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48 Hours in Vietnam – Things to Do and Sights to See

Vietnam is without doubt one of Asia's most fascinating destinations. Inherent of a controversial past the country has picked up to give visitors quite an experience. Here's what a 48hr adventure is.


Day One: Activities Galore – Ride Tacu Mountain

Let's look at 48hrs in Mui Nei first; Vietnam's pristine beach resort home to a 16km long unspoilt beach. Take the cable car to the top of Tacu Mountain. The scenic ride is quite an experience and once reaching the drop off point you need to hike another 15 to 20 minutes until you stumble upon the huge reclining Buddha statue. Be prepared to be awed by the sheer size of this iconic statue shimmering in white.


Take a Motorboat to Ke Ga Lighthouse

To get to Ke Ga Lighthouse you need to ride a motorboat to an adjoining island off Mui Nei. The ride to the island takes around 5 minutes and is a bit of a bumpy ride; but loads of fun. The island the lighthouse is located on is quite stunning and home to rustic surroundings. Enjoy your time in the sun and exploring Ke Ga; this may take around an hour but well worth the journey for enjoying the beauty of the island.


Visit the Fairy Stream and Sand Dunes

Break for lunch at one of the fine resorts in Mui Nei and head over to another iconic attraction in town; the Fairy Stream. Not far from the Anantara Mui Ne Resort the knee deep stream at first may not be too impressive but moving further along the winding waterway, the landscape changes to one of immense beauty. Sand and rock formations are quite impressive while along the way you can stop at a picturesque fishing port and the Red Canyons to snap up some memorable pictures. The red and white sand dunes are next and quite worth the visit; decide if you like the white or red dunes better.


Day Two: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels

Well 48hrs in Vietnam means you must visit Ho Chi Minh City as well. The Cu Chi Tunnels are probably one of the most iconic attractions there. Explore the labyrinths and marvel at the tight quarters that soldiers used to hide during the war.


Walking Tour of the City

A walking tour is best to explore the city; make sure to take in the most popular sights. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and of course the iconic Post Office; enjoy the fine and very impressive architecture and history there. For a gist of some local flavour make your way to Ben Thahn Market and famous Saigon Square.


End Your Day on a High Note

Risking a quick 48hr holiday in a country that has much to offer certainly deserves some daredevil adventures which you most likely will encounter. Here's an absolute winner to seal your holiday; join one of the high-spirited street parties in the Red Light district. Mind you keep things cool and not miss your flight.