5 Reasons You Should Travel to Vietnam

5 Reasons You Should Travel to Vietnam

It’s an unfortunate truth that many foreigners find it difficult to envision Vietnam outside the scope of its tragic war. Nevertheless, the beautiful country is one of the most diverse places of its kind. Home to incredibly diverse flora, fauna and landscapes, it’s often noted for being one of the most historical and culturally-rich countries in Southeast Asia.

It won’t take long for visitors to discover the beauty that is found around each corner. If you’re looking to travel to a country that has everything from lush, green mountains and jungles to coral reefs along with incredible history, I think you should bump Vietnam straight to the top of the bucket list! Interested in learning why? Here are five reasons you should travel to Vietnam.

1. The people are amazing

Vietnamese people are some of the kindest and most generous people I’ve encountered. They’ve encountered so many obstacles over the years, and yet, they do most everything with a smile. The older generation is the true backbone of the country and work in an industrious and noble manner, while the younger generation is benefiting from its recent developments. Get to know the locals and observe their way of life when you travel to Vietnam: you won’t regret it!

2. Vietnam isn’t overly touristic [for the most part]

When tourists flocked to heavily-treaded Thailand or mega-chill Indonesia, Vietnam remained quietly off the radar for years. Some of the country’s most beautiful destinations are relatively new, which is super exciting. For example, the biggest cave in the world, Son Doong Cave in the Phong Nha region wasn’t open to tourism until 2012. The cave features a jungle and river, and is large enough to fit a 40-story skyscraper within its walls. Although attractions like this are a bit on the pricy side, it is still immensely cheaper if you choose to travel to Vietnam than other parts of the globe.

I will add that, like literally any popular destination in the world, tourism has taken over certain spots. If you’re interested in a trip to Halong Bay, you’ll have to share the waters with a number of boats which can be disconcerting for some. While I will admit it took away some of the magic, I’ve also come to realize that it’s a bit like this everywhere – especially in Asia!

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3. It’s extremely easy to budget in Vietnam

While it’s certainly not as ultra-cheap as traveling Northern Thailand on a budget, Vietnam is still one of the most affordable countries in the region. There has been a bit of inflation within the past few years due to a tourism boom, but the spikes are nothing major and definitely shouldn’t be a deterrent from experiencing some of Vietnam’s most unique travel opportunities.

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4. The landscape is incredible 

I think you would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t been impressed the topography of Vietnam. From tall, black, cloud-hugging mountains to lush, thick jungles and the white sandy beaches and emerald waters in between, Vietnam has EVERYTHING. One of the most impressive spots is SaPa, a mountain community that survives solely on tourism. The magical terraces in SaPa were carved by the Black Hmong tribespeople over two thousand years ago by hand and remains home to most of their ancestors to this day.

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5. The food is flavorful and fresh

Each Vietnamese dish encompasses flavors that aim to enhance the five main taste elements: salty, sour, sweet, spicy and bitter. Whether you’re after the infamous translucent spring rolls loaded with fresh greens and minced pork to Pho – the nation’s most known dish – you won’t be disappointed. Vietnamese take much pride in their food and have a number of dishes unique to certain regions, making sure those traveling through can always entice their taste buds at each stop.

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So, what are you waiting for? Start saving money to get to Vietnam as soon as possible! If you’re interested in how to save money to travel, I’ve created a guide to help you along the way. If you’re interested, you can also check out how I saved money to travel by teaching in Korea. Have you been to Vietnam? What did you love (or dislike) about it?

 

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  1. May 11, 2016 / 5:44 am

    We really want to give Vietnam another chance. We think perhaps we were tired of backpacking by the time we got to Vietnam and were left frustrated alot. We agree that the food is divine and the country is beautiful, plus we only got to see from Hoi An up to the northern part of Vietnam. We gotta go back to see the south! When we left Vietnam, we thought good riddance, now we sit around and wish we gave it more of a chance and think about all the things we did like about it. I actually was quite disappointed how tourism is affecting Halong Bay- yes it’s absolutely stunning and nothing in the world compares- but we hated how the only real option to see it was through an organized tour boat full of touristy traps and parked on top of eachother at night hearing the blaring karaoke from every boat during the late hours of the evening, don’t get me started on the pearl farm either haha- that being said though, we’d go back and see it again. Scott was in Hoi An about 6 years ago and told perhaps oversold it to me- but apparently alot had changed since he’d been there 6 years ago. I still loved how charming and beautiful Hoi An was and would love to revisit. It’s crazy because alot of people who we have similarities with in travel were shocked to hear our reaction to Vietnam. So- we need to get our butts back with a clean slate. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Yet another person who is making me reconsider my first impressions of this beautiful country.

