Things to do in Southern Vietnam

Our most recommended things to do in Southern Vietnam

From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

1. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

Discover the verdant beauty of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan or bus and board a motorboat for a ride through islands on the Tien River. Enjoy a local lunch in an orchard and ride a rowboat under coconut trees on the Bao Dinh canal. Depart from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. Along the way, visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta.  Go by motorized boat on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise islet). See the fishing port, boat-building workshops, and the Dragon, Phoenix, and Unicorn Islet. Walk into the village, where you can visit a local fruit garden and enjoy the tropical fruit while listening to Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by islanders. Join in the daily activities that the locals do and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside.  Visit the bee house, and take a picture of the pythons. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. The boat cruise will lead you through the Bao Dinh canal, entering Ben Tre province — the land of coconuts. Here you'll see a typical agricultural model called "Garden – Pond – Cage” before visiting the coconut candy-making shop. Next, enjoy a rowing boat trip on the small canal, fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut trees. After your boat ride, take a bike ride around the island before returning to the bus.

Cu Chi Tunnels & VIP Speedboat Tour

2. Cu Chi Tunnels & VIP Speedboat Tour

Take a trip on the Saigon River Express, offering you a luxurious tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels with five star service aboard one of our modern and luxurious speedboats. Forget tour buses; this tour will depart from Ho Chi Minh City for a scenic 1.5-hour boat trip to Cu Chi. Upon arrival, a private screening of the official Cu Chi Tunnels video will be shown with commentary and additional information from your English-speaking guide. Learn more about this immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. A traditional Vietnamese lunch or dinner of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served after your visit to the tunnels. Vegetarian or Halal meals are also available on request.

From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

3. From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 8:00 AM by your private car and tour guide, drive for 2-hours out of Saigon to the port. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to see 4 islets which are represented as four mythical animals in Southeast Asia: Dragon, Kirin, Tortoise, and Phoenix. Visit a honey bee farm and taste a delicious honey tea with lemon known for its health properties. If you are feeling adventurous, take the opportunity to stop at a local python farm. Continue to a coconut candy workshop to see how the delicious candies are made by hand. Next, listen to some Don Ca Tai Tu, a genre of traditional folk music. Relax on a rowing boat cruise as you journey through a mangrove palm canal. Continue the trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village to experience the way locals traveled in the 19th-century. Finally, head to the Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho Town. This ancient building is considered to be the biggest and oldest pagoda in southern Vietnam and was influenced by Asian and Western architecture and culture. End the tour at around 5:00 PM where you will be returned to Saigon.

Nha Trang: Day Trip to Ba Ho Waterfall

4. Nha Trang: Day Trip to Ba Ho Waterfall

After pickup from your accommodation, head approximately 25 kilometers north to the Ba Ho Waterfalls. Ba Ho means “Three Pools” in Vietnamese, and the iconic waterfalls consist of 3 clear, refreshing pools with their respective waterfalls. Trek up to the top of the local mountain and take in the views of the surroundings. Feel the exhilaration of jumping into the pools from the surrounding cliffs. Swim in the cooling water and look out for local fish and wildlife. Stop for lunch and enjoy some delicious Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant.

Ho Chi Minh: Private City Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

5. Ho Chi Minh: Private City Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

Discover the nightlife of Saigon by bike or scooter. Stop at Saigon riverside for a delicious local dinner as you cruise the Saigon River with live entertainment on board. With the bicycle option, you'll ride along the city's main streets and pass by Ben Thanh Market, General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, People Committee Hall, and Opera House. If you choose the scooter option, you'll see the same sites as the bike option, with additional time to pass by the flower market, Nguyen Thien Thuat apartments, and the fashion district as well. After your ride, you'll stop at Saigon's riverside. Be welcomed on board the cruise boat and prepare to take in the sites of the city from a new perspective. Cruise along the Saigon River, and enjoy a great dinner as traditional Vietnamese dance and music shows are performed. Then, head back towards Bach Dang harbor where the cruise ends around 9:30 PM. Let the relaxation of the evening continue as a taxi delivers you back to your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City: Cao Dai Temple & Black Lady Mountain Tour

6. Ho Chi Minh City: Cao Dai Temple & Black Lady Mountain Tour

Choose from a shared or private experience and, following an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City, head towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border and reach Tay Ninh Province. From there, take a cable car ride up to the Black Lady Mountain. Once on top, marvel at the panoramic views of the beautiful region. Black Lady Mountain consists of three major mountains covering an area of 24 kilometers and reaching an altitude of 986 meters. The beautiful temples and caves that are used to house Buddhist monks and nuns remain largely undisturbed. Proceed to Cao Dai Holy Temple which houses administrative offices, residences for officials, adepts and a hospital for traditional Vietnamese herbal medicine that attracts people from all over the south for treatments. The temple is home to the Cao Dai movement known for mixing ideas from different religions including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. Learn about the importance of Cao Daism figures including historic figures such as Sun Yat-Sen, Victor Hugo, and Nguyen Binh Khiem.

