This tour combines sights with sea as you visit Ho Chi Minh City’s coastal retreat, the city of Vung Tau. First, you’ll learn all about Mr Tran, as you visit the island commune of Long Son. He decided to settle on the isle in 1900 and teach his own religion. And you can still visit his red-roofed temple today. Next it’s on to the Whale Temple, which houses the bones of a huge whale skeleton. And then it’s on to Vung Tau’s very own Christ the Redeemer statue, which was finished in 1993. You’ll also drive to the seafront Nirvana Buddhist temple and the famous White Villa, before stopping at a local beachside restaurant for lunch. After, you’ll visit a two-mile-long tunnel network, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. On the way back to the port, you’ll stop at a market, so you can see how the locals go about their daily lives.
The initial drive to the first site is approximately 45 minutes, the final leg of the return journey is also approximately 45 minutes. You’ll need to dress modestly when visiting religious sites. Knees and shoulders need to be covered, you’ll also need to take off your shoes before entering the temples.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.