    • May 12, 2016 / 7:10 am

      Yeah, the Halong Bay excess of boats is a bit much, but so are most major tourist destinations. It’s Asia and unfortunately places like that weird pearl farm exist, but there’s nothing we can really do besides just accept that it’s their culture.

      I liked the scenery of Hoi An, and initially fell in love. However, I did find it a bit boring after a few days, if I’m honest. I definitely recommend giving Vietnam another chance, though! If you still don’t like it, no big! Some places aren’t for everyone and that’s totally okay.

      • May 12, 2016 / 2:05 pm

        Vietnam has the recipe for everything we love- I want to give it a second chance!

  2. May 11, 2016 / 9:49 am

    I love Vietnam – the food, people, everything about it. But I agree with Megan on the Halong Bay boat tour, I didn’t quite have a good time when I was there. And HCMC is just busy and polluted. The rest of VN (at least the cities I’ve been to) is amazing. Hue is beautiful and has a certain aura that I still can’t explain. Nha Trang and Da Nang are both lovely though getting a little pricey the last time I was there 🙁

    But, thank you for sharing this. I’m definitely going back there — since you’re, like, the 15th person who said SaPa is impressive.

    PS: Your last photo made me crave for Vietnamese food 😉

  3. May 12, 2016 / 6:09 am

    Agreed! Vietnam is fantastic and needs to be explored more. I’ve only been to HCMC and Phu Quoc and really enjoyed my stay. Next year – re-visiting with plans to see some sand dunes in Mui Ne and travel up the coast to Hanoi. So glad people enjoy Vietnam, its food and wonderful people as much as me. Have you been to Mui Ne btw?

    • May 12, 2016 / 10:08 am

      Yep, I have! I actually wrote this post in Mui Ne =) It’s a lovely town for sure. I’ve been in Vietnam for almost a month now and will be heading to Cambodia next week. Thanks for the comment!

  4. May 12, 2016 / 7:16 am

    I am really thinking about doing a tour in Vietnam next year.
    I heard how beautiful it is and really wanted to visit there along with some other countries.
    I loved your post and I will use your five points to arrange my own trip.
    I also loved the photos you have taken and shared in this post specially the one from the Cave.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • May 12, 2016 / 10:08 am

      Great! If you have any questions let me know!

  5. May 12, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    You’re really having the time of your life going around Vietnam. Met Izzy yet?:-)… Goodluck and more photos and stories!

  6. Rafiqua Israel
    May 12, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    I am so excited to visit Vietnam. Please write as much as you can before June 😉

  7. May 15, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    Vietnam seems like a dream country. I am endlessly excited to this country and enjoy all it has to offer, and hope this is to come sooner than later. From everything anyone’s told me, it will be hard to leave, and I greatly look forward to seeing if this sentiment is true for my own experience. Thanks for this list- you’ve now made it more difficult to continue putting off Vietnam.

  8. May 15, 2016 / 11:56 pm

    Vietnam was definitely on of my favourite places that I’ve traveled to since being in Korea. My husband and I went in Winter and headed up to Sapa, but it was a bit disappointing to go there in winter. It was SO cold (they had had snow a few weeks prior to our trip!) and the landscape was dead. When I has researched Sapa before all I saw was beautiful rolling green tea fields and lush vegetation, so I would definitely like to go back in Summer.
    And the food…well there really is nothing on earth as good as a bowl of street Pho!

  9. May 16, 2016 / 1:35 am

    When I was in Cambodia I decided that I would pop on over to Vietnam for a look and an extra stamp on my passport. That was before I realized the Visa restrictions. That being said I definitely want to make my way to Vietnam one day. I loved many of the other South East Asia countries and think Vietnam will also be fantastic.

    Your pictures are amazing and your post is making me want to pack my things and head on over to Vietnam ASAP. What was your favorite place to relax. I want to go to Vietnam to relax on a beach and maybe go hiking. What are your recommendations?

  10. November 15, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    I agree Vietnam is great because it is not as touristy as Thailand yet.
    The landscape is amazing and food too.
    x

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