Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia that is beautiful, affordable, and easy to get around via bus. The people are friendly and the cost of living is low, which means the most expensive thing you buy will be the plane ticket there. So if you’re looking to visit Vietnam, here are some places to check out.
Take a Boat Ride in Halong Bay
Halong Bay is famous for its steep mountains that jut out through the water. You may have seen Halong Bay in a few of the James Bond films. In real life, you can take a boat ride with one of the locals to get an up-close-and-personal view of these unique mountains.
Hike Through Cat Ba Island
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re living on a deserted island thousands of years ago, then head to Cat Ba Island. The lush tropical forest is home to all sorts of wild animals and birds. And there’s something about the humidity that muffles all the sound around you. As a result, you really get the experience of being the only person alive in the world—at least for a few hours.
Drink Coffee in Buon Ma Thuot
Vietnam is known for its strong coffee mixed with condensed milk. Buon Ma Thuot is the place to go for all varieties of Vietnamese coffee. Sit at cafes and chat with the locals. But make sure to stay for a few days, so you can sample all the beans over the course of a week. Your body can only take so much caffeine in one day!
Find Great Pho in Hanoi
Vietnamese pho is famous worldwide, but head to Hanoi for the best, most authentic pho on earth. This dish has all the nutrients someone would need for a complete meal. It has vegetables, carbohydrates, and meat. If you go in the summertime, be ready to sweat a little. This dish is always served hot!
Visit Museums in Ho Chi Minh City
Though it is one of the world’s most bourgeoning vacation spots today, Vietnam has had a violent history. To learn more about it, head to Ho Chi Minh City Museum. It tells the story of conflicts, both internal and external. There’s also the War Remnant Museum that contains unsettling reminders of the atrocities committed in the past.