Conquering Thi Vai in Vung Tau – A must-visit trekking destination for adventure enthusiasts

July 18, 2020 6 mins to read

Thi Vai Mountain is currently a favorite destination for many tourists. Besides the picturesque and pristine landscapes along the way, Thi Vai Mountain is also renowned for its three ancient temples, fascinating camping spots, and enticing trekking trails for adventure seekers. Visit and embark on your next unforgettable adventure.

1. Overview of Thi Vai Mountain

Located in Phu My commune, Tan Thanh district, Ba Ria – Vung Tau province, Nui Thi Vai Mountain is approximately 65km from downtown Ho Chi Minh City. It has been attracting domestic tourists and foreigners due to its pristine beauty and fresh air, allowing visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, temporarily leaving worries behind.

2. How to get to Nui Thi Vai Mountain

Travelers from distant provinces can reach Ho Chi Minh City by train, plane, or coach before heading to Nui Thi Vai Mountain.

From Ho Chi Minh City, there are two routes to reach Vung Tau and then Nui Thi Vai Mountain:

Route 1

If traveling by motorbike: Depart from Dien Bien Phu Street, Ward 21, Binh Thanh District, following National Highway 52 (Hanoi Highway), then turn right at Vung Tau Intersection onto National Highway 51. Continue driving until reaching Co.opmart Tan Thanh, then turn left onto Truong Chinh Street, Phu My. After that, drive another 4km to reach Nui Thi Vai Mountain.

If traveling by coach: Continue on National Highway 51 towards Vung Tau, reach Phu My town, turn onto National Highway 81, and drive about 6km on asphalt road and 2km on a dirt road to reach Nui Thi Vai Mountain. Coach fares range from 90,000 to 120,000 VND per person.

Route 2

From downtown Ho Chi Minh City, head towards Cat Lai Ferry (if taking this route, you’ll need to cross the ferry), then proceed to Ly Thai To – Tran Van Tra – Quach Thi Trang Streets and turn onto Ton Duc Thang Street. After passing Nhon Trach Industrial Zone, turn right onto National Highway 51. From here, follow the same route to Co.opmart Tan Thanh and continue as in Route 1.

The road leading to the mountain is mainly gravel, so be cautious while riding. You can park your vehicle at local residences at the foot of the hill and start your trekking journey either by hiking or climbing 1340 stone steps to the summit of Nui Thi Vai Mountain.

3. Exploring Thi Vai Mountain

3.1 Thi Vai Mountain’s Thousands of Steps Don’t Deter Travelers

Although Thi Vai Mountain is only about 750m above sea level, the path to the summit requires climbing 1340 granite steps, stretching about 3km. Despite the considerable length of the trail, travelers can always take a break at any time, with the surrounding scenery soothing their fatigue with gently swaying green foliage and mild breezes. On average, it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes for a traveler to climb over 1000 steps, depending on individual fitness levels. Along the trail are resting spots designed for hikers to enjoy the scenery while gradually ascending the mountain, improving endurance and health.

3.2 Three Beautiful and Sacred Temples on Thi Vai Mountain

One of the highlights of Nui Thi Vai Mountain is the presence of three ancient temples over 100 years old, named according to their locations: Linh Son Lien Tri Temple (Lower Temple), Linh Son Hong Phuc Temple (Middle Temple), and the most famous, Linh Son Buu Thien Temple (Upper Temple or Ancestral Temple).

Linh Son Buu Thien Temple is at the highest position, likened to a fairyland in Vung Tau. Just the temple gate, constructed with two floors and red tiled roofs, creates a unique feature of this temple. Passing through the temple gate, travelers will see the unique Japanese-style architecture of the temple, enticing everyone to capture the moment with a camera or phone to preserve the memory of this place.

