10 Best spots for Southern Vietnam Culture Exploration

Showing your respect for local culture is an integral part of any travel in Vietnam. And of all the cultural places to visit in Southern Vietnam, Vietnam travel agency highlights the 10 most cultural destinations that not only give you a more intimate traveling experience but also help you know more about the Vietnamese culture.

Ho Chi Minh City

The beauty of Ho Chi Minh City
The beauty of Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as the Pearl of the Far East, is the largest urban of Vietnam, and even the most popular spot on all Vietnam culture tours. It boasts a myriad of cultural attractions such as regional and national history museums, various architectural constructions with numerous colonial monuments being the highlights, sleek skyscrapers, impressive art galleries, luxurious restaurants, Vietnamese style coffee shops, and a fascinating nightlife.

Chau Doc – An Giang

Ba Chua Xu Temple
Ba Chua Xu Temple

To the Vietnamese history buffs and culture freaks out there, it’s time to set off on a journey and get to know more about the archaeological culture that has helped define and shape the Mekong Delta region as we see it today. Almost every single destination in An Giang Province could have made this list, but Oc-Eo relic site, Mosques of Cham community, and Ba Chuc Massacre are of the most favorite cultural destinations.

Floating Markets in the Mekong Delta

Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang Floating Market

How can your Mekong delta group tours complete without a visit to at least one of many floating markets here? Against a backdrop of a variety of locally sourced goods hung on top of all boats’ long upright poles, traditional Vietnamese noodle soup or bread is served straightly from these outdoor ovens. What an extraordinary thing to experience!

Can Tho City

Can Tho City
Can Tho City

Often known as the epicenter of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is steeped in a vibrant culture. From Can Tho Market with the gorgeous architectural features in the whole region and Ong Pagoda – where Chinese people living here gather to organize cultural and religious activities to Binh Thuy Ancient House – one of the not many French-style constructions fairly intact preserving its origin, there are so many sites to visit.

Ben Tre Province

Ben Tre, land of the coconut
Ben Tre, land of the coconut

A land of intricate canals, rivers, 65-km shoreline, and lush fruit orchards, Ben Tre has cultural features that are equally as stunning as the province’s landscape itself. For a dose of culture for everybody in an excitement-filled family oriented extravaganza, make sure to drop by at least one coconut candy making factories or enjoy a Đờn Ca Tài Tử performance.

Bac Lieu Province

As the birthplace of the “Dark Dude” – the legendary rich playboy in Southern Vietnam at the beginning of the 20th century, Bac Lieu offers you a peek into his life. Visit his house at No 13 Dien Bien Phu Street to see a collection of decoration items, a billion-VND-worth bed, and an ancient TV giving remembrance to his life.

Tay Ninh Province

The 26 ethnic minority groups calling Tay Ninh Province home make it one of the best cultural destinations suggested by any Vietnam travel agency. If you are interested in seeing how diverse religion in Vietnam is, you should not miss this province only 62 miles from Ho Chi Minh City.

As the birthplace of Caodaism – one of the most intriguing indigenous religions in our country, this quiet provincial city is brimming with a handful of valuable traditions and important historical sites. Stroll leisurely while marveling at a monument of the Oc Eo culture or the Cao Dai Great Temple – a lavish and astonishing Cao Dai architecture.

Bat Temple in Soc Trang Province

Bat Temple in Soc Trang
Bat Temple in Soc Trang

Home to a large population of Khmer people, Soc Trang Province, without doubt, gives you a dose of Khmer culture. Among the 99 Khmer pagodas here, Bat Temple – or Chùa Dơi in Vietnamese at No 73B Le Hong Phong Street with its unsolved mystery is the most famous one.

Ca Mau – The final point on the S-shaped land

Ca Mau
Ca Mau

Also known as the final point on the S-shape land of Vietnam, Ca Mau wins the heart of all tourists for its simplicity, tranquility, and locals’ hospitability. If you just want to find yourself with more time spent with locals in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, who are busy buying and selling goods, catching three-striped crabs, or gathering honey, make sure to visit U Minh Jungle and Ca Mau floating market.

Da Lat

Da Lat – The Little Paris
Da Lat – The Little Paris

It is such a fascinating thing to discover a city on your own. A lot of places, though, are even better explored with someone you love by your side. It is no secret that Da Lat – the City of Flowers or the Little Paris – is the most romantic city in Southern Vietnam – which is voted by all Vietnamese travel agents as well as top travel-blogging couples.

The City of Thousands of Green Pine Trees is a shining jewel glowing in Lam Dong Province – a central highlands province. Da Lat is filled with the ancient-world charm of French colonial style architecture, an ancient mansion originally devoted to King Bao Dai, spectacular colonial villas, and picturesque cottages. Walk hand in hand with your sweetheart along the movie-like streets and take in all the attention-grabbing architecture, or have all these buildings as a perfect background for great photos before slipping into a cafe for an incredible Vietnamese coffee.

What used to be a prime getaway for rich French people in the 20th century – during the colonial era now turns into a land of vibrant flowers all year round where you can find serenity at its best in a really chaotic region.

Southern Vietnam is a region bursting with rich and unique culture. From Ben Tre’s cradles of Dong Khoi to the homeland of colorful floating markets, Vietnam travel agency has compiled a list of the best destinations for a dose of culture for your next city break in this beautiful region.