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Suggested Southern Vietnam Itinerary for 5 Days

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If you have ever set foot on North and Central of Vietnam, Southern Vietnam Itinerary will take you to new surprises. Beyond the bustle and hustle of the metropolis, you will encounter the tranquil lives in Mekong Delta. Additionally, you can make trading activities in the unique Cai Be floating market, see poetic Mui Ne beaches or mysterious Con Dao Island

Coming to Southern Vietnam means coming to the beauty of modernity, tranquility, and mystery. Undoubtedly, it is the reason why each year Southern Vietnam attracts thousands of visitors to visit. Therefore, do you think about things to do in Southern Vietnam Itinerary for 5 days? Let’s read this article now. 

Typical Weather Characteristics of Southern Vietnam

Weather differentiation in Vietnam is stretched vertically with three main distinct climate zones: North, Central, and South. You can travel to Vietnam all year round when the Vietnamese destinations put its new shades on different seasons.

>> Read more: Best time to visit Northern, Central, and Southern Vietnam

Southern Vietnam is divided into two sub-regions that are Southeast area and the Mekong Delta area which is the lowest part of Vietnam. Contrary to Northern Vietnam which is under the influence of tropical climate, Southern Vietnam has two main seasons: rainy season and dry season like Central Vietnam, though having differences in temperature and humidity. The rainy season from May to October can happen lots of sudden rain during the day. Therefore, your Southern Vietnam Itinerary will be perfect in the dry season from November to April with relatively hot temperatures and high humidity. 

An Ideal Time to Explore Southern Vietnam

From November to March, you can travel in a mild climate and abundant nature. Especially, you can set foot on the “pearl island” Phu Quoc and mysterious Con Dao island all year round.  

Indeed, Southern Vietnam Itinerary in the rainy season is not a good idea. However, you can get many benefits when traveling in rainy season such as a beach break, photo trip, cheaper prices, and less touristy landscape. Besides, it is also an unparalleled chance to see how local people adapt to these weather characteristics. Trave in the rainy season, why don’t you?

Awesome Things to do in Southern Vietnam Itinerary 5 Days

Day 1-2: Wake up your peaceful morning in Cai Rang Floating Market – Chau Doc

With Can Tho International Airport, you can come here directly from Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi City, as well as from Singapore, Bangkok and Phnom Penh. However, you should pay attention to the common public transportation in Can Tho includes taxis (cars and motorbikes) and pedicabs.

Cai Rang Floating Market - Southern Vietnam Itinerary
Similar to other floating markets, Cai Rang was created for the trading needs of local people because of the limited road traffic system. However, after 100 years, Cai Rang floating market is still operating. Even when the current traffic system has developed, locals still feel familiar with these floating markets. To begin with, taking a small trip on beautiful small canals to reach Cai Be floating market is one of the incredible things to do in Southern Vietnam Itinerary 5 days. You can directly admire the largest wholesale tropical fruits as well as enjoy your breakfast in a local restaurant. After that, you will continue your trip at some famous attractions:
Binh Thuy ancient house - Southern Vietnam Itinerary
Binh Thuy ancient house was built in 1807 has been owned by the Duong family. The sophisticated French architecture of this house is the combination of the East and West architectural style. You will be overwhelmed by high ceilings decorated harmonious motifs and many multi-sized doors that beautify the elegant beauty of the house. It is the reason why Binh Thuy ancient house is one of the most attractive spots in your Southern Vietnam Itinerary for 5 days.
Bang Lang stock garden - Southern Vietnam Itinerary
Bang Lang stock garden surrounded by the immense rice paddies and interlacing canals of Can Tho. What’s more, you can join a cruise on Hau River or cycling past the orchards, craft villages, and green fields to access the Bang Lang stock garden. It is a vast area, flood with water under the shady trees. Additionally, a watching tower helps you look around the gardens and peaceful scenes of the Mekong Delta’s countryside.
  • Thach Dong Cave Pagoda

Thanh Dong cave pagoda - Southern Vietnam Itinerary
Before coming to Thach Dong mountain, you can lie down on the Mui Nai beach and enjoy sunbathing without being disturbed. You will be overwhelmed by the majestic general looking to the sea. Interwoven in the pristine natural setting are the immense golden rice fields stretching out towards the sky. Along with Thach Dong Cave, you will visit Tien Son pagoda, believed to be built to worship Shakyamuni Buddha and Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.

Day 3: Must-have experience on Tra Su Canpunjut Forest 

Your next destination is Tra Su Canpunjut Forest, one special experience in your Southern Vietnam Itinerary when coming to Mekong Delta. You can see the wild birds sanctuary, the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks and other tropical birds all day long without getting bored. Moreover, you should take some time to listen the history of the development of fishery (a type of specific economic on the river) in Raft Village.

Tra Su Canpunjut Forest - Southern Vietnam Itinerary
Next, you continue by boat along the canal into the village of Cham where we visit the ancient Mosques of Cham community in An Giang. You can chill out a traditional southern Vietnamese folk music inside the orchard and fruit plantation. Furthermore, you try to eat some idyllic specialties here such as coconut candy, crispy rice popcorn.

Day 4: Immerse in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh city

If you make a travel plan to explore Southern Vietnam, you definitely not forget to go to Saigon. As the largest commercial hub in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is one of the must-see destinations in your Southern Vietnam Itinerary for 5 days. Interweaving with the modernity of skyscrapers, you see the renowned attractions with its French colonial architecture as well as a broad spectrum of historical sites. Additionally, the retained artifacts, documents, historical stories are an effective way to help you evoke a heroic past of Vietnam during the war.

