Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh – Best Day Tours

Day Tours are some of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Many great destinations are only a few hours from the city. We lived in Ho Chi Minh for several months. We’ve tried just about every day tour, and we want to share what we learned.

We’ve visited many places multiple times and in different ways. We’ve done big group, small group, and private tours with different companies. We’ve joined Vietnamese friends on day trips. And we’ve done independent visits on our own.

We’ve Had Some Great Tours and Some Flops

We know how difficult choosing a tour can be. The marketing photos and literature can seem wonderful, but the reality can be a disappointing waste of time.

For the most part, all the following destinations live up to the marketing hype. Of course, there is some misleading information in the travel literature. When needed, we point out the BS, so you’ll have an honest description and realistic expectations.

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In this post, we focus on destinations and experiences more than particular tour companies. The right tour company is important, but the destination is the priority. We’ll include a list of companies we like at the end, but we find that most are really similar overall.

Some of these places deserve longer stays, but we understand that there are only so many precious vacation days. Sometimes it’s a day tour or nothing.

So, here are our picks for the best day tour destinations from Ho Chi Minh – with tips on choosing the right tour for you.

Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh – Best Day Tours

Can Gio – Monkey Island & Mangrove Forest

Cu Chi – Tunnels and Machine Gun Range

Cao Dai – The Great Divine Temple

Mui Ne – Beach and Sand Dunes

Mekong Delta – Floating Markets

Binh Quoi Tourist Village – Oasis in the City

Some Tour Companies


Can Gio – Monkey Island & Mangrove Forest

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Day Tours in Saigon, Vietnam.

Welcome to Monkey Island. Tickets Please.

Can Gio is the Wild Wetlands of south Vietnam. It’s our favorite eco-tourism site near Ho Chi Minh city. It offers Mangrove forests, wildlife encounters, hikes, boating, and other nature-loving activities.

Can Gio has exotic natural beauty, lots of fun activities, and historical interest. The best tours also include lunch at a coastal resort where you can enjoy a luxurious break from the wild adventure.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Monkeys at Can Gio in Saigon Vietnam

Adorable Monkeys Everywhere

Known as Monkey Island, Can Gio’s biggest attraction is 1000 (free-roaming) monkeys, but there is a lot to love about this place. Can Gio is a UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve with big biological importance.

Located where the Saigon River meets the Ocean, Can Gio is a wetland environment of Mangrove forests and a matrix of waterways. The winding waterways, intricate root systems, and shadowy forests have a haunting beauty and mysterious allure.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Can Gio a Unesco site in Saigon Vietnam

Inside the Mangrove Forest – Boating and the Guerilla Base

These Mangroves are the perfect setting for boat rides, hikes, and seeing the hundreds of animal and plant species that live here. Can Gio is also home to crocodiles, otters, pythons, foxes, deer, and other exotic species.

As a UNESCO protected environment, development is minimal, but appropriate safety measures have been taken with dangerous animals like the crocs.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh the crocodiles at Can Gio in Saigon Vietnam

Croc Encounter – Safe but Scary


Top Experiences at Can Gio

Most tours are similar, but not all. Make sure yours includes the experiences most important to you.

  • Observe and/or Interact with Monkeys 
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 Every tour includes this, just make sure your company prioritizes safety and ethical treatment.

  • Hiking

 Some of the animals can only be seen on a hike, but not all tours include hikes.

  • Boat Ride 

Most tours include a boat ride through the Mangroves, but there are motorboats and paddleboats. Paddleboats are the more authentic experience, but they’re less common, more expensive, and slower (so you’ll see less overall). Motorboats are cheaper, more common, and faster (so you can see more of the reserve).

  • Crocodiles Encounters 

All tours include the viewing platform over the crocodile area. A few also include the crocodile farm, where you can feed the crocs.

  • Vietcong Guerrilla Base

This is the place of bonus historical insight. During the war, the Vietcong set up strongholds to control the water route from the ocean to Ho Chi Minh city. Today, there are re-created camps and war monuments deep in the jungle.

  • Lunch and Relax at a Coastal Resort

Most tours include lunch, but why not enjoy the natural beauty of the coast from the comfort of a nice resort. Our favorite resort here is Phuong Nam.

Price Range and Distance

$25 – $30 USD – We prefer a small group tour for Can Gio. The price includes hotel pick up, lunch, and all other fees. As with just about everything in Vietnam, haggle and shop around. We find that booking and paying in person is the best.

**2 hours from Ho Chi Minh City**


Cu Chi Tunnels

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Cu Chi Tunnels in Saigon Vietnam

Tunnels and Displays at Cu Chi

This is the most popular day tour from Ho Chi Minh city – with good reason. The Cu Chi Tunnels is a site of big historical importance that’s also fun and interactive. The setting is a lovely forested area.

There’s a gun range where you can shoot machine guns. And it’s the most affordable day tour. Good half-day tours are as cheap as $5 USD!

During the war, the Vietcong used an extensive network of underground tunnels to move around people and supplies undetected. The tunnels of Cu Chi were part of that network. The tunnels were small but strong enough to support tanks driving over them and even light bombing.

They are really impressive to see and amazing to crawl through. Squirming through these tunnels for a few minutes is claustrophobic. Thinking of the people who spent years living in them boggles the mind.

We’re not generally fans of big group tours, but at Cu Chi, they’re a good option. In fact, being in a big group and feeling a bit crowded is probably a more authentic experience for the tunnels. And these big group tours are really cheap.

Top Experiences at Cu Chi Tunnels

All tours of Cu Chi are virtually identical. The only variations here are the number of people in your group.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Inside one of the tunnels at Cu Chi Tunnels Vietnam

  • Crawl Through Tunnels 

This brief experience really brings the history of tunnel warfare to life. Reading about them or seeing a documentary is great, but actually getting inside the tunnels takes it to another level.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Death Traps at Cuchi Tunnels Vietnam

  •  Seeing Deathtraps

There are dozens of different deathtraps on display and demonstrated on site. These are various booby-traps invented to kill and maim invaders. They are primitive devices with horrifying effects.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Shooting a machine gun at Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam

  • Shooting Machine Guns 

There is an added fee for this, but it’s a bargain for the rare experience.

Tour Options

You can visit the Cu Chi Tunnels as a stand-alone half-day tour.

Since there’s a fair amount of driving involved, the better option is to take a combo tour with another nearby destination included on this list.

