How about exploring the beauty of Southern Vietnam with a day trip to My Tho?
Start your day early and hop on a bus tour or scooter to My Tho – a land with the river culture of the Mekong Delta region.
Within 2 hours, the bus will take you to My Tho from Saigon. There, you can enjoy the boat ride cruising along the river or visiting the coconut factory (family business) and trying honey tea with fresh fruits while listening to music.
How to get there
If you decide to go by scooter, you can follow Highway 1A from Saigon to Thoi Son islet and buy a tour to visit the island and surroundings.
However, I recommend taking the one-day Mekong tour because it is, in fact, cheaper than traveling on your own. The tour includes transportation, a guide, and a lunch.
Thach An island is another great place to visit in Can Gio. Visiting Thanh An Island, you can enjoy a peaceful and calm atmosphere, different from the bustling Saigon.
If you’d like to experience the life of salt villagers, you can visit Thieng Lieng village, a small town with less than 200 households.
With a height of 868m, Virgin mountain, or Ba Den mountain, is known as the roof of Southern Vietnam.
One of the must-visit spots on the Virgin mountain is Virgin Pagoda.
To get to the pagoda, you can hike or take a cable car or a slide. The slide system has two routes: the upline is about 1,190 m long, and the downline is about 1,700 m long.
It takes about 1 hour to hike up to Virgin pagoda and approximately half a day if you decide to continue hiking to the top of the mountain.
When to hike?
Daytime: Hike from morning or early afternoon, prepare a tent to sleep overnight, and get up early to catch the dawn.
At night: Although climbing at night will be more difficult and dangerous but less effort than daytime, and you will be able to catch dawn and see the clouds around 4 am to 5 am on the top of the mountain.
You can climb the Virgin mountain all year round. However, if possible, avoid the rainy months from August to November because the roads will be more difficult.
What to bring when hiking?
Drinking water: Minimum 2l
Dried food: instant noodles, candy
Lightweight T-shirt, pants, jacket, and hat
General medical supplies, mosquito repellent
Lightweight backpack with a tight belt
Which one is your favorite day trip on this list? Feel free to share below!