Vietnam

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. 

Capital City

Hanoi

Currency

Vietnamese Dong

Total population:

97.3 million (2020)

Language(s) spoken:

Vietnamese

Cultural dos:

Cover your arms and legs when visiting temples and pagodas (Buddhist temple).

Cultural don’ts

It’s very counterintuitive, but don’t hesitate or stop suddenly when crossing the road. Just walk briskly in a straight line and the sea of motorbikes and scooters will avoid you.

Continent:

Asia

Three foods you need to try in this country:

  • Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup pronounced “fa”),
  • Nem Ram (fried spring rolls),
  • Banh Mi (baguette sandwich with meat, cheese, pickled veg, fried egg, fresh cilantro and chilli sauce),

Bonus 

  • Thit Nuong (grilled pork),
  • Bun Bo Nam Bo (slices of beef with crunchy peanuts and bean sprouts with fresh herbs and crisp dried shallots on rice noodles)
  • Goi cuon (Rice paper packed with salad greens, seafood, and a layer of coriander)

What the country is known for :

  • Ho Chi Minh City,
  • Ha Long Bay,
  • My Son Hindu temple ruins,
  • Sapa country side,
  • French colonial architecture,
  • The Vietnam War,
  • Hoi An (food heaven if you ask me)

More About Vietnam

I visited Vietnam in 2015 I had just been curious about the country as I had heard so many interesting reviews from other travellers I’d met in different places and thought I would also make a visit. My trip was a typical backpacker’s trip from Ho-Chi Minh City, right up to Hanoi.

 

Vietnam is an interesting country with influences from many different parts of the world in its history. This has resulted in French colonial landmarks across the country and various Vietnamese War History Museums including the Cu Chi tunnels used by the Viet Cong soldiers.

 

The main cities are very busy and there is a lot going on. Although I am not a fan of massive crowds and big cities – there are a lot of interesting things to do, see and learn. My recommendation is to be careful but try it out, at least for a day or two. Vietnam has a rich culture that ensures that elders are respected. They also really respect their war heroes, therefore one needs to be mindful when speaking to locals about their war past as this was a very difficult time for many of them. People are very friendly, hospitable and like to have a laugh. Hoi An, was definitely my favourite stop for food and a cultural experience visiting the Old Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

 

Vietnam also has a lot of options and variety of landscapes for my nature islands. There are mountains, a number of waterbodies to behold and even some islands you can go off to explore towards the northern part of the country. There are rice fields galore, various islands, including some rain forests on top of towering limestone islands in Ha Long Bay. Due to the number of tourists that visit this beautiful country, the infrastructure has really been set up to meet travellers of different leanings.

 

For my food lovers, Vietnam does not disappoint. Due to the rivers, paddies, mountains that are deeply ingrained in Vietnamese culture – it is rude to leave food uneaten. It is also considered an insult to the land and the workers who made the meal possible if you leave food uneaten or take more food than you can eat. I found this resonated so much with me. With the cuisine, think random fusions of Asian and French cuisine. We have baguette sandwiches – banh mi, noodle dishes galore, rice dishes galore and my personal favourite fresh fruits and vegetables galore. Highly recommend Vietnamese coffee and I am sure you may be trying it again and again from home.

 

Also 5-stars for the price point at which one can comfortably explore Vietnam.

English

Viatnamese

Hello

Xin chao

Goodbye

Tam biet

Please

Xin viu long

Thank you

Cam on

How much?

Bao nhieu?

Do you speak English?

Ban co noi tieng Anh khong?

Where is the toilet?

Nha ve sinh o dau vay?

May I please have some water?

Cho toi xin chut nuoc duoc khong?

I would like some food please

Lam on cho toi mot it thuc an

Where can I get a taxi?

Toi co the don taxi o dau?

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