11 REASONS WHY YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH VIETNAM
Vietnam is by far one of the most beautiful countries I’ve visited, and should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list. The food, the people, the history, the landscapes – Vietnam truly is something special. So here are 11 reasons why you will fall in love with Vietnam.
People: The people of Vietnam are undeniably some of the sweetest, kindest people I’ve met. Whilst I did experience a couple of people who were quite pushy for me to buy something, overall the Vietnamese were very lovely.
Street Food: The food in Vietnam is outstanding. The best places to eat street food at are the small restaurants where people sit on small plastic chairs that spill out on to the streets. Make sure you try Pho!
Hanoi: There is literally so much to see and do in Hanoi, so if you can make sure you spend at least three days here. Some of the highlights include the French Quarter, Hoa La Prison and the Old Quarter.
History: Vietnam has a tumultuous and complex history, and it was difficult for me not to feel sad for the Vietnamese people. With colonial countries fighting for the island, its history is bloody and dark. If you get time, make sure to visit Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi.
Motorbikes: There is an art to crossing the road in Vietnam and this is due to the thousands of motorcycles in every city and town. So don’t worry if you find yourself waiting on the side of the road for up to five minutes to safely cross – it’s normal. With over 39 million motorbikes in Vietnam, you really need to go for it but you also need to be very mindful when you do.
Hue Citadel: The citadel in Hue was one of the best surprises of my time exploring Vietnam. Soaking in rich history, a lot of the citadel has been rejuvenated. I suggest walking across the citadel to the old section, here you will find many parts still in its original condition – much better for the wandering nomads like us!
Markets: Markets are the heartbeat of Vietnam and sell everything from fresh meat, veggies and fruit, to flowers, silk and ornaments. If you don’t come home with at least a few trinkets and treats, you’ve not enjoyed yourself!
Hoi An: Easily my favourite city in Vietnam, its old world charm is like taking a step back in time. Explore the town on bicycle and see the real Hoi An by taking the back roads and through the rice fields.
Caves: The caves peppering the coastline of Halong Bay were the biggest surprise for me. I had been warned about the disco lights located inside the caves, and whilst I am personally not a fan, it did create a very cool atmosphere.
Landscapes: Vietnam has some of the most picturesque vistas in Asia. Hop on a motorbike and get outside of the cities to really appreciate the real Vietnam.
Halong Bay: The best way to explore Halong Bay is to book an overnight stay on a junk boat. It can get quite touristy – be warned. However falling asleep to the sound of rain and thunder, and waking up to the sight of limestone rock formations standing over the boat is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done.
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