Highlights of Southern Vietnam
In Vietnam’s southern highlands the scenery is spectacular and the climate soothing. No wonder the colonial powers sought out Dalat as their Summer retreat. Head towards the coast and the beach lover has a number of options: a busy resort in Nha Trang with some fantastic hotels or the lesser known and quieter resorts of Phan Thiet and Phu Quoc - a tough choice! The tropical south also offers nightlife and an exciting buzz in the former Saigon or for a more relaxing time journey deep into the Mekong Delta and witness a lifestyle and tradition that has changed little over the years. A wonderful part of this versatile country.
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
Nha Trang Beach, Vietnam
The coastal city of Nha Trang is around 275 miles from Ho Chi Minh City and its 4 mile stretch of beach is considered one of the jewels of Vietnam's long coastline. Nha Trang is blessed with deep, quiet and warm waters all the year round.
Dalat - Honeymoon vacation in Vietnam Highlands
Dalat is located in Lam Dong province, approximately 125 miles northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, at an elevation of 1,500 m. Founded by the French colonial administration in 1912, Dalat was once called Le Petit Paris and was established as a place to retreat to from Saigon during the hot season.
Phan Thiet and Mui Ne, Vietnam
Once a Cham stronghold, Phan Thiet has in recent years been a major fishing town. These days it is developing a reputation as one of Vietnam’s best beach resorts. New hotels are opening along Mui Ne Beach and now there are a number of good hotels to suit all budgets.
Cat Tien National Park
Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam
Cat Tien National Park is an important nature reserve in southern Vietnam, located between Saigon and Dalat, and now world famous as a sanctuary for the Javan Rhinoceros. It is also part of the wet tropical forest complex and one of the largest natural forests remaining in Vietnam with an estimated 230 species of birds.
Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is a bustling, energetic city which is embracing the new lease of economic life that Vietnam is experiencing. With its tropical climate and constant buzz it may have more in common with Bangkok than the more sedate Hanoi, which is some 1,080 miles away.
Floating Market in Can Tho, Vietnam
Can Tho is located in the centre of the Mekong Delta, 100 miles from Ho Chi Minh City, on the Hau River which is considered to be the region’s benefactor as its yearly floods deposit large quantities of alluvia over the paddy fields.
Mekong Delta Vietnam
At the southernmost part of Vietnam lies a flat and lush area of land known as the Mekong Delta. The miles of inter-connecting canals and rivers here are known by locals simply as "the green lungs of the Mekong".
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Sitting in the Gulf of Thailand, the island of Phu Quoc is about the same size as Singapore and is the largest of all the Vietnamese islands. The island offers visitors a mix of mountains, lush forest covered hills, waterfalls, bubbling streams and some of Vietnam’s best beaches.
Con Dao Islands
Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
The little known Con Dao Islands are situated off the southern coast of Vietnam, around 140 miles from Ho Chi Minh City, and are best reached by a short flight from HCMC or a 5 hour speedboat journey. This island group consists of 16 mountainous islands and islets with an indigenous population of approximately 5000 people./.