There are many Cu Chi Tunnels combo tours. Our favorite pairs the Cu Chi Tunnels with the Cao Dai Temple, which we’ll present next.

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Price Range and Distance

$5 – $10 USD. We prefer a big group tour for the Cu Chi Tunnels. The value is too hard to beat. And the experience is not diminished by a larger group in this case.

**90 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City**


Cao Dai Temple (And Cu Chi Tunnels)

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Cao Dai Temple near Saigon Vietnam

The Great Divine Temple of Caodaism

Visiting Vietnam includes seeing lots of temples, but this one’s special because it’s NOT Buddhist. It’s the “Great Divine Temple” of Caodaism. The Cao Dai religion was invented in Vietnam, fuses aspects of different world religions, and has a central message of tolerance.

This temple is gorgeous and unique in the world. There are other, smaller Cao Dai temples, but this is the most spectacular and special place for the whole religion.

Tours are scheduled so you can also witness a worship ceremony. We were worried about intruding, but the people here are incredibly warm and welcoming. We had to stay in designated areas, but we felt right at home.

The ceremony is wonderful. Traditional music and choral voices fill the sanctuary. A multitude of robed followers kneel in prayer. And the general mood is serene yet happy.

What The Tour Companies Don’t Tell You

When you take the Cu Chi Tunnels / Cao Dai Temple combo tour, they treat the sites as completely separate and never point out the connection between them. We think the tour companies are missing a big opportunity here – one that would improve the experience for visitors.

As a combo tour, these 2 sites show the transition from the horrors of war to the wonders of peace and tolerance – with the same individuals! Most of the worshippers at the temple are elderly.

The irony and triumph of this combo tour is that the warm folks at the Cao Dai Temple are likely the same individuals who fought in the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels, 50 years ago.

Seeing both places in the same day, meeting the actual people involved at both, and witnessing the radical change that can happen in the course a life is nothing short of inspiring. But you’ll have to draw those connections for yourself.

Top Experiences at Cao Dai Temple

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. The Altar at the Cao Dai Temple near Saigon Vietnam

Sanctuary and Altar of the Great Divine Temple

  • Exploring the Temple

Before the ceremony, visitors are free to explore the vast and ornate temple.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Cao Dai Worship at the temple near Saigon Vietnam

Cao Dai Worship

  • Witness a Ceremony

The music, costumes, and tangible devotion are beautiful to experience.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. The Gardens at the Cao Dai Temple near Saigon Vietnam


  • Exploring the Grounds

The temple’s exterior is also very impressive. Be sure to walk all the way around and check out the various gardens.

Price Range and Distance

$10 USD. As mentioned above, this is a combo tour with the Cu Chi Tunnels. Every visitor enters the same temple at the same time.

Don’t waste money on a private tour, you’ll just end up standing next to everyone from all the tours anyway.

**3 hours from Ho Chi Minh City**


Mui Ne

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Relaxing by the beach in Mui Ne, Vietnam

Relaxing at Mui Ne Beach

Mui Ne is a beach town in southern Vietnam with some surreal surrounding geography. The beaches are nice, but the Sand Dunes and Fairy Stream changed how we think about Vietnam.

Tropical Vietnam has a desert? We could also spend hours simply watching Mui Ne’s beachside fishing village.

Mui Ne actually deserves several days, but if you’re short on time, a quick visit is still rewarding just to see the Sand Dunes and Fairy Stream (and have a little beach time).

Mui Ne has 2 sets of Sand Dunes: the White Dunes and the Red Dunes. The White Dunes are awesome, but the Red Dunes have some litter. Both dunes are beautiful and interesting as natural phenomena, but the Red Dunes are covered with enough litter to diminish the experience.

Much of the Red Dunes are clean, but seeing the litter is really frustrating. The Red Dunes are still worth seeing, just be prepared.

 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Litter at the Red Dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam

Sad Truth – Litter at the Red Dunes


Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Mui Ne Red Dunes near Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Littered but not Ruined – Much of Red Dunes is still Clean

The White Dunes are clean and much larger, with a more diverse set of dunes. They’re like a big sandbox playground. You can ride ATV’s, Jeeps, and Sandboards.

“Sandboarding” is like riding a sled on snow, except you coast down a sandy slope.

These activities are lots of fun, but Sunrise over the White Dunes is magic. It’s totally worth getting up 4:30am.

Top Experiences in Mui Ne

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Watch the sunrise on the white sand dunes in Mui Ne

  • Sunrise over The White Dunes

It’s rarely foggy around Mui Ne, making for spectacular sunrises.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. ATV on the white Sand Dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam

  • Play in the Sand Dunes

We think the ATV rides are overpriced, but they’re not totally outrageous. And the Sandboard rides are really cheap.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. The Fairy Stream in Mui Ne Vietnam near HCMC

  • Visit the Fairy Stream

You won’t believe you’re still in tropical Vietnam.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. The fishing village in Mui Ne Vietnam.

  • See the Fishing Village

Mui Ne has only become a tourism hotspot over the last decade. It was originally a fishing village and that tradition continues. The fishing village is a fascinating mix of beach, boats, and a beautiful bustle of activity.

Tour Options for Mui Ne

There are a couple options for day tours to Mui Ne. Some are actual day tours, where you leave Ho Chi Minh city early in the morning and return late at night. These are OK, but feel a bit rushed.

Our favorite is the overnight tour. It lasts about 20 hours and includes a resort stay and all meals. You take the sleeper bus to Mui Ne, spend a few hours in the hotel, get up early for a sunrise tour of major sights, and then spend a few hours on the beach (playing or napping).

This tour leaves at 8pm and returns at 4pm the following day. You do a lot quickly, but you don’t feel rushed. The ride to/from Mui Ne is in a large sleeper bus, but the sunrise tour is only a small group (about 10). Then you have 4 hours to explore the area independently, before going back to Ho Chi Minh.

Again – we recommend spending a few days in Mui Ne if you can, but we know that Vietnam has a lot to see and do. If you can only spare 20 hours, you can definitely still have a great experience in Mui Ne.

Price Range and Distance

$50 USD for the overnight tour we mentioned above, including hotel room at beachside resort, all meals and entrance fees. $30 USD for the same day tour.

**4-5 hours from Ho Chi Minh City**


Mekong Delta

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. The Mekong Delta near Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

The Mekong Delta is one of Vietnam’s most awesome destinations. The Mekong Delta is iconic Vietnam – lush countryside landscapes, traditional river lifestyles, rustic boat rides, and floating markets. Anyone would enjoy a visit to the “real” Mekong Delta, but many short tours are disappointing.

