Vietnam is as exotic as it gets, rich in tradition and cultures this gem of a travel destination is a feast for the senses. Breath-taking natural beauty, outstanding colonial remnants from days of yesteryear, and mouth-watering local delights combined with the insatiable chaos of Hanoi city. This complex travel destination may seem overwhelming at first, but not to worry because we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the must-do activities in Vietnam:
Grab a bowl of Pho
The unofficial national dish of Vietnam, Pho (pronounced as ‘Fuh’) is a must try. Pho is usually served with a selection of meat cuts from tripe, thinly sliced steak to fatty briskets. If that hasn’t got you salivating yet we don’t know what will. You can opt for a more upscale rendition of this Vietnamese staple in any 5 star restaurants in the country or for a more authentic experience there is no shortage of food stalls and roadside vendor lining the streets of Vietnam.
Learn to cook like the locals
Apart from savoring local Vietnamese delights, another way to get to know the cuisine is to learn how to cook it. Vietnamese cuisine is a combination of flavours that leave a lasting impression. The cuisine relies on the five fundamental taste sense; spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet. It might sound like an overkill of flavours but that’s the beauty of Vietnamese cuisine, despite a mountain of different flavours, the way it is prepared ensures that each component compliments each other perfectly. Once you have mastered the art of Vietnamese cuisine, you can bring a taste of this beautiful country back home with you.
Cruise along Halong Bay
When translated Halong means ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’, surrounded by glistening emerald waters this beautiful bay is a natural spectacle for all to enjoy. Halong Bay was designated a World Heritage Site back in 1994, partly due to its fantastic limestone landscape. The best way to discover Halong Bay is via cruise, you’ll get to take in the sights and sounds of your surroundings whilst enjoying a relaxing cruise along the bay.
Hiking at Cuc Phuong National Park
Hiking on a holiday? Yes as absurd as it may seem to some people, a little hike at Cuc Phuong National Park is one of the must-dos when visiting Vietnam and hopefully it’ll get you singing a different tune at the end of the day. This is Vietnam’s’ largest park, tucked away in the Ninh Binh Province and is situated at the foothills of the northern Annamite Mountains. The park is home to a wide array of colourful plants and exciting wildlife, suffice to say hikers will be in for a real treat here.
Shop at a floating market
Forget about colossal shopping malls and designer items; immerse yourself in the true Vietnamese shopping experience at a traditional floating market. The place to find a floating market will be at the world famous Mekong Delta. Farmers from all over the country bring their fresh produce here and sell them to the local dealer. So it’s safe to say that you can find the best and freshest Vietnam has to offer here.
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