Southern Vietnam gets blessed with a beautiful landscape, breathtaking beaches, charming locals, a unique cuisine, and some of Vietnam’s undisturbed islands. Filled with so many amazing places that will leave a remarkable memory, the south indeed begs to get explored. To escape the noisy, crowded, and the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (The financial and business hub of Vietnam) and other major cities, here is a list of the best quiet getaways in Southern Vietnam.
1. Da Lat
Since the French colonial times, Da Lat has been famous for perfect getaways due to its all-year-round cool weather. With plenty of natural landscapes, beautiful French villas and gardens, and a good range of high-end, middle, and budget hotels, this city is a must-visit.
What to do, see in Da Lat
- Da lat is where you will find prominent landmarks including the Crazy house, French quarter, and the Da Lat flower gardens. You will still see ethnic villages, (interact with the locals and learn a thing or two about the city), historic buildings, fruit farms, Buddhist pagodas, and villas. Take a motorbike taxi, and you will see awe-inspiring natural sights as the Pongour falls and the Elephant Falls.
- Although there are no modern shopping malls, this French-inspired central town is home to vibrant day and night markets, where you can buy souvenir and gifts for your loved ones and experience the local’s lifestyle.
- Unlike other cities, due to its calming atmosphere, nightlife in Da Lat is quieter, but you can find bars and pubs at the Da Lat Central Business District.
- Whether you want to eat western or local delicacies, you will enjoy delicious meals in the restaurants or from the street food vendors. But do you know that Da Lat is well-known for fine wine and coffee? Head to the K’Ho coffee farm and sample some fresh coffee.
2. Phu Quoc Island
If you have not yet visited this secretly hidden paradise, please do before everybody discovers it. Situated off the coast of Cambodia in the creek of Thailand, Phu Quoc is well-known for its white sand beaches and breathtaking resorts with casinos, (making Phu Quoc a luxurious travel destination) located along the pine-lined southwest coast.
Most of the land gets covered by a National Park which is home to wildlife and hundreds of different species of birds. You can also relax on the clean beaches and engage in various activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking, and watch the sunset. Apart from the exotic beaches, there are plenty of historic buildings, Buddhist shrines, and fishing villages. And for food lovers, yummy seafood is plentiful alongside other local delicacies such as the Banh Mi. Along the Ong Lang Beach, you will find bars, late-night restaurants, and wineries.
3. Mui Ne
Located in the East Sea in Southeast Vietnam, Mui Ne has everything that you don’t expect to find in Vietnam. From steady windy conditions and a long stretch of sands lined with palms, this city is best for sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, and the hot air balloon rides is an experience you don’t want to miss.
There are strings of beach resorts amidst beautiful gardens by the sea, luxury hotels, and homestays for the backpackers. Explore the historical spots such as the Prince’s castle, and the Phuoc Thien pagoda, head to the fishing village and explore the local’s fishing lifestyle as you take great pictures, go for lunch and munch on seafood or any western food of your choice in a restaurant of your choice.
Experience the calming and therapeutic Fairy Stream (you need to remove your shoes and walk through it barefooted) which gets surrounded by white and orange limestone formations. Slide through the white and orange dunes as you wait for sunset, then go and have your dinner at a beachside restaurant and relax with some beer.
4. My Tho, Mekong Delta
It is the capital of Tien Giang Province, Mekong Delta and it is less touristy compared to the other surrounding towns. Rent a local boat and tour the beautiful islands on the Mekong River. You will see captivating fruit orchards, (you can taste various fruits straight from the tree), cottage industries, and see the making of coconut candy and experience the countryside lifestyle as you take pictures along the waterways. You can have your meals at a floating restaurant and spend the night at a homestay.
Southern Vietnam is a vast destination with so many places to visit, but the above targets will offer you a quiet getaway where you can have fun and enjoy the luxurious treatment you will encounter. Include southern Vietnam travel in your list, and you will love it.