A mountaintop hike that leads to breathtaking peaks and views…
Delicious Asian food…
Festive local culture…
Do you really need more of a reason to stop what you’re doing and visit Vietnam?
If you’re looking for inspiration as to why Vietnam would make a great vacation this year, keep reading below for a roundup of the top reasons Vietnam is worthy of a trip. Aside from the typical tourist attractions, there are tons of places and activities to capture a visitor’s heart:
10 Places to See When Travelling to Vietnam
Tiny plastic stools
This might seem like a strange reason to visit, but it’s just one of the vital parts of Vietnam’s culture! In Hanoi Old Quarter, you can gather with crowds of locals and tourists to enjoy a fresh feast while people watching on tiny plastic stools that are everywhere. It’s a great way to soak in the true Vietnam culture.
Scooters run rampant in Vietnam. You’ll see tons roaming the cities and hillsides. If you feel comfortable, rent a scooter to help with your explorations. This is a much cheaper option than other forms of transportation and it’s a way to experience the Vietnamese way of life.
You can’t go to Vietnam and not try the Pho. This Vietnamese meat and noodle soup come with tons of fresh sides and toppings to customize the dish to your liking. You will regret not trying this one-of-a-kind soup.
The ancient train
The Sapaly Express is a night train that runs from Hanoi to Sapa. It is a slow and steady ride to the deep valleys of the country. A little like a roller coaster ride, this rattling train is sure to be an exciting adventure during your stay.
Once you get to the Sapa Valley, take in the views! Hopefully you’re visiting at the time of year when the rice fields are in bloom. It’s truly magical and will make hikes along the Hoang Lien Son Mountains even more gorgeous.
“Happy water” is a term that locals use to describe a homemade sort of rice or corn wine they make from harvest excess. It’s much stronger than wine and will light a small fire in your chest, but it’s a must-try!
Get to know locals
The locals here are exceptionally friendly. They’re especially known for letting visitors lend them a hand with their chores. If you can help out someone with the watering of their fields or the cooking of a dish, don’t hesitate!
If you book a homestay, you’ll get the full Vietnamese experience. This means you can stay with a local family and truly experience the way they live, work, cook, and play. If you’re looking to really immerse yourself in the land and culture, this is the way to do it.
Vietnamese coffee is incredible. The best you’ll find, of course, is in Vietnam itself. The delicious condensed milk addition makes for a crave-worthy beverage. A must try – hot or cold!
Junk boat cruise
A short junk boat cruise along the Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay is a fun way to see more of the country’s water landscape while catching some of the most phenomenal sunsets out there and enjoying delicious food and drink.
Vietnam – Visit and Thank Us Later
Vietnam is underrated. It’s a beautiful destination with so much to offer. Do yourself a favor and schedule in a trip to Vietnam. You’ll be glad you did!