10 tourist destinations near Saigon to spend short holidays

Ho Chi Minh City is famous for a bustling life. If you want to be away from the haze of the city to release stress, this post will suggest 10 tourist destinations near Saigon to visit.

1. Dai Nam tourist place

Dai Nam Van Hoa

Dai Nam is a tourist area in Hiep An, Thu Dau Mot, and Binh Duong, about 40 km from HCMC.

The landscape of Dai Nam tourist area has the river, lake, mountain, sea. All create the beauty of the country of Vietnam.

Besides, there is a zoo and play area, which is the attractive entertainment.

The most special feature of the tourist area that you should not miss when coming here is Bao Son Mountain and Dai Nam Beach, which are artificial works with impressive beauty.

Ticket price:

  • From Mon to Fri: adult ticket price is 400,000 VND / person, children are 300,000 VND / child.
  • From Sat to Sun, and public holidays: The ticket for adults is 500,000 VND / person, children are 400,000 VND / child.
  • No refunds for any ticket. And, the coupons are valid for the same day only.
  • The above prices include services in the resort, games, and unlimited times.
  • The opening time of Dai Nam Lac is from 8: 00 am – 5:00 pm from Mon – Fri, and 8:00 am – 6:00 pm on Sat and Sun.
  • The price of subsidy policy for children: Children under 1m are free. From 1m to 1.4m children, fare applies. Above 1.4m calculated as the adult price.

2. Thanh An Island

Thanh An island locates about 70km from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City to the East. The island completely separates from the city, a suitable place for those who like rustic lands.

Although it is not a famous tourist destination with amazing scenes, this place can give you wildlife and peace. You will meet friendly people, and take pictures of the original scenery.

When travelling to Thanh An island, you can witness the activities of the local fishermen in the most honest and lively way.

All of these help you escape from the crowded city, find a peaceful life in the countryside. 

To come to the island, you need to pay attention to the boat schedules to avoid wasting time waiting for it.

  • The boat schedule to Thanh An Island: 6:30 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm.
  • The time to go from Thanh An Island back to the land: 6:30 am, 7:30 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 5:00 pm.

>>> You may want to see the Saigon attractions.

3. Thuy Chau tourist area

Thuy Chau Tourist Area
Thuy Chau Tourist Area | @dulichthuychau

Thuy Chau is an artificial tourist area in Binh Duong province with forests, rivers, and waterfalls. This place will help you stay away from the busy city while you can live in a natural scene. 

When you come here, you will be fascinated by the surrounding scenery with the green trees around the lake and beautiful streams. You can also listen to birds singing and dancing here.

Many people do not believe Thuy Chau is an artificial place because it has fresh air, quiet surrounding, beautiful scenery.

Swimming in the cool water of the artificial lake will help you dispel worries and sorrows. Besides, you can have nice pictures of this charming landscape. 

Ticket price:

  • Adults: 80,000 VND / person.
  • Children from 1.2m – 1.4m: 40,000 VND / child.
  • Free admission is for children under 1.2 m and seniors over 65 years old.
  • The above ticket price includes the outdoor excursion services, natural waterfall bathing, artificial swimming pool.
  • Thuy Chau tourist destination is only open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays, New Year. Opening hours start at 8:00 am.

4. Da Han Waterfall

Da Han Waterfall is in Trang Bom Town, Trang Bom district, Dong Nai province.

The waterfall locates in the middle of the fruit garden, so while you have a journey to conquer the waterfall, you can enjoy the sweet fruit bunches.

When staying Da Han, you can do bathing, camping at the foot of the waterfall, or inviting friends to organize fishing in the mud.

Especially, do not forget to try dishes, such as fried rice with crickets and fish sauce, Dong Nai mushroom, Bien Hoa fish salad, and stir-fried bats.

  • Spending on services in the falls ranges from 15,000 VND to 500,000 VND.
  • Da Han Waterfall operates from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm every day.

5. Dua Lua Island

Dao Dua Lua Island
Dao Dua Lua | @thaohappy

Dua Lua Island (Red Coconut Island) is only 12 km from the city centre of Saigon. The island is very suitable for a day trip around Saigon.

Red Coconut Island is designed with the style of Mekong Delta. You can see girls with conical hats wearing Ba Ba clothes (a traditional custom in Mekong Delta), green coconuts, the houses on the surface of the water. It all makes you have an incredible time.

