When we were planning our trip to Vietnam last December, we did our fair share of research and chalked out an itinerary, aiming to cover a couple of places but the main reason behind planning this trip was to kick-start the new year in a foreign land, greeting strangers and joining their madness! Little did we know that this country would make us fall in love and keep tickling our nerves to head back again!
With its 3,000 kilometers of tropical coastline, superb food, mind-blowing history, and fascinating culture, Vietnam is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in the world. No matter whether you are a beach lover or an art buff, a die-hard foodie, or an adventure seeker- Vietnam definitely has it all in store for you. So, do not wait and start planning now and get your booking done now through the Vistara airlines official website and explore holiday packages at very affordable rates that won’t hurt your pocket. So, book now and explore this place on your own.
1. Vietnam Is One of the Most Affordable Destinations in Southeast Asia
Of course, when you think of traveling abroad, one of the first and foremost things to consider is the budget. As it is widely known, Southeast Asia is a backpacker's hub because of its affordability, and Vietnam, surely, is one of the most budget-friendly destinations you can ever come across. Due to the increasing rate of the tourism industry for their economy, the Vietnamese have set up their country to be as travel-friendly as possible.
You will get several hostels in the big cities and the local transport will save you from getting doomed! Hostels can cost you under $5 a night and beer will only run you a couple of cents! (Yeah you heard us right!) You can afford a meal under $2 while you can enjoy a nice meal for two in just $10.
Go for homestays while exploring the countryside and you will get a sneak peek into the authentic Vietnamese lifestyle.
2. Learn about Vietnam’s Rich and Spellbinding Past
Vietnam's history dates back to nearly 2000 years. The culture shows Chinese, Khmer, and Indian influences, as well as effects from the French colonialism. The Vietnam War of the 1970s immensely affected the nationals. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to get an inside look at what the war was like for many soldiers.
We took a day trip from Saigon and it was indeed an inspiring journey as we listened to all those stories told by our guide. There are many war museums as well, where you can get to know more about the dark days that the nation has seen. Whether you are a history buff or not, the stories of their past will surely touch your soul.
Many NGOs and international organizations provide support to the underprivileged families affected and are still suffering because of the war. We visited a couple of artisan’s villages on our way to Cu Chi Tunnels and saw how people with special needs are engaging in various kinds of handicrafts, with the help of volunteers. If you have some time, then you can also choose to be a volunteer and contribute towards making their lives better.
3. Vietnam’s Natural Beauty Is Breathtaking
Be it the towering mountain ranges in the north (Sapa), lined with lush forests, footed with lakes, rivers, and terraced rice fields, or the turquoise waters surrounding the island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam is nothing less than a paradise! The country is home to a few of the biggest natural caves in the world (in Dong Hoi), and stunning national parks such as Cuc Phuong (around the town of Ninh Binh). Then there are limestone towers and cliffs in the immense Ha Long Bay that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
The beauty of nature will keep you mesmerized throughout, and you probably will not be able to get enough of it. In addition, if you thought that’s it, then it’s not ended here. The sand dunes in red and white hues cover Central Vietnam and that attracts travelers to the town of Mui Ne. There is a lot more than that, which you can discover during your gap year adventures in Vietnam.
4. The Vietnamese Cuisine Is Too Good to Resist
From Pho, (transparent) spring rolls, banh mi, sticky rice, to the epic seafood – the Vietnamese cuisine is always tasty, fresh, and healthy! No matter whether you are eating at a street-side stall or a fancy restaurant - you will always get to treat yourself with a delicious meal! Our personal favorites were giant seafood filled pancakes, grilled corn on the cob, and warm banana cake in a coconut milk sauce.
If you are keen on learning how to make a perfect bowl of Pho, then you can attend one of the many cooking classes in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. You cannot skip those street food stalls & eateries at the night market - because they serve the best food in the world!
When you are writing out your things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, make sure to stop for lunch at Banh Mi Huynh Hoa - they have the best banh mi in store for you!
5. Vietnam Offers Endless Opportunities for Adventure Seekers
There is no end to adventures in this country! You can choose to go for treks or hikes in Northern Vietnam and explore the gorgeous countryside in Sapa or Ha Giang. Otherwise, rent a motorbike to explore like a local!
Thrill-seekers can trek deep into the cave system at Dong Hoi. Head off to Ha Long Bay, kayak through the emerald waters, passing the limestone karsts, and soak in the freshness of nature. Visit the beach towns of Nha Trang and Phu Quoc if you want to surf or snorkel, or go for scuba diving!
6. The Location of Vietnam Is Just Too Perfect
Yeah - you heard it right! The location of Vietnam is too good to be true - and the connectivity with the neighboring countries absolutely makes it better. You can actually hop on a bus from Hanoi to travel to Luang Prabang in Laos or Siem Reap in Cambodia. You can take 'Reunification Express' which will help you to take the train from Hanoi to the Chinese city of Nanning. You can also get buses that connect Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok!
I am sure all these factors brought some wanderlust in you!
All said there, you could also opt to take a short flight to countries like Malaysia or Singapore, which will not cost much. Well! You can also get your booking through virgin atlantic official site to reach this beautiful place under your budget.
Well, as we told you before, there is no reason to say 'No' to Vietnam! Contemplating traveling abroad post the pandemic scare and wondering where to go? You can surely consider visiting this beautiful Southeast Asian nation with enough cultural richness, impeccable natural beauty, bustling cities with friendly people, and lots more.