Exploring South Central Vietnam



Exploring South Central Vietnam

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With its numerous beaches and easy accessibility, the long coastal strip of South Central Vietnam sees many more visitors than the interior, and the resorts of Mui Ne and Nha Trang make good bases from which to explore much of the southern coast. Travelers tend to hurry past the fishing towns in the north of the region on their way to Central Vietnam, although attractive beaches and ancient Cham temples make them worthwhile stopovers.

Dalat is the most pleasant place to stay in the Central Highlands. Up on the plateau, Buon Ma Thuot makes a decent base for visiting the country’s largest wildlife preserve, Yok Don National Park, as well as outlying minority communities. Heading north, toward friendly Kontum, roads are less traveled, and access, due to unrest among some minority groups, is still limited.

Sights at a Glance

Towns and Cities

Phan Thiet
Phan Rang–Thap Cham
Nha Trang
Buon Ma Thuot
Quy Nhon
Sa Huynh
Quang Ngai


Mui Ne Beach

Areas of Natural Beauty

Ta Cu Mountain
Lak Lake

National Parks

Yok Don National Park

Getting Around

Traveling through the region along coastal Highway 1 or via the Ho Chi Minh City–Hanoi rail link is straightforward. Bus services ply the coast, as do a plethora of minibuses organized by hotels and travel agents. Dalat is also easy to access, and Route 27 from the coast is spectacular. Exploring the Central Highlands takes more effort, and although minibuses do exist, a car and driver (or motorcycle) might serve better. Route 14 from Ho Chi Minh City has seen upgrades, although north of Buon Ma Thuot the road is winding and steep.

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