When it comes to Southeast Asia, everyone rushes to get to Thailand, and reasonably so, when you think of their gorgeous temples, bustling night markets, and incredibly cheap food! But its neighbouring country, Vietnam, doesn’t get nearly as much love as it deserves.
On my latest tour with Busabout, I was super excited to be exploring this country from north to south, driving through ridiculously scenic coastal roads and mountain-filled skylines. So in case you needed just a bit more convincing, here are ten reasons why you need to visit Vietnam, like yesterday.
1. Vietnamese Pho
Think of Heaven in a bowl. Now think of Jesus cooking said bowl with His very hands. That’s how heavenly this addicting rice noodle is, and if you do one thing in Vietnam, I suggest it be along the lines of eating your weight in rice noodles. Worth it.
Vietnam is a country with a long line of history in terms of attacks, invasions, and occupying of regions for several centuries. Not only are the excursions like the Cu Chi Tunnels or a visit to the War Remnants Museum enlightening, but they’ll help you gain perspective about the resilience of the Vietnamese people.
3. Basket Boats
Never mind the fact that they’re nearly impossible to steer, you’ll have a blast just trying anyway! As the locals fight for people to ride in their baskets, they’ll playfully have a competition over who could spin in circles fastest and impress us the most. Very entertaining!
4. Food Markets
Food of every colour, shape, and form will be perfectly arranged and displayed every single morning for you to gawk at, drool over, and purchase if you like! Vietnamese markets are fascinating and I couldn’t help but suddenly want to eat healthier with how nicely they arranged their vegetables, but alas, sorry Mom, not happening.
5. Conical Hats, All Of Them
Let’s be honest here. 90% of my excitement about Vietnam came with getting to own and pose with these adorable triangular hats. Used for protection from the sun with locals, but as a fashion accessory with tourists. Either way, you will buy one and you will enjoy it.
6. Island-Hopping In Nha Trang
So many activities to do in this country for the adventurous soul, but snorkeling and island-hopping around Nha Trang had to be one of the most fun. The gorgeous and clear blue waters made for a perfect way to spend an entire afternoon.
7. Rice Fields
Who wouldn’t want to bike through these perfectly symmetrical rice fields all day while locals wave and you only slightly wet your pants when you see oncoming cows in your path? Mai Chau was a perfect village for this and made for a great day out!
8. Photo Ops For Days
Whether looking out towards the ocean, leaning on the side of a temple door, or casually standing next to a waterfall, you’ll come away with so many stunning pictures to share with your friends and convince them that Vietnam is indeed one of the best countries to visit in Southeast Asia.