Weekend Trips Outside of HCMC
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jul 9, 2012 10:41 PM Last Post By: mooslie
Jul 6, 2012 10:59 PM
Weekend Trips Outside of HCMCHello!
I just moved to HCMC to teach for two years and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on trips in Vietnam that could be done in a weekend (I don't mind staying overnight at my destination, but I have to be able to be at work Monday morning). I prefer destinations that have physically active components - (hiking, swimming, kayaking, etc.), but I'm open to seeing most anything!
I know one really popular weekend trip are the Cu Chi tunnels, but I'm not sure I would enjoy them. I get claustrophobic and I'm not a huge Vietnam war buff - I'm more into experiencing the culture/nature of Vietnam.
Also, I'm a young woman, and I might be traveling on my own - I've heard it's pretty safe (as long as you're aware) in SE Asia, but thats one of my considerations in planning trips as well.
Thanks for your insight/sharing your experiences :-)
Jul 7, 2012 12:26 AM
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Jul 7, 2012 4:12 AM
3OP: I shouldn't worry too much about the tunnels.
Firstly, it is not compulsory to enter, the guide will understand.
Secondly, the reach of tunnel for the exploration is enlarged for us (fatter) westerners.
Thirdly, there are a few exit points. The first is a few metres only from the entrance.
Should you go there try to combine it with a trip to the extraordinary Cao Dai temple.
You could also go to Vung Tau by hydrofoil. Tickets can be bought on the day from the kiosk on the riverfront in HCMC.
Most women solo travellers I have spoken to have found Vn very safe.
Jul 7, 2012 7:44 AM
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Jul 9, 2012 7:57 PM
9as #3 mentioned, if you would love to visit Tay Ninh, you should plan a trip combined with visiting Cao Dai temple. it's a worth-seeing cultural site.
but in my personal opinion, if you're on a weekend holiday, you can opt for some quieter places to relax. i prefer Hon Chong - quite a nice retreat and a great escape for weekend. been there last year and couldn't forget about the peaceful scenery :)
Jul 9, 2012 10:41 PM
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