It deserves several days, but we know, sometimes time is short. The problem is that many Mekong Delta day tours promise authenticity but deliver superficial experiences.

We’ve found some Mekong Delta tours to be the most disappointing that we’ve had, after more than a year in Vietnam. We don’t want to discourage you from taking a short tour of the Mekong Delta. We just want you to know exactly what to expect from them, so you can make the best choices for yourself.

First we’ll highlight the best experiences to have at the Mekong Delta. Then we’ll cover some of the many (often misleading) tour options.

Top Experiences on the Mekong Delta

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. The Mekong Delta near Saigon Vietnam

  • Floating Markets 

Cai Rang and Cai Be are the best known. These floating markets seem to be a dying tradition. See them before they morph into just another grocery store. Timing is extremely important.

The real local trading happens from 5-7am. After that, it’s mostly a show for tourists. When choosing a tour, make sure they arrive early enough – which requires an overnight tour.

Some overnight tours take you to floating markets in the late morning and say it’s still “busy.” This is not true. The only selling is to the hordes of tourist boats.

Many day tours from Ho Chi Minh city will take you to the markets late into the afternoon. This is almost criminal. It is certainly a rip-off.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Our stay at a homestay on the Mekong Delta near HCMC Vietnam

Authentic Commercial Homestay

  • Homestay

We’ve been lucky to have a Mekong Delta “homestay” as invited guests of Vietnamese friends. It was a real home, not a business. It was one of our best experiences in Vietnam.

We’ve also done commercial homestays in the Mekong Delta, and they were surprisingly authentic. Most overnight tours give you the option of a hotel or a homestay. We recommend the homestay.

While not completely authentic, they’re very close. It’s a great way to spend some time with locals – even if you can only communicate with smiles and nods. Make sure that the homestay is located on the river and not in the city.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Hanging out with locals during our homestay at the Mekong Delta

  • River Life 

In the traditional way of life, the Mekong was used in every way possible. In addition to irrigation and transportation, people used the river for bathing, washing dishes, laundry, and generally playing around in.

These traditions are still alive today. This is especially true in remote areas, where they have access to fewer resources. But you can even see river life close to Can Tho city too.

Pick a tour that includes boating tours that show off this way of life.


Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. The countryside of the Mekong Delta near Saigon Vietnam

  • Countryside

The Mekong Delta is the most fertile area in Vietnam. It has lush farmlands that stretch as far as you can see. Be sure to scope out Vietnam’s picturesque rice paddies filled with grazing water buffalos.

This one is a bit tougher for tours. Sometimes this is part of a boat ride. Sometimes it’s part of a bus tour. Sometimes your homestay will be in farm country. If it’s important to you ask and clarify.

Tour Options

WARNING – The travel literature and marketing descriptions paint a picture of rural life on the Mekong. You’ll see pictures of traditional life in the remote backwaters, but since those places are remote you won’t actually visit them on tour. They’re too hard to reach for tour groups.

The tour companies often take you to the city of My Tho and the Ben Tre islands. This is technically on the Mekong, but they only have staged reproductions of traditional, rural life. These look great in photos. But in person, they are clearly fake and a big let down – if you’re expecting the real thing.

There are countless variations of short Mekong Delta tours. We cant’ discuss them all. We’ll just mention a few of the most common.

1 Day Tours

We don’t recommend 1 day tours to the Mekong Delta. In our opinion, this would only be a last resort, if you had NO other way to see this area. We’ve experienced this ourselves and spoken to many other travelers. Most are fairly disappointed by the 1 day tour because of misleading marketing and false expectations.

My Tho and Ben Tre are the most common destinations for day tours. My Tho is a small city on the Mekong and the Ben Tre islands are a group of 4 islets in the river. Day tours here are very cheap. They typically visit 3 of the islands and include a decent lunch.

The Ben Tre islands are pretty places. You can have some fun. You can take a “traditional” paddleboat ride down a lazy stream. You can see demonstrations of some traditional ways of life. You can sample some traditional foods and drinks. But it’s all staged just for tourists.

Being staged reproductions is NOT the problem. The places are actually lovely and nice to visit. The problem is that they sell them as an authentic experience. If you know it’s not authentic and all for show, then you’ll likely enjoy a day a cheap entertainment.

Can Tho is most often included on 2 or 3 day tours, but there are also 1 day tours. Some of these are expensive speedboat tours. Most of these visit a floating market, but you get there too late to see anything interesting. We think these will likely disappoint as well.

2 Day Tours

2 day tours visit My Tho, Ben Tre, and Can Tho, before returning to Ho Chi Minh city. The 2 day tour is not completely authentic, but if you take one with a homestay, it can be satisfactory. Not awesome, but exponentially better than the 1 day tour.

Most of these spend the Day 1 in My Tho and Ben Tre, and Day 2 in Can Tho. You stay overnight in Can Tho and get up early to visit the floating market.

If you want the most authentic experience possible for a short tour, choose one with a homestay on the river, that visits a floating market between 5-7am, and that visits some farmland and river life.

It won’t be exactly the same as going deep into the remote backwaters, but it will expose you to some traditional ways of life that are passing away with modernization.

Price Range and Distance

$10 USD (or less) for a 1-day tour including boat rides, lunch, and more. As mentioned, it’s not authentic, but at least it’s cheap.

$30-50 USD for a 2-day tour with meals, overnight accommodation, and the things outlined above. Shop around and haggle. In Vietnam tourism, price does not always reflect quality.

Personally, we wouldn’t spend more than $30 pax for this tour.


Binh Quoi Tourist Village

 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. The Binh Quoi Tourist Village

Binh Quoi Tourist Village is a better-staged reproduction of the Mekong Delta than the Ben Tre islands. As the name clearly states it’s a “Tourist Village,” which is a refreshing bit of honesty.

Consider it as an alternative to the 1 day Mekong Delta tour. Or as an independent things to do in Ho Chi Minh.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Exploring the Binh Quoi Tourist Village in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

We think Binh Quoi Tourist Village is one of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh city. It’s not authentic, but it’s honest and the place is beautiful.

