Vietnam is often overlooked as a travel destination, but it really shouldn’t be ignored. It is an amazing, awe-inspiring location which will help you create memories that will last a lifetime.
Wondering why you should visit Vietnam? We have gathered some popular reasons why people love visiting Vietnam on their holiday.
Amazing Food from Local Street Vendors
Vietnamese food is distinct and unforgettable. The cuisine relies on a balance of salty, sweet, sour and hot flavours, achieved through the use of nuoc mam, a fermented fish sauce, cane sugar, the juice of calamansi citrus fruit or tamarind and chilli peppers. Dishes use plenty of fresh herbs but tend not to be overly spicy, as chilli sauces are served separately.
Essential Vietnamese foods everyone should try – Goi cu – translucent spring rolls packed with greens, coriander and various combinations of minced pork, shrimp or crab. Banh mi – baguette sandwich filled with greens and a choice of fillings, including paté and freshly made omelette. Banh xeo – enormous, cheap and filling Vietnamese pancakes translate (banh xeo means “sizzling pancake”). The pancake contains shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and egg, which is then fried, wrapped in rice paper with greens and dunked in a spicy sauce before eaten. Pho – Vietnam’s national dish and the country’s great staple is pho (pronounced “fur”), a noodle soup eaten at any time of day but primarily at breakfast. The basic bowl of pho consists of a light beef or chicken broth flavoured with ginger and coriander, to which are added broad, flat rice noodles, spring onions and slivers of chicken, pork or beef.
Beautiful, Relaxing Beaches
If you thought Australia’s beaches were amazing, just wait until you visit Vietnam. Vietnam has some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world. Vietnam’s long coastline is an ideal destination for vacationers searching a beach holiday. Crystal clear water, white sand stretch, multiple water activities, fresh seafood and luxury resorts are available from North to South in Vietnam. Here are some of our suggested beaches to visit in Vietnam.
Traditional Festivals Held Throughout the Year
All year round many towns and villages throughout Vietnam hold various festivals to celebrate everything from the Buddhist culture to historical events. Visitors are encouraged and welcome to participate in the festivities, watch the parades and sample the food which is part of these local festivals.
Experience Nature Up Close and Personal
Vietnam is home to many national parks. Visitors can go camping, hiking, backpacking or bird watching. Some popular parks include the tropical rainforests of Cuc Phuong, the forests of Cat Ba or the Cat Tien National Park.
Take Part in Activities Only Found in Vietnam
Have you ever sand surfed? How about watching the sunrise or set over the beautiful mountains of Sa Pa? If you haven’t been to Vietnam then the answer is probably no. These are just some of the unique activities you can take part in when you visit Vietnam.
Sample the Coffee
Move over Melbourne, Vietnam is known for having some of the best coffee in the world. French colonists introduced coffee to Vietnam. Strong and flavourful Vietnamese coffee makes converts as quickly as it raises pulses. The morning cup of ca phe soon became a local habit. With variations that make use of yoghurt, eggs and even fruit, Vietnamese coffee has developed a style of its own. Cafes are located on every corner which provides you with the opportunity to try different coffees while you are on holiday.
Travellers can visit Vietnam on a budget. Everything from hotels to airfares and food is extremely affordable. You will be surprised just how much you can do in Vietnam on a tight budget.
The Locals are Friendly
No matter where you go in Vietnam, the locals will always greet you with a smile. In fact, you will be welcomed with open arms in every village or town you visit.
Beautiful Views of Mountains and Oceans
The views of the mountains and oceans you will experience in Vietnam are awe-inspiring. Make sure you take a camera because you will want to capture and create lasting memories from your visit to Vietnam.
We are certain that you won’t regret it. In fact, you might have so much fun that it becomes one of your favourite locations for a holiday getaway.
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