5 destinations near Saigon to avoid the crowds during Tet


Within 300 km from Ho Chi Minh City, visitors can go to the forest, go to the beach, camp, climb mountains on their own or with a guide.

Starting from Ho Chi Minh City, there are many tourist attractions close to nature, national parks, streams, and beautiful waterfalls, suitable for tourists who love to explore. Mr. Nguyen Quang, owner of a campsite in Dong Nai, said the cost of traveling to these destinations is less than 3 million VND per person, the schedule is about 3 days and is not overloaded like some entertainment spots near the city.

Mr. Quang suggests 5 destinations for tourists to consider if they plan to travel on a budget, experience activities close to nature, and avoid crowds at the beginning of the year.

Bu Gia Map National Park, Binh Phuoc

Bu Gia Map National Park is located in Phu Nghia commune, Bu Gia Map district, with an area of ​​more than 25,000 hectares. From Ho Chi Minh City, visitors can go to the National Park by personal vehicle or bus, travel time is about 4-5 hours, distance 190 km. Currently, the National Park is in the dry season, the weather is cool, the average temperature is 26 degrees Celsius, suitable for outdoor exploration activities.

Tourists check in at Bu Gia Map National Park. Photo: Vo Thi Hong
Tourists check in at Bu Gia Map National Park. Photo: Vo Thi Hong

Coming to the National Park, visitors can experience trekking, admire the forests of Locust trees, palm trees and many typical tree species of transitional forests from the Central Highlands to the Southeast region; Visit the rescue center for conservation and development of creatures, learn about the ecological behavior and interesting characteristics of primates and some animal species of the National Park.

On the journey, guests will camp next to Dak Ca stream, Dak Manh lake, where the water is clear and cool, they can go down to the lake to catch fish, cool off, cook bamboo rice, set up tents, and enjoy special dishes. Characteristics include wild vegetables, duck soup, and roasted duck with mac mat leaves.

Package national park trekking tours cost about 2.5 million VND, visitors only need to prepare necessary personal belongings before setting out.

Dinh Mountain, Tien Stream, Ba Ria – Vung Tau

Dinh Mountain is about 6 km north of Ba Ria city, in Tan Thanh district. Distance from Ho Chi Minh City is nearly 70 km.

At the top there are Tien stream and Da stream with five lakes where you can bathe. Next to it is Nui Dinh base – the revolutionary base of units affiliated with the Southeast battlefield. The top of Dinh Mountain also has beautiful pagodas hidden among the rocky slopes, notably Hang Pagoda, Dai Tong Lam Pagoda, Tay Phuong Pagoda.

The road to the top is cool because there are many green trees and birds singing on both sides. However, the way up has many paths, without many clear signs, requiring caution or hiring a native to accompany you. On top of Compass there is a large, flat rock. Here, visitors can observe almost the entire Long Son peninsula and part of Vung Tau city.

Cu Lao Cau, Binh Thuan

Cu Lao Cau, also known as Hon Cau, is a small island in Tuy Phong district (Binh Thuan). This island is about 110 km from Phan Thiet city, about 240 km from Ho Chi Minh City. From the mainland to the island, it takes about 40 to 50 minutes by boat or large ship or canoe. From January to May of the lunar calendar every year is the ideal time to travel to Cu Lao Cau because at this time the sea is calm, the waves are calm, and the climate is cool.

Pristine port scene on Cu Lao Cau. Photo: Tran Le Ngoc Thang.
Pristine port scene on Cu Lao Cau. Photo: Tran Le Ngoc Thang.

To explore Cu Lao Cau, visitors can go on a day trip or stay overnight on their own or buy a tour. The island is uninhabited, there are no services, guests even have to bring fresh water from the mainland. A one-day tour to explore Cu Lao Cau costs 650,000 VND per person, including round-trip boat service to the island, seafood lunch and diving equipment to see coral, with a local guide.

Coming here, visitors can check in at Tien beach, Tien well, Ba Hon cave, Love cave, Ca Suot beach, and Nam Hai god temple.

Phi Lieng Waterfall, Lam Dong

Phi Lieng Waterfall is located in Phi Lieng commune, Dam Rong district, Lam Dong province, 70 km southwest of Da Lat city center, less than 290 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Phi Lieng has 7 waterfalls with the main waterfall over 100 m high. The attraction of this camping spot is the route to view the pristine natural scenery. To reach the foot of the waterfall, visitors must go through a dirt road. This road will cause problems during the rainy season. At the beginning of the year, it is the dry season so traveling is easier.

Tourists who do not have trekking experience should buy a tour for guidance, because this is not an easy route for beginners. Tour price starts from 2 million VND per person.

Trekking Bidoup – Ta Giang

With a distance of more than 30 km, the Bidoup – Ta Giang trekking route passes through three provinces of Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan and Khanh Hoa. The starting point is Hon Giao located in Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park, Lam Dong province, about 350 km from Ho Chi Minh City.

Tourists camp on grass hills in Phuoc Binh National Park. Photo: Duc Anh
Tourists camp on grass hills in Phuoc Binh National Park. Photo: Duc Anh

Before trekking, visitors need to check in with the Park Management Board. After that, the ranger will accompany and guide the group to the end of the National Park. The terrain in Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park is mainly low slope. Passing Bidoup forest, the altitude gradually drops to Phuoc Binh area. Visitors will experience the second type of terrain which is grass hills nearly half their body high. Trekking and camping in Phuoc Binh National Park also require approval from the Park Management Board. The final destination of the journey is Ta Giang stream located in Thanh Son commune, Khanh Son district, Khanh Hoa.

Visitors bring their own food, drinks and cooking utensils when trekking. You can directly use bamboo pipes to cook rice and meat. The appropriate time to trek Bidoup – Ta Giang is from January to September, ideally from March onwards because before that is the windy season.

($1~24,000 VND)
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