Cu Chi Tunnels travel information

Cu Chi tunnels is underground system located in Phu My Hung commune, Cu Chi district, 70 kilometers far from Ho Chi Minh city. Cu Chi tunnels has long been known as a national historical site and a masterpiece of Vietnamese people in time of war.

Being constructed in the struggle against French (1946-1948), Cu Chi tunnel served as a storage place of documents, weapons of Vietnamese army. Especially, it was used by National Liberation Front during Mau Than campaign in 1968.

Cu Chi tunnels are 200 kilometers long with a sophisticated system of tunnels. The tunnel is 3 to 8 meters deep to make the high enough for army soldiers were supposed to crouch when moving in tunnels.

Cu Chi tunnels were built on ground of solid lateritic clay which can resist to landslides. It has 3 layers with the first layer being 3 meters deep from ground, the middle being 6 meters deep and the last layer being 12 meters deep. Each layer was specially designed so that air can go inside. More interestingly, it was a wonderful hiding spot during combat and it could prevent toxic gases of the enemy.

Over course of time, Cu Chi tunnels now remain 120 kilometers long. Many tunnels have been expanded for exploring activities of tourists. Visiting Cu Chi tunnels, you will have chance to experience underground life of soldiers. You will be able to gather around Hoang Cam store, trying grilled cassava or bamboo shoots.

In addition, you can also visit War museum, shooting area and Trung An fruit garden to learn more about our Vietnam glorious history.

 

What you should know about “Gem’s island” Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is the biggest island in Vietnam, belonging to the groups of island of Gulf of Thailand which is located in Kien Giang (in the West of Vietnam). It is considered as an international centre of travel and trade as well as a famous tourist attraction site.

Its area is 567 km2 (56.700 ha) with the length of 49 km. It totally has 99 hills, and mountains, and a channel in the South whose depth is about 60m.

Found out by a Chinese man named Mac Cuu in 1671, Phu Quoc now has become a prosperous island.

At Phu Quoc, you can visit the following places:

Ganh Dau cape: Ganh Dau cape is located at Ganh Dau Commune, Phu Quoc island. It has a primitive beauty, and a bow-shaped beach. Especially, you can see the sea border of Combodia from here.

Dinh Cau cape: It is a natural rocky reef whose shape is very weird. On the peak of the highest rock is an ancient temple surrounded by many ancient trees which are more than a century years old. This is an ideal place to watch sunset.

Thom island: It is in the North of Phu Quoc island. Tourists can come here to visit the area of feeding sea animals, and pearls. You also can experience of diving.

Tranh stream: It is in the North East of Phu Quoc, attracting tourists due to its picturesque beauty.

Dai beach: Dai beach is in the North West of Phu Quoc, has been voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by BBC. Its length is 1,500m. There is a line of high and green trees along with bank of sand.

An Thoi archipelago comprises 15 islands stretching to the South West. The water here is clean. Tourists can enjoy swimming, fishing, diving,…

Some historical sites at Phu Quoc:

Phu Quoc Prison: Considered as the most scary and most worth-seeing site at Phu Quoc, Cay Dua (Phu Quoc) prison was built in the period of Indochina War. Here, more than 32.000 prisoners was detained, 4000 people was killed, and thousands of people got disable. Now, visiting Phu Quoc prison , tourists can witness cruel punishments prisoners suffered from here by seeing simulation models.

Nguyen Trung Truc temple: It is 25km from Duong Dong town to Ghenh Dau. It was built in honor to Nguyen Trung Truc’s contribution to the country.

Coi Nguon Museum: it is the place where more than 3.000 ancient things, including 300 precious documents in Chinese, Vietnamese, English, and French. This is also a fine art exhibit space driftwood , seashells , souvenirs , pearls , traditional stilt houses … located on Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong Town , Phu Quoc District .

Producing fish-sauce place: Phu Quoc fish-sauce is famous for its delicious, and unique taste. When visiting Phu Quoc, you’ll have the opportunity to visit producing fish-sauce’s area with more than 100 traditional families working to meet the demand of use in all country.

Ham Ninh old fishing village: Located in the East of Phu Quoc, 20km from Duong Dong town to the North East, Ham Ninh old fishing village still keeps its primitive beauty. The main job of people in this village are diving to get pearls, catch holothurians…This is an ideal place for seeing sunrise and enjoy the peace

 

Travelling in Tay Ninh: the land of Caodaism

Tay Ninh is located in the South East of Vietnam, connecting Ho Chi Minh city and Phnom Penh – the capital of Campuchia. It is also known as the land of Cao Dai religion with a magnificent and splendid church.

