04/04/2013

Southern Vietnam

Southern Vietnam is dominated by a very tropical climate. The region mainly has 3 seasons: the "cool" period (occurring around November-January), the warm period (around February-May) and the rainy period. However, the Vietnamese definition of "cool" could greatly vary from yours as no matter what the season is, weather conditions are mostly hot and humid.

On our page, Southern Vietnam is defined beginning from Nha Trang’s Long Beach in the East to Rach Gia, a harbor city near the Cambodian border, and furthermore covers the large tropical Phu Quoc island along with its numerous beautiful islets. The island is known as the best place in the country to witness an exceptionally stunning sunset view above sea.

In between lies the vast Mekong delta that supports a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Here, countless boats that take part in the floating market trade meet at several locations, keeping business alive even in locations not accessible to cars. The largest and most popular floating market is in the city of Can Tho. Where trade is always busy and lively, it is said that everything you need is here: from fresh fruits and vegetables, varieties of meat or simply rice-wine – name it and they have it!

Formerly named Saigon, and by history was Southern Vietnam’s capital, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s center for commerce and the country’s largest city by far. This metropolis has it both: traditional and modern spirit. Densely populated, this bustling city is driven by work opportunities and increasing investments, all largely contributing to the country’s economic boom. Served as headquarters during the American occupation, western influence is very evident here. However, numerous cultural heritages existing even before the American war are still present.

Located along Vietnam’s southeastern coast are attractive shorelines found in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne. East of HCMC, these towns are popular water sports and swimming venues in the country.

Mui Ne - Phan Thiet

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The never-ending sand beach at the Mủi Né Peninsula is well on its way to turn into one of Vietnam’s most popular seaside touristic sites. Over the last years this destination also known by the name of the nearby city Phan Thiet has almost caught up with Nha Trang in terms of visitors.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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Ho Chi Minh City is commonly known as Saigon or by the abbreviation HCMC. Although it is not the capital of Vietnam, it is the largest city in Vietnam and it was the capital of the former Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).

Can Tho

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Can Tho is the biggest and most important city of the Mekong Delta. For its citizens the city and its surroundings are an industrial center, where the whole Mekong Delta connects. To travelers it is a cozy and nice place with its small city center at the river.

Rach Gia

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Most travelers only visit Rach Gia as a starting point for a trip to the island of Phu Quoc. Most ferries depart early in the morning and that is why Phu Quoc travelers use to stay here for the night, which is not too bad since accommodation and restaurants are good and the people are friendly.

Tra Phuong Pagoda (Wishmaster Pagoda)

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In the Red River Delta, it is an unwritten requirement for every commune to have at least one pagoda. So it is not surprising that you find these pagodas by the thousands in such places. But in Tra Phuong Village, in the Thuy Huong Commune in Hai Phong City’s Kien Thuy District, one pagoda stands...

Four-handed Buddha pagoda

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Crossing immense golden paddy fields from Long Xuyen City, tourists will arrive in Nui Sap Township (Thoai Son District). Traveling some 10km, they will reach Oc Eo Township, which is considered the cradle of Oc Eo culture and civilization by archaeologists.

Tan Dinh Cathedral

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Tan Dinh Cathedral was built by French colonists when the nation was part of French Indochina over a period of six years from 1870-1876.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): places of interest

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Saigon offers some interesting sites:

Pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City

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In Vietnam, pagodas offer a final resting place as well as an opportunity to commune with the departed. Moreover, they also serve as a preparation for the after life as some people book shelves in the place early so that everything is in order when it’s their time to leave the physical world.

The General Post Office

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The Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City are as old as 130 years old. Yet, the older they are, the more they attract visitors from as far as foreign countries and have even become “iconic” symbols in their place and in their own right as well.

Quan An Ngon Restaurant

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"Ngon" in Vietnamese means 'delicious'. This restaurants lives up to its name. Quan An Ngon looks reminiscent of an open-air French villa and has nice indoor and courtyard seating.

Bia Hoi: Amidst modern bars and new coffee shops

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Amidst the proliferation of “girlie” bars and pricey coffee shops all over Saigon today, a bit of “old” Saigon remains, standing strong against the irresistible call of the glitz and glamour of modern entertainment establishments today.

Cua Dong Restaurant

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As a country with a long sea border, they have an abundant supply of shellfish and fishes. Of all popular sea food served in Vietnamese tables, crabs is among those that have the most variation in cooking and preparation. In Vietnam’s largest and most bustling city, Ho Chi Minh, is also where you...

Giang’s Shashlik

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The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh is sure among the most visited places in the city. But apart from seeing the popular Vietnam-American war exhibits, there is another good reason why many would frequent Vo Van Tan Street. Just adjacent to the museum is a narrow space serving one of the tastiest...

Lemon Grass Restaurant

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Lemon Grass is one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the city centre. The ambience was softly romantic.

Grilled Varieties in Saigon

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There is no denying that HCMC is one of the best places to visit, not just in Vietnam but across the globe. The live and bustling city is known for many things - - - excellent shopping, colorful streets, tons of attractions and great food among the many. But there is something more with the “great...

Sea Light Hotel

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Sea Light is not only the only four star Hotel in Rach Gia but also a highest building in West of Viet Nam. From the high level, guests can discover panoramic view of the ocean as well as the city.

Windsor Plaza Hotel

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Opened in 2004, the Windsor Plaza is a majestically huge place close to Cholon (Chinatown). It is brilliant in terms of its exclusive service, its restaurants with multifaceted menus and exceptionally delicious food, convenient amenities and its location nearby innumerable shops, bars, clubs and...

Saigon - Suoi Nhum Resort

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Located in Ke Ga Cape, Saigon, Suoi Nhum Resort is situated near the Ke Ga Lighthouse, which is considered the oldest lighthouse in Vietnam. The Ta Cu Mountain, Dinh Thay Thim Beach, the Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda and the lying-down 49 meter long Buddhist statue are within reach. The resort offers...

Hotel Majestic

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The Hotel Majestic Saigon is one of the classic colonial hotels. Built in 1925, the Majestic had lots of changes and expansions, and thus, a breeze of Art Deco merges with the historical flavor of the old Saigon. The Majestic is a good choice for business and leisure travelers.

Asian Ruby Luxury Hotel

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Welcome to dynamic Saigon – the city of the old and the new, tradition and modern spirit. This place boasts elegant French colonial architecture alongside with multistory buildings. The food is excellent, the temples lively and the top fashion expands. Located in the downtown area of Saigon, the...

Sea Links Beach Hotel

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Sea Links Beach Hotel is Vietnam’s first all-resort complex integrated in Sea Links City. With 188 elegant rooms and suites, four palatial-sized pools, restaurants and bars, spa, recreational amenities and the largest meeting facilities providing modern conveniences to every guest, Sea Links Beach...

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