Surfing Vung Tau, Vietnam Part 1

Surfing in Vietnam was one of the most prolific moments that I’ve had during my back packing trip to South East Asia. Not only was it the surf, but it was a spiritual journey that no one in the world could have experienced. It was unique because surfing brought me to Vietnam, but ultimately led into an important and critical moment in my life. I met relatives that I never met before and heard stories about the ugliness of war, how to survive, how to raise a family and love.

I was born in America and my family immigrated to Texas, then moved to California where I grew up. I never ventured out of the San Francisco Bay Area unless it was for a gymnastics competition (that’s another story).

After breaking up with my ex-girlfriend, I needed an escape. I was inspired by the movie Apocolypse Now and booked a flight to Vietnam solo.

The scene where Martin Sheen and Robert Duval talk about surfing while in a gun fight in Vung Tau.

Vung Tau

The Vietnam War was one of the most horrific wars in American history. Especially important to me since it brought me to the United States. Being an American and Vietnamese, I was torn between both worlds. 

Vũng Tàu is a port city and the capital of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province, on a peninsula in southern Vietnam. Once a French colonial town, it’s now a popular seaside resort that draws many visitors from Ho Chi Minh City, who arrive by hydrofoil. Its long, busy stretch of sandy coast, including Front Beach and Pineapple Beach, has the verdant Small Mountain and Big Mountain as backdrop.
Weather: 76°F (24°C), Wind NE at 5 mph (8 km/h), 88% Humidity
Local time: Friday 3:37 AM

Things to Remember

  1. When traveling to Vietnam, you’ll want to convert your money at the airport.

  2. You need a visa to enter Vietnam

  3. Buy Wifi sim card at the airport

  4. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going

  5. Avoid taxi cabs outside and book in the airport or catch a cab that has official taxi cab signage. There are a lot of fake taxi cab drivers that have fake fare machines (I got hustled)

  6. Book resort or hotel via

If you’re traveling around the globe or planning a trip you may want to consider these items to purchase.

Next my arrival, accommodations and the surf…

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