21 Reasons to Love Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City Nightscape
Ho Chi Minh City Nightscape
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You will surely love Vietnam …….

If Vietnam is not on the top of your list of must see travel destinations, it definietely should be. Vietnam’s pulsating energy, epic food, fascinating history and dramatic landscape will surely wake your senses and grab hold of you heart. Put simply, Vietnam is a complex combination of the contradictions of serenity, craziness, relaxation and thrill. You will love Vietnam.

There are boundless reasons to book a flight to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, as well as journey around this attractive country by bus, plane, train or by the countries most iconic transporation method, the motorbike. Just in case you need a little more persuasion, here is a list of 21 reasons you should travel to Vietnam and fall in love.

1. You will love Vietnam for the Street Food

The sidewalk is always the best location to enjoy Vietnamese food. The best way to eat this delicious food is sitting on the tiny, plastic stools on the pavement and order whatever you feel like. Whether it is the famous “Phở” (beef noodles soup), or “Bún cá” (noodles soup with fish, pork, and dill), or “Bún chả” (rice noodles served with grilled pork, dipping sauces and herbs), Vietnamese street food is always out of this world. At any time of a day, you can catch the locals, gathering outside storefronts or under the awnings of the market, happily chowing down and chatting intensely. Enjoying street food on the sidewalks of Vietnam is always the most accessible and exciting way to experience the daily life of the Vietnamese. Moreover, sidewalks are always the best place to enjoy the most delicious foods.

Vietnamese Street Food
Vietnamese Street Food

2. You will love Vietnam when you ride a Motorbike for the first time

Learning how to cross the busy streets is one of the most important things you must learn to do when traveling to Vietnam. At home, it can be your intuition; however, the traffic in major cities of Vietnam is so incessant and chaotic that you may feel crossing the street nearly impossible. You will easily catch sight of people and cars on the streets, and especially, the motorbike, which are the most common means of getting around in this country, moving in unpredictable streams as well as roaring rapidily whenever you intend to make that final attempt to cross the street.

There are approximately 39 million motorbikes in this country, although, in 1996, there was only 4 million motorbikes. Most motorbikes will be transporting two or more people or an array of goods and produce that would make the mind boggle. A wise tip to cross the streets is to walk steadily keeping a distinct pace. This will help motorcyclists guage your direction and comfortabley choose a route behind or in front of you. Eye contact with the oncoming motorcyclists is also a useful method. The most vital thing is that you should keep moving without speeding up or stopping suddenly. Once you are accustomed to crossing such chaotic streets, you can truly appreciate the shear complexity of this organized chaos.

Vietnamese Traffic
The Humble Motorbike and Vietnamese Traffic

3. You will love Vietnam for the Coffee

Known as the 2nd biggest producer of coffee on the earth, Vietnam has lots of knowledge and the practical coffee know hoe to indulge your senses. The wonderful combination of sweetened condensed milk and coffee (or “Cà phê sữa đá”) is undoubtedly, the best stuff ever. “Cà phê sữa đá” is also an essential part of Vietnamese culture. How about ordering a milk coffee and feeling the beat?

Vietnamese Coffee
Vietnamese Coffee

4. You will love Vietnam when you visit the Mekong Delta

Located in the southwestern area of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is formed by the alluvium of the Me Kong River and is known as “the food bowl” of Vietnam. Can Tho City, which is the largest city of this territory, is where visitors can experience truly, the rural life of the Me Kong Delta people. You will surely be impressed with the unique floating market, seemingly pulsating with commercial energy on the gentle rivers of the Me Kong and appreciate the friendliness of the local people.

Mekong Delta
Floating Markets Mekong Delta Vietnam

5. You will love Vietnam for its magestic Caves

Giant caves, which can hold entire lakes and jungles, are amazinglt only recenetly being explored in Vietnam. The biggest cave in the world – Sơn Đoòng Cave – was only discovered in 2009. It did not welcome any guests until 2012. However, discovering Sơn Đoòng tours are still limited, expensive and highly controlled.

You should not worry because there are still a lot of magnificent caves waiting for your exploration such as the Paradise Cave in the Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng National Park. This beautiful cave, which is about 19 miles across, offers various tours for tourist to contemplate its wonderful interior. At the beginning of the cave is a boardwalk for easy access, there is also an array of amazing trekking opportunities for those who love adventure. Nerve and a headlamp are essential requirements. You had better visit this cave soon to experience its youthful tourism uniqueness.

