Day Trips from Saigon

Day trips from Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels

A tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels is the most popular day tour you can make from Ho Chi Minh City. It takes you through the Cu Chi jungle to show you what subterranean life was like for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

Tours vary but most will give you the chance to crawl through the famed tunnels as well as fire weapons used during the war. I got to fire ten rounds from an AK-47.

Mekong Delta

A visit to the Mekong Delta is another popular day trip you can make from Saigon. Considered Vietnam’s “rice bowl”, the delta is a fertile agricultural area that produces more than a third of the country’s annual food crop.

Rice is the staple crop but coconut palms, fruit orchards, and sugar-cane groves also thrive in the region’s nutrient-rich soil. The delta is home to thousands of animal species, making it one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.

Can Gio

Can Gio is another fun day trip you can make from Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a coastal suburban district of Saigon located just 40 km southeast of District 1.

Can Gio’s Biosphere Reserve hosts the highest diversity of mangrove-associated plants, invertebrates, fish, and shellfish in the region. It’s the city’s green lung and makes for a nice nature escape from Saigon