It’s located within the city, about 20 minutes from downtown. Entrance is free. There’s a big buffet in the evening. And there’s a rustic resort next door if you want to spend the night. Rooms are only about $22 USD.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Exploring the Binh Quoi Tourist Village in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

There are a number traditional spectacles around the sprawling grounds including a bamboo water wheel, a lotus pond, lakes, streams, bridges, gardens, and vast grassy fields.

Mornings are the best time to visit. Almost no one is around. It is really peaceful and postcard pretty. They open at 9am.


Tour Companies in Ho Chi Minh City

Here are some tour companies that we’ve used and like. None of them are perfect. We’ve had some mediocre tours and some great ones. These companies are dependable and affordable.

We almost always find better prices in person than online, so we’ve included their street addresses in Ho Chi Minh City. Many of these are located close to each other, so shop around. Beware overpriced tours!!! Some companies charge 5 or 10 times as much for the exact same tour.

Sinh Tourist
248 De Tham St.
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

TNK Travel
220 De Tham St.
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Nam A Chau
219 Pham Ngu Lao St
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Website is only in Vietnamese, but they speak English in their office.

Urban Adventures
149/42 Le Thi Rieng St.
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Hello, Xin Chao Tours
250 De Tham St.
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Small agent, no website.
This is a convenience store that also sells tours. She is basically an agent who books tours with different companies for you. Sometimes these small offices can be scams, but we’ve booked many tours here. She’s totally legit, speaks good English, and has great deals.


Day Tours – Still One of the Best Things to do in Ho Chi Minh

Wow, this post turned out a lot longer than expected. Day tours really are one of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Choosing can be complicated, but it’s worth the effort. We hope this helps you choose the right destination and the right tour at the right price.

Which day tours interest you the most?

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  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:23h, 11 March

    Hi Abhinav. It would be so cool if you made it. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

  • Samantha
    Posted at 01:21h, 13 March

    What a great comprehensive list, definitely saving for later! Thanks for mentioning the ethical aspect to choosing tours, how did you feel about the monkeys on the first tour, were they aggressive?

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:23h, 13 March

    Hi Samantha, the monkeys were not aggressive but they are wild not domesticated. There were a few guests who were getting the monkeys fired up. Like teen girls screaming a lot, and teen boys teasing the monkeys. The staff puts a stop to it and the monkeys settle down. So if you behave well, and have a good guide you should be safe.

  • amanda
    Posted at 01:38h, 13 March

    looks like a great place to visit with great day tours! Thanks for the list and great photos!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:44h, 13 March

    Hi Amanda. That’s true there are lots of things to do in Ho Chi Minh. It’s our pleasure.

  • Angela
    Posted at 02:22h, 13 March

    Wow so many awesome things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Looks like such an awesome place to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:25h, 13 March

    Hey Angela. We agree there are many awesome things to do in Ho Chi Minh and day tours are some of the best.

  • Joaquim Miro
    Posted at 03:26h, 13 March

    I lived in Ho Chi Minh for a month and it was an out of this world experience! Would strongly recommend it to anyone and everyone!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:34h, 13 March

    Hi Joaquim. We totally agree with that.

  • robin masshole mommy
    Posted at 05:53h, 13 March

    That sounds like such an amazing place to visit. I would love to go there someday!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:55h, 13 March

    Hi Robin. Ho Chi Minh really does have a lot in and around it. Hope you can make it.

  • Vicki Louise
    Posted at 08:30h, 13 March

    We only did the Chu Chi Tunnel tour while we were in Ho Chi Minh. I had no idea there were so many more on offer! I’d love to go on the Monkey Forest and Mangrove Tour – it sounds like something I would enjoy and it’s only 2 hours from the city so no big drives needed.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:34h, 13 March

    Hey Vicki. Cu Chi is a great tour though. If you only have a day or two thats a great choice.

  • FS Page
    Posted at 11:37h, 13 March

    You stayed in Ho Chi Minh for months!!? That’s just amazing. I loved your list of places to visit. This small city has so much to see. Can Gio is just like small canal backwaters of Kerala, India I have been too. Binh Quoi Tourist Village is so lovely. Can’t wait to visit Ho Chi Minh. Great photographs.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:42h, 13 March

    Hey FS Page. Yes, the things to do in Ho Chi Minh are so varied. Funny point. Can Gio is 50km away, but is still legally a part of Ho Chi Minh. So its both a day tour and a thing to do in Ho Chi Minh.

  • Sara Normand
    Posted at 12:17h, 13 March

    Wow! It seems like there are so many things to do there. Vietnam is one of the places I haven’t been yet in Asia. Will save this post for then!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:27h, 13 March

    Hello Sara. We really recommend a visit. Vietnam is wonderful.

  • Tara Pittman
    Posted at 13:20h, 13 March

    My boys would love monkey island the best. They asked me the other day for a pet monkey

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:25h, 13 March

    Hey Tara. We saw other kids there and they really loved Can Gio.

  • Molly
    Posted at 14:04h, 13 March

    This is so amazing! You make me want to go back to Vietnam soon. I went to HaNoi a few years ago. This time I will have to go to Ho Chi Minh. What a great trip!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:12h, 13 March

    Hi Molly. That sounds great. If you liked Hanoi, you should enjoy Ho Chi Minh too. The food is even better.

  • Andi
    Posted at 14:33h, 13 March

    This is a very detailed list and will definitely help our friends in their next travel destination. I totally agree that some companies and packages are flop and pure marketing only that’s why we need to research and check those legit offerings. I’ll have this checklist bookmarked.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:36h, 13 March

    Hello Andi. Thanks for your kind words. Good to hear you liked the post.

  • Laura
    Posted at 15:41h, 13 March

    I had no idea there was so much more surrounding Hi Chi Minh! These day trips look amazing and thank you for providing such a useful resource!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:44h, 13 March

    Hi Laura. There is a lot to do around Ho Chi Minh. Great to hear you liked the post.

  • Megan
    Posted at 17:31h, 13 March

    Wow so much great information! I’ve never traveled that far before, but it looks like there is so much to do and do affordably!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:33h, 13 March

    Hey Megan. Vietnam is far but affordable and amazing.

  • Helene Cohen Bludman
    Posted at 17:49h, 13 March

    This is an amazing amount of information! I’m going to save it because I would love to visit Vietnam Nam someday.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:55h, 13 March

    Hey Helene. Thanks for your encouragement. Glad the info helps.

