Are you planning a Vietnam tour this time? Are you looking for information for your trip in Vietnam? In this article, I want to list the places not to miss during your trip to South Vietnam. Located on the coast of Southeast Asia, the South Vietnam has a lot of things to offer (not less than the North), especially its beautiful beaches and tourist destinations. Here are five places to see that we highly recommend to those who look for what to see in South Vietnam.
Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh city)
Sai Gon is the economic capital of Vietnam. This is a modern city with lots of great avenues overgrown scooters. Again, cross the street is a constant challenge, though, fortunately, the great crossroads, there are traffic lights. By cons, beware, if you are still crossing when the light turns green: all scooters start clockwork, no matter that there are still people on the pedestrian crossing… I recommend, if you make a visit to Sai Gon in South Vietnam, take a taxi or a rickshaw for safety. In addition to impressions from traffic, for those who love shopping, street vendors are everywhere and sell everything you can imagine. In the most famous Ben Thanh market, one can find a little of everything, from clothes to souvenirs. There are other markets that sell fresh food like fish, vegetables, fruits, and all kinds of animal meat – all as fresh
Not interested in shopping and street vendors? There are also many fine restaurants and fine hotels. But once in Vietnam, we recommend renting cheap hotels, eat and buy cool stuff from all the different vendors ….all with a bit of caution even if of course!
For site visits, we recommend you consult the Suoi Tien Amusement Park, pagodas, Buddhist temples, French-built churches, government buildings, such as the Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh Museum, the Saigon Opera House and much more! Depending on what you are looking for your stay in South Vietnam, Saigon has everything to offer, including an incredible nightlife with karaoke bars and dance clubs.
Nha Trang beach.
Located on the coast of South Vietnam, Nha Trang is one of the most beautiful places in your trip to South Vietnam. Most hotels are located along the coast so you always have a view breathtaking outside from your window. With just 40 USD, you can find a comfortable hotel per night – an incredible price. Nha Trang beach is beautiful but the islands of Nha Trang are even more amazing. These are the islands of Nha Trang in South Vietnam that you must visit: Dao Khi ( Monkey island), Hon Mun island, Hon Tre island, Hon Tam island. You can book the tour to visit the island from your hotel and a guide will pick you up and take you there. You do not have to worry about the planning this tour at all. A trip to see two or three islands for only 120 USD with 6-8hours which included a taxi returning between the boat and your hotel, the boat ride on the islands, the meal on the tour, bottled water, equipment for snorkeling. We recommend diving off the islands. Nha Trang is one of three destinations in the South Vietnam where you can dive or snorkel (Phu Quoc island and Cu Lao Cham island). This is a must-see destination in South Vietnam.
Da Lat is located between the clouds and the beautiful mountains in South Vietnam. In 1500-1600 meters above sea level, this city is accessed by a beautiful meandering scenic mountain road. The weather in Dalat is always fresh thanks to its high altitude. Visiting Dalat helps to evader was hot and humid temperatures, virtually everywhere else in South Vietnam. In fact, it can get very cold during the night so you have to put a sweater over here if you want to get out to enjoy the nightlife. The city is also known as “Little Paris” since it was colonized and occupied by the French decades ago. Dalat has kept the atmosphere of Paris by continuing with the beautiful French architecture of its buildings. Some notable tourist attractions to visit in Dalat include: Summer Palace of Emperor Bao Dai’s (The last emperor of Vietnam), The Valley of Love, The Hang Nga Guesthouse & Art Gallery (also known as Crazy house), Old French Quarter, Churches and temples in the city and many beautiful waterfalls in and around the city
This city has many flower gardens with the most famous being the Valley of Love. It is an amazing place to see in South Vietnam (with a special someone) filled with lots of flowers, statues, panoramic mountain views, and a huge pond for paddle boats. A very peaceful and lovely place. Dalat is still an amazing place to visit in South Vietnam.
Phu Quoc island
Phu Quoc island is the largest island of Vietnam. Located at the southern of Vietnam in the Gulf of Siam, this island is a hidden treasure. If you choose a good time to go, you can enjoy the interesting price for your stay in Phu Quoc. Just with 100 USD, you can visit this beautiful in 2 days 1 night. But in general, the island is quite expensive. The activities that that you can do when you are one the island of Phu Quoc in South Vietnam is visiting Buddhist temples, manufacturer of fish sauce, cascades, pearl farms, Phu Quoc prison…
What you’ll love this island is mostly beaches. Currently, the island becomes an attraction destination to see in South Vietnam.
Vung Tau beach
This is another extraordinary coastal destination to see in South Vietnam. Vung Tau is known for its beaches and is a getaway to most residents of Saigon (a 2 hours by bus).. Vung Tau is a combination of landscapes Dalat and the beaches of Nha Trang. Other popular places to visit in Vung Tau in southern Vietnam are statue of Jesus, Buddhist temples… Overall, Vung Tau is the place to see if you do not want to take a day and a half trip to Nha Trang.
Other recommended destination to see in South Vietnam.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi is known for its huge tunnels that were used during the Indochina War and the Vietnam War. This is a highly recommended destination for the claustrophobic. There is a party done for the tourists with larger galleries, it is nevertheless squat most of the time.
Con Dao Island
Con Dao is actually an archipelago of ten islands. There is a national park, orchards of coconut trees and beaches with crystal clear waters. On this small island, you will discover a strange prison, built in 1861. It was formerly reserved for tigers captured by French settlers, can still visit this part museum. Behind the prison, there is also a cemetery where prisoners ended their miserable existence. But all of them, Con Dao island becomes the paradise island that you should not miss when you stay in South Vietnam.
The floating markets of the Mekong Delta
The floating markets are one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Mekong Delta, which, although gradually lost its popularity to shopping districts and malls, many are still active in the floating markets of the Mekong Delta. The most important are Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho and Cai Be floating market in Tien Giang province. The Cai Rang market is the main business activity of all markets. But Phung Hiep floating market is the largest of all, since it is located at the intersection of 7 main channels. Visiting the floating market in the Mekong Delta is the activities that you should not in your tour in South Vietnam.
Looking for what to see in South Vietnam and you will fall in love with all the sites that we listed here. You can visit all these destinations in your Vietnam tour packages to experience the real life in Vietnam. So come to Vietnam. Eat it. And love it.