Vietnam is a land of unfeigned beauty! Seascape of limestone islands, Rice Terraces of Sapa Valley, the traditional Hoi An, the lively Mekong delta and the bustling cities has its own story to tell and each one is equally interesting!
Vietnamese coffee is like none other. The bitter-sweet taste of coffee leaves you asking for more. Food here is very fresh, light and flavourful, unlike other Asian cuisine.
The life here is still simple and people are naive. They welcome with a warm smile. It is bewildering how the people have moved on from such petrifying past. Most of the places are unsullied as the country opened its doors for tourism only since last 2 decades. The war history is both horrifying and thought provoking. To sum up, the country has a soul and heart and warmth to welcome the world with a smile.
Top things to know:
- Capital – Hanoi; Most populated City – Ho Chi Minh
- Language – Vietnamese, English is spoken by young and the ones providing tourist services.
- Currency – Vietnamese Dong (VND), Many spas and travel agencies transact by USD
- Visa – Check this link to know the visa requirements Website Link
- Main Regions – Northern Vietnam; central Vietnam; southern Vietnam; Mekong Delta
- Must Visit Cities – Hanoi, Hoi An, Sapa, Ho Chi Minh
- Power Plug – Plug A, C and D (110/220 volts; 50HZ frequency)
Why should you visit Vietnam?
To enjoy the lush nature and the beautiful limestone islands
To relish the unique and delicious cuisine, made from the fresh ingredients.
To indulge in a bitter-sweet coffee therapy
To explore the untouched beauty and the modest lifestyle
To understand one of the gruesome civil war in the history of the world.
How safe is Vietnam?
People here are naive. Very warm and welcoming however, tourist scams are quite common specially in the cities. Be cautious with your wallets, backpacks and handphones. Person in front of you or a biker can just snatch it away from you. Chain snatching and mobile snatching are very common. We did get a word of caution from our hotel desk and also the locals we met along the way.
You may also be tricked to give your personal details and mislead you into their agenda. Be cautious. Better to beware than sorry.
Bus, Taxis, grab and Uber are available in major cities. Better to use grab/Uber as many taxis fool you into paying extra. You can rent a bike to explore the city yourself if you dare to wade through the tsunami of motorbikes. Suggest you to book private tours for the day trips as that helps you gain the insider knowledge of the country and overcome the language barriers.