Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos

Southern Vietnam

Natives of southern Vietnam consider themselves to be a little bit different from their northern cousins. Reflecting the year-round tropical temperatures enjoyed in the south they see themselves as the warm and welcoming, laid-back part of the Vietnamese family. When the north shivers in winter the sun keeps shining and the people keep smiling! 

The energy and excitement of modern Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to the locals, introduces you to the south with a bang - a fabulous concoction of exotic sights, sounds and smells guaranteed to get the adrenalin going. Contrast this with the gentle world of palm groves, rice paddies and fruit orchards found in the lush Mekong Delta for both sides of the southern Vietnam story. Beyond the bountiful Delta beautiful beaches and idyllic islands await, perfect for the well-earned relaxation, or perhaps jungle treks, diving and kayaking are more your cup of tea, either way you'll find it here. 

  • Many of Vietnam's most fantastic beaches are to be found in the tropical south - try beautiful Phu Quoc or Con Dao for a taste of paradise found. My personal favourite is delving into the Mekong Delta, exploring the quiet backwaters by boat is a truly magical experience.
    Tyler Palma - Head Tour Leader
  • Mui Ne

    Find splendid beach relaxation just a few hours drive from Saigon, at the resort town of Mui Ne. Head inland to explore the dramatic sand dunes and Fairy Spring, visit Cham era ruins or bustling markets, or simply pull up a lounger and soak up the sunshine!

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  • Dalat

    Head into the cool highlands of Dalat, summer retreat of the colonial French, travelling through great plantations of coffee and tea up to the pine forests of the Central Highlands. Admire the fading architecture of another era, then get stuck into the outdoor activities Dalat now offers visitors.

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  • Nam Cat Tien National Park

    Nam Cat Tien National Park, a jungle refuge for Vietnam's native large mammals, with small populations of elephants, leopards and even tigers believed to remain in the parks interior.

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  • Ho Chi Minh City

    Still known as Saigon to the locals, Ho Chi Minh City was the final place to fall to the North Vietnamese at the conclusion of the Vietnam War in 1975, and the many sites of interest in and around the city provide a fascinating and often unfamiliar perspective on this infamous period.

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  • Mekong Delta

    Drift along the endless waterways, cycle through lush rice paddies and soak up the beauty of the tropical Mekong Delta. Day trips from Ho Chi Minh City provide a delightful taste of the Delta, but for a more immersive experience we recommend taking an overnight cruise, getting out on the water.

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  • Con Dao Islands

    Secluded Con Dao boasts some of Vietnam's finest beaches and most exclusive resorts. A short flight south from the hubbub of Ho Chi Minh City delivers you to the idyllic paradise islands of Con Dao, great for relaxation, diving and observing the population of turtles if your visit is well timed.

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