Vietnam is a beautiful country filled with many diverse cultures and iconic monuments. For so long, this amazing destination was overlooked by tourists and only now are people recognising it for the great country it is – Vietnam is one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations and there has been a 32.1% growth in visitors flocking to the country. Here are three things you didn’t know about holidaying in Vietnam that might be worth considering before you start planning your own Southeast Asian adventure:
It’s a bigger country than you might think
Vietnam is a surprisingly big country – it’s even longer than the American state of California! You should take the country’s size into consideration if you’re planning to travel for an extended period of time, as travelling between cities might take longer than you think. In some cases, it might actually be quicker and more affordable to take a flight between cities instead of relying on a bus.
However, the sizeable country has its advantages; there is so much to do and see in Vietnam and a visitor will get to experience vastly different climates and landscapes during their travels. Hanoi is the go-to destination for holidayers who prefer a more fast-paced adventure, but the great thing about Vietnam is that quieter areas are never far away for tourists who prefer a more tranquil holiday.
It has a turbulent history
Many tourists avoided Vietnam because of the conflicts and wars that took place in recent history; however, this is something that remains firmly in Vietnam’s past and it is now a great holiday destination for people to explore. The long wars have left some scars on the region, but the locals encourage visitors to fully understand the country’s history by visiting monuments and museums. The Củ Chi tunnels and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are just two iconic Vietnamese landmarks that chart the struggles and stories of those who took part in the war.
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You need to take certain precautions to stay safe
As a whole, Vietnam is a safe country to visit and you shouldn’t let any potential dangers prevent you from exploring the region and immersing yourself in everything the country has to offer. However, if you take certain precautions you’ll have peace of mind as you embark on your adventure.
While malaria isn’t as common in the area anymore, dengue fever is still a high-risk disease; it might be worth looking into vaccinations and doing everything you can to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes. Like most countries in Asia, you shouldn’t drink the tap water as doing so could make you sick; stick to bottled water instead. However, you don’t need to be as cautious with the street food, as this is a huge part of the Vietnamese experience and it’s perfectly safe to tuck into as long as you’re vigilant and inspect the food before consumption.
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