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Vietnam Top Destinations: Premier tourist-attracting destinations in Vietnam's Southern province

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Kien Giang has long been known as a famous cultural and tourism hub of the Mekong River Delta, southwestern Vietnam. It enchants both domestic and foreign visitors with amicable locals and ravishing mountainous and beach scenery notably Phu Quoc Island, Nam Du archipelago, U Minh Thuong National Park, Da Dung Mountain, Ha Tien Beach, etc.

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Phu Quoc Island

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Phu Quoc Island Photo: Tap Chi Cong Thuong

Phu Quoc, known as Pearl Island is the largest island in Vietnam, located in the Gulf of Thailand. The island has an area of 593.05 square kilometers, almost equivalent to the area of Singapore. When it comes to Kien Giang Province, Phu Quoc is a must-visit destination for many travelers.

Phu Quoc Island is likened to summer paradise as it boasts stretches of white sand beaches, evergreen forests, and a serene atmosphere. One of the worth-trying experiences when traveling here is night squid fishing tours which help you mingle yourself in the life of fishermen.

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Phu Quoc, known as Pearl Island is the largest island in Vietnam Photo: Tap Chi Cong Thuong

There is an eclectic mix of splendid beaches in Phu Quoc especially Sao beach, Truong beach, etc which are all crystal-clear and surrounded by majestic karst mountains. Phu Quoc also offers a wide range of accommodations for tourists to choose from such as resorts, hotels, motels as well as homestays.

Ha Tien Beach

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The breath-taking scenery of Ha Tien beach Photo: Tap Chi Cong Thuong

Ha Tien is the most captivating place that cannot be missed when stepping on Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta. Nature bestows Ha Tien a cooling breeze off the sea, river, and hills throughout the day.

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Ha Tien beach Photo: Vietsense Travel

The irresistible combination of peaceful ambiance, rugged mountain ranges, as well as reasonable and diverse seafood, makes it the famous tourism paradise for beach bums.

Hai Tac Island (Pirate Island)

 

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Unlike its name, The Pirate Island (Dao Hai Tac) has pristine scenery Photo: Tap Chi Cong Thuong

The Pirate Island (Dao Hai Tac) situated in the Gulf of Thailand, off Vietnam’s southwestern coast, between Ha Tien and Phu Quoc. According to the local historic documents, in the 17 century, Mac Thien Tich, a leader of the region, many times ordered his troops to fight against local pirates, who lived in the area. Therefore, the archipelago name Hai Tac originated from that time.

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Photo: VNE

Unlike its mysterious name, this island embraces pristine scenery, fresh and cool atmosphere as well as emerald turquoise beaches which bring travelers immiscible experiences.

For those who are deeply into camping overnight or participating parties at the beach, Pirate Island is definitely an ideal destination.

Nam Du Archipelago

Nam Du archipelago consists of 20 small islands, belonging to An Thoi Commune and Nam Du Commune, Kien Hai District, Kien Giang Province.

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Nam Du archipelago consists of 20 small islands Photo: Vietnamnet

Going to Nam Du Archipelago, you will have opportunities to sample diverse and delicious seafood such as clams, oysters, grilled sea urchin, and steamed squid with ginger and explore the pristine beauty of the summer paradise.

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Photo: Vietnam Coracle

Nam Du has two main seasons namely the dry one lasting from December to March and the rainy one from April to November. The best time to visit is the dry season as the seas are calm and the weather is stable. Therefore, you can freely participate in interesting activities like snorkeling, hiking, and trekking.

Rach Gia City

Located in the eastern edge of the Gulf of Thailand and about 270 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, Rach Gia City is extremely a bustling port, transit point, gateway, and capital of Kien Giang Province.

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The sparkling Rach Gia City at night Photo: Tap Chi Cong Thuong

Big Church, Kien Giang Museum, Tam Quan Gate, Nguyen Trung Truc Temple are renowned architecture symbols where uphold long-lasting cultural features of the city.

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Tam Quan Gate- the symbol of Rach Gia Photo: Tin Tuc

In Rach Gia City, you can stroll around the polder urban areas or go shopping at the shopping malls. You can also have the opportunity to sample local specialties such as Banh canh, crispy pancake, rice noodle soup with fish, and many other superb dishes, according to Tap Chi Cong Thuong.

Ba Lua Archipelago

Lies in Kien Luong District, Kien Giang Province, Ba Lua Archipelago is the landscape site with untouched beauty and regarded as “Ha Long Bay in the South region”.

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Ba Lua Archipelago boasts paradisiacal beauty with the calm and blue sea Photo: Tap Chi Cong Thuong

Ba Lua Archipelago, also known as Binh Tri consisting of more than 40 large and small islands. The archipelago boasts paradisiacal beauty with the calm and blue sea which leaves unforgettable experiences for visitors.

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Ba Lua Archipelago Photo: Asia Travel Agencies 

When the tide ebbs, tourists can catch crabs, fishes, oysters, snails by themselves. Besides, Ba Lua Archipelago is also a perfect place to hunt shimmering sunsets and sunrise in Kien Giang.

U Minh Thuong National Park

The primeval forest in U Minh Thuong is one of the well-known national parks in the Western region which is far away from Rach Gia City about 50 kilometers.

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U Minh Thuong National Park from above Photo: Dong Hoai Thanh/ Du lich mien Tay

U Minh Thuong National Park enthralls visitors thanks to its wide varieties of impressive features, historical values, and biodiversity values as well. There are 387 plants, 172 types of insects, 66 types of fish, 31 types of reptiles, 172 species of birds, and 32 species of animals living here.

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U Minh Thuong National Park has a diverse fauna and flora Photo: Asia Tour Advisor 

Traveling U Minh Thuong, tourists will be submerged in the fresh and airy atmosphere, freely admire birds, fauna, and flora.

People can pay a visit to this destination all year round. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended to avoid March and April as this is the dry season in this region when there are not so many activities available.

Hon Phu Tu (Father-and-Son Rock)

Located on the strait of Hang Pagoda in Binh An, Kien Giang, Hon Phu Tu is considered as one of the symbols of untouched and magnificent natural beauty in Kien Giang, reported Tap Chi Cong Thuong.

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Hon Phu Tu (Father-and-Son Rock) Photo: Tap Chi Cong Thuong

Hon Phu Tu (Father-and-Son Rock) is formed by a high rock block and a lower rock block, the high rock block is about 30 m high called Phu (Father) mountain, the lower rock block is about 25 m high and slightly lean to the east called Tu (Son) mountain. 

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Photo: My Tour

From this place, you can also capture in your eye the breath-taking scenery of Ba Lua Island, a miniature of Ha Long Bay.

Da Dung Mountain

Da Dung Mountain is a historic and scenic site located at the border between Vietnam and Cambodia, in My Duc Commune, Ha Tien Town, Kien Giang Province. The mountain has a trapezoid shape with 100 meters high, looks like a square block of stone erected in the middle of the plain.

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Da Dung Mountain- one of a must-visit destination Kien Giang

Da Dung Mountain is the one-of-a-kind mountain with bizarre shapes along with glorious light that creates exquisite natural work of art.

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