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.

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.

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.

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).

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...

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): places of interest

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Saigon offers some interesting sites:

Hands-on cooking classes for foreigners

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Are you a foreigner traveling around Vietnam or an expatriate working in the city? Do you love Vietnamese cuisine and want to learn the way to cook it?

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.

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.

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.

Chè - delicious dessert served by street vendors

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A popular Vietnamese dessert, chè refers to any traditional sweet soup or sweetened porridge that can have numerous varieties. They may be served hot or cold in bowls, glasses, or over ice, with dumplings, potatoes, or with about just anything that’s good to add.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

Pandanus Resort

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The Pandanus is the largest and most beautiful resort in Phan Thiet. Built in 2004 within a ten hectare lush tropical garden on a three hundred meter long beach, the Pandanus resort has a large range of facilities and a variety of different accommodations, all designed to make your stay relaxing...

Swiss Village Seaside Resort & Spa

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Swiss Village Resort seaside & spa (SVR) lies on a private white sand beach next to the ocean and settled between coconut palm trees.

L'Anmien Beach Resort

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Beautifully situated along the beach front of Mui Ne, L'Anmien Beach Resort is blessed with a fresh water lagoon amidst serene lush tropical gardens that highlight the resort's enormous swimming pool and 19 luxurious Villas, each with its private pools and outdoor dining pavilion.

Coco Beach Resort

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Coco Beach Resort was set-up in 1995 as the first Beach Resort in South-Vietnam by a French-German couple, Daniel and Jutta, who are still managing the Resort today.

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