THE 8 BEST DAY TRIPS FROM HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

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Make the most of your time in southern Vietnam with this list of the best day trips from Ho Chi Minc City!

With a population of over 8 million, Ho Chi Minc City is a hectic và busy thành phố.

There are heaps of things to lớn vì within the over-touristed District 1 alone.

But it’s when you take the time to get out of the thành phố that you truly start lớn experience Vietnam giới.

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The Best Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City1) Mekong Delta2) Cai Be Floating Market3) Cu Chi Tunnels4) Can Gio Biosphere Reserve5) Vung Tau6) Cao Dai Temple7) Ben Tre8) Ba Den Mountain

The Best Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City

From untouched natural beauty to cultural experiences & solemn, historical sites, we’ll run you through our list of the top day trips from Ho Chi Minc City.

You won’t want khổng lồ miss these, so keep reading!

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1) Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is aý muốn the most popular day trips from Ho Chi Minch City.

When you visit Ho Chi Minh City, a day (or two) in the Mekong Delta should definitely be on your itinerary.

Within a short, 4-hour bus ride you can escape the thành phố, reaching local villages, homes, and floating markets.

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The Mekong River itself runs through 7 countries, including Đài Loan Trung Quốc, Myanmar, Tibet, xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện Thái Lan, Vietnam, Laos, & Cambodia.

The Mekong Delta is the mouth of the river, where it splits inkhổng lồ hundreds of smaller channels that connect with the ocean.

This area is colloquially called the ‘rice bowl’ of the country, thanks mainly to its incredibly fertile soils.

You will get the opportunity khổng lồ observe sầu and participate in the local way of life here as you float along the interconnecting rivers và walk through the forest.

You can take a boat ride through the rivers where you’ll get lớn purchase locally-made products, fresh fruit, và souvenirs.

Stopping to lớn make coconut candy at the factory in Ben Tre is a fun way to immerse yourself in the local culture.


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How khổng lồ Get to lớn the Mekong Delta

The easiest way by far is to lớn book a tour. A good tour is great as it will include the bus ride to lớn the Mekong Delta, as well as take you khổng lồ the sites along the way.

If you’re confident on a motorxe đạp, then renting a scooter is another convenient option – just be conscious that you may want khổng lồ take a boat ride along the rivers.

Obviously, this would mean leaving your bike behind.

The cheapest way is lớn take a public bus for about 120,000 VND. If you’re a brave sầu, budget-conscious backpacker, then this would be the right choice for you.

Bear in mind, I’ve sầu heard from other travellers that these buses can be terrifying so it’s not for the faint of heart.

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A riverboat ride through the Mekong Delta.

2) Cai Be Floating Market

Cai Rang in Can Tho is the most popular floating market.

However, if time doesn’t allow you the opportunity to visit Cai Rang, Cai Be in Tien Giang province is another equally impressive floating market in Southern Vietphái nam.

Although smaller, you can still take a boat along the canals lớn explore the floating markets of Cai Be.

Visit stalls selling local wares, souvenirs, và food, such as fresh fruit and typical South Vietnamese cuisine.

It can also be enjoyable khổng lồ people watch as our boat floats on by, watching the locals operate their floating shops và sell their products.

Aside from the floating markets, consider exploring the village, either by kayak, boat, or bicycle.

This is also a great place to take a cooking class and taste the local dishes.

How lớn Get to lớn Cai Be Floating Market

For budget-travellers, you can take a 2.5-hour bus ride lớn Cai Be from Ho Chi Minh City. Once there, it is easy enough to lớn find your own way around.

Alternatively, a tour is another great option (use the code “NOMAD10” lớn get $10 off) and a good way khổng lồ see all the sights in just one day.

As with the Mekong Delta (và any other tours in Vietnam), bởi your research và choose the right tour.


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3) Cu Chi Tunnels

Another of the popular day trips from Ho Chi Minch City is lớn visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.

These are an elaborate network of tunnels interconnects points all over North & South Vietnam.

These tunnels were used by the Communist, Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietphái mạnh War.