This eco-tourism area with spectacular scenery attracts many domestic and international visitors. Some of the activities you can do in the Dua Lua island, such as boating, river bathing, ostrich riding, climbing coconut bridges, windsurfing, and canoeing.

Besides, you can enjoy coconut beef dishes, coconut salad, field crabs, or grilled snakehead fish. These dishes are marinated in their own way, with a unique flavour that you cannot find in the city centre.

Spending estimated in Red Coconut Idland is around from 200,000VND.

6. Yellow Scorpions (Bo Cap Vang)

Bo Cap Vang takes about an hour on average to drive to there from Saigon.

If you come here, you will immerse yourself in the vast space of nature with the scent of yellow flowers bo cap (if it is in the blooming season).

The tourist site is suitable for picnics and on day excursions from HCMC.

There are many activities for you to do, including jumping slides, swimming, water slides, rope games, walking on water, sailing on the river. The price is from 10,000 – 20,000 VND per game.

Entrance fee costs 50,000 VND per person, and 25,000 VND per child for normal days; but 60,000 VND per adult, and 30,000 per child on public holidays.

7. Chua Chan Mountain

Chua Chan Mountain
Chua Chan Mountain |@littlepinochio

Chua Chan Mountain is the second-highest mountain in the Southern region.

It takes up to three hours to travel to this place from Saigon. Chua Chan is suitable for those who prefer to spend the night camping to watch the sunrise.

However, you have to climb a mountain. Thus, you need to prepare all the necessary equipment, especially protective items for climbing.

Looking at the view from the top of Chua Chan Mountain, you will see the fanciful mist in the morning. Or, sipping a few cans of beer by the fire at night, and enjoying a barbecue with friends is nothing more wonderful.

8. Fosaco eco-village

No need to go far, right in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City, you can feel the atmosphere of Central Highlands in the Fosaco eco-tourism area.

The entire architecture of the village is designed in the style of the Central Highlands. The houses in this area are made from bamboo and wood.

When visiting this site, tourists will hear about beliefs, festivals, life, and customs of the ethnic groups in Vietnam.

You can also explore the handmade weaving stages of mountainous girls, and making-pottery techniques, learn how to control buffalo carts, and enjoy the cuisine of the Central Highlands.

  • Entrance fee costs 30,000 VND / adult
  • Opening hours are from 8;00 am – 5:00 pm every day.
  • If you want to camp overnight here, you must contact the reception in advance to range the service.

>>> You may want to see the fruit gardens near Saigon.

9. Cao Minh tourist area

Cao Minh Tourist Area
Cao Minh Tourist Area | @kdl.colorland

You will enjoy green space in quiet nature in the Cao Minh tourist area as you are in a European countryside located near Saigon.

Going to Cao Minh, you will get peaceful on the green lawns, walk on the suspension bridges, or relax in the old brick houses. All are collected at this place.

The poetic scenery and romantic colours have attracted a lot of people to take photos, relax here, organize teambuilding activities.

The entrance ticket costs 15,000 VND / person. If you bring a tent to camp, the price will be about 35,000 VND / person for day time, and overnight will be about 70,000 VND / person.

10. Hot spring of Binh Chau in Ba Ria – Vung Tau 

Hot spring of Binh Chau in Ba Ria – Vung Tau, 150 km from the centre of HCMC, is an ideal place for mineral bathing and mud bathing.

This destination is good for those who want to relax in the hot spring and relax to improve health and cure.

Also, you can visit the zoo, participate in sports games, take a walk to feel the fresh scenery, admire the plants, and welcome the new day full of sunshine.

Although this place is close to Saigon and you can go and back to the city within a day, it is recommended to spend at least one night there to enjoy the wonderful time.

  • Ticket price of combo 1: 160,000 VND, including entrance fee and mineral foot bath.
  • Ticket of combo 2: 260,000 VND, including entrance fee, and hot swimming pool of mineral water.
  • Price of combo 3: 500,000 VND, including entrance fee, hot spring bath, mud bath, and swimwear.

With the information above, we hope you will find a nice destination near Saigon for your short holidays while you travel to this city.

Which place will you choose to visit Ho Chi Minh City?