Wednesday, 7th January 2015
The Huffington Post highlights reasons to visit Vietnam
It is easy for a Vietnam tour specialist to go on about the virtues of the country, but it is even better when others do it. In a recent article for the Huffington Post, Alison Spiegel highlights the 21 reasons why it should be on everyone's list to visit.
She summarised: "With its dramatic landscapes, fascinating history, epic food and pulsating energy, Vietnam will electrify all of your senses and seize you from all angles. Vietnam is at once crazy serene, thrilling and relaxing."
Here are some of her top reasons to visit:
This culinary trend is taking the world by storm, but to eat really great street food you need to go to the countries that have been embracing it for years and Vietnam is among these. Ms Speigel recommends trying the fish and pork-based soup known as pho, which is fairly ubiquitous across Vietnam, or bun char - char-grilled pork with rice noodles and dipping sauce.
Further down the Huffington Post list you will find the Mekong Delta, one of the most stunning areas of the whole nation. Travelling the backwaters of the delta is a must-do experience for those keen to see everyday life on the waterways and catch a glimpse of some of the famed floating markets.
Speaking of markets, it's not just those of the floating variety that impress in Vietnam, but its wide selection of those on dry ground too. Ms Spiegel recommends visiting in the mornings or evenings when it is cooler, but it can also be fun to catch the stall holders napping at quieter times of the day.
Several of the 21 reasons are spread out across different types of fresh food, which can be easily procured in Vietnam. These include seafood, meat, vegetables and fruit. It's safe to say that Vietnam is something of a foodies' paradise and whether you buy the ingredients separately or eat them cooked at one of the country's amazing restaurants, it is going to be a treat for the taste buds.
When it comes to incredible scenery, Vietnam is not short of some fantastic views, whether it is the islands of Halong Bay or the mountains of Central Vietnam, you will not be disappointed. Expeditions give visitors an opportunity to relax and enjoy such vistas at the times of day when they are best - most notably at sunrise and sunset.
The Huffington Post emphasises the importance of learning about Vietnam's history and not just its relatively modern past either. As well as the infamous war, visitors can see influences from colonial times everywhere, with some of its architecture stretching even further back than this.
The port town of Hoi An may have had its heyday between the 15th and 19th centuries, but since UNESCO added it to its World Heritage Site list, this picturesque spot has been gaining attention again. As well as beautiful clothes and fabrics, Ms Spiegel suggests sampling the cao lau and white rose dumplings.
Related news stories:
A method to the madness of Saigon, or Ho chi Minh (11th May 2015)
Hanoi versus Ho Chi Minh City - which Vietnamese heavyweight is the best? (23rd October 2014)
How Vietnam got its flag (3rd November 2015)
In focus: Vietnamese cuisine (24th September 2014)