helloVietnam: 5 things that will make you want to travel to Vietnam

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Ethnic tribe children in Vietnam

HA NOI, September 29, 2017 – “Long gone are the days when Vietnam was severely torn by wars, modern-Vietnam has a lot more to offer. Here are the 5 reasons why it will capture your heart.”

Vietnam is an absolute wonder-full of pleasant surprises. However, it’s such an underrated destination when it comes to traveling. Many adventurers have their eyes set on Vietnam but the lack of information and exposure to Vietnam’s diverse cultural identities isn’t helping. It’s disheartening to know that Vietnam, in many people’s impression, is school textbook wars and the Americanized Pho restaurants down the street. These 5 things, however, will change your mind and inspire you to travel to Vietnam in your next trip.

1.       Exquisite street food

In those open air markets, you can find many food stalls with plastic stools on the sidewalk

It’s no news that Vietnam is a foodie’s paradise with some of the best street food in the world. Your Vietnam travel isn’t complete until you have tried out the delicious Vietnamese food served in almost every corner. In those open air markets, you can find many food stalls with plastic stools on the sidewalk, where a variety of tempting local cuisines is sold. Some of the best things about Vietnamese street food are that, it’s fresh, it’s healthy with tons of veggies, and nothing tastes the same.

Pho is no doubt the most iconic Vietnam’s dish, but there is more to Vietnamese street food. If you’re a looking forward to trying some great noodle soup alternatives to Pho, I recommend that you try Bun Bo Hue, it’s way tastier than Pho in my humble opinion.

There is Banh Mi, a Vietnamese sandwich made with pork and pickled vegetables. Despite being influenced by French culinary techniques, Banh Mi still manages to deliver a very strong Vietnamese flavor. There are also Spring rolls, Banh Xeo, stirred dried noodles, Bun Cha and the list goes on. It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite when it comes to the street food scene in Vietnam, I kid you not!

2. Strong and flavorful coffee

Vietnam comes with an incredible coffee scene, its coffee is nothing like that of anywhere else in the world, as expected from the world’s second largest coffee producer. Vietnamese people are extremely creative as far as coffee is concerned; there is a wide range of coffee in Vietnam, from condensed milk coffee, to drip coffee, to yogurt coffee, to egg coffee, to coffee smoothie, etc. satisfying even the most demanding coffee lovers.

Some of the best coffee heavens for coffee enthusiasts are: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, and Dalat so make sure to check out local cafes while you’re there.

3. Top Heart-throb destinations in Vietnam and incredible adventure activities

Vietnam is a haven for both casual tourists and adventure seekers due to having a centuries-old history and being well-endowed with majestic landscapes. The S-shaped country is consistently good to visit all year round so anytime is the best time to travel to Vietnam!

Son Doong cave

Dating back to 2,000 BC, Vietnam owns a rich culture and biodiversity with 8 UNESCO heritage sites:

  • Halong Bay (natural)
  • Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (with Son Doong cave, the world’s largest natural cave)(natural)
  • Complex of Hue Monuments (cultural)
  • My Son Sanctuary (cultural)
  • Hoi An Old Quater/Ancient Town (cultural)
  • Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (cultural)
  • Trang An Landscape Complex (mixed).

Seeking for adventures? With 3,000km of tropical coastline, there is a real adventure everywhere you turn, especially if you motorbike through the entire country. Trek the Sapa Mountains and villages. Kayak in Halong Bay. Wander around the Old Quarter and cafes in Hanoi. Enjoy tasty cruises on Perfume River, paraglide and canyon waterfalls in Da Lat, etc.

No matter where you go, Vietnam will continuously impress you with its breathtaking and stunning sites.

4. Friendly and hospitable people

Despite the wrinkles that shows aging and maybe hard life, smiles are always upon everyone’s facesthing

Hospitality is one of the highlights of Vietnam when it comes to travel and tourism. The beautiful country is the land of endless smiles and happiness. Despite the wrinkles that shows aging and maybe hard life, smiles are always upon everyone’s faces. The liveliness and positive vibes are infectious that they will start rubbing off on you. Moreover, Vietnamese people are unbelievably friendly and helpful. Nothing feels better than being welcomed and appreciated, especially in a total foreign place!

I’m fully aware that there might be some travel and tourists scams stories here and there that leave a bad taste in our mouths. However, they’re just a rotten apple that blew things out of proportion. If you’re not confident enough to backpack Vietnam from the first time, you can consider opting for Vietnam Tours. Going on tour is also a great chance to meet like-minded people, listen to their stories and share yours. Local travel agencies offer both package tours and custom-made tours to accommodate every traveler’s needs and expectations. Vietnamese tourist guides are also extremely nice and enthusiastic.

5. Affordability

According to Forbes, Vietnam is a standout amongst budget-friendly South Asian destinations. When you travel to Vietnam, you’ll find that transportation in Vietnam is quite developed in both quantity and quality.  It generally takes around $50 to fly between cities and $70 to fly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city and vice versa. Taking trains and buses are cheaper and better way to travel, not to mention you can cancel out a night at hotel! But if I had to choose or if you’re seeking a “real” adventure, motor biking is the most flexible, convenient, and literally the best way to explore the life in Vietnam.

No matter where you travel to in Vietnam, there are always clean and safe accommodations for every wallet. You can bag a room in a 4-star hotel in the center of Hanoi for only $65, the price is wildly low in the lower-end market as there is a large number of hostels and guest-houses across the country. Fresh, tasty and healthy street food is served at an even lower price. A beer costs as low as 25 cents!

Who would resist an once-in-a-lifetime travel experience that won’t hurt their wallet? I know I won’t!

It’s a shame that people aren’t taught about how stunning of a country Vietnam really is. The country is a pearl waiting to be discovered. One thing for sure is that, once you give it a try, it’s going to sneak its way into your heart. Travel to Vietnam and you’ll never run out of fun ideas to try and are guaranteed to love every minute of the trip.

 

 

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