Do you enjoy delectable cuisine? consume fine coffee? Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites? You do? Then head to Vietnam. It’s a unique nation full of undiscovered gems, with its incredible floating islands, the world’s largest cave, mouthwatering Pho dishes, and floating markets. Read on, adventurers!
1. The Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta is where the Mekong River empties into the sea and is also affectionately referred to as the “rice bowl.” It is a system of rivers, streams, and canals where rural Vietnamese life can be found. Feel the commotion as local fishermen try to sell their catch of the day on the floating markets! If you want to experience authentic Vietnam, arrive at sunrise to watch the river slowly come to life.
2. The World’s Biggest Cave
Son Doong Cave, the world’s largest cave, can house entire lakes and jungles! After being explored in 2009, it has only been open to the general public since 2012. Travel to Son Doong is still both expensive and scarce. But don’t worry, there are plenty more caves to explore, including Hang En Cave, the world’s third-largest cave. Hang En, which translates to “swift,” gets its name from the swift birds that nest in the massive cave.
Vietnam is the world’s second-largest coffee producer, so you know they know what they’re doing! The “secret ingredient” that makes it even tastier is the use of sweetened condensed milk, which is pure indulgence. Drinking a hot cup of coffee while catching up on the morning gossip, whether in a cafe or on the street, is an essential part of the culture!
4. Ha Long Bay
Get away from the crowds and enter Halong Bay’s serene paradise. The four-hour drive from Hanoi to the UNESCO world heritage site is totally worthwhile. There is truly nowhere else like it to take a moment to admire the enormous 1,600 limestone islands rising out of the emerald waters. On a 2-day cruise around the islands, you can spend the night on a genuine Vietnamese junk boat. Oh, and the breathtaking sunsets—how could we forget to mention them?
5. The Food
Vietnam is a foodie’s paradise. Most dishes combine salt (nuoc mam fish sauce), sweet (cane sugar), sour (kalamansi citrus fruit), and spicy flavours (tamarind and chilli peppers) – they’re fresh, tasty, and not overly spicy, as most come with chilli sauce on the side! The food is unique, and the flavours will linger with you for a long time! Make sure to try a few of these delectable dishes: Banh Mi, a sandwich with French influences, Pho, a noodle soup with ginger, coriander, spring onions, and bits of meat, and Bahn Xeo, a huge rice pancake with shrimp, pork, egg, and beansprouts, are all popular Vietnamese dishes. You should put them to the test!
If the enormous caves, floating islands, mouthwatering coffee, and exceptional cuisine don’t convince you to leave everything behind and travel to Vietnam right away, we don’t know what will! Check out tours to Vietnam