Around Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels - Tay Ninh - Nui Ba Den - One Pillar Pagoda - Can Gio - Buu Long Mountain -Tri An Falls - Vung Tau - Long Hai - Loc An Beach - Ho Tram Beach - Ho Coc Beach - Binh Chau Hot Springs - Cat Tien National Park - Con Dao Islands


Since various tourist pamphlets will tell you that Buu Long Mountain (admission 8000d) is the Halong Bay of the south', you'd be forgiven for thinking that it must be nothing short of stunningly beautiful. In truth Buu Long Mountain is no Halong Ray, but it's a pretty and peaceful place to make a day trip to escape the crowds of HCMC. The summit is 60m above the car park, and there are several good walking trails. The top of the mountain is marked by a pagoda, from where you can look down and clearly see Long An (Dragon Lake). There is some lovely countryside scenery, good bird-watching and sweeping views of the rural farms along the Dong Nai River. You can buy cold drinks and noodles at a few refreshment shops, but we recommend trying out the food at the small vegetarian restaurant (meals 10,000-20,000d; breakfast & lunch) at the top of the mountain. Buu Long Mountain is 32km from central HCMC and is best reached by car or motorbike. It's 2km off the main highway after crossing the bridge that marks the border between HCMC municipality and Dong Nai province.