To be honest, Vietnam was never really on my travel list. I know it’s close to Taiwan and I really wanted to visit Ha Long Bay, but it just doesn’t sound as excited as Thailand or Philippines.
The only reason I went there was I wanted to travel during my summer vacation, and at the time it was more dangerous to go to the Philippines and I’ve been to Thailand. And now, I am glad that I visited Vietnam because it’s now my favorite country in South-East Asia. Now, let me tell you why!
1. Insanely Cheap Price for Everything
For backpacker hostel, it only costs $4-$6 a night to get a bed in a nice hostel. Sometimes, they even have pools or located on the beach.If travel on a shoestring isn’t really your style, then you’ll love this place even more. 4-star hotel costs around $50, and for the high-end hotel, you pay around $80 a night. Like how insane this is! I remembered a bunk bed would cost $20 in Sydney. So doesn’t matter if you’re a budget or luxury traveler, your money goes a long way in Vietnam.
2. Deeper Insight of the History
Plenty of historical sights are bombed during the Vietnam war, and it’s surprising to see how much they’ve changed since the war. There are museums where you can see photographs and documents and allows you to think of the war from a different perspective.This trip to Vietnam also makes me realized that how little I know about the country. I have never learned the history, only the war was mentioned in high school, the people and the culture as if it’s forgotten by the world.
3. Vietnamese People
They are always smiling, cheerful and happy to help.
4. The Wild Variety of Street Food
Vietnamese food is more than rice. It combines the local ingredient, French cuisine, and the Southeast Asia spiciness. Must try includes Pho (noodle soup), Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich) and Goi Cuon (spring roll.) If you’re more adventurous, you can try the duckling egg, Balut, a fertilized egg that is incubated for 14 to 21 days, boiled or steamed, and the contents eaten from the shell.
5. The Old Town
Vietnam has a large number of well-preserved old town, temples, and buildings. You can wander in the alley and feel like it’s 1960. Or you can even join a tour to see My Son Ruins which has been standing in the forest for more than a thousand years.
6. Variety of Activities
There are so many things to do in Vietnam that you’ll never be bored. Hiking, trekking, zip lining, canyoning, swimming, and much more to offer!
7. The Rich Culture and Diverse Race
At Northern Vietnam, there are many local tribes located in the mountains and each of them has different cultures. It’s pleasant to experience the unique culture and explore surroundings.
8. The Majestic Ha Long Bay
One of the most unique, breathtaking, and beautiful natural setting which has been UNESCO World Heritage since 1999. This is one of the most popular attractions in Vietnam and it’s hard not to see the reason why people from all around the world are crazy about this bay!
9. The Secluded White Sand Beach
With over 3000km of coastline, there are plenty of beaches you can discover. And most of them are secluded, or only local, no sign of tourists. Or if you prefer urban vibe, Nha Trang and Mui Ne are both great choices. No matter what you prefer, you can always find a perfect beach for you to lay down and bathe in the sun!
10. The Chaos
The traffic in the major city can be a pain in the ass when you’re rushing, but when you successfully cross the road by yourself the very first time, you’ll be so proud!
11. Different Kinds of Landscapes
Caves, Islands, beaches, rivers, and much more. You name it, Vietnam has it!
12. Vietnamese Coffee
Vietnamese coffee tastes so distinctive and delicious. Try it with coconut milk or condensed milk!
13. Fresh Fruits
Just like any tropical place, Vietnam has plenty of fruits and they are all cheap, healthy, and yummy!
14. The Backpacker’s Vibe
Vietnam is friendly to backpackers, from cheap hostel, food, activities, to the adventure. I met so many interesting people on my way, and the best part is that I kept running into the same people in different places!
Really, this country is a perfect destination for both newbie and experienced travelers!