Here is an idea if you want to escape a bit from HCMC during the weekend and don’t want to spend too much time on the road.
Take your bike or taxi and drive 45 min to An Lam Saigon River in Binh Duong city, it is along side the river.
The road to get there is OK, mainly highway.
When you get there, it is really peaceful surronding by trees.
An Lam is a 5* stars hotel and has a swimming pool so I guess you need to pay to enjoy it.
However, we did not choose to enjoy the pool but just the beautiful sunset with glasses of wine, cocktails and food on the sundeck.
Prices are around 200k for a drink and 250k-500k for the food.
More infos: http://www.anlam.com/brand-destinations