Planning a Trip to Southern Vietnam

Planning a Trip

Planning for travel is one of the important steps to make your intentions happen in a manner consistent with you. The more detailed information, the more saving time and money.

Determining the suitable time

The South of Vietnam has mild weather and year-round sunny climate, virtually tourists can visit in any occasion. Each season has a particular interesting. However, it is not good to come here in the rainy season from May to November.

The period time enough to visit the famous tourist destinations near Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Con Dao: time 1-2 days
  • Da Lat: 2-3 days
  • Phan Thiet: 2-3 days
  • Phu Quoc: 2-3 days
  • Nha Trang: 2-3 days
  • Mekong Delta: 1-2 days

Selecting the destination

Where do you prefer? You like to go to the beach or the mountains? It needs a combination of factors such as hobby, health, time and money to choose a suitable the destination. Besides, you can design a tour with many destinations if you have a long trip.

If you like the sea, you can travel to Vung Tau, Can Gio Phu Quoc or South-Central coast as Phan Thiet, Nha Trang. If you like traveling to the countryside, you can visit Cai Be floating market (Tien Giang province), Cai Rang floating market (Can Tho province), Thoi Son island (Ben Tre province) or some pagodas in Soc Trang and An Giang province.  If you like hiking, you can go to Ba Den mountain (Tay Ninh) or Da Lat.

Schedule for the trip

How do you go there? What would you want to see? Where to stay? What to eat?

Booking services before the trip: To book the service you need to know the exact the date you go. It should be done early 1 week in advance if you go on weekdays and 1 month in advance if you go in high season (holidays, New Year).

These services may need to preset including: transportation, hotels, tour. To reserve the service you can contact directly with the service provider or book online.

In Ho Chi Minh city, you have many choices for hotels, hostels in District 1. With the position in the city center, hotels in Dictrict 1 are convenient for transportation, travelling, enjoying the cuisine with varied in price depending on tourists’ demand. For other places, you should choose the hotel near the destination or in the ciy center there.

About  transport in the hustle and bustle city, we have the bus, taxi, motorbike with a crazy traffic, especially in rush hours. For the bus in Dictrict 1, you can pick it up at Pham Ngu Lao or park September 23 bus station, but you must check the destination of each bus to go to the right station.  For the taxi, we have Vinasun or Mailinh. For the motorbike, you can rent it on Pham Ngu Lao street, but you should be careful with the busy traffic here. In other provines, you can go by bus or taxi and you should notice to ask the price on bus and see the clock on taxi when you go.

Preparing the visa and the budget

Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time.

Caculating the budget for the trip after you have a specific schedule with money for flight, accommodation, meals, transportation, shopping, the others, etc.


Before the trip, preparing luggage is extremely important. The weather in the South quite hot with high humid and sudden rain, so you should bring comfortable clothes as shorts, T-shirt, sports shoes with good adhesion or flip-flops and umbrella. Finally, after prepare luggage, hit the road.


  • You can contact with the local people to ask the advices before the trip by online forums or fanpages.
  • Do not carry too much cash with you when traveling.

Travelling by group is often cheaper than going alone.

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