1. Amazing food
Vietnamese cuisine is a fresh and aromatic delight — and if you haven’t had the privilege of trying it yet, you should make this a priority! It goes without saying though that even the most traditional Vietnamese eateries in your town won’t beat the taste and experience of the real deal.
Pho (the warming broth with flat rice noodles), Bun cha and Bahn Mi (a delicious crispy baguette) are traditional dishes that are absolutely delicious, and worth the plane ticket! They’re also difficult to avoid should you travel to Vietnam, but (in our opinion) are pretty difficult to get tired of.
Check out this video to get a taste of the incredible street food available in Hanoi.
2. The Vietnam loop
If you’ve been doing your research into fun things to see and do in Vietnam, the famous Ha Giang North Vietnam motorbike loop might well have come up once or twice.
It’s a 350km round trip that usually takes 3–5 days to complete on a rented moped, and takes you through the most stunning mountain passes, gorges and villages with spectacular views.
If you’re feeling adventurous, definitely factor this activity into your trip.
Ecotourism is really catching on in Vietnam, as increasing numbers of visitors look to minimize the impact they have on the beautiful landscapes they visit.
From boating to biking and trekking, there are plenty of mindful ways in which to see Vietnam.
This brilliant video will give you a better idea of what this means, as a local rice farmer shows tourists what his day in Hoi An looks like: rice farming with water buffalos, biking around the countryside and fishing in a river mouth.
4. There are so many amazing things to see
There are some truly spectacular landscapes to be taken in in Vietnam, as well as lots of beautiful architecture. Places such as the Ba Ho Waterfall near Nha Trang (see more in this video) and the famous Ha Long Bay are worth a visit, as are the many temples, rice terraces, beaches and markets that punctuate towns and coastlines in this sprawling country.
To get a better idea of what you’re in for on a trip to Vietnam, watch this video for an excellent starting point and a dose of inspiration.
To see how a visit to Vietnam might tie into the rest of your South East Asian adventure, check out this video shot during 3 weeks in the region.