Vung Tau Hats
town was beautiful, the women were beautiful, the mountains were
beautiful and so was the ocean.
French had named this place the Cape of St. Jacques. The well
to do of Europe vacationed here in the 1920's and 1930's.
was "legal," the women were supposed to carry a three
by five yellow card, to show that they were "clean"
Tau was, for the most part, deactivated as an R&R Center while
I was there.
either August of 1969 or 1970 Argosy Magazine ran an article "Vung
Tau, Vietnam, Pleasure Capital of the World."
was safe enough that an American civilian lived on the side of
Lighthouse mountain with his wife and young teenage children.
was so desirable there that people didn't take R&R because
they were afraid they would be transferred out of Vung Tau when
they got back.
wasn't unusual, when walking down the streets of the "Business
District," to be propositioned by a young boy to buy a pack
of Kool cigarettes, which in reality were marijuana. The pack
of filtered cigarettes had been opened and the tobacco had been
replaced with pot. You could not detect that the pack had even
been tampered with. If you didn't want the cigarettes the boy
would ask if you wanted to "Boom Boom" his sister, "She
number one cherry girl."
of the bars in town were joint ventures between Americans and
Vietnamese. There were over 100 bars in this town of 25,000.