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The Best Trips to Take in South Vietnam

Vietnam is a culturally rich country with a diverse landscape like the rest of Southeast Asia. However, what makes Vietnam stand out is its prominent border to the ocean along the entirety of its east coast. This gives Vietnam its rich biodiversity, and this is especially true for southern Vietnam.

Southern Vietnam has locations that range from bustling metropolises to places of historical importance. Between those locations are plenty of natural wonders to explore, including the Mekong Delta, national parks, and islands. Below are the best-recommended destinations to consider when planning trips in South Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City

Although Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital and has an expansive history of over 1,000 years, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the heart of the country. This city is in constant motion, never missing a beat, and is a hive of activity regardless of day or night.

Most travelers will want to start their trips in South Vietnam in this hub as it is accessible to all other locations of interest within the region. First-time visitors to Ho Chi Minh City will quickly notice the chaotic atmosphere in which the city thrives.

There is a plethora of activities and attractions to choose from in Ho Chi Minh City. The food options here are among the biggest in Vietnam. This city offers anything from street foods to international food—whatever your fancy is.

When you are tired of all the tourist crowds, try experiencing how a local would. For this, it is best to go with a guide. A private motorbike tour is a must-try experience if it is your first time in the city. Besides the fun of riding on a motorbike just like the locals, you will be experiencing things around the city from a new and exciting perspective!

Mekong River Delta

The Mekong River is the longest river system in Southeast Asia. In southern Vietnam, where the river meets the sea, it forms the complex Mekong Delta region, whose way of life revolves around the waters. When traveling in South Vietnam, the Mekong Delta region is a perfect destination to include in your itinerary.

The Mekong Delta’s culture is unique compared to the rest of Vietnam. There are plenty of interesting things to do when visiting the Mekong Delta, and the atmosphere is a refreshing contrast to that of a large city. Because the region can be quite complex, try booking a private tour of the Mekong Delta! That way, you can relax and enjoy everything the rivers offer.

Cu Chi Tunnels

One of the exit/entrance to the Cu Chi Tunnels network

The Cu Chi Tunnels are a must-visit location near Ho Chi Minh City. About an hour outside the city’s center, the tunnels are a fascinating historical site that depicts the ingenuity of the Southern Vietnamese during the Indochina War (1945-1954) and the Vietnam War (1962-1975). Civilians used the tunnels as shelters, and soldiers used them later as a communication network.

Visitors will get a chance to experience going through the network of tunnels and try some of the rations that the people then ate for survival. Examples of traps that were used against invading enemies are also on display.

Because the Cu Chi Tunnels require a trip away from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, make your visit more accessible by taking a private tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels on a half-day trip with us! Your transportation and lunch will be taken care of so you can focus on immersing yourself in this historical attraction.

Cat Tien National Park

The Cat Tien National Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary home to numerous endangered species. Visitors wishing to see the wild side of Vietnam can indulge in one of the largest rainforests in southern Vietnam. Extensive trekking is required, so those adventurous enough should be physically prepared and have a plan against mosquitos and other pests.

The fresh, natural air of all the surrounding trees creates a contrasting atmosphere compared to the city. Even if you do not plan to trek through the park, just passing through it on the road is worth the trip.

Mui Ne

Mui Ne is known as a coastal city with charming beaches, but it also has an interesting landscape of dunes, which is quite peculiar for Vietnam. Two famous dunes in Mui Ne give visitors the impression of being in a desert: the white and red dunes.

The white dune, the bigger of the two, is also further inland, similar to a real desert with its vast stretch of pristine, barren land. The best time to visit it is around sunrise when the landscape is yet to be disturbed. The red dune is smaller and closer to the coast, and the amber sand here can be best appreciated during sunset.

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Phu Quoc Island

Located off the western coast of Southern Vietnam’s apex, Phu Quoc is a Vietnamese island that is much closer to Cambodia than Vietnam. The largest island in the country is known for its beaches, which are some of the best in Vietnam. Apart from beaches and water activities, Phu Quoc has plenty of local attractions, including a national park and a historical site in the form of a prison. Phu Quoc island is a relaxed destination perfect for all vacationers.

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Summary of the Best Trips in South Vietnam

Southern Vietnam has grown to be a whole region of its own throughout time, containing many places of interest. Any combination of the above destinations will further enrich your trips to South Vietnam. We hope we can inspire you to make your visit the best it can be.

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