The tunnels are tiny, designed lớn barely fit the small-statured Vietnamese soldiers – và not the larger, American ones.

These tunnels were instrumental in the North’s pushbachồng against the US and the South, making them a very important part of Vietnam’s history.

The Cu Chi Tunnels, in particular, are a small section of the tunnels found throughout the Ho Chi Minch City region.

You can easily take a half-day or full-day outing to the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Here, you will get the opportunity khổng lồ crawl through some of the tunnels – these tunnels have sầu been intentionally widened for tourists khổng lồ actually fit.

You’ll get khổng lồ envision, to a small extent, what it was like for the Viet Cong soldiers who had to live sầu & fight from within these tunnels.

They have also set up exhibits displaying some of the lethal traps built by the Vietnamese to lớn mayên and kill the American soldiers.

These traps were particularly brutal as they were mostly designed lớn mortally injure – rather than quickly kill – those who were caught. This was part of a fear tactic that also contributed to their victory.

Interestingly, these traps contributed 11% of all American deaths during the war.

Finally, you will also have the option to lớn shoot some guns, including AK-47s và guns used during the war. We didn’t feel the need to lớn vì this when we were there, but we heard the cost lớn bởi so was exorbitant.

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A demonstration of the Cu Chi Tunnels.How to lớn Get lớn the Cu Chi Tunnels

The cheapest way is by public bus to lớn Ben Duoc. This will take about 3 hours in total but will cost just a few dollars.

Taxi or GRAB are options for those short on time và with funds to spkết thúc but will cost you about $50-60 USD.

Again, if you have a scooter & are confident riding in Vietphái mạnh then you will have no problem driving yourself khổng lồ the Cu Chi Tunnels!


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An example of a Viet Cong trap.

4) Can Gio Biosphere Reserve

A UNESCO-recognised site, Can Gio Mangrove sầu Biosphere Reserve sầu is a large ecological conservation reserve sầu for mangrove sầu forests.

Here you will get to lớn see a wide variety of mangroves & animal species.

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Sure, it sounds a bit weird, but we can’t recommkết thúc spending a day here enough.

Obviously, it’s your chance lớn kiểm tra out Vietnam’s nature up cthua kém from just outside Ho Chi Minch City – but on top of this, there’s also a bunch of cool things lớn vì chưng here.

The nearby Tang Bong Tower is a 25-meter high tower that you can climb khổng lồ find panoramic views over the entire forest.

Visit Giant Bat Lagoon on a rowboat & feed crocodiles at a crocodile reserve sầu.

Monkey Isl& (40,000 VND) in Can Gio is also a great place to lớn visit, but keep an eye on your belongings as the monkeys here run rampant và they’ll certainly take what they can.

Rung Sac Guerilla Base (35,000 VND + canoe ride) is also located here & is a great spot to lớn visit to lớn learn more about Vietnam’s history and their clever war strategies.

How lớn Get khổng lồ Can Gio Biosphere Reserve

You won’t need khổng lồ take a tour here. Either book a taxi or take a public bus from Ben Thanh khô Market lớn Binh Kanh Ferry Station.

Then take the 90 bus khổng lồ Can Thanh hao và get off at Lam Vien Can Gio.

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5) Vung Tau

Vung Tau is a fun beach destination just a 2-hour ferry ride, và thus one of the shorter day trips from Ho Chi Minc City.

It is known amongst locals as a popular weekover getaway. But we’d recommover tourists take the trip on a weekday to avoid some of the local crowds.

If you’re wanting to lớn escape the busy city and soak up some of the tropical sun, then Vung Tau is the place for you.

Bãi Sau is the nicest beach here, so consider making your way here to avoid some of the crowds and khổng lồ get away from the buildings.

Aside from relaxing on the beaches, there is a 105-ft statue of Jesus & a lighthouse on top of Núi Nhỏ mountain that is well worth visiting if you’re inkhổng lồ photography.

Other impressive sầu landmarks also include the White Palace, Whale Temple, and Buddhist Pagodas.

