Vietnam has recently been named one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world, with a growth rate of around 32.1% according to Groupon. This is hardly a surprise when we consider the country’s rich history, vibrant culture, natural beauty and sunny skies – particularly during the summer season.
Vietnam’s growing popularity as a holiday destination means that it now welcomes around six to seven million international visitors each year, who travel to see just what the country has to offer! With myriad experiences, tastes, smells and sights to behold, we believe it’s the perfect destination for any holidaymaker. So, why are you holding back?
Here are five reasons why you should start planning your trip to Vietnam – now!
1. The natural landscape
Vietnam’s beautiful landscapes have captured the hearts of adventurers across the globe, offering a wide range of sights and experiences unlike any other, from flowing rivers and lush lakes to dense forests and spectacular mountains. Thousands of tourists flock to Vietnam each year to visit famous locations, such as the picturesque Cuc Phuong National Park, or to explore the hidden depths of the Dong Hoi caves (amongst the largest caves in the world). Whether you enjoy hiking, swimming or simply meandering around lush landscapes, Vietnam is sure to satisfy your sense of adventure!
2. The history
Vietnam has a rich history just waiting to be discovered. Packed with museums and exhibits, tourists can learn about the country while exploring it. Everywhere you look there is a story to be discovered. Whether it’s through chatting to locals, visiting a heritage site or simply wandering around, there is always something new to discover. From learning about the Vietnam War to venturing deeper into their dynamic history, there’s something for everyone here. Top spots for tourists include the Imperial City of Hue, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the infamous Ho Lau Prison.
3. The price
Travel, though exciting, can be expensive. However, Vietnam is the perfect destination for travelers on a budget. If you are searching for a breathtaking adventure that won’t leave you penniless, Vietnam is an excellent getaway. Hotels, food, travel, and experiences range in price but are widely affordable, even when compared to other Asian countries – meaning you get to do more, see more and experience more for less than you would pay elsewhere.
4. The culture
Tourists visiting Vietnam are welcome to immerse themselves fully within the vibrant Vietnamese culture – which is varied and bustling, depending on the area you visit. The cities are full of independent markets, restaurants, and stalls allowing you to get a real taste of the area, whereas the countryside is home to beautiful farms and stunning scenery for you to explore.
Vietnam is also known for its excellent festivals, which are a must-see if you are traveling there. Though there are too many festivals to name, one of the most popular and exciting is the Tet Nguyen Dan (Lunar New Year). See in 2020 in style, by exploring the cities, visiting temples and watching firework displays light up the sky. Read more about Vietnam’s festivals here.
If you wanted to try to get to grips with the Vietnamese language during your travels, there are also plenty of classes or schools that you can visit.
5. The food
Vietnamese food is celebrated across the globe – but of course, it tastes better here than anywhere else! Excite your taste buds with traditional, homemade food cooked in front of your eyes in market stalls, or visit restaurants for a sit-down meal. Though there are endless options when it comes to food – no visit to Vietnam is complete without having some traditional Pho (a broth). Other ‘must eats’ include Bánh mì (a type of sandwich) and Bun cha (barbecued pork). Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of spicy foods – there truly is something for everyone to enjoy, even the fussiest of eaters.
A trip to Vietnam is sure to be unforgettable, so start planning your trip right now and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.