Tay Ninh, 100 kilometers northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, shares a long border with Cambodia. To the north of the province is the mountainous region where you’ll see the 980-meter high Ba Den Mountain (Black Lady Mountain), the highest peak in the South Vietnam. A prominent part of the province is occupied by forests of rubber trees. This area is well-known for its Caodaist Holy See, the headquarter of a newly-founded religion of Vietnam which combines various sources of religion such as Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Taoism and Hinduism; and for its Via Ba Festivals taking place at the mountain which attract thousands of pilgrims each year.
Ba Den Mountain, is a great place to visit in the off-season, to enjoy fresh air and, perhaps, escape the crowds of HCM City, only 100 km away. Tour buses run there regularly.
This is the highest peak in the southern provinces at 986m high and 24sq.m wide.
Cao Dai is a syncretist Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates aspects of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism. The Cao Dai Temple (as it is commonly known) was begun in 1933 in a unique architectural style that reflects its blended traditions.
Just outside Tay Ninh and 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City is the Great Temple or Holy See, the center of the intriguing Cao Dai sect.
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