HO CHI MINH CITY, August 7, 2017 – Vietnam has so much to offer and there are plenty of reasons to return a second or third time for another Vietnam holiday. One of those reasons is the country’s size; remember before the end of the Vietnam War it was North and South with the capital of the South, Saigon, now Ho Chi MINH City, the largest city in this part of the world.
Ho Chi Minh City is a natural starting point for a Vietnam family vacation which concentrates on just the South of the now unified country. There is much to see and do, starting in the City. It is the commercial hub of Vietnam and has developed quickly over recent decades. There are many skyscrapers now but there is still plenty of tradition to absorb even if the pace of life is a little quicker than other parts of Vietnam.
A good Vietnam travel agent will help you with an itinerary for seeing the South, and here are the things that are likely for inclusion:
• The Mekong Delta is due west of Ho Chi Minh City. It has towns and cities of its own as well as a huge number of villages, farmers and fishermen. The floating markets where the produce of this fertile region is sold should certainly be part of your Vietnam tour though to get the most out of the experience, you should make an early start, and that means sunrise.
• Nha Trang is an increasingly popular destination on the southern coast where Vietnam beach holidays have led to the development of an infrastructure to meet demand. The sandy beaches and warm waters have made Nha Trang a great escape from city life for locals as well as a overseas tourist ‘’hot spot.’’
• Phan Thiet was once just a fishing village. As tourist numbers have grown, with Mui Ne Beach one of the best in Vietnam, so have the accommodation alternatives.
• Dalat is at 1,500 metres, north east of Ho Chi Minh City. It was developed as an ‘’escape’’ from the heat of the lowlands and the French influence can still be seen in some of the architecture. En route to Dalat is the Cat Tien National Park, pristine tropical forest and a great place for hiking.
• The Con Dao Islands are best accessed with a short domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh City and a speedboat trip. Each of the 16 islands is forested and mountainous and there is a population of some 5,000 living there. Enjoy the beaches, the seas and the interior.
• Phu Quoc Island off the Cambodian Coast in the South China Sea belongs to Vietnam and now has its own airport, and some international flights. It’s a great place to relax after a busy itinerary. Once again, the interior is a great place for walking and the beaches somewhere just to lie back and relax. The infrastructure is now well-developed and it seems certain to be included in many holiday itineraries in the years to come.