal city in southern Vietnam. It’s known for being a hub for the gas and oil industry of Vietnam, and for being “The Beach of Saigon”.
Vung Tau is in Ba Ria–Vung Tau Province, which is one of the seven provinces that surrounds Ho Chi Minh City. These provinces make up the Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, so technically Vung Tau is part of Greater Ho Chi Minh City. If you tak the minivan to Vung Tau instead of the fast ferry to Vung Tau, there is hardly any undeveloped area left between the two cities.
Here are some of the projects that are planned and under construction in Vung Tau.
Vung Tau Map
Map of Vung Tau projects.
Construction projects that are in planning or under construction in Vung Tau.
The Song is a 36-floor hotel/apartment tower near the Bai Sau beach (Back Beach). The project has been marketed as a second home for Saigon residents, and its prime location near the beach makes it an aspirational weekend getaway apartment.
Vung Tau Pearl
Vung Tau Pearl comprises of 4 blocks at 33 storeys near the Back Beach of Vung Tau. This apartment and condotel project is next to The Song project and not far from the Pullman Hotel.
BRG Front Beach Project
Location: Front Beach, Vung Tau.
BRG Group announced a plan to redevelop an area of nearly 11ha in Lam Son, Front Beach. The site will include six high-rise towers and three hotels (Hilton, Rex, Royal).
In November 2017 Hilton announced signing of DoubleTree by Hilton Vung Tau. According to the Hilton website the project was scheduled to open in the 1st quarter of 2022, but that update has since been removed.
Vung Tau Gateway
Location: Corner Nguyen Huu Canh and Ba Thang Hai
Investor: DIC Corp.
DIC Gateway is a two-tower apartment project of 30 floors with a total of 1538 units. The project is 400m away from Chi Linh beach, and 2.5km away from the city centre.
Cap Saint Jacques Complex
Location: 169 Thuy Van, Vung Tau.
The Cap Saint Jacques Complex, or the CSJ Tower, is an apartment development at the Cap Saint Jacques Hotel (Cap Saint-Jacques being the former name of Vung Tau).
Location: Duong Ven Bien, Phuoc Tinh Ward, Vung Tau.
Marine City is a new urban development situated on a peninsula jutting out into the Co May River. Billed as a coastal urban resort, the site will have a residential area, and a tourism complex and an amusement park.
Further reading: Tuan Chau group suggests building mega resort project in Vung Tau city.
Vung Tau Aquarium
Location: Front Beach, Vung Tau.
Developer: Vung Tau Cable Car Tourism JSC (VCCT).
The Hon Nguu aquarium complex is a proposed tourism development that will include a three-hectare aquarium, a cable car station and a 22-story five-star hotel.
An environmental impact assessment (EIA) report was approved in January 2019, but after land reclamation begun the project was halted in October 2019.
One Opera Complex
Location: Corner of Hoang Hoa Tham and Thuy Van, Vung Tau.
The One Opera Complex is situated on a prime piece of real estate opposite the Vung Tau Back Beach Square. There have been different designs for this site over the years, but for now it remains an empty lot.
Images from Haai Architecture.
[One Opera Complex – 2012 version (vnre.reic.vn).]
[One Opera Complex version via diaoconline.vn]
[Image via NVL Consultant.]
Address: 147 Thuy Van, Vung Tau.
Mepros Hotel is a 4-star hotel on the main Back Beach road. The project has been stalled for a number of years.
Location: So 79 đuong D5, phuong 10, Vung Tau.
The Maris Vung Tau
[Image via angialand.com.vn.]
Location: 3 Thang 2, Phuong 10, Vung Tau.
Architect: TAMA Architects
The Maris Vung Tau is a luxury beach resort set on 23 hectares of beachfront property. The project includes luxury villas, serviced apartments, a 5-star hotel, and three beach clubs. The main building will include the Grand Eastin Hotel.
Bien Hoa – Vung Tau Railway Project
If ever there was a city that would be perfect for a commuter railway it would be Vung Tau. There is currently no railway that serves the city of Vung Tau, but there is a proposal for a Bien Hoa – Vung Tau railway.
This railway would connect the provinces to the east of Greater Ho Chi Minh City, from the Thi Vai–Cai Mep port to Di An station in Binh Duong. This would then connect with the proposed Sai Gon – Loc Ninh railway that goes near the Cambodian border. This line would be 95.4 kilometres long with 12 stations, with train speeds of 160 kilometres per hour.
If this eastern rail ring is built, it could be connected to the main North-South line, and a junction to change for the railway to the future Long Thanh International Airport.
The railway appears to be planned with getting freight to the port, with passenger travel being an afterthought. There should be more planning to push a railway line as close to Vung Tau City as possible. This would help alleviate the traffic between Vung Tau and Ho Chi Minh City. I made a map of an expanded Ho Chi Minh City metro railway that includes Vung Tau.
Ba Ria – Vung Tau Transit Railway
Ba Ria – Vung Tau planning three urban railway lines [News: 31 May 2023]
Gold Sea Vung Tau
Location: 172 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Vung Tau.
Vung Tau Melody
Proposed developments that never came to be, and alternative renders of completed projects.
Wonderful World Theme Park
Wonderful World was a proposed Disney-style theme park in Vung Tau. The park would have covered 155 ha in Bau Trung, Nguyen An Ninh ward, Vung Tau city.
[Image via vnre.reic.vn.]
Another version shows the park in reclaimed land off the back beach.
[Image via vnre.reic.vn.]
Vung Tau News
Vung Tau sweeps away beachside eateries – [22/04/23]
“Makeshift stores and eateries built illegally along Vung Tau’s Bai Sau (Back Beach) have been taken down to give back open space to beachgoers.”