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Our most recommended Southern Vietnam Day Trips to Arches National Park

From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

1. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

Discover the verdant beauty of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan or bus and board a motorboat for a ride through islands on the Tien River. Enjoy a local lunch in an orchard and ride a rowboat under coconut trees on the Bao Dinh canal. Depart from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. Along the way, visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta.  Go by motorized boat on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise islet). See the fishing port, boat-building workshops, and the Dragon, Phoenix, and Unicorn Islet. Walk into the village, where you can visit a local fruit garden and enjoy the tropical fruit while listening to Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by islanders. Join in the daily activities that the locals do and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside.  Visit the bee house, and take a picture of the pythons. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. The boat cruise will lead you through the Bao Dinh canal, entering Ben Tre province — the land of coconuts. Here you'll see a typical agricultural model called "Garden – Pond – Cage” before visiting the coconut candy-making shop. Next, enjoy a rowing boat trip on the small canal, fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut trees. After your boat ride, take a bike ride around the island before returning to the bus.

Ho Chi Minh City: Cao Dai Temple & Black Lady Mountain Tour

2. Ho Chi Minh City: Cao Dai Temple & Black Lady Mountain Tour

Choose from a shared or private experience and, following an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City, head towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border and reach Tay Ninh Province. From there, take a cable car ride up to the Black Lady Mountain. Once on top, marvel at the panoramic views of the beautiful region. Black Lady Mountain consists of three major mountains covering an area of 24 kilometers and reaching an altitude of 986 meters. The beautiful temples and caves that are used to house Buddhist monks and nuns remain largely undisturbed. Proceed to Cao Dai Holy Temple which houses administrative offices, residences for officials, adepts and a hospital for traditional Vietnamese herbal medicine that attracts people from all over the south for treatments. The temple is home to the Cao Dai movement known for mixing ideas from different religions including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. Learn about the importance of Cao Daism figures including historic figures such as Sun Yat-Sen, Victor Hugo, and Nguyen Binh Khiem.

Nha Trang: Stand-up Paddleboard Sunset Tour

3. Nha Trang: Stand-up Paddleboard Sunset Tour

Begin the tour at a small floating house in a calm neighborhood of Nha Trang. There you will receive a short safety induction including the precautions you should take on the river.  Learn the best techniques for guiding the board, then set off and follow the group down the Cai River. Paddle under a wooden bridge that is known as the Nha Trang version of the Burmese U Bein Bridge. Take in incredible views of the sun setting over the river as you float on top of the calm water. Consider enjoying a local refreshment before heading back to departure point.

Private Cu Chi Tunnels and shooting ranger Tour

4. Private Cu Chi Tunnels and shooting ranger Tour

Following pickup from you hotel in District 1, you will head to the Cu Chi Province. You will travel past the Tan Binh District before arriving to Cu Chi, with a rest stop at a lacquer factory included along the way. The factory is a workplace of disabled people who were victims of Agent Orange Toxic used during the war. Whilst there you can see how they work and witness the beauty of the final products created by them. You will also have the opportunity to purchase their products to help them sustain themselves. Following the factory you will reach the Ben Duoc Tunnels. The tunnels' system is so complex that it stunned many military advisors from all over the world. It is a hidden gem which is today mainly used for educational purposes for Vietnamese students and foreigners alike. It has been recognized by the Ministry of Culture as a National Cultural and Historical Relic as of April 29, 1979. In addition to the historic monuments which serve the propaganda and education of the traditional revolution, when visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels you can visit a simulated area of Cu Chi where you can discover the architecture of the houses. This will provide you with an insight into the lives of the army and the people of Cu Chi between 1961-1972.

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The tour is 100% “for tourists”. Knowing this, if it's something they're good with, the tour is very well organized, the guide is excellent, and it's interesting to visit the islands in the Mekong, taste the various local flavors, see the production of coconut-based items, small boat trip along the river and the bike ride (which was very short because of the threat of rain and we had to return to the big boat). The trip is long but if you take the opportunity to rest, overall it's a very well spent day.

Beautiful experience and fantastic organization, special thanks to the guide Tiên. Very good and really nice. Recommended !

Great experience for the price paid and also very good lunch, thanks a lot especially to our guide Lian, spectacular

It's a very touristy experience but it's worth your time. We had a good time during our visit.

Even for Japanese people who are not good at English, they carefully explained and guided us.