About South Vietnam, Vietnam

— South Vietnam —

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is Vietnam’s most dynamic city. With a population of 8.6 million, its streets are brimming with shops, stalls and busy vendors with their wares spread out on sidewalks.

Popular sights include the Doc Lap Palace, the War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral, built in neo-Romanesque style. The central Ben Thanh Market is the best for souvenir bargains and delicious street foods.

You can also visit Giac Lam Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in the city, and the spectacular Chinese-style Emperor of Jade Pagoda.

The flat but lusciously green Mekong River Delta is the southernmost region of Vietnam and is an attractive patchwork of rice paddies, swamps and canals. The Cai Rang floating markets are the hub of the Mekong River Delta’s fishing and farming trades. These markets appear frantic but tourists should not be discouraged. Everything on sale usually hangs off the front of each boat, and bargaining is encouraged.

A sampan boat is the perfect way to watch the Mekong River come alive, and tourists can expect to find everything from fish to jack fruit. The riverbank is dotted with stilted, wooden houses that are built right on the water’s edge.

My Tho is a quiet city, a day trip from Saigon, with an interesting central market. Take a boat trip to explore local canals and nearby islands including Tan Long, where longan orchards are found.

Further into the Delta lies the colourful town of Can Tho, the biggest city in the Mekong River Delta, with rice the most important industry. Can Tho has an array of delicious, local cuisine and photogenic floating markets nearby, and is close to the Cambodian border. Here you can also find the lively river city of Chau Doc, with beautiful sunset views from the top of Sam Mountain.

Off the far southwest coast of Vietnam Phu Quoc Island has beautiful white sandy beaches and a choice of resortstyle hotels. It is famous for its black pepper and nuoc mam, or fish sauce, as well as its pearl factories. While it is not considered a prime nightlife destination, for peace, tranquility and relaxation, it is the perfect holiday spot.

Where to Stay

Victoria Can Tho Resort
Close to the city of Can Tho, Victoria Can Tho Resort is a quiet retreat on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst magnificent gardens featuring a plethora of exotic plants. This magnificent four-star resort blen... View More »
Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
Situated right on the banks of the Bassac River crossing. Victoria Chau Doc Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the fascinating Chau Doc region that is steeped in culture and historical richness. Deep in the ... View More »
Caravelle Saigon
Caravelle Saigon
Discover one of Ho Chi Minh City’s leading international five-star hotels. Since opening on Christmas Eve 1959, Caravelle Saigon has gained renown for being at the heart of everything important. Located in the ... View More »
Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc
Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc transports its guests into paradise. Located on Bai Truong Beach on Phu Quoc’s west coast, Best Western Premier So... View More »
Caravelle Hotel
Caravelle Hotel is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s leading international five-star hotels. Since its opening on Christmas Eve 1959, Caravelle Saigon has gained renown for being at the heart of everything important. L... View More »
Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa
Built in the style of a traditional Vietnamese country house, Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa offers a selection of thatched-roof bungalows set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens, blending harmoniousl... View More »

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