Before being formed, Tay Ninh was called Rondum Ray (elephant’s cage), belonged to Thuy Chan Lap. After Vietnamese exploring this area, Tay Ninh changed and developed.

Travellers can catch a coach to get to Tay Ninh at the weekend because it is only 100km from Ho Chi Minh city. Trans-Asia route also runs through this province with the length of 28 km connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Cambodia by Moc Bai border. So from here,  travellers can get to Campuchia easily.

When arriving in Tay Ninh, you can visit Tay Ninh church which is 5 km from the city, in the South East. It is considered as the land of Cao Dai religion with unique architecture. Like other churches, its front heads to the West, bell’s building stands in the left, drum’s building stands in the right. This church is large, surrounded by many big rubber trees. What makes it special is that it was built by bamboo-reinforced concrete.

Tay Ninh is also famous for Ba Den (The Black Virgin) mountain which is the highest mountain in the South East of Vietnam (980 meters). Travellers can choose cables or walk to get to the peak.

There are many other attractions travellers can visit such as: Dau Tieng lake, Chang Riec forest, Moc Bai free-tax supermarket, Ma Thien Lanh tourist resort, Lo Go – Xa Mat national park, Binh Thanh old tower,…

In Tay Ninh, travellers can specially try unique specialities such as: pork noodles, mountain snail, mountain lizard, ricepaper under dew,…

Travelling in Tay Ninh: the land of Caodaism

Tay Ninh is located in the South East of Vietnam, connecting Ho Chi Minh city and Phnom Penh – the capital of Campuchia. It is also known as the land of Cao Dai religion with a magnificent and splendid church.

Before being formed, Tay Ninh was called Rondum Ray (elephant’s cage), belonged to Thuy Chan Lap. After Vietnamese exploring this area, Tay Ninh changed and developed.

Travellers can catch a coach to get to Tay Ninh at the weekend because it is only 100km from Ho Chi Minh city. Trans-Asia route also runs through this province with the length of 28 km connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Cambodia by Moc Bai border. So from here,  travellers can get to Campuchia easily.

When arriving in Tay Ninh, you can visit Tay Ninh church which is 5 km from the city, in the South East. It is considered as the land of Cao Dai religion with unique architecture. Like other churches, its front heads to the West, bell’s building stands in the left, drum’s building stands in the right. This church is large, surrounded by many big rubber trees. What makes it special is that it was built by bamboo-reinforced concrete.

Tay Ninh is also famous for Ba Den (The Black Virgin) mountain which is the highest mountain in the South East of Vietnam (980 meters). Travellers can choose cables or walk to get to the peak.

There are many other attractions travellers can visit such as: Dau Tieng lake, Chang Riec forest, Moc Bai free-tax supermarket, Ma Thien Lanh tourist resort, Lo Go – Xa Mat national park, Binh Thanh old tower,…

In Tay Ninh, travellers can specially try unique specialities such as: pork noodles, mountain snail, mountain lizard, ricepaper under dew,…

Tam Nong, Dong Thap travel guide

Tam Nong is a a rural district of Dong Thap province with an area of 459 square kilometers. It is famous with Tram Chim National Park, which attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Tram Chim national park covers an area of 7612 hectares. It is a part of 5 communes namely Tan Cong Sinh, Phu Duc, Phu Tho, Phu Thanh, Phu Hiep and Tram Chim. Especially, Tram Chim has long been known as an attractive place for eco-tourism.

Considered as “small Thap Muoi”, Tram Chim national park has a diversified ecosystem. It is the habitat of more than 130 types of plants, 198 types of waterfowls (accounting for ¼ of Vietnam) including rare species.

Visiting Tam Nong – Dong Thap, you will have chance to see sarus crane which is listed as one in 15 endangered cranes in the world. This kind of bird is 1,7 meter high with large wings, silky feather and long neck.

In addition, you are able to enjoy the spectacular view of flowers such as lotus. Moreover, you will have opportunity to watch many species like python, snake, turtle, mallard and so on.

At present, Tram Chim national park is being expanded and improved by local authority. Additionally, environmental organizations are also considering making it a natural reserve and an ecotourism destination.

