Southern Vietnam Dreams: 5 Top Things To Do And See

6 June 2018

Dreaming of an adventure in Vietnam? We’ve got you covered! Check out these 5 top things to do and see on this incredible holiday with Busabout in southern Vietnam.

1. Experience it all in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh is a colourful, chaotic and exciting mash up of food, history, culture and awesomeness. Restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, temples and relics are all packed into this buzzing city, with loads of locals zooming around in cars and bicycles between it all. See the past come to life at the sobering War Remnants Museum. Shop till you drop at the bustling Binh Tay Market. Explore the labyrinthine Cu Chi Tunnels once used by Vietnamese soldiers. Then check out the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral where the Virgin Mary statue resides. It’s the one city you can’t afford to miss!

2. Take it easy in Hoi An

Chilling beside the lazy river, ancient Hoi An is a more laid-back take on city living. Take a leisurely stroll down the the waterfront past colonial merchants’ houses. Stop off for some of the best Vietnamese food in the country – the cau lao noodles and pho are a must! Then head to the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge. Looking for something a little more energetic? Grab a bike and cycle past the gorgeous coastline, then slip on a snorkel and some fins to explore the clear blue waters.

3. Hit the water in Nha Trang

Sea, sand,surf, scuba and more are the name of the game in this seaside town. Coastal Nha Trang has 6km of pretty white beach just waiting to welcome ocean lovers to its crystal-clear waters. Scuba and snorkel with beautiful marine life. Take a boat cruise out to sea or explore on land with a bicycle tour or hike past lush rice paddies, waterfalls and dense forests. Take a cooking class and learn how to make crispy spring rolls, hot pots and delicious curries. Finally, after all your big adventures, steep yourself in a soothing mud bath.

4. Visit Po Nagar Cham Towers

Just outside Nha Trang, you’ll find the historic Po Nagar Cham temple tower. Dating back to pre 781 C.E., this impressive site can be found in the medieval principality of Kauthara on the banks of the River Cai. The towers were created as a tribute to the Yan Po Nagar, the goddess of the country who is said to have taught agricultural and weaving skills to the Cham people. An absolute must see.

5. Make a wish at Linh Phuoc Temple

Just a 20-minute drive from the Parisian-like hill town of Da Lat, you’ll find the impressive Linh Phuoc Pagoda. At 37m high, this lofty bell tower is the tallest in Vietnam. Also known as the pagoda of broken glass, the site features an amazing 49m-long dragon’s head at the entrance made from 12 000 recycled glass beer bottles. Step inside and see beautiful Buddhist artworks. Then wander up to the bell tower, write your wish on a yellow note and ring the bell three times to send it up Buddha.

Wishing you were there already? Book your amazing holiday in Vietnam now!