How to Get to lớn Vung Tau

Take a 2-hour ferry or a 2.5-hour bus ride. The bus is just 80,000 VND making it a very affordable day out.

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Vung Tau đô thị.

6) Cao Dai Temple

Caodaism is a religion that fuses together beliefs from Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, và Islam.

It is a monotheistic religion founded in South Vietphái nam in 1926, making it relatively young.

The Cao Dai Temple was built in 1955 và incorporates both French và Chinese influenced architecture.

The layout is based on a Christian cathedral with aisles & altars.

However, statues of Mohammad, Julius Caesar, Jesus Christ, and Buddha can all be found here.

This allure of this temple is, particularly, in its uniqueness.

Although spectacular in its own way, you won’t find a temple lượt thích this anywhere else in the world, which is why you should definitely make a trip here!

How to lớn Get to lớn Cao Dai Temple

Take the 702 bus from Ho Chi Minc City khổng lồ Tây Ninc. This will take just 1.5-hours.

Alternatively, there are tours lớn the Cu Chi Tunnels which include this temple or consider taking a GRAB.

7) Ben Tre

Ben Tre, located in the Mekong Delta, is famous for its coconuts.

As a result, the locals here mostly work in the coconut industry, creating coconut products including coconut candy.

In fact, many of the local women work in small factories where they boil and stir cauldrons of sticky coconut candy, before pouring it out & slicing it into lớn delicious treats.

You will definitely want to lớn make a visit to lớn one of these factories when in Ben Tre.

You have sầu two options when visiting Ben Tre.

Firstly, if you have time và you are visiting the Mekong Delta on one of many day trips from Ho Chi Minch City, consider adding a stop in Ben Tre lớn experience the local culture, picturesque village, and try the coconut candy.

Otherwise, Ben Tre makes a great destination for a day trip from Ho Chi Minch City.

It is a great spot khổng lồ book boat rides through the Mekong Delta & to lớn stroll around.

This village hasn’t quite been hit with tourism lượt thích the other My Tho & Tra Vinc.

How to Get to Ben Tre

Buses run frequently from Ho Chi Minh City lớn Ben Tre. The bus takes roughly 2 hours each way, making it quite a convenient day trip.

If you don’t wish to bus, you could take a taxi (which would be pretty expensive), hire a motorxe đạp, or book a tour.

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Locals making coconut candy in Ben Tre.

8) Ba Den Mountain

Ba Den, or the Blaông xã Virgin, Mountain is a volcano located in Tay Ninc province, a 3-hour drive from Ho Chi Minch City.

Ba Den Mountain, famous for its beautiful scenery and mythological tales, is the tallest peak in Southern Vietphái nam.

Despite its title, it isn’t actually that tall – just shy of 1,000m.

This is good news for day-hikers, as you can summit the top and return within a day – or about 5-hours lớn precise.

If you’re an experienced hiker, you’ll be able to lớn complete the entire trek in a day.

Bear in mind, it involves climbing through lush forests, with often steep & rocky sections.

Less experienced hikers can opt lớn take the gondola up lớn Ba Den Temple about a third of the way up.

The views at both the temple và the top are well worth the effort. Thanks lớn its difficulty, you are unlikely khổng lồ encounter many tourists here, so if you’re tired of bumping into lớn tourists then this could be your respite.

How khổng lồ Get to Ba Den Mountain

Driving or riding a scooter is the best way khổng lồ get to lớn Ba Den Mountain. You’ll get to ride through farmer’s fields và pass friendly locals in small towns.

Getting there via public transport will be a bit more difficult. You’ll need lớn get a bus from Ben Tkhô giòn khổng lồ An Suong bus station, then catch a minibus khổng lồ Tay Ninch station.

From here, you’ll need to find a xe taxi to take you to Ba Den Mountain. With few tourists venturing here, finding one may be difficult.

Some tour companies in Ho Chi Minc City offer tours to Ba Den, this would be your most reliable option aside from riding a scooter.

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The view from atop Ba Den.

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