Best Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City

Best Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City

Best Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City has seen a lot and had its fair share of struggle to be the beautiful city that it is today. Popularly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City represents the pinnacle of French influence in Vietnam in the form of architectural marvels. There are very few fronts in which Saigon can be found lacking; talk about cuisine or accommodation, everything is top notch.

However, this fact that Saigon is ghastly crowded and can often get exhausting if you wish to simply roam around is absolutely undeniable. Therefore, many local people as well as travellers who have an extra day in bags, prefer to lookout for places in close proximity to Saigon. Following is a guide to the best day trips from Ho Chi Minh City:

1. Cu Chi Tunnels

Located at a distance of about 47 kilometres from the main city, the tunnels of Cu Chi are very educational for the history buffs. The place represents the life of the soldiers and refugees during the American- Vietnamese War, who hid in the immense tunnel network and strategized their next move. The tunnels are filled with excellently intricate traps that had the capability to befool the smartest of enemies. After all this, you are not yet finished with your trip, as the Cao Dai temple awaits your arrival, a homage to a new religion which has found its roots established recently in Vietnam. Tay Ninh is another place nearby that looks like one of thos Chinese fighter movie temples and offers a site of hundreds of monks praying at one time. A 1 hour car drive via the main expressway will get you to your destination. Other modes of transport are also readily available and one can catch a train from Dien Bien Phu at almost any time of the day. However, the best and cheapest way to travel to Cu Chi tunnels is via taking the local bus from any favourable bus stop.

2. Can Gio Island

Can Gio Island is a biosphere reserve recognized by UNESCO and comprises of about 80,000 hectares of mangroves and coconut forests, thereby giving the isle a Bahaman feel. Also known as the Monkey Island for the large number of long tailed monkeys that it houses, it is actually a fleet of islands instead of being a single one. Other notable wildlife creatures include crocodiles which have a sanctuary dedicated to them named Lam Vien Can Gio. For people willing to kill a few hours and relax in the sun can loosen up at the small beaches on the island. A noteworthy point while visiting here is that monkeys might be attracted by the food or drinking items so much that they can snatch it from your hands; so make sure not to carry any. Can Gio Island can be reached by taking the local bus from the Ben Thanh Market to Nha Be District. From here, you can catch the ferry to islands and see the point where the Saigon River meets the sea.

3. Mekong Delta

The fertile farmland of the southern part of Saigon has a whole untouched country feel to it. People like to visit here to get their fair share view of the greenery and applaud how simple yet contented life the country folks are living. The Mekong River breaks into nine small tributaries making the delta the centre of crop cultivation. A trip on sampan boat is a must on your itinerary. It takes you through the local floating markets where you can enjoy eating freshly ripped fruits. Activities which can be done in the area primarily include fishing and boating down the canals. You can go for a self drive via the main expressway. Although, the journey will be longer than taking the local bus to the area.

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