The south of Vietnam has its own central economy, based in the southern capital Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), which in turn is governed by the Republic of Vietnam. Prior to 1975, during Vietnams devastating war, the area was controlled by America, and HCMC was known as Saigon, as in the well-known musical Miss Saigon. Almost the entire region is dominated by the Mekong Delta. The unique topography is famous for its rivers and canals, with many interesting villages dotted along the banks,and floating markets in abundance for you to explore.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the central hub of activity. Not only for the economy, but for culture and education as well. It’s well worth you taking the time to visit the War Remnants Museum, where you will see the relics of Vietnam’s long fight for freedom. Don’t miss the Reunification Palace or the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the fascinating local markets while you are there. All of which have their own unique story to tell, that will stay with you for life.
The Mekong Delta is made up of 12 Provinces and is the ‘golden land’ of tourism as far as southern Vietnam is concerned. In the first 3 months of 2015 the area received more than 7.3 million visitors, and the number just keeps growing. Take a leisurely boat trip along the Mekong River and absorb the local village culture. Visit the many tropical fruit orchards, coconut groves and bee keeping farms. Indulge yourself in traditional southern Vietnamese folk music and food.
You can depart HCMC (Saigon) by mini-bus and take the drive to Tien Giang, My Tho or Can Tho Province and hop on a cruise along the river, it’s that easy. For a longer stay you could go to Mui Ne Beach or Phu Quoc Island have a peaceful holiday, and enjoy the friendly local hospitality. No matter which way you decide to visit the Mekong you won’t be disappointed
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