Asia : Southeast Asia : Vietnam : Southern Vietnam : Tay Ninh
There are three roads to take to get into Tay Ninh which are : Truong Chinh, Cong Hoa, and Au Co.
From Cu Chi, you can go either by bus 702 (18k Dong, ~1h45) or 701 to Gau Dai (10k Dong, ~1h) + 4 to Tay Ninh (12k Dong, ~45min).
Tay Ninh is located on highway 22, which is 59.65 miles from Ho Chi Minh City.
There are buses from Ho Chi Minh City to Tay Ninh. These buses leave from the Tay Ninh bus station in Tan Binh district and Mien Tay bus station in An Lac.
However there is no public transportation to Cu Chi from Tay Ninh. You would have to hire a motorbike in Tay Nhin in order to get around. Sometimes there are Xe Om drivers located in front the hotels. A motorbike ride would probably cost you around six dollars in United States money for a return trip.
Another way to get to Tay Ninh would be by a charted taxi, which is an easy way. An all day return trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Tay Ninh and Cu Chi would cost you about forty five dollars in United States money.
Vietnam are known for getting around in bicycle since it is cheap and convenient. Everyone in Vietnam learn how to ride a bike at a very young age.
Since Tay Ninh temperature is hot and humid all year with an average temperature of 27.5ºC, and rainfall of 1,724mm. There are many things you can do. The dry season normally lasts from December till April and the rainy season lasts from May till November.
In the front of the temple is the Devine Eye in the shape of a triangle of Justice. It is surrounded by flowers on the Cosmic Globe. On the altar lies three glasses of wine, a cup of water and a cup of tea. The Temples domed ceiling is painted with stars and has a blue globe which is symbolic to "Caodaism".
It is also a famous complex of historical sites that cover more than 14.91 miles. There are Lunar New Year rituals and festivals that attracts about a million visitors yearly. This mountain is considered the roof of Southern Vietnam and often called Van Son or Cloud Mountain because it is always covered by clouds. There is a round trip cable car ride from the bottom of the mountain to the top of the mountain.
The reservoir is set in a beautiful surrounding landscape of mountains, and has many islets.
One of the top-rated things to do would be visiting the Cao Dai Temple. The temple have a "divine eye" at the main entrance that is the official symbol of their religion which is Cao Dai. The temple has other buildings that you can wonder around and see how they sew and weave there traditional garments. The worshipers of Cao Dai are suppose to pray at least everyday and everyday there are four sessions that are held in the temple. Before entering the Temple, you must remember to take off your shoes. You can view the mass on top of the balcony, but you must remember to remain silent at all time. Once the worshipers have all enter the temple, they face each others in rows from opposing sides. Men enter from the right side and pray on the right side, on the other hand women enter from the left side and also pray on the left side. During the festivals, everyone that is involve in the ceremony dress from head to toe in white. The three color you see are red which represents Confucianism, yellow which represents Buddhism and lastly blue which represents Taoism. Before taking any picture it is always wise to ask first, although the Cao Dai do not mind having their pictures taken.
To get to Ba Den Mountain there are three ways. You can choose to go on foot, but it will take you over one hour to arrive. Another choose would be to take the cable cars and that would take you twenty minutes to cover a distance of approximately .75 miles. The sliding system which includes two lines going downwards and upwards. It would be wise to take the downward line as it will take you through lots of hair-raising bends and corners which are good for sightseeing.
Ba Den Mountain Spring Festival is celebrated 15th-18th of the 1st lunar month, so if you are in the Country at that time it would be nice to go visit there.
The Cao Dai temple has four different towers: Tam Dai, Hiep Thien Dai, Trung Dai and Bat Quy Dai
There is a Long Hoa Market located several miles south of the Cao Dai See complex that is open from five in the morning to six at night. Long Hoa Market sells food, clothing and everything you would expect to find in a marketplace.
Bánh canh Trảng Bàng (Banh canh Trang Bang, a kind of noodle)
Muối ớt (Muoi ot, salt with chilli)
Bánh tráng banh trang phoi suong Trang Bang (griddle cake dried and beef hotpot) Than lan nui chien gion (fried mountainous lizards)
Thanh Thuy is a restaurant next to Hoa Binh Hotel. There aren’t prices on the menu but the price is very reasonable and the portions are a good size. When traveling to Tay Ninh with your own vehicle, there is a good restaurant called Kieu along Highway 22.
Tam Lan Tay Ninh herbal tea
fresh fruit juice - can be in either cans or fresh fruit. If it is found in a can, it is made of litchi, wacky pumpkin, or passion lemon.
Strong coffee - Southern drink coffee with ice while northern drink coffee when it is warm but during the summer they will drink it with just a little bit of ice. Also they drink coffee with milk, it is called "cafe nau".
Beer - Hanoi Beer is produced by Hanoi Beer Company and Saigon Beer is produced by Saigon Beer Company.
Can Wine - "Can Wine" is put in a porcelain jar, but before you get to drink it, you have to know how many people will be presented to drink the wine so you can prepare how many stem to set up. The stem will be placed in the jar, and everyone will drink from the stem or it can even be shared.
There are a couple of hotels more or less close by on 30/4 Thang near the roundabout. A hotel room typically comes with aircon and hot shower.
Hoa Binh Hotel,#210 - 30/4 Duong, rooms for 220,000 dong (standard) and 350,000 dong (luxury) including breakfast. They also have massage service.
Approximately five hundred meters west of Hoa Binh Hotel is an old place called Anh Dao Hotel, upon your stay here breakfast will be included. Hoa Binh Hotel is the main hotel to stay in this town. There are restaurants located in the hotel; however, there are cheaper places to eat next-door called Thanh Thuy.
Anh Dao Hotel,#146 - 30/4 Duong, big rooms for 150,000 dong.
Song Lam Hotel, 30/4 Duong (between An Dao and Hoa Binh Hotel). Rooms for 170,000 dong. They also have massage service.
Nha Nghia Quyen, 30/4 Duong (just opposite Anh Dao Hotel). Small double rooms are 120,000 dong and a large bedroom for three is good value for money at 150,000 dong.
Viet Phuong, in the same block of building as Nha Nghia Quyen, okay room for 140,000 dong.
There is sometimes a scam when getting out of the temple: motorbike driver asks money to go to bus station (ben xe) and drive you near main temple entrance where there is a bus stop, less than 2min away.