If you are looking for a little escape, want to ride your bike to go somewhere not too far from the city, I have an idea for you! You can easily go to Dong Nai river by bike and it is super cool and you can see nice landscapes. Here are all you need to know to get there.
Dong Nai is this huge lake in the north of Saigon. It will be the perfect destination for a little escape. You will need approximately 2 hours to get to the south of Dong Nai River. The red circle on the picture below is exactly where you should stop. It is a great spot with a great view over the lake. They have a restaurant that serves local food. You can also sleepover there, but dont really command this hotel.
The picture below is a close up of where you should stop.
To get this on your google maps, you just need to set a point on the map and try to be as close as you can.
Then you will have two options to get there. We took this one (below) on the way to go, which was much longer than expected because the road was a bit dangerous. It took us 2H15 instead of 1H30.
On the way back, we took this one which was really much nicer. You go up and down on the mountains and ride along side the river, it’s really beautiful and much safer. This road takes 2 hours. Here is the google maps link to get there.
When you get there you will see, it is a huge river where the water level is not very high. It is probably the case from December to April when the temperature is not too high in Saigon. However, the water is clear and clean, you can jump in!
When the road is behind you and you are facing the river, if you look on the right side, you will see a restaurant where you can have vietnamese food. Don’t expect too much, they just serve basic vietnamese food like Mi Xao Bo, Bo Luc Lac and so on BUT they have plenty of beers!