About 100km from Saigon, Tan Lap floating village, Con Phung or Long Hai beach will surely be good choices for short holiday.
Thanh An island, Can Gio
Thanh An is an island commune in Can Gio district, about 70km from the center of Ho Chi Minh city to the east. If you are looking for a destination near Ho Chi Minh city which you can go and come back in a day and has a beautiful landscape, you can choose this peacefully small island commune. The small island of Thanh An has no many wonderful scenes and entertainment activities so most of the tourists coming here of ten discover the life of local people. For sightseeing and taking photograph, you can go along the road to the dike and rock field. And do not forget to enjoy some delicious seafood dishes such as snails, clams and fish hotpot in an affordable price.
The only way to go to the island is to go by boat from Can Thanh wharf, a town of Can Gio district. From the center of Ho Chi Minh city, you can take the bus number 20 from Ben Thanh to Binh Khanh wharf and then catch the bus number 90 to Can Thanh. The boats from Can Thanh wharf to Thanh An island depart at 6:30, 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 14:00 and 17:00 and they come back to the mainland at 6:30, 7:30, 10:30, 12:00, 14:00 and 17:00. The ticket price is 10,000VND/person. However, the departing time may be changed due to the weather and tide.
Con Phung, Ben Tre
About 85km from Ho Chi Minh city to the west, Ben Tre looks like a green island in Mekong river and an ideal destination for those who love the nature. One of the most outstanding spots in the land of coconut trees we cannot miss is Con Phung. It is located on a floating islet in Tien river, Tan Thach commune, Chau Thanh district. The most popular activities which are loved by many tourists are to visit coconut candy processing facilities by boat and to take a horse-drawn carriage to the orchard. Besides, you can stop on the sidewalk to enjoy a cup of tea with kumquat and honey and some fruits.
Tan Lap floating village, Long An
About 100km from the center of Ho Chi Minh city, Tan Lap floating village, also known as Tan Lap melaleuca forest in Tan Lap commune, Moc Hoa district, Long An province. With the area of 135ha and 500ha of the buffer zone, this place is invested to become a featured tourist area of Long An province and Dong Thap Muoi lowland.
To come here where the road through the forest is located, the tourists can choose the sailing boat or motorboat to move in about 5 minutes through the wetland. The sound of the boat surfing on the water surface and the sound of the water colliding to the trees on the two sides and the lotus and waterlily will make you feel excited.
Long Hai, Vung Tau
Not too crowed as in Vung Tau beach, Long Hai still has a wild beauty which brings a lot of emotions for both the international and domestic tourists. In additon to the poetic landscapes, Long Hai, Ba Ria – Vung Tau also attracts the visitors by its blue ocean, white sand and delicious seafood. If you are coming here in the upcoming New Year Holiday, you remember to prepare the spirit because usually, Long Hai Beach will very crowd on the occasion.
Chua Chan Mountain, Dong Nai
About 110km from Saigon, Chua Chan mountain is belonged to Xuan Loc district, Dong Nai province, at the height of 800m from the sea level. This is a favorite trekking destination of many backpackers because the way from the foot mountain to the top has many wild forests with a ricj flora. At the top of the mountain is Buu Quang pagoda, the biggest and highest one compared to other pagodas in the area. Therefore, if you want to climb the mountain and visit Buu Quang pagoda, you can enter in the main gate of Chua Chan Mountain tourist area, climb mearly 400 steps to the pagoda and from the pagoda, go through the forest to the top of the mountain.
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