Let leave the bustle and hassle ofHo Chi Minh urbanlifestyle behind to getting into the insights of natural beauty, traditional culture and historical value with its remote destinations. They are the most colorful pieces that contribute to a perfect picture of Ho Chi Minh beauty. Once you are in Ho Chi Minh, don’t miss your chance to explore these 5 must-visit spots around the city.
1. Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai temple
Cu Chi Tunnels is the best-preserved historical reminder of Vietnam War. The Cu Chi Tunnels are prime tourist attractions among both Vietnamese and foreign tourists who are keen on gaining a greater understanding of the past wartime. Cu Chi is considered as a representative symbol of the resilience of the Vietnamese people and the presentation of the most dramatic period of history.
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The Cu Chi Tunnels is a 75-mile underground system where thousands ofsoldiers and villagers could hide. The huge tunnel system consists of living quarters, makeshift hospitals,command centers weapons caches, ammunitions and bomb-making factories and kitchens. The place has up to four - level deep, and is protected by countless booby traps.In addition, you can explore the Museum of War Remnants where displays captured weapons and its catalog of horrors. Visitors canwalk through safer areas tovisit command centers and booby traps, fire an AK-47 rifle on a firing range and enjoy a meal featuring similar one that soldiers used to have.
Cao Dai temple is religious place of the odd mix of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. The place offer great architecture and unique cultures to be explored.
Attending the colorful noon-day mass at this fascinating site is an experience not to be missed. If you can combine Cu Chi Tunnels with Cao Dai Temple trip, it’s a great to soak into the local cultural, religious space, unique architecture and historic value of the southern land
2. Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta is a referred as the “rice bowl” of the agricultural Vietnam country.Mekong Delta has the irresistible attraction to be a major tourist destination. It’s the greenery wetland to the west of Vietnam with diverse tropical fruits, vast water coconut range, yellow paddy fields, small riverside bungalows, bustle floating markets and beautiful ferryman.
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The Delta covers many beautiful provinces that are worth visiting such as An Giang, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Sa Dec. Each land features its own beauty sceneries, unique cultures, and specialties. Yet, Mekong Delta is generally well-known as the home to the most pretty Vietnamese girls. The image of a pretty woman boating on the water coconut river in a traditional clothes and “nónlá” has been a symbol of this peaceful wetland. By embarking on a comprehensive exploration of the Delta, you will have the chance to observe and participate in an extra dimension of Vietnamese lifestyle and culture.
3. Mui Ne
Mũi Né is a beautiful coastal town in theSoutheast region of Vietnam. Mũi Né features many resorts, restaurants, bars and cafes along the beaches. Strong sea breezes make it very popular place for kitesurfing, windsurfing and the destinations of beach holiday and weekend retreat.
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There are lots of beautiful spots in Mui Ne attracting domesticas well as foreign tourists. Particularly, Ca Na Beach offers the best coral reefs and diving opportunity. Fairy Springs (Suoi Tien) is a spectacular stream where you can experience the natural wildlife. Fish Sauce Plants is great place to learn how the famous Phan Thiet fish sauce is produced. Besides, Phan Thiet Water Tower is a worth visiting place with tropical rainforest and an old pagoda on top of the mountain. Moreover,PoShaNu Cham Tower – a relic of Cham culture should not be missed. The most must-see one is the Sand Dunes (Doi Cat), where the dunes turn from white to gold. Tourists to Mui Ne can also enjoy the lively daily local life at Mui Ne Village Market where you can also find lots of fresh fruits and inexpensive clothing.
4. Vung Tau
Vung Tau is Ho Chi Minh City's closest beach resort connected by hydrofoil down Sai Gon River. With about 20 km of beautiful coastline, it's no doubt one of the most attractive beaches in Vietnam. Vung Tau included mountains, hill, beaches, plains and sand dunes stretches along the 100-km long coastline is an ideal weekend getaway of domestic travelers, mostly from Ho Chi Minh City and tourists from all parts of the worlds.
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Vung Tau includes 4 beaches scattered over the peninsula. Bai Truoc - Front Beachis like a crescent moon with many beautiful coconut trees. The place is the locations of many kiosks, open-air restaurants and bars. Bai Sau - Rear Beach is the most favorite beach of local every weekend, especially in summer month. Bai Dua - Pineapple Beachat the foot of Nui Nho Mountain ishistorically known for wild pineapple trees, black rocks, calm waters, majestic sunset, tranquility and cleanliness. Finally, Paradise Beach is populated by group tourists from other Asian countries. The beach is not opened for free. Everything here costs twice as much as at the other ones but is really worth a visit.
5. Can Gio Mangrove Forest
Can Gio Mangrove Forest is a lush and protected national park to the southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. The wetland covers mangroves, steamy jungle, palm-fringed islands and salt marsh. Said to be the “green lungs” of the city, the area boasts astonishing biodiversity to be one of the most important ecosystems in Vietnam.The region has become a favorite eco-tourism hotspot recently of nature and wildlife enthusiasts.
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The place is home to numerous bird species like migratory spot-billed pelicans and painted storks as well as many types of fish, crabs and shrimp. You should not miss the wildlife adventures in Giant Bat Lagoon, a paddling excursion to Rung Sac Guerilla Base, and a visit at Vam Sat Eco Park, where you can see crocodiles, monkey or take a hike through the mangroves to spot birds and forest wildlife.Can Gio Mangrove Forest is an awesome escape from the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City to get yourself immersed in nature and relaxed exploration.