Southern Vietnam is a greatly vast domain existing in the very end of the country, which is all year surrounded by ocean in three Southern faces and mountainous ranges in the North. Even though the land contains various different smaller regions known as Saigon, Vietnam’s Southern metropolis, the Southeast and Mekong Delta in the surrounding, foreign wanderlust community mostly concentrate on a small part of Mekong Delta and Saigon only when intending to take part in a Southern Vietnam group tour. This will result in a miss trying out diverse experiences relating to the sea and other specific types of aqua-activities and cuisine. My advice below is going to show you a different look towards another famous part of Southern Vietnam and how to conquer it in just a week straight.
Saigon by night
Day 1: Saigon’s arrival
Let’s pick the first day to be your arrival in Saigon, the largest city all over Vietnam. You can spend the first two days and one night in Saigon only. The first day ever allows you to explore the city as a sightseeing tour, you may feel free to do this yourself within one morning with a local companion through a private tour or sign up for a group tour in South Vietnam. During the rest of the day, my recommendations are having a fine-dining dinner on a cruise moving along Saigon River, purchasing a ticket for a night show at Saigon Opera House or simply wandering off around downtown for a shopping tour.
Saigon Opera House
Day 2: Củ Chi Tunnels
Normally, a trip to Củ Chi Tunnels would be better if it is made in the morning as a half-day tour. This journey will walk you through the inside of the Vietnam War and the key factor leading to the reunification in 1975. Back to Saigon in the afternoon, what you can consider trying is joining in a cooking class or start exploring other sights of the city such as Chinese town, a large system of museums and getting driven on the back of a scooter for a night street food tour.
Củ Chi Tunnels
Day 3 and 4: Saigon – Vũng Tàu
On the third day of the trip, say goodbye to Saigon and leave for Vũng Tàu, a neighboring city located right next to Saigon to the Northeast. Talking about this, I highly recommend you to visit various other sites on the way before reaching Vũng Tàu such as Bình Châu Hot Springs and Phước Bửu Nature Reserve. There are multiple South Vietnam group tours available to help you customize the best route and itinerary for a Vũng Tàu tour. Over here in Vũng Tàu, do not forget to try its well-known authentic delicacy such as pancakes, seafood, salted-egg cake with pork floss, Long Thành cow milk and so on. One highlight for a sightseeing trip in downtown Vũng Tàu is a lesser-known private museum named Museum of Worldwide Arms and operated by a British man whose love for weapon and arms collections is infinite. Spending two days here in this coastal city seems to be a great initiative.
Inside Worldwide Arms Museum
Three last days: Vũng Tàu – Côn Sơn Island
For the rest of your excursion, it’s time to say goodbye to Vũng Tàu mainland and depart to Côn Sơn Island, a large natural island located right outside of Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province and once known as a hell on Earth, where local political prisoners used to be kept. This is the largest one out of 15 islands, rewarded by Mother Nature with pristine beaches, coral reefs and partially covered with tropical jungles. Hiking, trekking, scuba-diving, exploring coastal paths along with wildlife-watching experiences are what you can be offered on the site. In order to reach the island, you may consider taking a speedboat, or simply contact a local South Vietnam group tour operator for a whole package prepared beforehand and you can save more time to fully enjoy your relaxation.
Côn Sơn Island
Obviously, you can select other South Vietnam group tour in seven days based on your specific need and interest. For instance, Mekong Delta is hiding in itself other lesser-known and non-touristy spots waiting for you to explore, or the Eastern side of Southern Vietnam is also able to disclose hidden gems that you have never thought about.