The top 5 must-visit cities in South Vietnam

Vietnam is a country that can be roughly divided into three main regions- North, Central, and South Vietnam. All these three areas have something for everyone. But it is in Southern Vietnam that we find the most diversity- from islands to beaches to floating markets to UNESCO heritage sites to rooftop bars. In this blog, we’ll be looking at a few must-visit cities in South Vietnam. 

Must-visit cities in South Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

The first time you land in Ho Chi Minh, it can be a bit overwhelming with its chaotic streets, rush hour traffic, and numerous motorbikes. But beyond the chaotic and noisy streets lie a city that will pull you in with its vibrant energy, history, mouth-watering cuisine, and nightlife. While in Ho Chi Minh City, you can visit the War Remnants Museum which houses war paraphernalia from the Vietnam War, Indochina war as well as conflicts during French colonial rule. Another place you can visit is the Chinese Quarter located in District 5. Chon Lon or the Chinese Quarter is a treasure trove of pagodas, temples, and shops. For shopping, head to Ben Thanh Market, one of Vietnam’s largest and most famous markets. When it comes to nightlife in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City does it better than any place. The city is home to numerous clubs, bars, and rooftop bars where you can enjoy cheap drinks and a lively party atmosphere.

Nha Trang

The coastal city of Nha Trang is famous for its pristine white sand beaches, ancient temples, lively atmosphere, and natural landscapes. All of this is accompanied by some of the highest numbers of sunny days in the entire country. Making this city a must-visit when in Vietnam. The city is famous for its endless stretches of coastline which stretches for around 6 km. The beaches are clean with clear blue waters making it a perfect place for relaxing and playing in the water. You can also take part in a variety of watersports like scuba diving, kite surfing, parasailing, and more. Nha Trang city also has a long history dating back to the Champa Kingdom or 3rd-century era which is still evident today, especially from the remnants of the ancient Po Nagar Cham Temples. Another specialty of Nha Trang is the many mud baths centred around the city. The Thap Ba Hot Springs Center which was the first mud bath in the city is a great place to rejuvenate yourself. Nha Trang is also home to one of the most famous amusement parks in the entire country, Vinpearl Land.

Mui Ne

Tucked away deep in South Vietnam is the coastal town of Mui Ne. This laidback city is great for people looking for a relaxing getaway without the crowds that usually follow beach destinations. A town is a great place for watersports particularly kitesurfing since the town receives a lot of wind throughout the year. Mui Ne also has its own Cham Towers similar to the ones in Nha Trang, just on a smaller scale yet just as impressive. One of the most impressive features of Mui Ne is its stunning sand dunes- the red and white sand dunes located just outside the town. These impressive dunes are popular spots to watch the sunrise and sunset. Nearby the dunes is the fairy stream, a stunning brook flowing through an even more colorful canyon.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Island is Vietnam’s beach paradise. Its stunning sandy beaches and crystal clear calm blue waters have been attracting tourists from all over the world. The island is a great place for those who are looking for a relaxing beach getaway. Visitors to Phu Quoc come not just for its beaches but also for its many water sports activities such as snorkeling among coral reefs. One thing the island is famous for besides its beaches and water sports are its fish sauce. This delicious sauce is the main ingredient in almost all of the island’s cuisine. Visitors can also go on a tour of a fish sauce factory. But if that is to your taste, you can always explore the local cultural and historical sites like Cay Duy Prison and Cao Dai Temple or the Phu Quoc National Park where you can see the endangered silver langur, pygmy loris, and the very rare Dugong. 

Can Tho

A bustling city on the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is known for its canals and floating markets. Visitors flock to the floating markets to not only shop but also to learn more about rustic Vietnamese life and sample the local traditional food. After a visit to the floating markets, you can relax at the many tropical luxury resorts in the city. Alternatively, you can go on a peaceful boat ride and explore the backwaters of the region. Can Tho may be famous because of its floating markets and canals but it is also a region with rich history and many historical sites worth visiting like the Ong Temple, Binh Thuy Communal House, and Quang Duc Pagoda. Nature lovers are also not going to be left out in this wonderful city as they can check out Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary and Ninh Kieu National Park. 

South Vietnam is composed of these cities and even more places to explore off the grid. The region has something to offer all kinds of travelers. However, to visit all the cities in South Vietnam, you will need to apply for a Vietnam visa. Which you can do online at a government-approved resource like BDATrip, or if you are from the  UAE, you can directly apply for a Vietnam visa here.

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