Wednesday, 3rd February 2016
5 reasons to love Vietnam
You’ve probably heard people who have travelled to Vietnam going on about how wonderful it is. But if you’re still not convinced, here are the top five reasons why it’s such a fantastic place to visit and why you should make plans to holiday in this corner of Southeast Asia this year.
1. The history
From the various colonial powers that have presided over Vietnam to the infamous war with the Americans, Vietnam has had a complicated and varied history. All of these elements have combined to make it the country it is today. Find out more about Vietnam’s past at the numerous museums and sights that attest to the nation’s ever-developing story.
2. The scenery
Vietnam’s landscapes are just as varied as its history. From the karst limestone formations of Halong Bay to the paddy fields, waterways and beaches of the rest of the country, it is impossible not to be enchanted by such wonderful scenery. Every time you think you’ve seen it all, Vietnam delights with another spectacle.
3. The people
It’s the people that make a country and often become the part you remember most about any trip. When it comes to the citizens of Vietnam, you couldn’t expect to meet a warmer group of people. Smiling, happy and welcoming, with a keen desire to feed you up – what more could you ask for?
4. The food
Whether you crave a steaming bowl of pho or a hearty banh mi sandwich, Vietnamese cuisine has exactly what you need to fill that grumbling stomach. Food is a sociable exercise in Vietnam and you’ll often see groups of people sat out on the street in front of shops all enjoying a meal together. Pick yourself a street food classic – spring rolls, sticky rice, crispy pancakes, it doesn’t matter – and join in with the throng.
5. The coffee
As the second biggest exporter of coffee anywhere in the world, it’s safe to say that getting a decent cup is not difficult in Vietnam. Whether you decide to visit the coffee plantations or simply find a lovely café in Ho Chi Minh City in which to enjoy it, you won’t be disappointed. Expect a thick substance with plenty of sugary sweet condensed milk added to perk you up.