Best of Southern Vietnam – Photo Gallery

The ‘Best of Vietnam’ photo gallery below is a collection of images I took in May 2013 while traveling in Vietnam. In 3 weeks of travel, I explored the southern half of the country: from Saigon to the Mekong Delta region and back, then on to the sand dunes of Mui Ne, the Dalat countryside and central highlands, central coast beaches, and tailor shops of Hoi An.

I’ve also selected my Top 5 favorite photos I took in Southern Vietnam – they’re at the bottom of this post, in case you don’t want to thumb through the entire slideshow!

Dates: May 8-29, 2013
Locations: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Mekong Delta, Mui Ne, Dalat, Jungle Beach, Hoi An
Camera: Canon Powershot S90 (Note: My SLR was in repair the entire duration of my time in Vietnam)
# of Photos Taken: ~1365

Best Of Vietnam Slideshow

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My Top 5 Vietnam Photos

1. Mekong Delta

Hands-down the best thing I did in Vietnam was take a floating markets boat trip from Can Tho. Witnessing something so uniquely Vietnam – life on the river – was definitely a highlight of my entire 2013 Asia trip. This particular photo wasn’t even of the floating markets, but just a typical scene on the Mekong.
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2. Jungle Beach

Admittedly, Jungle Beach was not my favorite part of Vietnam (but perhaps my experience was tainted because Jungle Beach Resort was taken over by a 20-something tour group when I was there). Still, I loved my photos of the beach – this one in particular, with all the converging lines and shades of blue.
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3. Dalat countryside

Motorbiking through the Central Highlands with an Easyrider on the most beautiful of days – it doesn’t get much better than that! I never pictured rolling hills and mountains when I thought of Vietnam, but it does exist in the middle of the country. I definitely want to take a multi-day trip on a motorbike someday – maybe even learn how to ride one myself!
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4. Mui Ne

Another *I can’t believe this is in Vietnam!* oddity: the red and white sand dunes of Mui Ne. You can walk through, run down, or sandboard down the dunes, but my favorite part was standing on top of them, looking out to sea.
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5. Hoi An

Old Town Hoi An just begs to be photographed. I loved wandering down the quiet pedestrian-only streets, peeking in the shops and getting clothes and accessories custom-made in Hoi An.
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Which is your favorite Vietnam photo?

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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  • Kasia

    I’ve been reading your blog since I decided to go to Vietnam for almost whole September. And finally I have to say that you are AMAZING. Your posts are extremely useful. They don’t seem to be very numerous, but I got much more tips from your site than from any other blogger. Just keep posting about your travelling, you are totally inspiring! Thank you :)

    • lindsaypunk

      Awwwww, thank you so much Kasia! I’m so happy you found my blog helpful :) Quality > quantity is my mantra, so I’m thrilled that this resonated with you.

      Have SO MUCH FUN in Vietnam! I’m envious! Be sure to hit the north as well if you can – I’m still kicking myself for missing it!

      • Kasia

        Surely I’m going to hit the north (Sapa and places around, Ninh Binh and Ha Long in plans, no Hanoi at all)! Although I have only 22 days in Vietnam, I’m trying to organise trip in the way that would let me see south, central and north – I want to see so many places I’m a little bit worried I will not be able to make it. Have a question about central Vietnam – I’d like to see Muy Ne and Hoi An without staying in Da Nang and also wanted to try to get to the Phong Nha – have you heard anything useful about that direction? At first I had planned to make only south and north, but damn, these central Vietnam is so tempting!
        About south – Does Mekong Delta in three days sounds reasonably for you?
        I would really appreciate any help!

        • lindsaypunk

          I didn’t make it to Phong Nha but it sounds really cool! (though I did see mixed reviews, FWIW).

          Mui Ne is further south, so you could hop over from Saigon pretty easily and then make your way north. Hoi An is really pretty, but you don’t need to allot much time there unless you’re planning on having a lot of clothes custom made. I’d recommend staying in Hoi An over Da Nang.

          You could always stop in the Hoi An area for a day or two to break up the long journey between the north and south. Doing an overnight bus ride to and from will help save time! Actually, not sure if I’d even want to go from north to south without stopping – that’s a LONG haul!

          3 days in the Mekong Delta region sounds perfect! I think that’s about what I had :)

          • Kasia

            Thank you VERY much, I’m extremely grateful for your advice!