Vietnam is quickly becoming a favorite destination for tourists from all over the world, and with good reasons. It is a diverse place that is rich in culture, has friendly people, tasty cuisines, temperate climate, and limitless beautiful places to see. You cannot possibly see all of Vietnam in a short time. So if all you have to spare is a few days, visit the country region by region. Supposing you have chosen to visit the southern part of Vietnam, here are the top destinations you want to visit in the South of Vietnam;
Saigon City also goes by the name Ho Chi Ming City. This is the biggest metropolis in Vietnam. Serving majorly as the business hub, Saigon also offers a feel of the vibrant culture that is synonymous with Vietnam. Most tourists visiting Siagon prefer the central business zone (District 1), but for those with adventurous hearts, neighboring districts Binh Thanh and Phu Nhuan are just as exciting. They are less explored, and that should give you a more authentic feel of Vietnam. In general, Saigon gives you proximity to museums, shopping malls, traditional markets, restaurants, nightlife, and more.
Phu Quoc Island
It is definitely one of the best destinations in southern Vietnam. Phu Quoc is further away from towns and urban life. However, it is becoming the preferred resort capital of Vietnam for precisely that reason. For people who want a more relaxed and authentic travel experience, this island offers a traditional feel of life in this country. It has plenty of beautiful beaches, with the most popular ones being Long Beach and Sao Beach. However, these two can be very busy and if you’d prefer a quieter slower stay, check out Cua Can or Vang Bau. Other places to visit within Phu Quoc are Rach Vem, the An Thoi Marine archipelago, and the Dinh Cau Night Market for traditional cuisines.
Mui Ne is a stretch of shoreline that is lined with beach resorts, starting from mid-range to luxury accommodations. The resorts are low-rise and built amid beautiful gardens giving you an unobstructed view of the sea and greenery simultaneously. Although it has become a top tourist destination, it has retained its rural feel by keeping the ancient houses and traditional fishing villages. The main attractions are the Red and White Sand Dunes. Tourists can spend the entire day riding ATVs and sliding down slopes on sleds.
Can Tho is the city to visit if you want to experience the ordinary lives of Vietnamese people, architecture, religion, history, and food. The two most exciting things in this city are a boat tour of the Cai Rang Floating Markets and the picturesque tour down the back canals of Can Tho. These tours give you an interesting look into the economic structure and rural river life of the people here. The architecture is also a fascinating feature, as seen in the numerous temples and the Binh Thuy Ancient House. At night, take a walk along the river and Ninh Kieu Wharf to see some beautifully lit gardens and resorts. CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT HOW TO GET FROM CAN THO TO SAIGON CITY.
This is the most famous beach town in Vietnam. It is a white sand beach contrasted by calm blue skies. It is a top-rated destination for foreign tourists because in addition to warm sunny days, the nightlife is lively and the seafood is to die for. Nha Trang is also family-friendly as it has several water parks, resorts, and amusement parks. For more adventure, scuba diving is an option because the bay remains warm and clear all year round. For a better view of Nha Trang, take a ride on the mile-long Vinpearl Cable Car.
Cat Tien National Park
Cat Tien is home to numerous endangered animals and other wildlife. Fair warning, it is quite a drive from cities such as Saigon, but the journey will be worth it. This is a strong recommendation because the minute you step into one of the largest areas of rain forest in Vietnam, it feels like an out-of-world experience. The jungle is dense, so always have a guide with you. The sounds of nature, the clean, crisp air, and the greenery will be a rewarding experience. If you are lucky, you might see elephants, tigers, and hornbill. Nothing could be more exotic for a foreign tourist than the Cat Tien National Park.
There is so much to see in the Mekong Delta that it deserves more than an afternoon of a visit. There is more to it than the floating markets and sampan rides. My Tho is the top destination in the Mekong Delta. It offers an impressive array of pagodas and local orchards. The Soc Trang would also make for a memorable, relaxed visit. It is home to the Khmer people and their culture, their intricate pagoda designs, the Oc Om Boc Festival around Nov-Dec, and the rice paddies surrounding the city. Other places to visit are the Chau Doc, Rach Gia, and the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve.
Most of these places are renowned tourist destinations. Hence, there is no need to worry about safety, accommodation, navigation, and things like that. At any particular time of the year, there will likely be a tour company or entities like that to help you settle in and make your stay comfortable.