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The Best Trips to Take in South Vietnam

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

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

Ho Chi Minh City

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Ho Chi Minh City

Although Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital with an expansive history of over 1,000 years, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is where the heart of the country resides. 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 one of the biggest you will find in all of Vietnam. Anything from street foods to international food, whatever your fancy is, it exists in this city.

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Motorbike tour around Ho Chi Minh City

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 in a new and exciting perspective!

Of course, being a metropolitan city comes with a variety of options for places to stay. From backpacking lodging to luxury hotels to a homestay experience, there is a perfect place of accommodation for any budget.

 

Mekong River Delta

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Rowing down one of the Mekong Delta waterway

The Mekong River is the longest river system in Southeast Asia. And Southern Vietnam is where the river meets the sea, forming the complex Mekong Delta region, whose way of life revolves around the waters. When making trips in South Vietnam, the Mekong Delta region is a perfect destination to include in your itinerary.

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Boats on the open water of the Mekong River

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

The choices for lodging in the Mekong Delta is usually a homestay where tourists can get an authentic experience of living on the river. Of course, good hotels are also available throughout the area.

Cu Chi Tunnels

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

The Cu Chi Tunnels is a must-visit location near Ho Chi Minh City. About an hour outside of 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). The tunnels were both used by civilians as shelters and later on by soldiers as a communication network.

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A hidden hole in the jungle with access to the Cu Chi Tunnels

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.

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Traps once used around Cu Chi Tunnels

Because the Cu Chi Tunnels require a trip away from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, make your visit easier by taking a private tour to 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

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Cat Tien National Park

The Cat Tien National Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary home to numerous endangered species. Visitors who wish to see the wild side of Vietnam can indulge themselves in one of the largest rainforests in Southern Vietnam. With extensive amounts of trekking to be done, those adventurous enough should be prepared physically as well as have a plan against mosquitos and other pests.

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Walkway through Cat Tien National Park

The fresh, natural air of all the surrounding trees creates a contrasting atmosphere when 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

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One of Mui Ne’s beaches

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

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Mui Ne White Sand Dune

The white dune, being the bigger of the two, is also further inland, which makes it 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.

Be sure to include Mui Ne on your trips in South Vietnam as the remarkable dunes is a must-visit location in Vietnam. You can visit Mui Ne on its own or as part of a private multi-day coastal adventure.

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Phu Quoc Island

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One of Phu Quoc island’s beaches

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 whole country is, of course, known for its beaches, having one of the best beaches 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 and is perfect for all vacationers.

Summary of the Best Trips in South Vietnam

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

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