  • Leo Tat
    Posted at 18:02h, 13 March

    Thanks for this post. I was born in Saigon but have never been back. I will definitely go on tours when we visit Saigon. We are looking to move to Thailand to put our kids in international school. So I’ll likely visit in the next few year. I would like to go on the Cu Chi Tunnels.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:25h, 13 March

    Hey Leo. It’s so cool that you were born here. Coming back to Ho Chi Minh would be great experience I’m sure.

  • Holly
    Posted at 19:08h, 13 March

    WOW! This looks like an amazing adventure. Thank you so much for taking me there through your photos!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:11h, 13 March

    Hi Holly. It is an amazing adventure.

  • Leigh Anne Borders
    Posted at 19:28h, 13 March

    This looks like such an amazing place to visit.. The pictures are absolutely stunning. I would love to experience the caves there.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:33h, 13 March

    Hi Leigh Anne. Hope you do make one day. Vietnam is wonderful.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 19:55h, 13 March

    One thing is clear, when in Ho-Chi-Minh city there is never a dull moment. There are so many things to do and so many things to see, I am sure one would be short of time, unless one has planned for a long stay. Most of the activities listed out by you sound really exciting. Of course we would like to experience everything once we get there. But we will make a priority list to ensure that we optimize our experience.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:00h, 13 March

    Hi Sandy N Vyjay. Thanks for your kind encouragement. There are many things to do in Ho Chi Minh and many day tours. There are too many to do all of them. You just have to pick the most interesting to you.

  • woody world packer
    Posted at 20:27h, 13 March

    lovely detailed article! thanks for sharing

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:33h, 13 March

    Hi Woody. Thanks to you. Glad you liked it.

  • E. Roman
    Posted at 20:36h, 13 March

    Such a great and informative piece. It seems like your adventure was well worth it. I appreciate the images too.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:39h, 13 March

    Hi E. Roman. Thanks. It is good to hear you liked it.

  • Doreen Pendgracs
    Posted at 20:54h, 13 March

    OMG!!! That is quite the comprehensive post! I have not yet been to Vietnam, so this is all very new to me. You have certainly made me want to visit. Especially the monkey park.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:56h, 13 March

    Hey Doreen. Can Gio is a blast for sure.

  • Kreete
    Posted at 21:05h, 13 March

    What a great an informative list of tours! This should cover more than a weeks worth of sightseeing. I love the mangrove and the crocks and would like to experience how it is to crawl in the tunnels. Shooting from the machine gun is always an added bonus ha! I would totally do it! And the sand dunes look like so much fun! I will remember this for when I go to Ho Chi Minh!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:11h, 13 March

    Hey Kreete. That’s true. If you only have a few days in Ho Chi Minh, you can’t do all these. But they are all very rewarding.

  • Cat
    Posted at 21:16h, 13 March

    What an informative post! There are so many day tours you can take from Ho Chi Minh! The Cao Dai temple looks so colorful and unique! And I can’t believe that there’s sand dunes in Vietnam!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:22h, 13 March

    Hey Cat. Cao Dai is really beautiful and seeing a ceremony is amazing.

  • Author Brandi Kennedy
    Posted at 22:08h, 13 March

    Wow, that temple looks beautiful! I’d love to see it – and the dunes, too!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:12h, 13 March

    Hey Brandi. We really enjoyed those too.

  • cathy
    Posted at 22:20h, 13 March

    I have been to Ho Chi Min before and I guess I overlooked some great places and tours. Looking at your photos, one temple really caught my eye. Like it’s so pinky colour but looks very holy. I like that shot personally. Also, sand dunes that I wondered why didn’t really try but on my bucket list. haha.. Your article is very well detailed, seriously, I would come back to this post when I’m hitting Ho CHi Min on my next trip. Plus, I like to mention that the fishing village photo is so cute! haha
    Cheers! xxx

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:33h, 13 March

    Hey Cathy. You’re so kind. Thanks for the support. Its so good to hear you liked the post.

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 22:43h, 13 March

    Thank you for your honest reviews! It’s so great to have a summary of day trips like this available – and in such detail.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:44h, 13 March

    Hey Jennifer. You’re so welcome. Some things are just opinions but we always try to be honest about the facts for sure.

  • Janine Good
    Posted at 22:57h, 13 March

    The more I read about Vietnam, the more I want to visit.
    The fishing village looks incredible and full of culture and education to learn how the residents live and do their angling. The deathtraps are also interesting and I know that tours can be booked to learn more about these barbaric booby traps.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:59h, 13 March

    Hi Janine. We recommend Vietnam all the time. There is so much to see and do. And great food.

  • Sarah-Louise Bailey
    Posted at 23:23h, 13 March

    I wanna experience their Tunnels and Machine Gun Range, such a very unique and challenging activity. Sunrise over the white dunes was a very promising place for travelers.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:24h, 13 March

    Hi Sarah. Yeah, shooting those machine guns are so much fun.

  • eazynazy
    Posted at 23:25h, 13 March

    This looks so adventurous..i wish i could visit this place 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:33h, 13 March

    Hi Eazynazy. Vietnam has lots of cool adventures for sure. Hope you make it.

  • Alicia Nicole
    Posted at 00:00h, 14 March

    Honestly, I’ve never traveled outside of the country, but Chi Minh looks like an amazing place to visit. Hopefully one day I’ll make it there!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:01h, 14 March

    Hi Alicia. We hope you do make it to Vietnam one day.

  • Global Girl Travels
    Posted at 00:36h, 14 March

    What a packed list of activities and tours! I didn’t realize there was much to do and see in Ho Chi Minh. That tunnels brings out the claustrophobic in me but I’d probably brave it just because of the importance of this site.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:38h, 14 March

    Hi Global Girl. Yeah there is so much to do in Ho Chi Minh. And the tunnels sure are one of the best.

    Posted at 00:46h, 14 March

    You guys have a great blog! 🙂 Your photographs are really beautiful! 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:47h, 14 March

    Hello Michael. Thanks. Glad you like it.

  • Nay
    Posted at 00:47h, 14 March

    What a comprehensive list. My favourites are the temple and Monkey Island. Would love to visit both. Beautiful pictures.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:48h, 14 March

    Hi Nay. Thanks we try to make the list as helpful as possible.

  • Jolleen
    Posted at 01:15h, 14 March

    Wow, these pictures are fantastic. You took us right along on your trip! Those monkeys are adorable, but NO to that croc. Oh my gosh, I’d be scared out of my mind!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:17h, 14 March

    Hi Jolleen. HaHa. yeah that croc is a man eater. Scary.

