Top 10 Great Things to Do in South Vietnam

Last updated: January 11, 2022 / 162 Views

With its capital Ho Chi Minh City, Southern Vietnam has always been one of the key economic regions. There are attractive entertainment areas, poetic beaches; the South also has many famous historical sites. To make your first trip to Vietnam easier and help you get the greatest travel experience, we have created an ultimate list of Top 10 Great Things to Do in South Vietnam. Be ready and pack your luggage now!

Things to do in south Vietnam

1. Cruise through Mekong River

A lot of agencies provide river cruises in the Mekong Delta. You can take a Mekong River Cruise from Cambodia (Phnom Penh or Siem Reap) and Vietnam(Saigon), an ideal way to explore the Mekong Delta's magical waterways. The same voyage applies to the land connection between Saigon and Phu Quoc Island. We also offer a round-trip itinerary to visit the Mekong Delta by boat from Saigon. The core element of all our Mekong Delta tours is an overnight trip on one of our luxurious boutique river cruises.

There are stops at various locations along the way. This tour begins with a scenic trip to a famous village. Upon arrival, the wooden boat takes tourists on a leisurely cruise along the Mekong River's dense canals, passing many floating markets, fish farms, Buddhist temples, and colonial buildings.

Cruise through Mekong River

Cruise through Mekong River

 

2. Visit Cu Chi Tunnel

After the war ended, the Cu Chi tunnels became a national historic site attracting many tourists. The famous American television channel CNN also ranked Cu Chi Tunnels as one of the 12 most attractive underground works globally. This site is a refuge of the Southern army in the resistance war against invading enemies. Experience the 120m long tunnel system with two floors by yourself; you will be able to experience the life of the people of Saigon right in the war of ammunition. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to enjoy wartime specialities, such as sweet potato, cassava, and sesame salt.

In Cu Chi Tunnel, there is another interesting and unique place that you should not miss such as Trung An Orchard. Here, you will enjoy fresh and delicious fruits. There is a big hut in the orchard, which is a great place for people to relax, relax and have some snacks after visiting the tunnel for a few hours.

Book Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day - Small Group to have a unique experience about underground life during the war.

Visit Cu Chi Tunnel

Visit Cu Chi Tunnel

 

3. Learn About Vietnam History at War Museum

To reproduce the heroic history, the War Remnants Museum is an ideal place for history lovers who want to relive the fierce days of the war. The War Remnants Museum is a vivid photo of Vietnam's war against the United States. These cultural relics and other images serve as conclusive evidence for condemning the crimes of the invading colonists, and at the same time, reflect the people's will to fight and win for national independence.

Many fascinating topics, such as "Wartime World" or "The Story of Orange Victims", make many people angry or painful. Currently, the museum has more than 20,000 documents and cultural relics. Every year, thousands of tourists come here to learn about the historical period of this country and burn down the patriotism of that era.

Learn Vietnam History In War Museum

Learn Vietnam History In War Museum

 

4. Shopping at Ben Thanh Market

If there is a Dong Xuan market in Hanoi, the South constitutes the Saigon original market. In more than one hundred years of existence and development, Ben Thanh market is a commercial place and a witness to many important historical events in ancient Saigon. At the handicraft stalls, a variety of colours and products will overwhelm visitors. Delicate and beautiful little objects, brocade towels will make you fall in love immediately. For those who like to shop, the clothing-accessories booth will meet your needs from A to Z. This is the golden address for finding the most beautiful-unique-strange-cheapest clothes in Saigon!

Shopping at Ben Thanh Market

Shopping at Ben Thanh Market

 

5. Try Saigon Local Food

Although the cuisine of Saigon does not have a long history like it is in the North and Central, it has changed recently due to cultural integration. Like southern cuisine, Saigon cuisine is influenced by Chinese, Cambodian, and Thai cuisines and is characterized by the frequent use of sugar and coconut milk. These dishes have regional characteristics and create unique flavours, carefully processed and eye-catching, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of distant diners.

