Ferry from HCMC to Vung Tau
"The ferry terminal is easy to find in Vung Tau. We have booked two tickets there for the boat to Ho Chi Minh a 200,000 Dong (about € 8).
The ferries leave on time. The boats look a bit old on the outside, but everyone has a comfortable seat inside. You can sit perfectly during the boat trip, which takes 1 hour and 25 minutes.
The boat trip takes you through the beginning of the Mekong delta. There is a lot of nature to see and you will regularly encounter huge sea ships on the way.
It was a beautiful, comfortable trip to Ho Chi Minh. And certainly a very good alternative to the bus, which takes almost 3 hours."
The Terminal Bach Dang (HCMC)
Ho Chi Minh City is not located by the sea - and therefore it has no beach.
Vung Tau is the closest city-to-sea to, so of course it is a popular get-away for Ho Chi Minh City residents. The easiest way to get there is with the fast boat service. This was the fastest way before the Long Thanh highway opened. Now the time of the journey with a minivan is about the same.
Even after opening on an improved highway between Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau, taking the boat is even more fun, comfortable and beautiful.
The ferry in Ho Chi Minh City
There are three ferry services on this popular route and these are Vina Express, Petro Express, Greenlines-DP. The ticket prices of these ferry companies are the same, so you choose the company, the departure time of which suits you. There are four departure times per day: round trip. If necessary, bicycles can also be taken with the boat (arrange in advance). They therefore sail frequently on this route, but can vary per season. So check the current information for the desired departure time a day in advance. They are fast hydrofoil boats.
The shipping companies have new boats, modern, run very smoothly and in principle meet the requirements of the modern traveler. The trip takes about an hour and 45 minutes and can accommodate 200 passengers depending on size.
Cruising times are subject to change, mainly due to weather conditions. We're getting a bottle of water
Ho Chi Minh City - Vung Tau is one of our busiest routes. The sailings are regularly sold out during the busy periods. These include national holidays. You must therefore book in time during these periods.
On the boat, the seats are wide and offer plenty of legroom, and are made from a soft mesh / mesh fabric that is comfortable to sit on. The life jackets are also easily accessible under the seat. There is onboard Wi-Fi and video entertainment. You will hear traditional Vietnamese music from the speakers, but this is not loud, as is the case in other Southeast Asian countries. There is also air conditioning on board at a reasonable level and not set to "freezing cold".
There is a small deck at the back, but this is not really suitable for sitting. Bicycles can be parked here. This is a fast boat service and not a pleasure cruise, so you have to make do with the view from the window and watch the scenery slide by. There is a clean western toilet in the back and no snack bar on board. You do get a small bottle of water for “on the road”. The boat is clean, the staff helpful and the service is good.
Most of the journey is smooth on the river. Only on the first stretch on departure from Vung Tau, where the river meets the sea and the boat crosses the bay, does it get a little rough.
In Vung Tau, the resident of HCMC can enjoy the beach life and the sea. If they don't want to, they can go to the largest
Christ statue in Southeast Asia (even bigger than the image in Brazil), the
Monkey Pagoda or the
Ho May Amusement Park.
The terminal is easy to find in Ho Chi Minh City. The Bach Dang Wharf is the ferry terminal and close to the Renaissance hotel in the center of Ho Chi Minh City and the departure point to the resort town of Vung Tau. The pier is also a popular starting point for boat trips along the Saigon River. This yard is generally much better especially for people with mild disabilities, no stairs. It is also a little easier to find and taxis can drop you at the front door.