Son Doong Cave
Son Doong Cave

6. You will love Vietnam for the Markets

Vietnam’s marketsare not cavernous underground worlds with skyscraper stalagmites or stunning rocks, but they are magnificent cavernous worlds in themselves. For example, in Đà Nẵng, markets are the place where you can find everything from dried baby shrimps to fabric for clothing. Not to mention, getting lost for hours when discovering the colorful rows of produce is a normality at a Vietnamese market. Late evening and early morning is the moment when these markets are at their most energetic because the weather is cool and the shoppers are free from work. In the middle of the day, in front of the stalls are shopkeepers who take a short nap.

Da Nang Han Market
Da Nang Han Market

7. You will love Vietnam for the Fresh Seafood

A special thing about Vietnamese markets is that the foods do not smell at all. At first, you may visit the food section and try to deal with the fishy smell when seeing fresh caught prawns, crabs, snails, and fishes. However, we can swear that you cannot smell anything because the fish you see was most likely only caught a few hours before.

Vietnamese Seafood Market
Vietnamese Seafood Market

8. You will love Vietnam for the Fresh Meat

It is the same for meats. You may think that it would smell when seeing a pig’s head laid out on the table. But again because  the meat was probably only butchered a few hours before, it does not smell at all. By looking at the color of the meat, you can easily see that it is truly fresh. Almost all Vietnamese prefer to buy meat on the same day that it was butchered. Why don’t you cook some delicious dishes with those super fresh meats as a memorable market experience?

Vietnamese Market Butcher
Vietnamese Market Butcher

9. You will love Vietnam for the Fresh Vegetables

Although you may not recognize every kind of vegetable available in Vietnam, you had better at least try it once. From morning glory to bitter melon, vegetables are widely used and prepared in many ways such as stir-frying, or shredding to put into salads such as the green papaya salad. The vegetables are always fresh.

Vietnamese Vegetables
Vietnamese Vegetables

10. You will love Vietnam for the Fresh Fruit

You should not be alarmed when you see spiky or strangely shaped fruits that on first glance are not identifiable, because all of them are worth a try, especially  rambutans, dragon fruit or the durian (Warning: Durians, while deliciuos to eat have such an unpleasant smell that they may not be suitable for those who get a little squirmish). In Vietnam, you can also find fruits like jackfruits, mangosteens, papayas, mangos as well as a kind of fleshy fruit, which has a bumpy green peel called custard apples, along with such familiar fruits such as watermelons, bananas, and pineapples.

Vietnamese Fruit
Vietnamese Fruit

11. You will love Vietnam for its Vistas

All over this country, the views over the horizon are always magnificent, especially at dusk and dawn. The mountainous scenery in Quảng Bình Province, which is located in Central of Vietnam, is picturesque and breathtaking.

Vietnamese Vista
Vietnamese Vista

12. You will love Vietnam for its the magesty of Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay – a magnificent bay, which is located in the Gulf o Tonkin, is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is truly as maginifecent and breaktaking as what people say. It’s truly worth the 4 hours drive from Hanoi and dodging the tourists to soak in its wonder. Although, Halong Bay used to have a lot of trash, considerable efforts by the government have been made to clean it up. The clean watters finally start to allow the bay to rightfully reflect its natural magesty. Over 1600 islands fan out over the blue sea. This creates such a dramatic landscape, a unique harmony between  the sky, the sea, and the mountains.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

13. You will love Vietnam for its History

The history of Vietnam is very complex and tumultuous due to the occupation and division of many foreign countries that Vietnam had to suffer. You can easily find the influence of the colonial period in every aspect of Vietnam.  Elements such as the coffee, the architecture, and the food as well, personify and connect Vietnamm’s past. The Vietnam War’s aftermath is also oblivious not only through the monuments and the museums but through the stories and the faces of survivors and the young population. The fascinating culture of Vietnam is interwoven with its history, thus, it is vital for us to study it.

Hue Vietnam
The Gates of the Imperial city of Hue Vietnam

14. You will love Vietnam once you taste Bánh xèo (Crispy Vietnamese Pancake)

The Bánh xèo are crispy Vietnamese Pancakes. Although this common dish is popular in Vietnam, it is uncommon to most tourists. This perfect dish is simply made with water and rice flour. The crispy pancakes have a yellow colour given it by turmeric with normally some cooked tiny prawns inside. Bánh xèo tastes best with fresh herbs and a special fish sauce which has a sweet n sour flavour.

Crispy Pancake
Crispy Pancake

15. You will love Vietnam for Sa Pa

Sa Pa, is a beautiful hill station located in northwestern Vietnam, and is among the most stunning locations in the world. The fantastic rice terraces and spectacular surrounding summits make this fantastic mountainous region worth the short trip from the capital, Hanoi. This destination is best experienced by taking the overnight train.

