Side Trips from Ho Chi Minh City

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  • 1. Cu Chi Tunnels

    Cu Chi District | Military Site

    A 250-km (155-mile) underground network of field hospitals, command posts, living quarters, eating quarters, and traps, the Cu Chi Tunnels illustrate...Read More

  • 2. Dinh Co Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Le Thi Hong Thuy, a 16-year-old girl, washed up on Long Hai Beach nearly 200 years ago and the locals buried her on Co Son Hill. According to...Read More

  • 3. Hang Duong Cemetery

    Con Son | Cemetery

    The graves of more than 2,000 former prisoners (now considered war martyrs), who died during the 113 years Con Dao was used as a prison, are...Read More

  • 4. An Hai Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The beauty of An Hai Beach has been marred somewhat by the stalled construction of a pier across from the Con Son Café. Turn your back on the...Read More

  • 5. Back Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Vung Tau's most popular beach has golden sands that stretch for miles, but it's not the prettiest or the cleanest beach around. Quiet on weekdays...Read More

  • 6. Bay Canh Island

    Island

    This small islet east of Con Son, Con Dao's main island, is covered by rain forest and mangroves and its Cat Lon beach is a turtle nesting ground...Read More

  • 7. Can Gio UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

    Forest

    This mangrove forest, officially part of Ho Chi Minh City, covers an area the size of Singapore. The old forest was destroyed by aerial bombing...Read More

  • 8. Cao Dai Holy See

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The town of Tay Ninh is home to Cao Daism, an indigenous hybrid religion founded in 1926 by a mystic named Ngo Minh Chieu, and its impressive...Read More

  • 9. Christ the King Statue

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Rio has Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city, Vung Tau has Christ the King, a 105-foot-high statue on a 13-foot-high platform atop Mt. Nho...Read More

  • 10. Con Dao Museum

    Con Son | Museum/Gallery

    This vast and relatively modern museum, which opened in 2013, has interesting and impressive exhibits that explore the themes (with signs in...Read More

  • 11. Dam Trau Beach

    Beach–Sight

    A few short years ago this was a pristine deserted wonderland of clear water and soft white sand. Now there's a collection of ramshackle huts...Read More

  • 12. Dat Doc Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Most of this beautiful crescent of white sand and calm blue waters is the private domain of the luxurious Six Senses Con Dao resort. There is...Read More

  • 13. Front Beach Park

    Park/Playground

    One of Vung Tau's more quirky sights, Front Beach Park, sometimes called Statue Park, has a children's playground, fitness stations, walking...Read More

  • 14. Ho Coc Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, and although two state-run resorts own part of the casuarina-lined golden sands, the remainder...Read More

  • 15. Hon Ba Island

    Island

    Only accessible at low-tide across treacherous slippery rocks, Hon Ba Island is home to the Mieu Ba (lady) temple, dedicated to the patron goddess...Read More

  • 16. Hon Cau Island

    Island

    Other than Con Son, Hon Cau (Big Island) is the only island in the archipelago with a water source. It was also used as a prison island by the...Read More

  • 17. Lo Voi Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Locals seem to prefer walking along Nguyen Van Cuu Street's sidewalk at dawn and dusk rather than on this long white-sand beach, which is usually...Read More

  • 18. Long Hai Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This beach is about a 90-minute drive from Ho Chi Minh City and 15 km (9 miles) along the coast from Vung Tau, but it feels like it's worlds...Read More

  • 19. Long Tan Cross

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This marks the site of the Battle of Long Tan, which took place on August 18, 1966, between a regiment comprising 105 Australians and three...Read More

  • 20. Mulberry Beach

    Beach–Sight

    A cramped beach below Ha Long Street, not really a place you'd travel miles to see, despite the poetic name, and not ideal for swimming. Legend...Read More

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