Travelling in My Tho – Tien Giang

My Tho became Tien Giang’s city in 1976. In 17th century, My Tho and Cu Lao Pho – Bien Hoa were 2 most noisy trade centers in the South.

My Tho now still keeps its cultural features after nearly 3 centuries. From Ho Chi Minh city, travellers can choose private cars, coach, bus, or motorbike to get to My Tho. It is only 70 km from Saigon.

When arriving in My Tho, catch a bus, or buy a ferry ticket, or most conveniently hire a motorbike to go sightseeing.

Hotels in My Tho are cheap. Chuong Duong (No.10, 30/4 street, My Tho), and Cong Doan hotel (No.61, 30.4 street, My Tho) are considered as the most luxurious hotels in My Tho.  Other cheaper accommodations are on Ly Thuong Kiet and Ap Bac street with the rate from 100.000 to 150.000 per room per night.

In My Tho, don’t forget to taste some famous specialities such as: noodles, pancakes, seafood,…

Some places you should visit in My Tho are Vinh Trang pagoda, Tien Giang museum, Dong Tam snake farm, Rach Gam – Xoai Mut relics,…

One of the things you can not ignore when visiting My Tho is exploring fruit gardens where you can witness many kinds of fresh fruits that bring you wonderful experience,…

Vinh Long travel guide

Vinh Long is a province in the Mekong Delta, Western region of Vietnam. With a rich and unique culture representing Southern style, Vinh Long is a famous tourist attraction. Travelling to Ving Long, you will have change to visit fruit garden and experience special entertaining activities.

Means of transport to get to Vinh Long: Vinh Long is 135 kilometers far from Ho Chi Minh city and 40 kilometers far from Can Tho. You can go to Vinh Long by private vehicles and public transport. From Saigon, you have to go to Western bus station and get on Mai Linh or Phuong Trang coach. It will take you about 3 hours to reach Vinh Long and the ticket price varies from 85.000 to 110.000 vnd/ticket. Besides, you can drive your own vehicles such as car and motorbike or get a package tour of any travel agency.

Accommodations in Vinh Long: There are many types of accommodations for you to choose depending on your financial situation.  If you want to save money, you can choose homestay at the price of 150.000 to 200.000 dong per room. If you prefer a comfortable and convenient place, range of hotels on Le Loi, Nguyen Thi Ut and Hung Dao Vuong street are recommended for you. You will have to pay an amount of 200.000 to 400.000 dong per room per night.

Foods: Vinh Long is famous for its local specialties such as perch soup, grilled shrimp, fried gourami and so on.

Places to visit:  Some historical sites in Vinh Long including Van Thanh temple, Tien Chau pagoda, Long An ancient pagoda, Bonsai garden, My Thuan bridge and Long Ho wall. In addition, if you are interested in ecotourism, you should visit fruit garden , Vinh Sang resort  and An Binh islet…

Travelling in Kontum

Kontum province is located in the North of Tay Nguyen, Vietnam. It is also known as Indochina fork because it is adjacent to Laos, and Campuchia. Travellers can discover the gongs culture of ethnic people here.

How to get to Kontum?

By air: There is no airport in Kontum, but travellers can take flight from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city or Danang to Pleiku airport which is 50 km from Kontum. Then catch a bus, or taxi to get to Kontum town.

By road: If you depart from Ho Chi Minh city, you can catch a coach from the East station to Kontum at the cost of VND 200.000 (It is much cheaper than airplane).

Accommodation?

The most luxurious hotel in Kontum now is Indochine 3-star hotel with 63 hotels. The room rate is from VND 500.000 to 800.000 per room per night. There are also some cheap hotels which are located on Tran Hung Dao street, Ba Trieu street, Nguyen Trai street,… at the price of VND 200.000 to 300.000 per room per night.

Food and drink?

Food and drink in Kontum is quite cheap, but various. Travellers should taste specialities such as: rice bamboo, grilled pork, grilled crickets,… Kontum is also famous for black bamboo, sour bamboo, kinds of forest vegetables, …

Tourist attraction?

There are many attraction sites in Kontum to visit. Don’t forget to visit Rông house, which is the biggest traditional house in Tay Nguyen, located in Kon Klor village, Thang Loi ward, Kontum town. Travellers can visit Kontum prison which was built from 1930 to 1931 to detain political prisoners. Kontum bishop was built by the combination of West and traditional architecture. Wood church is the combination of Roman style and stilt houses of Ba Na people. Kon Klor hanging bridge connects 2 sides of DakLak river.