Bitexco Tower - Southern Vietnam Itinerary
Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6, District 3.
Open hours: 7:30 am – 12:00am and 1:30pm – 5pm, daily
Admission: Nearly 2 USD (40,000 VND per person)
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
Open hours: 7:30 am – 11:00,1:30 pm – 4:00 pm, daily.
Admission: Nearly 2 USD (40,000 VND per person)
Address: 1 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh
Address: 2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh 
Open hours: 7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Besides, you can stop by Ben Thanh Market in District 1 where shows truly authentic Vietnamese characteristics. You are overrun by the hot and hectic atmosphere with the crammed stalls and market chaos. Along with the two-side of the stalls, everything is piled with high, from local delicacies, fish, tropical local fruits to clothes, colorful candy, and souvenirs. Meanwhile, let’s collect one item for your relatives as a special gift in your Southern Vietnam itinerary

At last, save your appetite and go inside the Ben Thanh market to try eating local street food which is typical for hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine. Then, some typical Saigon’s food you must consider are Banh Beo Hue (Hue Bloating Fern-shaped Cake), Spring Rolls, Broken Rice, Sweet Soup, and so on.

Ben Thanh Market - Southern Vietnam Itinerary
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Day 5: Admire the famous underground tunnel network in Vietnam – Cu Chi Tunnel

Additionally, you can have a deep insight into Vietnamese history through expanding your trip to Cu Chi Tunnel – the renowned underground tunnel network in wartime. During a long period of struggle, it had been the accommodation of over 10,000 people throughout military campaigns. What’s more, it is also constructed by Vietnamese resistance soldiers.  

Cu Chi Tunnels - Things to do in Ho Chi Minh Itinerary 5 Days
Cu Chi Tunnel is an underground city with living areas, kitchens, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers, and so on. Before going inside these tunnels, you should watch a short film and artifacts related to Cu Chi Tunnel to know how this system works. You can believe it or not, but Cu Chi tunnels play an important role in the independence of Vietnam. Until now, it is also the most historical site of Vietnam where which witnesses the losses of Vietnamese people in wartime. 

Indeed, Southern Vietnam Itinerary 5 days cannot discover the entire beauty of the South. Let’s expand your Southern Vietnam Itinerary to immerse in the heavenly beauty of Southern Vietnam:

1. Drop by the dreamy destination – Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc island is regarded as one of the heavenly paradises for the ones who want to get a break from the bustling city. Undoubtedly, Phu Quoc is the best destination to refresh yourself in the middle of the intense wheel of life. Many people believe that nowhere else other than Phu Quoc you can admire a perfect combination of modernity and tranquility. 

Phu Quoc Island - Southern Vietnam Itinerary
Hence, head to Phu Quoc you can deeply relax with local daily lives with many interesting activities such as:
  • Join in processing the delicious wines from fruit sim of owners sim wine production factory
  • Go trekking to Phu Quoc National Park and Cape Ganh Dau
  • Take a jeep car around the island
  • Pay a visit to Ham Ninh Fishing Village, Suoi Tranh Waterfall
  • Diving & Snorkeling at An Thoi Island
  • Set foot on the heaven Gang Dau Trail
  • Take amazing photos in Pepper Farm
  • Spend one full day to Phu Quoc Safari or try a beautiful cable at Sunworld Hon Thom Park

2. Explore the “hell in the middle of paradise” – Con Dao Island

“Heaven from hell”, “hell in the middle of paradise” are the unique names many people called Con Dao island. This island is voted as one of the 10 most beautiful and mysterious islands around the world by Travel & Leisure. Currently, it is a paradise for leisure travel and for exploring nature.

Mui Ne Island - Southern Vietnam Itinerary

At the same time, you can experience spiritual tourism, rare natural beauty and wonderful laid back holiday. Exploring the past of the nation from the anti-French resistance to the American empire in the Kunshan earthquake is the profound experience of the traumatic and inhuman losses.

mangrove ecosystem in Con Dao Island - Southern Vietnam Itinerary
Besides, you can also explore a unique mangrove ecosystem in Con Dao Island, a paradise of rare species of plants and animals that need conservation. 

3. Watch the true beauty of nature – Mui Ne, Phan Thiet

Mui Ne is one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, a true beach paradise blessed with blue ocean, red sands, and strong winds. Many people call Mui Ne as the name “the resort capital of Vietnam” which lies on the southern central coastal line of Vietnam. Do you like the feeling of slowly wading through the cool water and soft sands? Head to Fairy Stream at Mui Ne, let’s take off your shoes and enjoy this interesting experience as soon as possible. 

Fairy Stream - Southern Vietnam Itinerary
Additionally, you also take a Jeep Car ride on the white sand dunes at Bau Trang. This place looks like an oasis in the middle of a white desert. The lakes in Bau Trang are the only two freshwater lakes in Binh Nhon commune. The landscape here is quite surreal – white sand dunes embracing the lotus lake which is like a gentle trait softening the harshness of the endless deserts. 

Mui Ne - Southern Vietnam Itinerary
In conclusion, Southern Vietnam Itinerary in 5 days seems to be impossible to explore fully the most extraordinary destinations in Southern Vietnam. If you have a chance to stay in Vietnam longer, expand your Southern Vietnam Itinerary to discover more. Do you want to make your own travel plan? Let’s Asianway Travel help you to do this. Contact us by filling out the request form or sending your request for a comprehensive Southern Vietnam itinerary to our mail

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