How to smartly travel in Southern Vietnam | Southern local’s advice

There is no point in throwing light upon how convenient it is to set out a proper plan when there is a need of a travel to Southern Vietnam, even with or without having the most trusted Vietnam tailor-made tours by your side. However, holding a bunch of information found on the Internet is sometimes as valuable as a few words given by a true Vietnamese local. Today’s instruction is mapped out for your foreign visitors on behalf of the rest of Southern Vietnamese who spend most of their time not only traveling but truly living in the Southern end.

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Saigon is lit up

What is the best time to visit Southern Vietnam?

So, frankly speaking, you may have heard more than a thousand times from most of the sources of information you had reached out that there are two distinctive seasons across the Southern part of Vietnam. When I say Southern, it means the region is recorded to expand within the Southern end of Central Highlands and Ninh Thuận Province till Cà Mau Peninsular, which also marks the ending point of this S-shaped country. If not mentioning the irregular variation of weather recently, we may admit the fact that we have two basic seasons here. The rainy season lasts from around May to the end of November, while the tropical killing heat (actually not that killing) hits the land during the other half of the year. Hence, honestly, you can visit Southern Vietnam almost any time all year round, as rains usually happen at the end of the day, whilst the heat and humidity we are talking about are mostly solved by a huge archive of interesting activities and heat-beating dishes. Now you have no worries about planning a perfect trip, not to mention a wide range of Vietnam tours available to make sure you have a good time here.

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Mekong rice field

What to do in Southern Vietnam?

We have, let’s say, four different areas you can consider visiting. These include Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, whatever you call it, as a municipality as well as the largest Southern metropolis. Most of the tour packages in the South are designed with Saigon as a departing venue; the Northern side of Saigon; Mekong Delta in its Southern face and an archive of islands surrounding Southern Vietnam.

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Street vendor in Saigon

Let’s start with Saigon first, it is not just a cosmopolitan city but an essential transit spot, from where most of the flights (both domestic and international) embark, besides trains, buses, and cruises. Hence, if you actually have way little time in the South, visiting Saigon only can be considered enough. What you can choose to do here, besides the main attractions themselves, consist of food tour (please do not forget this), Củ Chi tunnels tour (which give you an insight into the reason leading the fall of Saigon in 1975), hidden coffee shops, fine-dining cruises, amusement parks, scooter tours, shopping and so on.

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Café 81 Saigon

From Saigon, you can expand towards its Northern side with Vũng Tàu as a highlight. Besides seafood, pancakes, salted egg cake and Long Thành cow’s milk are other Vũng Tàu delicacies that most of the local visitors are really keen on. Meanwhile, Mekong Delta will show you a true Vietnamese countryside vibe with vast rice paddies, mangrove forests, canals, coconut trees, isolated islets, ecotourism parks, handicraft villages, ethnic minority groups and a big collection of authentic food. There are not enough words to describe how unique Mekong Delta can be, so the best way to have a full vision about it is through the help of local Southern Vietnam tailor-made tours.

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Vũng Tàu mini pancake

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U Minh Thượng National Park

Last but not least, islands play an important role in attracting foreign visitors and enhancing the reputation of Vietnam tourism industry. Reputed Southern islands are Côn Sơn Island and Phú Quốc Island, which belong to Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province and Kiên Giang Province in order. According to my personal thought, Phú Quốc is a little bit more touristy than Côn Sơn. However, both own the best pristine beaches, interesting aqua-related activities, unique seafood, and systems of historical relics.

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Côn Sơn Island

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Phú Quốc Island

In case you are questioning yourself about the best time to travel to Vietnam, my answer is the whole year round, it is even the same to this Southern region if you are not a risk-averse, which means prolonged rains do not have a high chance of ruining your excursion.