Vietnam, is a country that doesn’t quite make it to everyone’s travel bucket-list and we wonder why? With art reigning as an elaborate part of their culture, food that gets your mouth watering, and landscapes that make you want to mentally click thousands of pictures and save it for nostalgia, later; this country is an acquired taste to say the least!
If this introduction doesn’t make you at least check this country out, read on, maybe this article will change your mind!
1. It’s A Foodie’s Paradise!
Let’s take a moment and talk about the primary, and most important part of holidaying in a foreign country: the food..
Could you resist a really, really good plate of Banh Mi? I am talking about the most quintessential Vietnamese dish that you must gorge on when in city of Ho Chi Minh. This baguette sandwich is available almost everywhere and is a favourite among the locals and tourists alike. Choose from a variety of fillings like pork belly, fried fish, boiled sausages, meatballs, fried egg, pork loin, etc and eat your way to what may seem like an instant transportation to food heaven.
Looking for options in vegetarian, are you? You won’t be disappointed because Vietnam caters to both the fares equally. Tease your taste-buds as you try some lip-smacking Pho Chay, Bánh Xèo Chay, Hủ Tiếu Chay, Cà Ri Chay.
Other dishes to try when in Vietnam: Pho Noodles, Oc (Vietnamese Shellfish), Com Tam, Goi Cuon, Banh Xeo, Ca Kho To, & Bun Thit Nuong.
2. The Locals Are As Warm As The Climate Here
They say, if you want to judge a place, judge it by the food and the people. In our case, Vietnam scores a full 10, in both criteria..
Welcoming, and happy (so much so that you envy them a bit), the locals here are always on their toes to help you out when in need. Smiling, generous, and kind, they are awfully sweet!
3. Because, When It Comes To Vietnam, History Is Good!
Calling out all the history aficionados to explore the thousand glorious years of Vietnam’s past.
Fascinating and rich, Vietnamese history is worth talking a lot about. At one glance, you can gaze at its cultural extravagance, and on the other, see the spill of all the countries ever having reigned here over the last few decades and marvel at the architecture, museums and foreign influences. Befriend the locals, or visit the museums to know about the painful aftermath of the Vietnam War. We bet, the stories will intrigue you further to explore this country through a different lens.
Must Visit: War Remnants Museum
4. For The Scenic Beauty That Actually Blows Your Mind Away!
Just when you think Vietnam has nothing more to offer, it surprises you with its diverse scenery.
The landscapes call you out to soak in its sheer beauty and save it in your minds for many, many years to come. Embellished with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Vietnam boasts of an incredible touristy yet beautiful places you just cannot miss out on exploring. Ever wondered how it is to cruise on junk boats around thousands of limestone karsts? Experience it right here in Vietnam, at Halong Bay.
Oh, and yes, while you are at it, try the famous ‘poop coffee’, basically made from the coffee beans that a weasel has eaten and pooped out.
Life is all about going off-beat, isn’t it?
5. Can’t Visit Venice? Visit Hoi An
Get enchanted by the dramatic landscapes Hoi An, rightfully named as Venice Of Vietnam.
Perched peacefully on the coast, this quaint town in Vietnam has to be definitely visited if you are here. Why? Imagine colourful architecture, majestic temples, an amazing blend of Japanese, Chinese, Dutch and Indian cultures, makeshift cafes adorned with lanterns of all possible colours, and a riverside to charm even the non-travellers, that’s Hoi An for you.
6. There’s A Street Dedicated To Just Beers!
Go on a walking tour around the Old Quarter, and you’ll reach Ta Hien, a street that has wholeheartedly dedicated itself to beers. From a variety to choose from, like draught beer, cask ale, black beer, or just the simple bottled beer, you can wind up with a couple of pints during the hot, dry summer evenings. Just order a mug of what you prefer, and sit on the stools laid out in the open for hours without being interrupted!