If you have never considered putting Vietnam on your travel and career road map, now it’s time for you to do it then! Whether it’s before or after the pandemic, Vietnam is still a safe and fascinating destination waiting to be discovered. Let tight on your seatbelt and get on this verbal tour to see why and how our beautiful Vietnam becomes your next stop!
Locations and attractions
Lying on the eastern part of the Indochina peninsula, Vietnam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S” with more than 330,000 square kilometers. It is bordered by China to the north, the East Sea to the east, the Gulf of Thailand (Gulf of Siam) to the southwest, and Cambodia and Laos to the west.
Vietnam has 2 main river deltas. The Mekong River divides into nine tributaries and feeds the agricultural region of the Mekong Delta in the south. Meanwhile, the Red River Delta is the economic center of the northern region notably known for farming and villages specializing in producing handicrafts.
Thanks to Mother Nature and the S shape stretching from the north to the south, Vietnam has different terrain types and hundreds of scenic spots such as Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Mekong River, the Indochinese Peninsula’s highest mountain Fansipan along with picturesque cities like Hoi An the Ancient town, Hanoi, Hue Imperial City, and so on.
In Northern Vietnam, there are 4 seasons. You can experience the freezing temperature and even snow in the winter (from November to January) but also a hot and humid summer (from May to August). Spring and fall are more neutral and comfortable.
The division is quite different in the center of Vietnam with 2 distinct types of weather: hot and dry from January to August, cool and rainy in October and November. Southern Vietnam is generally hot all year round. The rainy season starts from May to November while the dry season lasts from November to May.
Lifestyle is different among regions, and the most energetic in big cities. Having witnessed the fast globalization and urbanization, Vietnam still keeps a harmonious blend of modern and traditional. 2 big cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, are bustling day and night. You can get stuck in the traffic during rush hour on weekdays and also enjoy wandering on walking streets without transportation on the weekend.
Nightlife in big cities is worth exploring. People often hang out after work, have a drink, cycle around big lakes, or enjoy themselves in bars, pubs, and lounges,… And street food is something tourists should not miss out on. It’s yummy, so affordable, and accessible. Just walk down any street, look at the sidewalk and you can try any new dish you want. And if you want something organized, traveling with a local buddy who knows the area very well with small hidden corners may be a good choice.
Phở: or noodle soup, is among the must-try dishes in Vietnam. These main ingredients are flat rice noodles, a warming broth, and some slices of meat (chicken or beef).
Bun cha: you dip the rice noodles into the broth, and eat with grilled pork. President Barack Obama once visited Vietnam and tried Bun cha like a local, and then Vietnamese bun cha became even more famous in the world.
Banh mi: there’s no alternative name for this Vietnamese bread because Banh mi has been a signature of Vietnamese street food. It’s crunchy and diverse in flavors because a bunch of ingredients is filled inside the wrapper: paté, spring roll, pickle, cucumber, and different sauces,…
Egg coffee: Vietnamese coffee is world-known for its flavors and egg coffee is a special one, mainly in Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. The yolk is separated from the white and then beaten with sweetened condensed milk until it makes an airy, creamy, meringue-like fluff. You should try it warm to enjoy the best flavor.
Chè: Vietnam has a special sweet soup that serves best in hot summer as a dessert. It’s a mixture of tropical fruits, nuts, beans, grains, seeds, jelly, and coconut milk,… There are hundreds of types of chè from different combinations. In some stores, you can even mix the ingredients yourself.