To continue further south to Vietnam is to see the country transform gradually, its language, cuisine, landscapes, and even the appearance of its people, who have been influenced by different and varied cultures. The country’s large neighbor China has not had as much influence, while there are marked traces of the Champa and Khmer civilizations.
This part of the country has three main “regions”: the little-known highlands with cities like Buon Ma Thuot or Dalat; the economic capital of the country, Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon), and its surroundings; and the Mekong Delta, a densely populated area and the country’s true “rice basket,” as the saying goes.
Let’s not forget the islands where you can end your stay in the best conditions: for example, Phu Quoc or Con Dao.
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South Vietnam : practical information
The recent conflicting history of the country, different influences, climate, cuisine… many things tend to oppose or at least differentiate South and North Vietnam. The Vietnamese people in the South themselves are always ready to differentiate themselves from those in the North and will always have a sarcastic word about their fellow citizens! You too, dear travelers, will undoubtedly quickly see the differences! Don’t hesitate to ask our guides on site to learn more!
Get ready: it’s hot all year round! Unlike Northern Vietnam, in the South, the temperature range is very low. It has a tropical climate with two seasons: the dry season from October to May and the rainy season from June to October. There is no better season: during the rainy season, heavy storms soften the temperature and evenings become cooler. However, during the rainy season, it is not uncommon to see Ho Chi Minh City flooded! If you decide to travel during this period, don’t forget all the necessary items (umbrella and raincoat).
The cuisine of the South has been strongly influenced by Chinese, Khmer, and Thai cuisines. It is usually characterized by the addition of sugar and coconut milk. It features a lot of seafood (from the tidal flats) and the use of dried fish for dishes and sauces. Here are some dishes that you will certainly try: Hu Tieu, a typical soup from South Vietnam; Ta Pin Lu, the Southern Vietnamese hot pot; Banh Xeo, a crepe made from rice flour; Banh Mi, a sandwich that can now be found everywhere in Vietnam. Despite the differences, we find soups and dishes that are eaten together and that make up the identity of Vietnamese culinary culture.
The most beautiful destination of Southern Vietnam
Less mountainous than Northern Vietnam, the South Vietnam still offers some relief through the Central Highlands. The city of Dalat sits at an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level, making it a city with a unique climate in Southern Vietnam. Further down, the bustling Ho Chi Minh City will likely surprise you before the slow-moving waters of the Mekong River lull you. The landscapes of the Mekong Delta are thus first marked by the presence of the 10th longest river in the world. Below are our favorite destinations in Southern Vietnam.
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