  • Elisha Fernandez
    Posted at 02:06h, 14 March

    These photos are beautiful! I wish I could go. I’d especially love the monkeys.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:07h, 14 March

    Hi Elisha. We hope you can make it. The monkeys are so fun to watch in there own habitat.

  • Karlyn Cruz
    Posted at 02:08h, 14 March

    I’m pretty sure that you had fun adventure there! Those activities are so exciting!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:09h, 14 March

    Hi Karlyn. Thanks. We did have a blast.

  • Ryan Escat
    Posted at 02:10h, 14 March

    Those photos are really amazing and unique! Such a lovely place and I’ll make sure to bring my family there soon.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:11h, 14 March

    Hi Ryan. Thanks. Your family would have a great time too.

  • Ashley
    Posted at 02:35h, 14 March

    Never a dull moment with you guys huh! The monkey island is adorable! ha! the crocodiles and deathtraps though! looks like you had so much fun!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:39h, 14 March

    Hi Ashley. Thanks so much. It is all lots of fun.

  • Flo
    Posted at 02:42h, 14 March

    Amazing that all the day trips are reasonably priced! Great tip on arriving early to see the real trading at the floating markets, and the Cao Dai temple is stunning. Incredibly sad to see the litter scattered across the dunes 🙁 Do you know if the litter is mostly from tourists?

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:44h, 14 March

    Hi Flo. Yeah these day tours are fun and affordable for sure. Most of the litter is from Vietnamese people. Sad.

  • Rosie Benton
    Posted at 03:21h, 14 March

    Wow – great recommendations! We visited Ho Chi Minh a few years ago and didn’t know about half of these trips. Wish we would’ve made it to Mui Ne! Love your photo of the fishing village too, so colourful!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:33h, 14 March

    Hi Rosie. It is so good to hear that the info is helpful. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Kate | Highlights Along The Way
    Posted at 06:10h, 14 March

    Wow! This is a great destination for our next trip! Adding this to our bucket list!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:11h, 14 March

    Hi Kate. Vietnam is a great destination. We think most will enjoy it a lot.

  • JaneM
    Posted at 06:23h, 14 March

    Now this is the kind of travel guide I would save! It’s very detailed and everything that I wanted to visit in Ho chi minh are here! Would definitely come back to this article once I’m ready for my trip to Vietnam 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:33h, 14 March

    Hi JaneM. Your words are so encouraging. Thanks so much. Great to hear the post is useful.

  • sarah
    Posted at 06:50h, 14 March

    Super super informative!! Thank you – I am bookmarking those for when I get to Vietnam (Looking particularly at the fishing village and the hiking/monkeys) 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:55h, 14 March

    Hi Sarah. That’s fantastic. Yeah, the fishing village is hypnotic.

  • Paulina
    Posted at 07:01h, 14 March

    Wow Vietnam looks like a great place to visit. I think I’d go for the tunnels. And tour photos are great by the way!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:04h, 14 March

    Hi Paulina. The tunnels sure are lots of fun.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc
    Posted at 07:07h, 14 March

    Wow. I can’t believe there are so many sights to see in Vietnam! There are so many things to experience, unique to Vietnamese culture and I wish we could make our dream Asia trip come true soon!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:11h, 14 March

    Hey Annemarie. That’s right. There are so many things to do in Ho Chi Minh and the rest of Vietnam.

  • Danijela WorldGlimpses
    Posted at 07:36h, 14 March

    Guess that Mekong delta is a must-see, along with floating markets, fishing village etc. Like the Cao Dai Temple… Well, I like a lot of things (and photos) from your list! 😀 And it sure is a helpful one, thanks!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:44h, 14 March

    Hi Danijela. Those place are really special. Good to know the post helped.

  • neha
    Posted at 10:02h, 14 March

    This is such a comprehensive guide. And I appreciate the way you have included the details including pricing as well. I particularly liked BINH QUOI TOURIST VILLAGE and mekong delta. I would definitely like to visit here.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:03h, 14 March

    Hi Neha. Binh Quoi is lovely for sure. Its staged but beautiful.

  • chei
    Posted at 10:07h, 14 March

    Wow this is a great adventure with kids. Wish we could visit here someday!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:11h, 14 March

    Hi Chei. That’s right. Vietnam is great for families.

  • Nellwyn
    Posted at 10:19h, 14 March

    I would love to visit Ho Chi Min one day! I know people who have gone and had amazing experiences. I’m really scared of crocodiles though so I might skip that part.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:22h, 14 March

    Hey Nellwyn. Yeah crocs are scary! But Ho Chi Minh can be so fun. Hope you make it.

  • sophie
    Posted at 10:27h, 14 March

    lovely tour experience . i would like to spend like a week over there, what is the best time of the year to be there?
    let me know . cheers

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:33h, 14 March

    Hi Sophie. For weather, the dry season in Ho Chi Minh is usually January – May. It is hot and humid but worth the visit.

  • Iza Abao, Two Monkeys Travel Group Writer
    Posted at 11:03h, 14 March

    A friend of mine visited the Cu Chi Tunnels and Ben Tre. I’m amazed how soldiers built the underground tunnels. My friend visited this place in Ben Tre where women make local candies. I’d love to visit a place and taste their local delicacies and cuisine.

  • Lois Alter Mark
    Posted at 11:03h, 14 March

    My son and his girlfriend recently visited and got to do some of these things. I hope to plan a trip soon and take this to plan my itinerary! Great photos!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:04h, 14 March

    Hey Iza. Yeah those tunnels are really amazing.

  • Abhinav Singh
    Posted at 11:14h, 14 March

    I have been more and more intrigued with Vietnam off late. It is very close to my country India and more and more Indians are going to Vietnam. I myself am planning. I am saving this guide for my pre travel research.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:22h, 14 March

    Hi Abhinav. Hope you do make it to Vietnam. We really enjoy it.

  • Azlin Bloor
    Posted at 11:30h, 14 March

    Fabulous post with so much valuable information. I’d never done a day trip out of Vietnam until we took our 4 kids there. With kids, we figured, it was the best way to go.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:33h, 14 March

    Hey Azlin. Thanks thats so nice to hear.

  • Saidat
    Posted at 11:34h, 14 March

    I will like to go hiking or on a boat ride. The tunnel seems interesting too.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:44h, 14 March

    Hi Saidat. Yes, those are cool activities.