Sapa, Rice Terraces
Sapa, Rice Terraces

16. You will love Vietnam for its City Parks

At dusk and dawn, you will always catch sight of Vietnamese women and men, walking, playing badmington, exercising or doing aerobics in parks across Vietnam. There are always big groups of all types of people, regardless of gender and age, gathering around an instructor. Runners, walkers and families also circle the park. It is such a lovely sight. Do not hesitate to take part. You will be welcome.

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Vietnam City Park

17. You will love Vietnam for its beautiful Beaches

You will love Vietnam becuase of its beautiful beaches, they are the unsung heros of the country. Many visitors usually think about the beaches of Cambodia or Thailand. But there are so many wonderful beaches with clean water and white sand that stretch Vietnam’s coastline. Places like Mui Ne and Nha Trang, are better known but others like Dốc Lết, a quiet beach with fewer travelers are real treasures. Phú Quốc and Côn Đảo are truly some of the most beautiful islands in South East Asia. Come and visit these wonders soon before other tourists find out.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Phu Quoc, Vietnam

18. You will love Vietnam for the Fresh Herbs

The plates of Vietnam are always full of fresh herbs such as dill, mint, coriander and Thai basil. Also very popular is morning glory. Morning glory which is the mainstay of nearly every dish from spring rolls to soup. The fresh and crisp addition of those herbs help decrease the fat and salt of the dish.  They also offer levity to heavier dishes. Herbs can be used as wraps or garnishes to wet the appetite.

Vietnamese Herbs
Vietnamese Herbs

19. You will love Vietnam for its Ancient Towns like Hội An

Hoi An, is recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, and is a must-visit town in Vietnam. Hội An is located in central Vietnam, near Da Nang city. This town was a prosperous port between the 15th and 19th century until Thu Bon River silted up. In the 1990s, fortunately, Hội An was recognized by UNESCO and people began to call it “Vietnam’s Venice”. During the prosperous port years, especially the interaction between the locals and the French, Japanese and Chinese makes Hoi An a truly multicultural town that is unlike any in the country. If you need a reason to visit Hoi An, we suggest trying White Rose Dumplings or Cao Lau. A tour around this ancient city is a must to observe the French colonial architecture.

Hoi An Nightscape
Hoi An Nightscape

20. You will Love Vietnam for its Noodle Soups

You will love Vietnam for its food, especially Pho. Phở is the most iconic dish of Vietnam, however, it is just the start of the fantastic noodle soups available throughout this country. The noodle soups are generally the meal of breakfast that are sold on the sidewalk stalls or in the markets. Bún Bò Huế is a typical one, which is noodle soup with beef bone broth, and its name comes from its namesake city – Huế. Another is Bún Cá, which is noodle soup with a fish and pork broth, is a specialty of Hanoi. You can easily spend a few months in this country experiencing new variations and different speciality soups from the many provinces.

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21. You will Love Vietnam for the People

You will love Vietnam because of the people who are very generous, optimistic, industrious, thoughtful and kind. Once you travel to Vietnam, you should take your time to learn about them. If Thailand, is the country of a thousand smiles, Vietnam, is the country of a thousand Hellos.

Vietnamese Woman
Vietnamese Woman
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8 COMMENTS

  1. The post is more colorful by the presents of the pictures. It create more interest to i.e. really enjoy the night. The floating house is amazing.

  2. This looks like an excellent place to relax, explore and have some fun at the same time. The junk boat has a rustic and picturesque quality to it which I love, thank you so much for sharing. The caves look really cool.

  3. hey there! Your blog is great! I’m planning to do Asia solo in September starting in Thailand, I’m just wondering is it easy enough to get from country to country and how to go about it? I really want to do Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos too so any info you have would be great, thanks so much!!

  4. Vietnam looks incredible. It’s definitely on my travel wish list along and these tips are really useful. I have always loved the look of the coastline, it’s stunning. The closest I’ve got so far is Japan but I know how different that is to the rest of SEA.

  5. Vietnam sounds like a lovely place for solo travel. Although I have traveled solo a lot in my country (UK), I am yet to try it abroad. Thanks for this guide. I think it’s a motivation enough to hit the road alone beyond my borders. 🙂 🙂

  6. I’ve heard such amazing things about Vietnam and your pictures are incredible! It’s totally up there on my list of must see destinations!!! the article are so inspectional.

  7. Thanks for your great sharing. i was in Vietnam last year too. It was really amazing time! Especially, mekong delta, halong bay, sapa, hoian.. i really love Vietnam! Foods, people are amazing too. Ah i miss there, i want to go there again. 🙂 🙁 🙂

  8. Wow I really had no idea what Vietnam had to offer. I’m really interested in the cave and just how expensive that might be. 😍

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