After traveling through Ho Chi Minh City, if you still have a couple of free days, taking a day trip to a nearby popular spot is definitely a good idea because there is endless things to see. Here are our picks for day trip from Ho Chi Minh City – they are really a visit. Let’s check them out!
Cu Chi tunnels-a part of the massive historical sites
Known as one of the top tourist attractions in Vietnam, a Cu Chi Tunnels tour is always a highly recommended option for visitors when they come to Ho Chi Minh city. The roughly 250-kilometer underground tunnel network will undoubtedly inspire awe as you, the guest, are allowed to wander the actual tunnels used by the Viet Cong.
The day trip will provide you in-depth insights into the Vietnam war. There are two entrance sites to visit Cu Chi tunnels: Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc depending on how much time you want to spend. However, they provide very different experiences.
The Ben Dinh entrance is closer (around 50 kilometers from the city) and can be more convenient but does not provide the same quality of experience. In contrast, Ben Duoc (around 70 kilometers from the city) is our recommendation if you have time, and allow for a far more authentic exploration of the tunnels without the noise of other tourists.
Mekong Delta-the iconic floating style
The Mekong Delta is called Dong bang song Cuu Long, meaning the “Nine Dragon River Delta.” You will learn more about the culture and people of the southeast Vietnam. It is a good way to beat the Saigon traffic and go enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Mekong while floating on a sampan ride through immense jungles of waterborne coconut trees.
In addition, coconut candy, rice paper, and elephant ear fish are among the top local specialties worth a try when you are in the region. Are you wonder where you should go to experience the best of the Mekong Delta? For a day trip, Ben Tre and Cai Be are our recommendations.
When you take a day trip to the province, you will be amazed by all the varieties of coconuts and how they are turned into different products from candy to oil, baskets to doormats, and even to sophisticated handicraft souvenirs like handbags, fashion accessories, etc. Moreover, the trip also gives you an interesting lens into local life in a very lively way.
Cai Rang in Can Tho is the most popular floating market in the Mekong Delta. If your time is limited, the other option is the Cai Be floating market in Tien Giang province. The market has its own beauty and is worth a visit. Apart from the markets, you can also take part in several activities such as cycling around a village, taking sampan rides through shady canals, or enjoying your time in a fruit garden while dining on some Mekong specialties.
Vung Tau-the best beautiful beach near Ho Chi Minh city
Located southeast of Saigon, only 100 kilometers away from the city, Vung Tau is the most popular site for both domestic and international tourists. Its ideally short distance, smooth highways, and beautiful sightseeing spots are the prime factors that make Vung Tau a common choice for many tourists.
Vung Tau also offers visitors a chance to see many interesting landmarks and historic sites such as the Jesus Christ Statue, the White Palace, the Whale Temple, and several well-known Buddhist pagodas. The price of services in Vung Tau has supposedly become fixed this past year. However, still try to bargain down the price before buying anything. If the price does not seem right, don’t be afraid to negotiate.
Can Gio: Mangroves, Seafood & Monkey Island
For a day trip option, we can’t recommend Can Gio Mangrove Forest enough. The area is located some 50 kilometers away from downtown Ho Chi Minh City. The mangrove forest is officially known as Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, a name given by UNESCO. The forest is a large ecological conservation of mangroves with diverse varieties of mangrove plants and animals species.
On your way to Can Gio, you can visit many places such as Vam Sat eco-site where you can climb up the 25-meter high Tang Bong Tower to enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the immense forest. You can also take a boat ride to a crocodile site to try baiting this giant reptile.
Monkey Island is another highlight of the trip. You can have fun with monkeys or take a walk around the island to see the saltwater crocodile reserve. It is a good idea to bring along some fruits to feed these hungry monkeys. You should also keep an eye on your belongings so the local inhabitants don’t snatch them.
In addition to the itinerary, Rung Sac Guerrilla Base is also a bonus attraction where you can learn more about the Vietnam War and how Vietnamese guerrillas executed their clever war strategies. Can Gio is also the home of excellent seafood with a booming fish farming industry.
Ba Den Mountain
As an off-the-beaten-track destination, Ba Den mountain in Tay Ninh province is another good option for a day trip especially for those who have a passion for trekking.
Located northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, some 100 kilometers away from the city, Ba Den is the highest mountain in the southeast of Vietnam (986 meters) and is popular among the locals for its sacred Buddhist temples and beautiful scenery. However, it is also a good spot for trekking activities. Over the years many local tourists come here to trek and conquer the summit but so far not many foreigners have visited – probably because it is not well known among them. So why don’t you give it a try? It is really worth a day trip!
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