Besides, you should get experience in Mang Den (Black bamboo) ecotourism area which is located between Mang Den (Black bamboo) pass and Violak pass (Quang Ngai).  Beside the diverse ecosystems with rich flora and fauna, there’s a statue of Our Lady of Mang Den (Our Lady of Sorrows statue ) built by the French in the war.

 

Ba Na hills tour

Ba Na hills is a famous tourist attraction in Da Nang city. Visiting Ba Na hill, you will not only be able to enjoy the fresh air and cool climate but also get the view of many scenic places as well as historical sites.

Being one part of Truong Son range, Ba Na is located in Hoa Ninh town, Hoa Vang district and 25 kilometers far from Da Nang city. Tourism center of Ba Na is situated on Chua mount which is 1,489 meters above sea level.

You can travel to Ba Na hills at any time of the year as it has comfortable climate all year round. You can witness the weather of 4 seasons during a day in Ba Na. From April to September, tourists flock to Ba Na hills as a way of escaping from the hot summer days and relaxing themselves. If you do not prefer the crowd and noise, you are advised to visit Ba Na during the period from November to February.

From Da Nang city, you can catch the bus to go to Ba Na at the price of 120.000 to 150.000 dong per ticket. Alternatively, you can travel by taxi and you will have to pay an amount of 350.000 dong. If you want to save money, you can drive your own car or hire a car. For those who want to get the view along way to Ba Na, it is a good idea to drive a motorbike.

Reaching Ba Na, you should not miss trying the cable car route to explore this tourism area. At present, Ba Na cable car route has get 4 world records for the longest one-wire sling, the  longest unpatched wire, the longest distance between each station and finally the heaviest cable roll. The ticket price for cable car is 550.000 dong/person

“Train mountain climbing” is also preferred by many tourists when visiting this mountain resort. The secure train system will surely thrill and excite you. The ticket price is 100.000 dong/ticket.

In addition, there are many others destinations for you to explore such as Le Jardin D’Amour, Linh Ung temple, Mo stream ( Dream stream).

With many spectacular views and a variety of entertaining activities, Ba Na hills trip is bound to give you unforgettable experiences.

 

Where to eat in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh city has long been considered as “food paradise” with a collection of many famous dishes representing regional cuisine. Visiting the largest city of Vietnam, you are able to choose your favorite restaurant based on your taste and budget.

If you travel to Ho Chi Minh city with the aim of relaxing and entertaining, you can consider the following suggested restaurants:

  • Quan An Ngon ( 138 Nam Ky street, District 1) offers tourists more than 300 dishes of 3 regions in Vietnam.
  • Camargue restaurant(74/7D Hai Ba Trung street, District 1) is famous with salmon dishes and grilled pork
  • The Deck Saigon restaurant (38 Nguyen U Di street, District 2) serves Sirloin steak which is worth trying
  • The Refinery Bar and Restaurant (74 Hai Ba Trung street, District 1) is spacious and has ancient-style design.
  • La Cuisine (48 Le Thanh Ton street, District 1) serves Mediterranean foods
  • The Temple Club (29-31 Ton That Nghiep street, District 1) has lovely and artistic view

If you are fan of snacks, you could visit the “snack paradise” in Ho Chi Minh city. Especially, they are very cheap.

  • Snacks store at 8 Truong Dinh street, District 3 provides tourists with many snacks of Northern are such as salt roasted chicken legs, rice roll noodle and bread rolls
  • Dalat corner store at the beginning corner of Le Van Si street, District 3 sells more than 100 types of baked roll( banh trang nuong) at the price between 10.000 and 30.000 dong
  • Coco5 store at 249 Nguyen Tri Phuong street, District 10) is famous with Thailand snacks. The price varies between 10.000 and 70.000 dong
  • Street stores along Duong Ba street, District 8 offers snacks at the lowest price. Here you can try sticky rice and fried noodle at the price between 7.000 and 15.000 dong

Besides the above mentioned addresses, you can explore more about Sai Gon cuisine in famous foods areas such as Turtle Lake, An Duong Vuong street, Hung Vuong street and Hoang Hoa Tham market.