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16 Reasons To Visit Vietnam

  

1. Free wifi everywhere

Unlike many countries, who charge tourists for using the Internet, many cities in Vietnam allow you to stay connected for free. Most restaurants will provide their customers a password and you can use as much as you want. It makes tourists feel like at home.

2. Breathtaking landscape

There are no matches to Niagara Falls, Sydney Opera House or the Grand Canyons. However, Vietnam is a truly hidden gem that only those visiting the country themselves will be able to tell. To put it correctly, Vietnam is not short of World Heritage Site: Halong Bay, Phong Nha Ke Bang caves, Hoi An Ancient Street and Cham Islands are all recognized for their intense beauty. However, it is the bits and bites of the non-heritage site that will surprise you further. Da Lat, for example, is too picturesque to miss. French style villas sitting next to a pine forest, bordered by strawberry garden- you feel like Europe but the market scenes speak otherwise. Keo pagoda in Thai Binh province also exemplifies well the no-name beauty of Vietnam: feel the serenity of a religious place, situated amidst greeneries of paddy farms. Whether a must-see site or an off-the-beaten-path attraction, you will not be disappointed.



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3. Affordability

Vietnam is a well-known destination among budget travellers. Though the price is climbing monthly at a daunting rate, it is still much cheaper than travelling in other continents. Most fancy resorts in Vietnam charge less than similar ones in neighboring countries do. Some cost less than $100 a night, just half of that in Thailand or Singapore. So even budget tourists to Vietnam can afford to take splendid photos at resort pools. For lower end market, there are a plenty of hostels and guest-houses in most cities. Food costs even lower and street foods are among the best in the world. That says, even in biggest metropolitan areas like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, you can get by a day with $15. 


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4. Friendly and hospitable Vietnamese

Like many other neighbor countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has a precious treasure: its people. Everywhere you go, you will be welcomed by smiles and kind helps from the locals- whether they know Vietnamese or not. People from Hue, for example, are famous all over the country for their royal-like attitude: elegant and sweet. Those from Hoi An, on the other hand, are known for being honest. If you have time to spend in the Mekong delta of Vietnam, you will even be more surprised and inspired by the way you are received by local farmers. Get impressed!



5. Fast & easy immigration process

Applying for a visa to Vietnam seems stressful at first- why would you need a visa to Vietnam while you are granted free 30 day entry to Thailand and Ecuador? Vietnam requires you anyway, and to alleviate the pain, the process has been made quite easy. Besides visa at the embassy, Vietnam visas can also be granted upon arrival. All you need to do is to apply online for your approval letter via a number of online travel companies, which are plentiful on the net. The visa letter will be emailed to you after 2 days. If you leave close to the embassy, it will take only about a 3-5 working days.

Read more: Vietnam Immigrations

6. Cheap drinks on the sidewalk

Vietnam has a unique street cafe culture, where you can sit on a little plastic stool in the shade of a large tree, looking out onto the street and chatting with each with a cup of hot tea in Hanoi or a glass of iced café in Saigon for as long as you want.

The habit has become addictive for many locals and it is worth trying, because it only costs a dollar or so.


7. Endless street food menu

Vietnamese street foods impress most foreign tourists and are the biggest memory they take home.

Banh mi, pho, sticky rice, broken rice with grilled pork, chicken rice, rice vermicelli with pork pies and spring rolls … even a local cannot name them all.

And they are all available at street carts and roadside eateries. Unless you have a special dish in mind, you don’t have to worry about going hungry on the road because you can just stop by any shop. Remember to have a quick look first to see if it’s clean, because the country also has a problem with street food safety.



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8. A lot of different kinds of breakfast

Popular options are broken rice with grilled pork, sticky rice, dumplings, banh mi and noodle soup. Each of these dishes comes in various avatars, meaning tourists can have a different dish at a different restaurant every morning.

9. Available taxi

The perk of not having a proper public transport system is that Vietnam has many taxis available in cities.

There are several popular taxis that hotels will hail for you or give you the numbers of, and you will be sure to get a metered taxi that is cheaper than in Singapore, Japan, China or South Korea.

If you’ve been here for some time and can recognize which taxis are reliable, you can just wave them on the street.Also, the country has seven-seat taxis which are not very available in foreign cities.

Read more: Vietnam's transportation

10. Traffic jam is not so bad

At least it’s not as bad as in Bangkok, where a jam can take you more than an hour to move two kilometers or in Japan where you can be stuck for hours.

There are rush hours in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but you don’t have to wait too long on the road, possibly because motorbikes still outnumber cars and the cities have many alleys. Because sometimes there's beauty in the chaos.

11. Magnificent beaches

Many foreigners praise the beaches in Mui Ne, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc as among the most beautiful in the world and prettier than Phuket or Sentosa. But it is important that locals keep them clean and the government saves them from construction.

12. Pristine islands

Forget Con Dao or Phu Quoc since many islands off the central coast like Cham and Ly Son and those in the Mekong Delta like Nam Du are mesmerizing.

They have pure, sparkling water, clean, soft beaches and friendly locals who are willing to cook fresh seafood for a cheap price.



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13. Son Doong cave

The world’s largest cave in central Vietnam is a must-see for any adventure lover.

Son Doong stretches for around five kilometers with at least 150 individual caverns, a dense subterranean jungle and several underground rivers.

Local man Ho Khanh discovered the cave in 1991, and in 2009 he helped British cave experts explore it. The British are now working as guides for tours of the cave.

14. Traditional festival

Thanks to its long history, rich tradition and Buddhist influence, Vietnam has festivals organized all year round-many of which are unheard of in the West and really fun to learn about. Tet holiday, for example, is an ideal time to see how families celebrate their love for their ancestors and for each other. Tet should not be mistaken or called Lunar Calendar New Year, which may even be an insult to some nationalists. It resembles the Lunar New Year in many ways, but modified with a Vietnamese feel in it. For example, in the countryside, people stay over night and make chung cake- over a bit of fire and some end-of-year gossips. In Hai Phong, the buffalo fighting festival is a well-known occasion: the winning buffalo will get killed and presented to the village god. Even public holidays in Vietnam are worth joining: come to Vietnam on the 2nd of September and you will see nation-wide parades. The whole streets will be lighted by the red flags- and fireworks take over the sky at night.



Read more: Vietnam's calendar events

15. It's a natural thing

Think Vietnam and many still think about a war-torn country- not necessarily but that is usually the case. Vietnam is more than just its war memory: its natural resources are something worth talking about. National parks abound, and you can enjoy a variety of activities you could never enjoyed back in your country: camping and bird-watching in the tropical forest of Cuc Phuong or Cat Ba; renting a jeep and touring Cat Tien national park; wind-surfing crash course in Nha Trang. The bad news is that tourism has brought a lot of commercial activities into the nature. The good news is that there are still a lot more to see, and enjoy.

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16. A nowhere-to-be-found travel experience

Vietnam has all the off-the-beaten-path experience that you are all looking for. From staying with an ethnic family in the Northern mountain area of Sa Pa to taking photos over the sunrise in Hoi An to sand-surfing with local kids in Mui Ne- you name them all. A unique travel experience is all about yourself- and the best part about Vietnam is that there are so much to discover after all. 

Read more: The far North Vietnam


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