There are many things to see in Vietnam. From Sapa all the way to the North to the delta of the mighty Mekong down South, with two competing metropolises and several other beautiful cities, embedded in the limestone highlands and distributed along the coastline, Vietnam is one of the world’s top travel destinations.
Vietnam still features the charm of a traditional, Southeast Asian country that preserves much of its ancient heritage. The imperial city of Hue is a good example for traditional architecture, while not far away Da Nang is a well-developed modern city – and probably the cleanest city in Vietnam. (Cleanliness is a major problem in Vietnam, but that topic we will cover more in the future.)
While Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital and the centre of government and bureaucracy, Saigon is the biggest and liveliest city of the country. But that is not the only difference between the two major cities. While Hanoi has four seasons, Saigon has only two – the rainy season and the dry season.
All over Vietnam, rice paddies, fish sauce manufacturers, tofu workshops and salt fields are tended by hand in traditional ways, the fast growing urban regions spawn skyscrapers like… well, rather slow growing mushrooms. Developing areas like Phan Rang or Phu Quoc Island feature a vast selection of offers for tourists from all over the world. Shopping malls with international brands are conquering market shares in the cities and entertainment and nightlife opportunities are there aplenty.
The Vietnamese food is passed down from generation to generation. It is a basically healthy and delicious blend of many Asian influences, topped up by the French occupation that brought paté and baguette into the already great local cuisines. Our sister category “Foodies” is all about food in Saigon and all over the known universe.
Temples and pagodas that have seen a thousand years are open to visitors who know how to behave at religious sites. Tourists can watch and participate in impressive ceremonies at beautifully decorated oratories.
If you plan to visit Vietnam on your travels, go check out the information provided here and elsewhere and get an overview about the weird and wonderful things to expect in the land of the Dragon Children.
Welcome to Vietnam, I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we do!