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7 Jaw-Dropping Places Near Ho Chi Minh You Probably Never Knew About

(This article was first published with edits on www.havehalalwilltravel.com)

As a tour destination, Vietnam has no lack of beautiful places to visit. Its biggest shortcoming though, is the lack of tourism infrastructure and information on these sites. This is great news for us though, because we get to share these natural landscapes with all you readers out there. So before we start to see an influx of tourists coming in, which will naturally drive up prices and commercialize everything in its path, here are some suggestions which are definitely worth checking out if you have an extra couple of days.

 

CHAU DOC

Why you should check it out: Considered to be one of the least touristy sections of the Mekong Delta, Chau Doc is home to the Cham people, the early adopters of Islam in Vietnam. While the city itself may not appear as fascinating to many, Muslims from all over the world will find interactions with their counterparts in Vietnam quite a touching experience.

Key highlights: Floating market | Fishing cluster near Con Tien islands | Chau Giang district – Cham community settlement | Breath taking scenery from atop Sam mountains |Tra Su Bird Sanctuary

How to get there: By bus – about 9 hours from Ho Chi Minh city

How long should you spend there: 3 days 2 nights

 

CON DAO ISLANDS

Why you should check it out: Con Dao is a group of 16 islands of immense natural beauty; with forested hills, long white beaches, and amazing marine life, making it an ideal spot for some excellent diving. Its national park also offers nature lovers the perfect opportunity to spot some endangered wildlife.

Key highlights: Beautiful beaches and clear waters | Boat trips | Diving | Explore the nature reserve

How to get there: By air – about 1 hour from Ho Chi Minh city

How long should you spend there: 3 days 2 nights

 

 

PHU QUOC

Why you should check it out: Voted as “one of Asia’s best kept secrets” by the Telegraph, this unassuming island is certainly worthy of its new found fame. Besides being home to some of the best remote islands and beaches in Vietnam, Phu Quoc is also a hub for tropical rainforests, stunning waterfalls, and its surrounding natural landscapes.

Key highlights: Check out red starfish and Dugongs | Explore the national park | Shop for local produce at the night market | Vinpearl Land amusement park

How to get there: By air – about 1 hour from Ho Chi Minh city | By bus – about 9 hours from Ho Chi Minh city

How long should you spend there: 3 days 2 nights

 

DA LAT

Why you should check it out: Da Lat, the “City of A Thousand Flowers”, is fast becoming a popular getaway for those who wish to be engulfed in flowers, fruits, and vegetables. And if exploring a mini French replica town isn’t good enough a reason for you to want to get there, then perhaps the cool weather of 10 degrees during winter would do the trick.

Key highlights: Spend a day at the waterfalls | Check out the Crazy house | Visit the French replica village | Explore the Valley of Love

How to get there: By air – about 1 hour from Ho Chi Minh city | By bus – about 7 hours from Ho Chi Minh city

How long should you spend there: 3 days 2 nights

 

MUI NE

Why you should check it out: If standing in the middle of a sand dune has been your lifelong dream, there are 2 for you to check out in Mui Ne. The red and white dunes promise visitors an afternoon of thrill and excitement; riding the sand sleigh, or on an ATV. But if you don’t have a need for speed, a view of the beautiful sunrise will also leave its mark.

Key highlights: Mui Ne fishing village | Red and white sand dunes | Ride a sand sleigh or ATV | Visit the fairy spring | water sports and kite surfing

How to get there: By bus – about 5 hours from Ho Chi Minh city

How long should you spend there: 2 days 1 night

 

GIANG DIEN WATERFALLS

Why you should check it out: A haven for the locals, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Giang Dien waterfall is not exactly nature, but has been engineered in a way that allosw visitors to still enjoy a myriad of activities amidst a natural landscape. And for the more adventurous few, fancy spending the night camping under the stars.

Key highlights: Cycling | Camping | Visit the waterfall | Row boating | Have a picnic | Zorbing

How to get there: By car – about 1.5 hours from Ho Chi Minh city

How long should you spend there: 1 day

 

 

CAN THO

Why you should check it out: A charming city probably best known for having the largest floating market in South Vietnam. By day, Can Tho is a buzzing town filled with sights and sounds, especially along the waterfront. But when night falls, its laid back nature takes over, providing visitors with peace and tranquillity only found in the more rural parts of Vietnam

Key highlights: Biggest floating market | rice paper making factory | boat tours | local night market | cheap and fresh seafood

How to get there: By bus – about 4 hours from Ho Chi Minh city

How long should you spend there: 2 days 1 night

 

So often do we hear that there’s nothing much to do in Vietnam, compared to say Thailand. Hence, we would like to extend to you, the invitation to visit these places afterwhich, is sure to change your impression of Vietnam.

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