12 reasons to visit Vietnam at least once in a lifetime

Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is not as celebrated as its regional cousins Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and even Indonesia. However, this does not mean that it is any less intriguing or wonderful than they are. In fact, there are plenty of reasons as to why you should visit this country.

1. The history

The first reason as to why you should visit Vietnam at least once in your lifetime is its rich history. It is one of the oldest countries in the region – Southeast Asia, to be precise – and its history dates back to 2000 BC. The history of this country is a tad complicated one with the indigenous culture known as Dong Son being the first one of its kind in this country. Over the years, different cultures such as Chinese, Indian, and Khmer have influenced the country. In fact, it has been a French colony as well.

2. The food

The food over here at Vietnam is as tasty as it gets. In fact, the trademark food of Vietnam is its street food. All you need to do is head to one of the food stalls over here, get a small plastic tool, and sit down to enjoy the fare on offer. These stalls are located on the sidewalks and to say that the food is heavenly would be the right way to put it. The best dishes over here are pho noodle soup, sticky rice, spring rolls, seafood, and banh mi. No matter what you eat, it is going to be healthy and fresh, and taste great too.

3. The fruits

When you are at Vietnam you should definitely try the tropical fruits over here. It will be a veritable paradise for people who love fruits such as watermelon, mango, pineapple, mandarin, and banana over here. Along with this, you would also find new fruits that are stranger and spikier – it is highly likely that you have never ever seen their kind before in your life. You would get fruits over here at just about every place.

4. The coffee

The coffee in Vietnam is said to be the best in the world. It is said to be the second biggest exporter of coffee in the whole world. In a continent known for green tea, Vietnam stands out because of its exceptional coffee culture. There are different kinds of coffee that you can try over here such as black coffee, coffee with egg yolk, coffee with condensed milk, coffee with yogurt, and coffee with coconut milk.

5. The people

The people here at Vietnam are really cordial. This is perhaps one reason why this country should be called the one with the infinite smiles. There is perhaps no corner in this country where you would not come across friendly people – this includes the cities as well as the villages. You should never be hesitant when it comes to making friends over here in Vietnam and also find out as much as you can about the local culture.

6. The beaches

The beaches of Vietnam are really great. As far as Southeast Asia is concerned Thailand and Philippines are said to be well known as destinations for beach holidays. It is a complete travesty that the tropical beaches of Vietnam are not mentioned in the same breath. The truth is that they have yet to be discovered to the extent that the beaches in those two countries are. However, you can be sure that once people come to know of them they would be getting similar traffic as well.

7. The mountains

Vietnam can also be called a paradise for mountaineers. This is where you would find the Fansipan Mountain, which is said to be the highest of its kind in the Indochina region. Sapa, a town in northern Vietnam, gets plenty of mountain hikers as well as leisure travelers.      

8. The adventures

The local people in Vietnam have two ways in which they explore this magnificent country. They rent a motorbike, and either head off to the mountains on the north or just traverse the length of the country. You can do that too. The roads here have their own challenges as they are mostly in poor condition and thus tricky to navigate. It is for sure that this ride is not for the weak of heart.

9. The costs

The costs in Vietnam are mostly on the lower side and this means that people who travel on budget will always love this country. You can always stay at the hostel dormitories where the rooms would cost you only around 5 dollars a night. The street food, which we have talked about already, is around 1 to 2 dollars.

10. The shopping opportunities

If you are a shopper who prefers handcrafted items and ethnic wear then Vietnam is always going to be the best place for you. You would get a whole range of products to choose from such as earrings, outfits worn traditionally by women, and scarves to name a few. There are some great offers to be had all across the country. You can get speed tailors at Hoi An – they will make you a dress and a suit in only a day.

11. The Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is one place that you should definitely visit if you wish to get a proper taste of the beautiful rural life of Vietnam. Located in the southwestern part of the country this is the place where the Mekong River drains into the sea. The biggest city in the area is Can Tho. The Mekong Delta area is also lovingly known as the rice bowl. If you traveled up the backwaters you would be able to see some wonderful floating markets.

12. The Caves

The caves of Vietnam are just mind-blowing. They are basically huge structures that can make space for a whole lake or a jungle. The surprising thing is that caves are still being discovered in Vietnam. It has the Son Doong Cave that is supposed to be the largest of its kind in the world. It was discovered in 2009 only. It was opened to tourists from 2012 onward.

From Sarah – a senior content curator in HolidayFactors.com, a leading holiday portal in Dubai, UAE.