  • Jacqui Odell
    Posted at 12:09h, 14 March

    What a beautiful place! I wish I could travel more!! I would love to see this place in person.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:11h, 14 March

    Hey Jacqui. Vietnam is really beautiful. Hope you do see it for yourself.

  • Jay Simms
    Posted at 12:32h, 14 March

    Oh wow!! I would love to visit here. Especially for the monkey island! I bet that was super fun.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:33h, 14 March

    Hi Jay. Vietnam is super fun.

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 12:37h, 14 March

    It’s really lovely and relaxing in Ho Chi Minh! I didn’t realize that there are plenty of things to see and do here! It’s really worth visiting!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:44h, 14 March

    Hey Elizabeth. It is totally worth it. There are so many things to do in Ho Chi Minh and we’re always learning more.

  • Stacy
    Posted at 13:10h, 14 March

    I have a friend who goes to Ho Chi Minh once a year! I can see why now. Looks like a wonderful trip.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:11h, 14 March

    Hi Stacy. That’s cool about your friend. We get it. We love it too.

  • Richard Bivins
    Posted at 13:14h, 14 March

    Wow this is a really detailed travel log with so many things to do and see. Maybe someday but not in my immediate future, I’d really like to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:15h, 14 March

    Hi Richard. Thanks thats cool to hear. We have lots of places that we’d love to see one day too.

  • Dani M.
    Posted at 13:56h, 14 March

    Thank you for the detailed tips! I would LOVE to go on many of these day tours. There’s quite a variety! The Binh Quoi Tourist Village stands out to me as something my husband and I would enjoy.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:57h, 14 March

    Hi Dani. Thanks so much. We really enjoy it as couple. Hopefully you and your hubby does too.

  • Jen
    Posted at 14:10h, 14 March

    Must be a great and exciting adventure visiting the place. I have not been on to many Asian places but if I do, Vietnam is on the list.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:11h, 14 March

    Hey Jen. Yeah, Vietnam is a top destination in Asia. Awesome nature and so cheap.

  • Hey Sharonoox
    Posted at 16:55h, 14 March

    Ho Chi Minh looks like a great place to visit. I would want to go to their floating market and the red dunes. It sounds like you guys had a wonderful time there. Always wanted to visit Vietnam someday.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:56h, 14 March

    Hi Hey. Yeah those day tours are so fun and interesting. Hope you do it.

  • Gemma
    Posted at 18:30h, 14 March

    Wow, I really had no idea that all of these places were within visiting distance from HCMC. The sand dunes in Mui Ne look incredible, I certainly will be adding them to my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:33h, 14 March

    Hey Gemma. That’s so cool. Good to know the info was useful.

  • Nicole Anderson
    Posted at 19:40h, 14 March

    As your beautiful photos show, this is indeed a lovely part of the world to experience and just unbeatable in terms of value. It’s so hard to believe how cheap those tours are for what you get. Thank you so much for all this great info.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:44h, 14 March

    Hi Nicole. Yes the affordability is one of the great things about Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam.

  • Athena
    Posted at 20:41h, 14 March

    Wow – those are some amazing photos. So much to experience and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to experience it through you.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:41h, 14 March

    Hi Athena. Thanks. We had a blast and love sharing it all.

  • Jill Conyers
    Posted at 20:42h, 14 March

    Looks like a wonderful place to visit with so much to do and experience.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:44h, 14 March

    Hi Jill. Ho Chi Minh city is a wonderful place for sure.

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 20:49h, 14 March

    Wow, there are a lot of options in HCMC. Did you enjoy the actual city? I met a bunch of people in Luang Prabang who had visited HCMC and there were very mixed reviews. Some said they couldn’t wait to leave and others loved it.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:50h, 14 March

    Hey Rebecca. Yes we did enjoy the city. First of all it has so much great food everywhere. And there are many cool things to do in Ho Chi Minh. It is a big crazy city too with 10 million people and crazy traffic. If you’re visiting Vietnam on a holiday, there are lots of other great places to see too. The Natural beauty is one of the best things about the country. So a couple days is enough for Ho Chi Minh usually.

  • Emily
    Posted at 21:33h, 14 March

    I wish I could visit! The temples look absolutely gorgeous with so many beautiful colors.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:34h, 14 March

    Hi Emily. Hope you do visit. Vietnam is a beautiful country with incredible landscapes.

  • Alice
    Posted at 02:16h, 15 March

    Wow! SO in time! I want to go to all the places and will try to plan a trip there in 2017. 😉 Thank you for so much info.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:22h, 15 March

    Hi Alice. That’s awesome. Hope you have a blast. Let us know if you have any questions.

  • eve winters
    Posted at 02:50h, 15 March

    This is very timely as Im planning to visit Ho Chi Minh. I’m scared of crocodiles, though. And tunnels will make me feel suffocated. But the rest is soo awesome!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:55h, 15 March

    Hi Eve. That’s perfect. Have a great visit to Vietnam. If you have any questions about more things to do in Ho Chi Minh feel free to ask.

  • Ruth I.
    Posted at 04:08h, 15 March

    Great photos and tours! I am wanted to see more of the nature but I’m honestly afraid of animals roaming freely. I will need to search more about it.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:09h, 15 March

    Hi Ruth. That’s cool. There are many Ho Chi Minh day tours with no animal encounter too.

  • Hannah Marie
    Posted at 04:10h, 15 March

    So many awesome tours you experienced! It looks so exciting to visit Ho Chi Minh, there are many places to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:11h, 15 March

    Hi Hannah. Thanks, Have a great time in Ho Chi Minh.

  • Ashwini KA
    Posted at 07:28h, 15 March

    Bookmarking this page right away!! Vietnam is high on bucket list and your post is a savior! Great job with the post 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:33h, 15 March

    Hey Ashwini. Thanks for bookmarking. Glad to know you found it useful.

  • Emma
    Posted at 08:56h, 15 March

    Mui Ne looks beautiful and so relaxing – would love to spend time in the fishing village. The chance to see monkeys and visit the mangroves would be pretty amazing too!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:58h, 15 March

    Hey Emma. Yeah all those places are really cool. Hope you enjoy them.

  • Dhemz
    Posted at 10:23h, 15 March

    Pretty cool! My kind of tour when it comes to traveling to other countries. Plus, the fees are not that bad. Thanks for sharing!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:33h, 15 March

    Hey Dhemz. Yes, there are some cool day tours with great prices.