3.3 Exploring the Sacred Heaven’s Gate on Thi Vai Mountain

Another reason that drives travelers to Nui Thi Vai Mountain is the Stone Heaven’s Gate on the mountain. This gate is essentially two standing stone slabs combined with the high mountain terrain, giving travelers a feeling of walking toward paradise. To reach Heaven’s Gate, walk behind Linh Son Thien Buu Temple and climb steep stone steps. Along the way are bamboo bushes, their curved trunks swaying in the wind.

Besides the three ancient temples on Thi Vai Mountain, travelers can explore famous sites such as Mr. Ho Well, Fairy Well, Buddhist Gate, Wind Cave, etc. Visiting Thi Vai Mountain, travelers can leave behind all worries, step by step, climbing the mountain and moving forward. And on the final steps, you’ll feel peace in your soul, comfort in emotions, and a sense of satisfaction after conquering over 1000 challenging steps.

4. Camping Experience on Thi Vai Mountain

If you visit Thi Vai Mountain for trekking, don’t miss the experience of camping on the mountain. You can admire the beautiful scenery below with a panoramic view, gather with family and friends for meals, and chat under the vast, refreshing sky, leaving behind all worries and thoughts in the urban area.

5. What should you prepare when visiting Thi Vai Mountain?

  • Dress appropriately, especially if visiting temples.
  • Due to the mountainous terrain and wilderness, encountering insects or wild animals is possible, so bring preventive medication.
  • Comfortable shoes are essential for easy mountain climbing.
  • You may encounter monkeys swinging from branch to branch along the mountain trail. Avoid teasing them, as mountain monkeys can easily injure humans when provoked.
  • If staying overnight at a temple, maintain cleanliness and avoid making noise.
  • If planning to camp, ensure necessary supplies and maintain cleanliness, ensuring the temple’s tranquility.
  • The most suitable weather for mountain climbing is when it’s cool, avoiding overly hot days when climbers are likely to get tired quickly. However, avoid rainy days as the path can be slippery and dangerous.

In conclusion, Nui Thi Vai Mountain is a remarkable destination for travelers seeking adventure and tranquility amidst the scenic beauty of Vietnam. With its ancient temples, challenging trekking trails, and captivating camping spots, this mountain offers an immersive experience. Whether exploring the sacred temples, conquering the thousands of stone steps, or simply camping under the vast sky, visitors will find solace and fulfillment in their journey. For more travel insights and tips on exploring Vietnam’s wonders, visit and embark on your next unforgettable adventure.

Núi Thị Vải - Địa điểm du lịch Vũng Tàu

Nui Thi Vai – Vung Tau tourist attraction (Collected photos)

Kinh nghiệm phượt leo núi Thị VảiExperience in climbing Thi Vai mountain (Photo Collected)

uãng đường lên tới đỉnh núi trải dài khoảng 3km với những con đường ngoằn ngoèo là bậc thang đá

The road to the top of the mountain stretching about 3km is a stone staircase (Photo collection)

Kinh nghiệm leo núi Thị Vải

Experience in climbing Thi Vai (Photo collection)

Thiên nhiên phong phú ở núi Thị Vải

Abundant nature in Thi Vai Mountain (Photo collection)

Bức tranh thiên nhiên hùng vĩ, xanh tươi bao phủ với lớp sương khói mờ ảo trông thật thơ mộng

A majestic, green picture painted with a layer of misty mist looks romantic (Photo collection)

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Chùa Liên Trì nằm gọn xinh bên dưới chân núi

Lien Tri Pagoda is beautifully located under the foot of the mountain (Photo collection)

Chùa Thượng núi Thị Vải

Thuong Mount Thi Vai Pagoda (Collected photos)

Chùa Thượng

Thuong Pagoda (Collected photos)

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Đứng từ trên cao nhìn xuống, trời đất Vũng Tàu bao phủ lớp sương mù

Looking down from above, Vung Tau’s sky and sky is covered with mist (Photo collection)

Điểm check- in sống ảo của nhiều bạn trẻ khi đến Núi Thị Vải

Virtual check-in point of many young people coming to Thi Vai Mountain (Photo collection)

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