With its scenic landscapes, fascinating history, exquisite food, pulsating energy and rich culture, South Vietnam, which has something for everyone from foodies, beach hoppers to art and culture buffs, Vietnamese history scholars and adventure seekers. Therefore this region should be on the top of your travel list. southernvietnamtravel is listing some top places to visit in South Vietnam.
Mekong Delta (Source: Internet)
Despite being the farthest area of Vietnam and at the downstream of Mekong River, Mekong Delta – the flat land rich of huge fruit orchards, palm trees, floating markets and rice fields, is suitable for a one day trip from Ho Chi Minh City.
What is so great about the Mekong Delta – whose surrounding lands are comprised of low lying rice paddies and the rivers are bordered by dense mangroves and palms? It is the stunning scenery of a water world of boats, houses and markets floating upon the innumerable rivers, canals and streams that criss-cross the landscape like arteries and of the local daily life: farmers working on their land, children riding around on the back of water buffalos and smiling fruit vendors.
For a person who is extroverted and adventurous, being the pioneer making the most of your time conquering the Mekong Delta – one of the most underrated places, a very off-the-beaten-path area in Vietnam will be one-of-a-kind things to do in South Vietnam.
Most tours to this marvelous region of Vietnam include a trip to the bizarre and fascinating island of coconut monk, a visit to the coconut candy factory and one of many colorful floating markets to a taste of bun mam (vermicelli cooked with fish sauce broth topped with shrimp, fish, Vietnamese fish cake), ca loc nuong (grilled snakehead fish) or even a home-stay experience on a house built on stilts on the banks of the river. It’s high time to be impressed by the impressive nature and the locals’ friendliness and hospitality.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City (Source: Internet)
Even though Hanoi capital city is where the head of Vietnam is, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), which has long been known as the Pearl of the Far East because of its prosperity and the harmony of natural beauty, is probably where its heart can be found. A visit to Ho Chi Minh City – the bustling city of around 7 million inhabitants, millions of cars and bikes swirling around, is “an encounter with exotic food, French colonial architecture, and memories of war”.
A corner of Saigon (Source: Internet)
Arguably boasting many historically important locations such as the War Remnants Museum which is dedicated to Vietnam’s fight for independence, the Reunification Palace – home of the president of South Vietnam during the American War, where the Vietnam War symbolically came to an end, and some of the most well-known structures in Vietnam such as: Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City is full of hidden treasures and top sights in Vietnam.
In addition to being a perfect base for both history buffs and those who need a beginner’s lesson on Vietnam’s rich past, Saigon is also a place to go for a wide range of deliciously inventive food such as: pho (traditional Vietnamese noodle soup), banh mi (Vietnamese baguette), hu tieu and pork rolls and daring food like fermented scorpion wine, fertilized duck eggs, deep-fried snake dishes as well.
Phu Quoc – the jewel in Vietnam’s crown
Phu Quoc (Source: Internet)
In spite of not being one of the best white sandy beaches in South Asia, Phu Quoc, which has long been one of the country’s best-kept secrets, is an exceptional place to kick back on the beautiful beaches, relax on a hammock, take in some sun and enjoy the simple things in life. Remaining largely undeveloped except for a sprinkling of fishing villages, Phu Quoc should be a quiet refuge of serene beaches, phenomenal seafood, and authentic local culture.
What creates the attractiveness of Phu Quoc – one of the top places to visit in South Vietnam? It is these pretty impressive views to behold, the legendary fish sauce factories, Phu Quoc National Park, where you can escape the relentless midday heat, An Thoi islands, which have all the merits of Phu Quoc – white sand, crystal clear waters, a coral reef teeming with life.
With uncountable tops sights in Vietnam, the Southern region of this charming country is well worth your time.