Book Saigon Night Life Tour by Motorbike to enjoy the best food in Saigon

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Try Saigon Local Food

Try Saigon Local Food

 

6. Enjoy Dinner on Cruise at Saigon River

Saigon - the city of night entertainment, will always appeal to everyone who loves the bustling life. Here you can find many interesting culinary and entertainment activities. Following the example of ancient boats, there is for you - nostalgic souls who think about the dinner yacht on the Saigon River. Traditional Vietnamese-style dishes on wooden tables and chairs, as well as folk music performances, make your dinner not only rich in flavour but also rich and unique. European and Asian dishes and typical Vietnamese dishes prepared by experienced chefs will surely provide you with a delicious meal.

Enjoying the special flavours of each dish on Dinner Cruise on Saigon River while watching the unique ethnic dance and music performances will be the perfect choice to end a full night together.

Dinner on Saigon River Cruise

Dinner on Saigon River Cruise

 

7. Relax at Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc is a rich land with ancient forests, rich flora and fauna, and countless beautiful beaches hidden behind forests. Entering this site comes close to unspoiled nature. Not having a full-service landmark, this place also has a completely unspoiled island with no inhabitants or intervention from the mainland. These spots are ideal for outdoor sports such as camping, swimming, or going deep into the wilderness with its long burning meadows.

Relax in Phu Quoc Island

Relax in Phu Quoc Island

 

8. Enjoy breathtaking Red and White Sand Dunes in Mui Ne

Only on the dunes known as the Sahara Desert in Vietnam, Red and White Sand Dunes in Mui Ne, you will enjoy a whole day of fun and entertaining games. When participating in motorcycle racing activities, travelling with you or your loved ones can be exciting. Don't forget to take photos before sunset. Natural Saudi specialities are coloured every day, which will bring you a perfect and pleasant sightseeing experience, especially when you climb to the top of a mountain with many peaks. For all couples, watching the sunset on the sandy slopes fade away, with red flames in the sky is a romantic scene.

Enjoy breathtaking Red & White Sandune in Mui Ne

Enjoy breathtaking Red & White Sandune in Mui Ne

 

9. Stay with locals at Mekong Delta.

No matter where you go, living with a host family in the Mekong Delta is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in local life and explore the culture of the region. Staying some days with host families in the Mekong Delta is ideal for getting rid of a prosperous life. It's time to spend one or more nights in the Delta, and you will have the opportunity to integrate with the life of the villagers and learn valuable knowledge about their customs and habits. This type of trip in the Vietnam vacation package is considered to exceed your imagination and expectations.

Besides, the villagers will not hesitate to let you try some exciting activities in daily life, such as tree planting, farming, fishing, enjoying trade at the floating market, and so on. Although the nails are stained with dirt and the face and clothes are stained with mud, it is still worth your experience because you share the joy and hardship with the locals and highly appreciate their efforts.

Book Mekong Delta Homestay Tours to experience.

Mekong Delta Homestay

Mekong Delta Homestay

 

10. Explore Cai Rang Floating Market

The Floating Market is a cultural feature of the provinces of southwest Vietnam. If you go to this area, nothing better than coming to such an essential place. You will experience sailing and explore hundreds of busy boats trading various agricultural products. Of course, you are immersed in the active business atmosphere of people in the river. Coming to the Market at dawn, you will not only hold yourself in the exciting atmosphere, crowded with buyers and sellers, but also have the opportunity to admire the beautiful picture of the river and sky.

Also, if you want to eat fresh fruits, the owner always prepares to peel them, everyone here is very friendly. Just visit Cai Rang Floating Market once in your lifetime, and you see the lives of local people. This experience will surely make the trip more interesting than ever.

If you travel to Cai Rang in the festival season, it's time to enjoy the bold traditional cultural identity of the Southern region. The festival is held to pray for weather, crops, and connection with others. What’s more, you can join an aquatic festival to bring joy to locals.

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Explore Cai Rang Floating Market

Explore Cai Rang Floating Market

Southern Vietnam, with its hidden and endless beauty, has never stopped attracting domestic and foreign tourists. It's such a pity if you don't explore and admire the endowments of nature for Vietnam as every place in the S-shaped country has its beauty. The list of Top 10 Great Things to Do in South Vietnam above has suggested most activities you should try. Have any ideas to make it better, please share them with us and have a fancy day-off.

If you are looking for South Vietnam Package Tours, please feel free to contact us. We will arrange an unforgettable trip for you.

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