From Ho Chi Minh: Private Mekong Delta Tour and Bike Trip

7. From Ho Chi Minh: Private Mekong Delta Tour and Bike Trip

After being picked up at 8 AM from your hotel, drive for 2 hours out of Saigon to the port. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to see 4 islets which are represented as four mythical animals in Southeast Asia: Dragon, Kirin, Tortoise, and Phoenix.  Visit a honey bee farm and taste delicious honey tea with lemon known for its health properties and walk through the orchard gardens to taste some seasonal tropical fruits. Stop at a coconut candy workshop to see how the delicious candies are made by hand and listen to some Don Ca Tai Tu, a genre of traditional folk music. Relax on the rowing boat going as you journey through a mangrove palm canal, and continue the trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village to experience the way locals traveled in the 19th century.  Return to the mainland and drive directly to Ben Tre province, known as the coconut kingdom of Vietnam. Pick up the bicycles and ride through the countryside which is unreachable by car. Peddle through a local market, tropical fruit gardens, and mangrove palm scenery for about 7-10 km of cycling. Head to a coconut farm and see how coconuts are harvested. Enjoy a home-grown lunch just as the locals do. The tour will end at around 6 PM where you will be returned to Saigon.

Private Tour to Long Tan Former Australian Military Base

8. Private Tour to Long Tan Former Australian Military Base

Arrive in Long Tan, deeply etched into ANZAC folklore. Find out how, in the late afternoon of August 18, 1966, D Company, despite being heavily outnumbered, fought off a large Viet Cong assault of regimental strength during a grueling three-hour battle. The first stop on your half-day tour is the former site of Australia's Nui Dat Task Force Base (Nui Dat SAS Hill). The occupation of Nui Dat required the removal of all inhabitants from within a 4-kilometer radius of the base, therefore the people of Long Tan and Long Phuoc villages were forcibly resettled. Little remains of this military camp today except for the columns of the main gate. The former runway is now a street in the local village, and the old helipad is now a soccer field. Afterward, drive past the location of Horseshoe FSB to the Discourtesy Rubber Plantation. Access to Horseshoe FSB is not permitted due to the continued presence of landmines, but don't miss out on learning about this area. Visit the Long Tan Cross Memorial, a focal point for remembrance, before continuing on to the Long Phuoc Tunnels. Like other tunnels systems found in Vietnam, the Long Phuoc Tunnels included meeting areas, first aid stations, and fighting pits. At around 1:00 PM, start the journey back to Ho Chi Minh city.

Nha Trang: Stand-up Paddleboard Sunset Tour

9. Nha Trang: Stand-up Paddleboard Sunset Tour

Begin the tour at a small floating house in a calm neighborhood of Nha Trang. There you will receive a short safety induction including the precautions you should take on the river.  Learn the best techniques for guiding the board, then set off and follow the group down the Cai River. Paddle under a wooden bridge that is known as the Nha Trang version of the Burmese U Bein Bridge. Take in incredible views of the sun setting over the river as you float on top of the calm water. Consider enjoying a local refreshment before heading back to departure point.

Nha Trang: Speedboat Beach Tour and Tri Nguyen Aquarium

10. Nha Trang: Speedboat Beach Tour and Tri Nguyen Aquarium

Start your day with pick-up from your hotel in Nha Trang city center. Cruise over to the impressive Tri Nguyen Aquarium, shaped like a giant ship, and experience picturesque views of the beautiful coastline. View a variety of aquatic life, including tropical fish, sharks, and turtles. Head over to Tranh Beach, the most beautiful beach of Hon Mieu, where you can relax in the sun or go for a swim in the crystal clear water. Enjoy a traditional, seafood lunch, as you watch the waves break against the shore. Listen to live music and take part in the dance off challenge, fun for all of the family. Travel to Tri Nguyen Fishing Village and observe the villagers catching fish in the sun. Learn about their culture and the special techniques they use. Finish your adventure at Con Se Tre Island and take a memorable photo in the stunning, natural landscape. 

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 52 reviews

The tour was great. The tour guide Alex was exceptionally entertaining and informative. All of the activities were timed well so you were not hanging around for too long throughout the day. Unfortunately due to weather we were unable to get into the Pagoda but Alex was quick to explain the importance of the site to the tour bus. The bus ride and all of the boat rides were very enjoyable. I would strongly recommend this tour if you have a day in Ho Chi Minh and would like to see the Mekong Delta

My tour guide Kah was above and beyond. His passion for the country and the war was so special to see. He wanted to teach us everything he knew, and was extremely knowledgeable. He made the trip so enjoyable. The boat option is a great way to see the Saigon river and be outside instead of a van. Be aware of bees tho on the boat, dress appropriately. The tunnels were great, a little busy there but our group was only 6 total, so we were able to move around quickly and avoid the huge crowds.

We had a wonderful time on the Mekong River day tour. Everything was extremely organized and our guide Kevin was absolutely delightful! Funny, informative, would highly recommend.

Fun trip with a lot packed in. The drive to mekong river was shorter than expected. Included lunch and fruits were delicious. The guide, Beo, was excellent.

The tour guide was amazing and made the experience so enjoyable! Very interesting and beautiful day