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Last updated: May 2020
Vietnam is one of the most popular destinations in Asia, especially amongst backpackers. This is not without reason, as Vietnam is home to many amazing big cities, cultural highlights and beautiful natural wonders. There’s an unforgettable experience waiting for you around every corner in this fascinating country, whether that’s marvelling at limestone islands, weaving your way through the traffic in a metropolis, or learning about the country’s sombre war history. Intrigued? Then let us guide you on your way to the holiday of a lifetime.
In many ways, the country is marked by the well know Vietnam War, which was fought from 1955 to 1975. Whilst the aftermath of the tragedies of the war can still be seen in many places – such as abandoned helicopters and grenades in the jungles – Vietnam has rebuilt itself and undergone an impressive transformation in recent years.
Vietnamese people are proud of their country’s rich culture. Throughout the country you will find thousands of temples to explore; in the north of the country, temple designs reflect influences from China, whilst in the north, elements of Hindu worship can be seen. And let’s not forget about the food culture. Vietnamese food is seriously delicious, so make sure you head to one of the many street food markets to sample some for yourself!
Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Saigon are some of the country’s most famous tourist attractions that attract the most visitors year on year. But, like any country, it also has much more to offer beyond its major cities. Whilst the cities are full of enough energy and life for the urban party animals, there are also plenty of beaches and luxury spas where you can kick back, relax and fine your ultimate zen moment. This is a destination on the rise and it comes with a warning: one trip is never enough! It will leave you wanting more and dreaming of the time you can return.
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Vietnam is a super interesting country to visit if you want to try new foods and learn more about world cuisines. Did you know that semi-hatched eggs are a common Vietnamese breakfast dish? Known as balut, locals frequently tuck into an egg with a semi-formed bird embryo still inside. Vietnam is also one of the biggest consumers of dog meat worldwide.
According to Vietnamese folklore, Vietnamese people are descended from dragons! The dragon is an important cultural symbol in the country, along with the ‘lac’ (a mythical bird), the turtle and the horse.
Vietnamese food is influenced by a blend of Chinese and Thai flavours. It is also considered to be one of the healthiest cuisines in the world owing to its rich combination of lots of fresh ingredients such as herbs, fruits, vegetables and seafood.
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