When you think of certain countries in the world, what do you associate them with? When you think of the US for example, do you think of “the American dream”? And when you think of Italy, does your mind automatically think of pizza and pasta? Well, it’s normal that we associate certain countries with certain things. Unfortunately, Vietnam is a country that has long been identified with war due to its history. For long, tourism here came to a halt and people chose to go to the neighboring country Thailand instead. Flash forward to today and you’ll see a flourishing country that offers some of the best experiences for travelers. Today, tourism has really picked up and you’ll see plenty of foreign travelers on the streets of Vietnam. If you’re curious about why people come to this post-conflict country, check out this list.
The people are warm and welcoming
One of the best things about Vietnam is the locals. After the war followed a tough time trying to rebuild and move on from the horrors. So when tourism started to boom in Vietnam, the locals were happy to see that people were interested in exploring their country. Tourism is beneficial for more reasons than just economic – it also gives a sense of pride and joy to see that people love their country as much as they do. So when you meet Vietnamese, they’re always warm and welcoming to foreigners, they’re helpful and talkative. Don’t be surprised if some of them even invite you over for dinner at their home! They’re incredibly hospitable and won’t pass up a moment to chat with you.
The country is dazzling
Vietnam is more than just the war. It’s an incredibly beautiful and serene country that deserves all the acknowledgement it’s receiving. There’s rolling hills, majestic mountains, white sand beaches, tropical islands, bustling cities and colorful towns that will make your jaw drop! Hoi An is one of those examples, where every little street is awe inspiring. Hoi An is one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam and it’s not hard to see why this little town attracts so many people each year, including locals. North, central and south Vietnam all has something different to offer, so traveling around the country will never be boring because there’ll always be something new to see and do.
In the last few years, more and more expats are starting to move to Vietnam and settling down. This means that it’s become somewhat of an international hub, where you can meet people from literally all over the world. The big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are especially popular amongst both expats and digital nomads who all love the lifestyle in Vietnam. You can also see it in the cafés and restaurants that it’s becoming more international. Before, you could mainly find Vietnamese local food. Nowadays, there’s everything! If you’re in the mood for Korean, you can get it. If you want pizza, there’s a few really good ones in the cities. The list just goes on and on… So if you’d like to meet people from all over the world, this is a good place to do so.
Vietnam is cheap
Surprisingly enough, the prices are still low, even though there’s been a high influx of tourists recently. But the prices still remain the same and you can get away very cheaply in Vietnam. Accommodation, food and transportation are all very budget friendly, so if you’re on a tight budget, you could still easily travel around in Vietnam.
The coffee culture is strong
For those who loves coffee (almost everyone in the world), Vietnam is one of the best choices. You see, Vietnam is the second biggest exporters of coffee in the entire world, just after Brazil, so you bet that the locals know a thing or two about coffee. There’s everything from coconut coffee to egg coffee – yup! That’s right, egg coffee. It may sound absolutely disgusting, but it’s actually incredibly tasty. The egg coffee is a specialty in Vietnam and originates from Hanoi, but you can find it everywhere in the country. It tastes more like a dessert than anything else, so don’t be afraid to try it when you’re in Vietnam.
Vietnamese food is absolutely delicious
Beautiful sceneries and all that is great, but what do you do if you’re traveling in a country that has terrible food? You don’t have to worry about that if you go to Vietnam! Because this country has some of the most amazing food in the world. The Vietnamese kitchen is famous worldwide and you can tell by all the Vietnamese restaurants that’s popping up everywhere in the world. But there’s no better place to eat it than at its origins. The Vietnamese food is robust, healthy and full of spices and herbs.
So as you can see, Vietnam is more than just the war. Even though it’s an incredibly important part of their history that should never be forgotten, there’s more to remember Vietnam by. As the country is moving on from the past, a bright future is arising. And if you’re lucky, you can be part of it! So don’t hesitate anymore, book that trip to Vietnam and experience one of the most beautiful countries in the world!
Just remember to check if you need a visa to enter the country. Most nationalities are required to obtain a Vietnam visa, however, there’s some exceptions. If you do need a visa, you can apply for a ‘Visa on Arrival’, which is an online visa that you can easily apply for safely from your home. However, you can also go to the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate and apply for a visa with them. You will have to book an appointment with them before going there.