  • Jorge Bastos
    Posted at 10:41h, 15 March

    OMG, i need to do the tunnels tour… The tunnels seem interesting, but… I REALLY WANT TO SHOOT A MACHINE GUN… I think I have seen war too many war movies

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:44h, 15 March

    Hi Jorge. Haha. Yes. We like shooting the guns too.

  • Chris
    Posted at 14:08h, 15 March

    I agree that multiple days is the best way to experience the Mekong Delta, although you are so correct that the homestay can be hit or miss.

    It is probably the name itself that is most misleading, as you generally do not dine or sleep with the families, rather than they cook a meal for you, then you sleep separately!

    To see Can Tho in the morning is by far the best!

    Cu Chi is obviously a must see, although firing the guns isn’t something I’d bother with again.

    Cao Dao is colourful and interesting, but this small cult is also a little odd (I’d certainly still call it a must see)

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:11h, 15 March

    Hey Chris. Yes, we’ve been spoiled though so we don’t want to be too harsh. We were lucky enough to house guests of a friend’s Vietnamese family in the Mekong. A homestay that you pay for can never quite compare, but it’s a lot closer than a hotel to seeing into real Vietnamese homes.

  • Elisa
    Posted at 14:33h, 15 March

    From your descriptions I would pick the floating markets tour. The mangrove tour looks also very cool and I love hiking but I don’t like monkeys at all!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:44h, 15 March

    Hi Elisa. Yes, if you don’t like monkeys, you probably won’t enjoy Can Gio. They are the big draw. So yeah the floating market might be better for you.

  • Debra Schroeder
    Posted at 10:47h, 16 March

    Ho Chi Minh has been on my bucket list for a long time. Looking forward to using your day tour visit when I make it out that way. You’re totally right, the destination is the priority. Mui Ne tops my list followed by Can Gio, but I’d skip interacting with the monkeys.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:55h, 16 March

    Hi Debra. Great to hear that. Hope you have a wonderful vacation in Vietnam.

  • CourtneyLynne
    Posted at 17:38h, 16 March

    Omg love the photos!!!!! Who knew there was so much to do in Ho Chi Minh! Hopefully my travels take me there some day!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:44h, 16 March

    Hi CourtneyLynne. We hope so too. There are many great things to do in Ho Chi Minh.

  • Isabel
    Posted at 22:17h, 16 March

    Super comprehensive – great post! I have fond memories of an aching back from being at the cu chi tunnels haha. I love Vietnamese food the most – delicious and half the price of any food from my hometown!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:22h, 16 March

    Hi Isabel. Yup those tunnels are pretty tight, but fun.

  • Jhumki Nag
    Posted at 23:07h, 16 March

    What a lovely place to visit and you have mentioned everything so clearly. Will surely gonna use this when I visit!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:11h, 16 March

    Hey Jhumki. Thats great to hear. Glad it helps.

  • Wildish Jess
    Posted at 13:22h, 17 March

    Looks like so many fun things to do! I’d love to do the tunnels but I’m claustrophobic so I don’t think it would pan out, lol.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:23h, 17 March

    Hi Jess. Yes we enjoyed them all and hope you do too.

  • Siddharth and Shruti
    Posted at 02:25h, 18 March

    Ho chi minh looks like an amazing place with a lot to explore. Had not heard about the Cu Chi tunnels . Loved the Binh Quoi Tourist Village as well. Added Ho chi minh to the bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:33h, 18 March

    Hi Siddhartha and Shruti. Thats cool. Glad this city made it to you list. There are lots of fun things to do in Ho Chi Minh and day tours are some of the best.

  • Sushmita
    Posted at 08:38h, 18 March

    OMG love this detailed and well descriptive post!
    Thanks for sharing guys 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:42h, 18 March

    Hi Sushmita. Sure thing. We included the details to help folks choose the best day tour for them.

  • Allison
    Posted at 23:56h, 18 March

    This post couldn’t be more timely. I am heading to Vietnam in May and will be spending a little time in HCMC. Time will be short so I need to make the most of every minute so this gives me lots of inspiration. I’d love to make it to the Mekong Delta but that could be a stretch so maybe the Cu Chi tunnels will be a better option. So much to consider!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:59h, 18 March

    Hey Allison. That is so good to hear. Your kind words are music to our ears.

  • Chiera
    Posted at 07:19h, 19 March

    Yes! There is nothing worse than something being marketed as being amazing but really is a major let down! This is a great post – there is no better review than an actual personal recommendation! thanks x

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:22h, 19 March

    Hello Chiera. We have been burned and wanted to share to prevent others disappointment.

  • Madhurima Maiti
    Posted at 07:49h, 19 March

    Wow! This sounds exciting and you have done such a wonderful job with this post! Very informative and helpful write up.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:55h, 19 March

    Hi Madhurima. Thanks so much. Glad to hear it was helpful.

  • Sutee
    Posted at 15:43h, 19 March

    What a great comprehensive list of day tours and activities! I never can pick what to do. I did the Delta tour last time I was in vietnam and it was one of my favorite travel experiences. I can’t believe you did all of those things in one trip!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:45h, 19 March

    Hi Sutee. Well we’ve lived in Vietnam for almost 1.5 years. Technically were visiting but we have had lots of time to explore.

  • Ami Bhat
    Posted at 02:44h, 20 March

    What a beautiful destination – with such varied landscapes…water, desert like, heritage…..seems like you name it and you have it. The tunnels look so intriguing and definitely appeal to me as does the temple. Thanks for sharing it all.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:49h, 20 March

    Hello Ami. Well said. In Vietnam, name and you have it.

  • Punita Malhotra
    Posted at 13:28h, 20 March

    The Cu Chi tunnels seem very interesting. Would like to try those. Should I be worried about feeling claustrophobic? I recently saw a picture with a small opening, but I guess they’re pretty big inside.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:51h, 21 March

    Hello Punita. There are a few tunnels to try out at Cu Chi. The first is only 5 meters. The others get longer, but you can try out the short ones first to see how it feels to you.

  • Claire santiago
    Posted at 08:03h, 25 March

    so many things to do in Ho Chi Minh, i love to explore those temples. I love anything mysterious and tells a lot about history.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:11h, 25 March

    Hi Claire. Yup there are lots of cool things to do in Ho Chi Minh. We love the mysterious too.