Though subdued to heavy bombing and warfare, numerous sights witnessing Vietnam’s rises and falls still stand until today throughout the country. They can be found in any city and most are open to tourists.
10 Top thing to do in Vietnam
A highlight of any trip to Vietnam, the enchanting archipelago of Halong Bay lies off the north east coast of Vietnam and comprises around 3000 limestone islands. Cruising around this magical bay on board a traditional junk boat is a magical experience that no trip to Vietnam should be without.
Ho Chi Minh City
Packed full of interesting things to see and do, HCMC has plenty to keep travellers to Vietnam occupied. Visits to the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace and the Revolution Museum will offer greater insight into the country’s history, whilst trips to the numerous temples and pagodas will offer a far more spiritual experience.
The Mekong Delta produces one of Vietnam’s most important exports – rice, and thus acts as the backbone of Southern Vietnam’s economy. While you’re travelling in Vietnam, you can take a boat trip down the Mekong, where you will pass the colourful floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be among others. Here, vendors will offer their wares from their boats jammed
with produce, dangling their goods in the air from a long pole
Hue is the ancient royal capital of Vietnam and is rich in culture. Things to do in Hue include; a cruise down the Perfume River and visits to historic sights and monuments such as the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Palace of Supreme Peace.
Hoi An is located on the coast in Central Vietnam, and it’s a
favourite amongst travellers to Vietnam. It is well known for its excellent
tailors, its art galleries, and its narrow streets crammed with tiny wooden
cafes serving steaming coffee. There is a noticeable Chinese influence in Hoi
An.Centuries ago Chinese traders came to offer their goods here and the charm of the town is still completely undeniable.
Tucked away in Northern Vietnam, this stunning area is home to hill tribes such as the Black H’mong and the Red Dzao. With hikes through the lush green valleys departing every day, and the opportunity to visit the famous Love Market, a trip to Sapa will give you an authentic rural Vietnam travel experience.
Phu Quoc is a splendid tropical gateway set with beautiful beaches and quaint fishing villages. There’s plenty to do here if you’re looking for more than just lying on a beach though. The interior of the island is a protected area where you can go for walks or even hiking. Phu Quoc is largely considered as one of Vietnam’s star attractions so you’d be mad to leave it out of your own Vietnam trip!
The beautiful city of Hanoi is crammed full of local eateries, markets and shops. If you fancy a weird Vietnam travel experience, you could visit the mausoleum of former president, Ho Chi Minh. Perhaps you may like to finish a busy day with a trip to the Municipal Water Puppet Theatre, on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake.
The Vietnamese cuisine is considered to be among one of the
healthiest in the world. It is also widely regarded as one of the most fragrant
of cuisines, making use of an assortment of herbs, including Thai basil,
lemongrass and Vietnamese mint. Why not take the opportunity to create some typical Vietnamese dishes of your own during your Vietnam trip.
Vegetarians and those with allergies should be careful and ask beforehand while enjoying Vietnamese cuisine.Some restaurants are brand new, serving traditional food blended with a European touch with glittering silver wear and modern background music.Even though street stalls or small restaurants seem closer to tradition and excel in taste, tourists who are not used to Vietnamese food should watch out for their health and safety or always carry a medicine but personally i have never been sick.
The Food of Vietnam - Vietnamese Food
Reaching a balance between fresh herbs and meats;
as well as a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food can be considered one of the healthiest yet most divine cuisines worldwide.
Style of cooking
The Vietnamese cook their food in a variety of ways: deep fry, stir fry, boil, steam. Unlike the Chinese, the Vietnamese use a minimal amount of oil while cooking. Vietnamese cooks aim to preserve the freshness and natural taste of food as much as possible. Vietnamese cuisine is often considered as one of the healthiest foods in the world.
Spices and ingredients
Rice (grown in water paddies throughout the country) is the main starch used in everyday meals, and is also made into different kind of cakes and noodles. Besides a number of Buddhist vegetarian dishes, most Vietnamese dishes or meals are a combination of a variety of vegetables, herbs and meats.
Common herbs may include lemon grass, lime or kaffir. Popular meats are pork, beef, chicken, prawn and various fish. Lamb, duck, birds, and even dog or other wild animals are also used but not widely. Fish sauce and soy sauce are used as both flavorings and dipping sauces for nearly every dish.
Peanuts are also used widely in Vietnamese cuisine.