Why Visit Vietnam
Reasons to travel to Vietnam – where should one even start? The nature, history and culture don’t even scratch the surface of the draw that this country has for travellers. Vietnam is slowly emerging as a hot travel destination, though as a whole it does not always top the “must see” travel lists – and this is surprising. So, to help you travellers who are truly missing out on the splendour of this country, here are just a few reasons why you should travel to Vietnam as soon as you can.
Vietnam is simply beautiful. It almost has every kind of natural landscape all within one country. The towering mountain ranges in the north around Sapa are lined with lush forests and footed by lakes, rivers, and terraced fields of rice.
Vietnam is home to some of the biggest natural caves in the world in Dong Hoi and some stunning national parks such as Cuc Phuong around the town of Ninh Binh. The highlands around Da Lat are full of forests, natural rock slides, waterfalls and lakes and beaches along the coast are some of the finest in the world. Vietnam’s island of Phu Quoc is home to monkeys, a national park and is surrounded by barely touched beaches and clear ocean waters
The Vietnamese culture is very much still alive and well despite the bustling tourist industry. The street side food stalls and home-brewed beer in the bia hoi drinking spots can be found all around the cities and amongst the countryside. The countryside is still afloat with hardworking farmers, bison led equipment and modest homes which remind visitors of the backbone behind the flashy cities. The French occupation has also left its mark as well on the people and the towns. You can see the European architecture, the abundant café culture and see the locals meeting outside of them for traditional Vietnamese coffee and tea.
Vietnamese cuisine is popular all over the world so why not come taste it at its source. Women somehow whip up delicious meals out of the contents of a single bag on the side of the road and tiny street stalls fill the alleyways offering up papaya salads and the popular meat and noodle soup, Pho. Fried and fresh spring rolls are served up at the markets and the amount of delicious dipping sauces can make your head spin. Try the giant seafood filled pancakes, the grilled corn on the cob or the warm banana cake in a coconut milk sauce.
Besides the beautiful sites and cuisine, there is enough to do within Vietnam so you will never grow bored. Go trekking and shopping in traditional villages when you visit Sapa. Kayak, swim and tube in between beach lounging while in Ha Long Bay or trek deep into the cave system at Dong Hoi. Scuba diving, snorkeling and wind surfing are all viable options when youvisit the beach towns of Nha Trang and Phu Quoc and canyoning and motorbike tours are popular with travellers in the highlands. Stick to the cities and listen to live music, see traditional dance and water puppet shows or take a cooking class and learn the language. There are endless activities for everyone’s different tastes.
Top Favorite Cities:
This city has everything you need and it culturally diverse. It is the best place to go to get a taste of Vietnam , get your gift shopping done, and to experience the true city life of Vietnam! You can visit Hanoi in our Easy Vietnam Tour which is a 10 day tour that efficiently takes you through the top “Must See” and “Must Do” places and activities in Northern Vietnam.
Sapa is drastically different than Hanoi, this city lies in the mountains where it is known for its beautifully carved out rice fields along the side of the mountains. If you are looking to retreat into nature and the countryside of Vietnam , this is the spot for you. You can join us here for our Sapa Mountain Yoga Retreat.
Here is another location in Vietnam that we recommend! Tam Coc is known to be the Ha long Bay on Land, without all the crowds of tourist! Here you can enjoy the beautiful limestone mountains that shoot out of the vast rice fields. There is plethora of beautiful Pagodas that make you feel like you are back in history . This is also a specially selected destination for our Hot Yoga Retreat in Vietnam!