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Ho Chi Minh City: Cao Dai Temple & Black Lady Mountain Tour

1. Ho Chi Minh City: Cao Dai Temple & Black Lady Mountain Tour

Choose from a shared or private experience and, following an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City, head towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border and reach Tay Ninh Province. From there, take a cable car ride up to the Black Lady Mountain. Once on top, marvel at the panoramic views of the beautiful region. Black Lady Mountain consists of three major mountains covering an area of 24 kilometers and reaching an altitude of 986 meters. The beautiful temples and caves that are used to house Buddhist monks and nuns remain largely undisturbed. Proceed to Cao Dai Holy Temple which houses administrative offices, residences for officials, adepts and a hospital for traditional Vietnamese herbal medicine that attracts people from all over the south for treatments. The temple is home to the Cao Dai movement known for mixing ideas from different religions including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. Learn about the importance of Cao Daism figures including historic figures such as Sun Yat-Sen, Victor Hugo, and Nguyen Binh Khiem.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Half-Day Mekong Speedboat & Bike Tour

2. From Ho Chi Minh City: Half-Day Mekong Speedboat & Bike Tour

After pick-up from your centrally located hotel you will be driven to Central Pier. Board the speedboat and start your journey towards the Mekong Delta. Enjoy fresh tropical fruits and mineral water on board, and a light breakfast will be served on the morning tour. On the way, you will enjoy the fresh air and observe the pure beautiful landscape. Your guide will explain to you the daily life of local people who live along the riverbanks.  Disembark the speedboat to visit a shrimp farm where you will learn how the locals raise shrimps. Afterwards, cycle along peaceful paths between villages to discover the lifestyle in the rural Mekong area. You will pass by an ancient house, and visit a Vietnamese family who make traditional rice wine. Go to a local morning market and visit a beautiful pagoda built in the middle of the 19th century. Then visit Cao Dai Temple and learn more about this religion. Afterwards, get back on your bike to cycle along small paths through the vast paddy fields. Finally, visit a local family to see how they make tofu and enjoy a light home-cooked meal. Return to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, or at the pier. 

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What people are saying about Cao Dai Temple

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 401 reviews

Our guide Vien (Danny) was very friendly. He picked us up at the hotel and we went to the boat. This is a tour away from masstourism, where you really get to see the farmers and their work in the mekong delta. All the People are so nice and it puts a smile on each facs if you greet them in vietnamese. We were on the tour for around 4.5 hours and did not see one other tourist group. If you are looking to see more then just the tourist-pathes, this is perfect. Would definately recommend it!

We took a morning tour with our kind host Ngọc Quyên. The trip was wonderful and one of the highlights of our visit to Vietnam. There is so much to see, do and learn in and about life in the Mekong Delta! The visits with some local farmers were very enlightening. We did this trip on our last day in Vietnam and feel it was the perfect ending to a wonderful trip.

Very authentic and off the beaten path

If you don't want the tourist traps and want something very authentic, do this tour. The speedboat gets you up the delta in 1 hour and is a great way to see various parts of the city (you also get some nice fruit and pastries on the way). We got to meet the 'tofu' family and 'rice wine' family. What a great experience!

Terrific tour!

We loved the tour, it was wonderful to see an authentic view of Vietnam with knowledgeable guides.