5 Best Day Trips From Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

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Make the most of your time in southern Vietnam with this danh mục of the best day trips from Ho Chi Minh City!

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

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

But it’s when you take the time lớn get out of the city that you truly start to 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 Minch City

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

You won’t want to lớn miss these, so keep reading!

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1) Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is ahy vọng 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 đô thị, reaching local villages, homes, and floating markets.

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The Mekong River itself runs through 7 countries, including China, Myanmar, Tibet, Đất nước xinh đẹp Thái Lan, Vietphái nam, Laos, và Cambodia.

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

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

You will get the opportunity to observe 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 khổng lồ purchase locally-made products, fresh fruit, and souvenirs.

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


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How khổng lồ Get khổng lồ 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 khổng lồ the Mekong Delta, as well as take you to lớn 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 to lớn take a boat ride along the rivers.

Obviously, this would mean leaving your bike behind.

The cheapest way is to lớn take a public bus for about 1trăng tròn,000 VND. If you’re a brave, budget-conscious backpacker, then this would be the right choice for you.

Bear in mind, I’ve 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 lớn visit Cai Rang, Cai Be in Tien Giang province is another equally impressive sầu floating market in Southern Vietnam giới.

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

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

It can also be enjoyable to lớn 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 lớn take a cooking class và taste the local dishes.

How to Get khổng lồ Cai Be Floating Market

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

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

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


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3) Cu Chi Tunnels

Another of the popular day trips from Ho Chi Minh City is to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.

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

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

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

These tunnels were instrumental in the North’s pushback 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 Minh City region.

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

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

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

They have sầu also phối up exhibits displaying some of the lethal traps built by the Vietnamese lớn malặng và kill the American soldiers.

These traps were particularly brutal as they were mostly designed to 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 sầu the option to lớn shoot some guns, including AK-47s and guns used during the war. We didn’t feel the need to vị this when we were there, but we heard the cost to lớn vì so was exorbitant.

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A demonstration of the Cu Chi Tunnels.How lớn Get khổng lồ the Cu Chi Tunnels

The cheapest way is by public bus 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 lớn spend but will cost you about $50-60 USD.

Again, if you have sầu a scooter and are confident riding in Vietphái mạnh then you will have sầu 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 is a large ecological conservation reserve sầu for mangrove sầu forests.

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

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

Obviously, it’s your chance to kiểm tra out Vietnam’s nature up cthua from just outside Ho Chi Minc City – but on top of this, there’s also a bunch of cool things to vị 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 and feed crocodiles at a crocodile reserve sầu.

Monkey Islvà (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 and they’ll certainly take what they can.

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

How lớn Get lớn Can Gio Biosphere Reserve

You won’t need to take a tour here. Either book a taxi or take a public bus from Ben Tkhô cứng Market to Binh Kanh Ferry Station.

Then take the 90 bus to Can Thanh & 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, & 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 lớn avoid some of the local crowds.

If you’re wanting khổng lồ escape the busy đô thị & 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 khổng lồ avoid some of the crowds và khổng lồ get away from the buildings.

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

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

How lớn 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 city.

6) Cao Dai Temple

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

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

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

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

However, statues of Mohammad, Julius Caesar, Jesus Christ, và 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 like this anywhere else in the world, which is why you should definitely make a trip here!

How lớn Get khổng lồ Cao Dai Temple

Take the 702 bus from Ho Chi Minc City to lớn Tây Ninh. 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 và slicing it into lớn delicious treats.

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

You have two options when visiting Ben Tre.

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

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

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

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

How to lớn Get khổng lồ Ben Tre

Buses run frequently from Ho Chi Minc 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 lớn bus, you could take a taxi (which would be pretty expensive), hire a motorbike, or book a tour.

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Locals making coconut candy in Ben Tre.

8) Ba Den Mountain

Ba Den, or the Black Virgin, Mountain is a volcano located in Tay Ninh province, a 3-hour drive sầu 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 & return within a day – or about 5-hours khổng lồ precise.

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

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

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

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

How lớn Get to Ba Den Mountain

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

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

From here, you’ll need lớn find a xe taxi to take you to lớn 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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