Affordable Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is a great place to experience and use a base for exploring nearby areas, and there are several options for day trips and tours from the city to help you make the most of your time here.
Escape the metropolitan mayhem of Ho Chi Minh City in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach, and journey west towards the Cambodian border. Appreciate the scenic sprawl of countryside as you travel to the Cu Chi Tunnel. Your guide sets the historical scene of the subterranean structure's past. Enrich your knowledge of the Vietnam War and discover how the tunnels were built by fighters as a base from which the Viet Cong could operate. During your exploration of the 124-mile underground network, hear how schools, hospitals, meeting rooms, and sleeping quarters comprised the city, and learn of the hardships faced by the Vietnamese people living below ground. Emerge into the daylight and relax during your journey back to Ho Chi Minh City, where the tour concludes.
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At your Ho Chi Minh City hotel, climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and travel to the rural town of Cai Be, situated approximately 100 miles southwest of the capital. Capture photographs of the alluring agricultural landscapes along the way then hop onto a motorboat on arrival in Cai Be. Cruise around the Cai Be Floating Market, a commercial spectacle established in the 19th century. Marvel at boats replete with exotic produce and interact with locals to discover more about their stock. Next, disembark and stroll to the coconut candy factory to discover the manufacturing process of the sweet treats. Purchase some candy to snack on, and then explore the small villages of the Mekong Delta with your guide. Feast your senses on the rich sights and smells of a fruit orchard and listen to melodious Vietnamese folk music known as don ca tai tu. Return to the water on a small boat and sail to Tan Phong Island to commence a cooking class in which the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine are revealed. Prepare delectable dishes inspired by regional recipes; typical dishes include braised fish, grilled steak and fried elephant-ear fish. Digest your culinary classics then hop onto a bicycle to explore the orchards, bonsai gardens, and winding streets of a local village. Sail back to Cai Be and relax during the return journey to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
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Depart from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the scenic drive to Dan Xay Bridge, where a motorized canoe awaits. Climb aboard alongside your knowledgeable guide and absorb the tranquility of the natural enclave as you sail towards your first stop. Head first to a natural bird reserve to catch rare glimpses of exotic birds nesting and then summon your courage at a crocodile swamp as you listen to fearsome facts about the incredible reptiles. Sneak a peek at a newborn crocodile and hear of complex incubation processes before venturing to a local bat lagoon. Next, ascend to the summit of Tang Bong Tower and enjoy sweeping vistas of the scenery from a height of 85 feet. After capturing fantastic photographs, return to land and revitalize with a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Forest Park, aka Monkey Island, and disembark to peruse the intriguing exhibitions of Can Gio Museum; learn about the biodiversity of the mangrove forest and absorb the staggering number of species that reside there before heading to the Mangrove Forest Park Fauna Conservation. Observe thousands of wild monkeys and scour the thickets for wild cats, pythons, and deer as you cruise around the naturally diverse area. Glide through the mangrove forest by canoe to the Rung Sac Guerilla Base. Listen to captivating commentary about the Vietnam War. Return to dry land and relax during the journey back to your Ho Chi Minh hotel.
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You will be picked-up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city and depart for Cai Be by car/van via Trung Luong Express Highway and stop to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Then wander into the small villages and visit the orchard and fruit plantation, accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Arrive in Tan Phong Island, the green pearl where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a cooking experience and learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes. Cycle around the village path with fruit orchards and bonsai gardens. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Take a boat ride back to Cai Be and meet your bus for the trip back to Ho Chi Minh City.
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