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Southern Vietnam Holidays

The south of Vietnam is almost entirely centred on, and heavily influenced by, Ho Chi Minh City – the nation’s most modern, populous and cosmopolitan city – yet travel outside of Ho Chi Minh City and there is an incredible diversity of landscapes, traditions and experiences to discover. Nearly all visits to the region will incorporate time in Ho Chi Minh City. Originally a Khmer settlement that until recently was known as Saigon, this is an energetic forward-facing city which blends commerce and culture. To the south of Ho Chi Minh City are the river communities of the Mekong Delta. This unique area, synonymous with the southern portion of the country, spreads south from the city and meets the South China Sea in a warren of atmospheric twisting canals, palm groves and paddy fields. This is also the starting and end point of a number of Mekong River cruises of varying lengths to and from Cambodia. Further to the north, the minority villages that surround Dalat, Buon Ma Thuot and Kon Tum provide a fascinating opportunity to experience and learn about traditional Vietnamese rural highland life. Pettitts Travel specialises in providing bespoke tailor-made south Vietnam holidays as well as tours to the rest of Vietnam.

Holiday Ideas for Southern Vietnam

A Culinary Journey through Vietnam

13 days from
£3335 per person


Central Vietnam and the Ho Chi Minh Trail

17 days from
£3220 per person


Classic Vietnam - Land of the Ascending Dragon

15 days from
£3160 per person


Cruising the Mekong: From Saigon to Siem Reap

8 days from
£2910 per person


Images of South Vietnam

19 days from
£4800 per person


The Best of Indochina

21 days from
£6500 per person


When to visit Southern-Vietnam

Best Times
Good Times

Southern Vietnam has a tropical climate and so rain can occur, and should be expected and the possibility planned for, at any point throughout the year. That said, there are distinct periods when the weather tends to be either dryer or wetter. The season with the greater chance of wet weather covers the period between May and October. At this time rainfall will be heavier and occasionally typhoons can also affect the region. The weather will also be hot, humidity levels will normally be high and temperatures will range from 27 to 35°C. In contrast, the dry season runs from November to April. It is still possible that rainfall could occur but will be less intense and more sporadic, with short irregular showers commonly occurring overnight. Temperatures. Although still warm are more pleasant with them ranging from between 25 and 30°C. Humidity levels will also be lower too. It is during this period, and specifically the months of December, January and February, that it is generally considered to be the best time to visit southern Vietnam. Despite the unpredictable weather patterns of this tropical region, these months provide the most consistent and settled weather making this an ideal time for outdoor activities and touring the key cultural sights.

What is a Tailor-Made Holiday?

We create a holiday tailored to your specific requirements, including:

  • When you go
  • Duration
  • Time spent in each place
  • How much you want to spend

We offer our experience and knowledge to help create your perfect, tailor-made itinerary

What to do in Southern Vietnam

Forested highlands, quaint colonial towns and minority villages, meandering waterways and sophisticated cities, southern Vietnam is a fascinating region and gateway to both the neighbouring nation of Cambodia and Vietnam’s idyllic outlying islands. Explore the lesser frequented central highlands – the spine of Vietnam – including Kon Tum. Discover hill tribe villages, little-changed by the modern world, coffee plantations, bustling markets and the former French colonial town of Dalat with its Gallic-style homes, wide boulevards, churches and cathedral. Spend time in Ho Chi Minh City, the economic heart of the country and a place of boundless energy. With its excellent museums, fabulous food, historic districts and grand architecture, it is a great place in which to spend a few days. The southern tip of Vietnam is dominated by the watery landscapes of the Mekong Delta. Explore pretty riverside towns and floating markets, board a cruise upstream to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, gateway to the temples of Angkor, or head to the islands of Phu Quoc or Con Dao for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Places in Southern Vietnam

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