Travel Itinerary around South Vietnam

South Vietnam Travel Guide

Our South Vietnam multi-day travel guide comprises four destinations that can be explored within a week. Your first stop is Ho Chi Minh City, home of historical sites and colonial buildings that have survived years of war. From there, travel to Mui Ne and Nha Trang for a few days of lounging on pristine beaches as well as enjoying recreational activities such as hiking and temple-hopping.

You also get to enjoy a relaxing holiday on the quiet hill town of Da Lat, where you can find plenty of colonial villas, temples, and flower orchards, as well as natural waterfalls, hills, and lakes. Make sure you bookmark this 7-day itinerary around South Vietnam, where we’ve listed where to go, shop, dine, and party throughout your week-long trip.

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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City: recommended 2 to 3 days

Most international airlines offer direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City, making it one of the most popular destinations in southern Vietnam. We highly recommend staying for two days to make the most out of your holiday, as there are plenty of things to see and do here. Prominent landmarks that you can visit on the first day include the Old Saigon Post Office, Ben Thanh Market, and Saigon Opera House.

The following day, book a daytrip to Chu Chi Tunnels, which a shooting range and over 120km of underground tunnels that were used by Vietnamese soldiers. In the evening, make your way to a rooftop bar or pub along Pham Ngu Lao Street to enjoy live music and drinks until late.

  • Cu Chi Tunnels

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    The Cu Chi Tunnels are basically a huge war museum offering visitors a sneak peak at the underground life of Viet Read More»

  • Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City

    Central Post Office

    The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial times and perhaps the Read More»

  • Ben Thanh Market

    Ben Thanh Market

    Situated in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, bustling Ben Thanh Market in District 1 is a great place to buy local Read More»

  • Opera House

    Opera House

    The Opera House in Ho Chi Minh is an elegant, colonial building at the intersection of Le Loi and Dong Khoi Street in Read More»

  • Vietnamese Street Vendor

    Pham Ngu Lao Street

    The Pham Ngu Lao area of District 1 is where most backpacking travelers first land in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a similar Read More»

  • Quan An Ngon Restaurant

    Quan An Ngon Restaurant

    Rising in levels like a manor from a medieval fairytale, Quan An Ngon is one of the most popular restaurants in Ho Chi Read More»

Mui Ne & Phan Thiet

Mui Ne & Phan Thiet: recommended 2 days

Mui Ne and Phan Thiet are known for their stunning beaches, tropical forest and sand dunes. There are also ancient structures such as the Po Shanu Cham Towers and Van Thuy Tu Temple, but they’re relatively far from the city centre, so you may need to rent a motorcycle or join a tour to get there.

A must visit in Mui Ne are the White and Red Sand Dunes, though they are far apart from each other. If you’re pressed for time, we highly recommend visiting the Red Sand Dunes as they’re about a 15-minute drive from Mui Ne Beach.

  • Mui Ne Beach

    Mui Ne is Phan Thiet’s most prominent coastal resort town, spanning 15 kilometres of sandy beaches that are lined with Read More»

  • Fairy Stream

    Fairy Stream is a photography hotspot in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne due to its dramatic landscape of reds, whites, oranges Read More»

  • The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne

    The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne are two geological wonders no visitor should ever miss out on their travel itinerary. There are Read More»

  • Phan Thiet Central Market

    Phan Thiet Central Market is the largest of its kind in Mui Ne, hosting hundreds of stalls selling household items, Read More»

  • Jibe's Suoi Nuoc Mui Ne

    Jibe’s Suoi Nuoc Mui Ne is set along a private beach within Full Moon Village Phan Thiet, hosting rooftop parties and Read More»

  • Sandals at Mia Resort Mui Ne

    Sandals is an all-day dining venue within Mia Resort Mui Ne, featuring an array of authentic Asian and western dishes, Read More»

Nha Trang

Nha Trang: recommended 2 days

From Mui Ne, you can easily board a flight to Nha Trang via airlines such as VietJet Air and JetStar. If you’re travelling on a modest budget, overnight buses are your best options. The journey takes about five hours, and tickets cost approximately US$20 per person.

Nha Trang is similar to Mui Ne, housing beautiful beaches and a wide range of accommodation options. Most travellers stay at Tran Phu Street, a seaside promenade with luxurious resorts, seafood restaurants, and nightlife venues with easy access to the beach.

  • Long Son Pagoda

    Lang Son Pagoda, also known as Chua Long Son, is situated on the foothill of Trai Thuy Mountain in the city of Nha

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  • Po Nagar Cham Towers

    Po Nagar Cham Towers

    Po Nagar Cham temple complex was built between 8th and 11th centuries by the Cham people who once ruled the central Read More»

  • Vinpearl Amusement Park

    Vinpearl Amusement Park

    Vinpearl Amusement Park, situated on an island across the bay from Nha Trang Beach, is a large-scale theme park Read More»

  • Nha Trang Market

    When it comes to street markets in the popular coastal town, Nha Trang Market is hailed as the busiest of its kind. Open Read More»

  • Nha Trang Water Puppet Theatre

    The Nha Trang Water Puppet Theatre is a vibrant live performance which showcases the daily life of farmers, traditional Read More»

  • Sen at Sailing Club

    Sen at Sailing Club is a favourite dining spot amongst affluent locals, expats, and tourists in Nha Trang. Offering

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