Are you in search of a travel destination that will ignite your senses and create lasting memories? Look no further; Vietnam is your next dream adventure. This captivating country, nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia, is one of the Cheapest Countries in the World, and offers a symphony of experiences that will leave you in awe. The increased frequency of flights from India to Vietnam has also resulted in the exponential growth of Vietnam as a tourist destination for Indian Travellers, making everyone want to visit Vietnam.

Vietnam was my first solo travel destination in South East Asia, and I literally fell in love with Vietnam, in the course of the 7 days that I spent in Vietnam. Here are ten irresistible reasons that played a vital role in putting Vietnam on the top of my bucket list, and why you should make Vietnam your next travel destination.

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  1. Spectacular Scenery
The stepped rice terrace fields of Sapa | Photo by Krisztian Tabori on Unsplash

Vietnam’s natural beauty is nothing short of breathtaking. From the rolling terraced rice fields in Sapa to the surreal limestone karsts of Halong Bay, every turn in the road reveals a new, awe-inspiring landscape that will have you reaching for your camera. Vietnam is home to many such naturally gifted destinations such as Ninh Binh, Halong Bay and Cat Ba, Phu Quoc and Phong Nha, among others.

  1. Cultural Riches
The lanterns in Hoi An | Photo by Krzysztof Grech on Unsplash

Vietnam is a treasure trove of cultural gems. Explore the timeless temples of Hue and My Son sanctuary, walk along the enchanting lantern-lit streets of Hoi An, and immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions that have shaped this remarkable nation. The best way to immerse in the local culture is by doing some local food and culture walks, staying at local run homestays, and interacting with the locals.

  1. Delectable Cuisine
Clear Vietnamese Spring Rolls | Photo by Max Griss on Unsplash

Vietnamese food is a culinary adventure waiting to happen. Whether you’re sampling sizzling street food in Hanoi, indulging in fresh seafood in Phu Quoc, or savouring a fragrant bowl of pho, your taste buds are in for a treat. Being a foodie, one of the highlights of my trip to Vietnam was the delectable food items on offer. Here are some of the yummy Vietnamese dishes that you should definitely try out apart from the Vietnamese Pho – Banh Mi, Bun Cha, Goi Cuon (Vietnamese clear spring rolls), Banh Bao, Bánh Tráng Nướng (Vietnamese Pizza), among others. One of the best way to try out all the yummy Vietnamese delicacies, when you Visit Vietnam, is by joining any of these guided Food Tours in Vietnam.

  1. Thriving Cities
Ho Chi Minh City Skyline | Photo by Peter Nguyen on Unsplash

Get lost in the pulsating energy of Ho Chi Minh City, where modernity and history merge seamlessly. Wander the bustling streets of Hanoi, where time seems to stand still. Each city in Vietnam is unique, has a character and charm of its own, waiting for you to discover.

  1. Vietnam Tours
Day Trip to Mekong Delta | Photo by Roméo A. on Unsplash

Make the most of your trip, when you Visit Vietnam, by joining the best Vietnam guided tours. Explore the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, embark on a journey through the fascinating Mekong Delta, take a day trip to Ninh Binh or Halong Bay from Hanoi, explore the magnificent caves in Phong Nha National Park, explore the beautiful Ba Na Hills from Danang or Hoi An, these Vietnam tours offering a window into the country’s rich culture and history, are also some of the Top Bucket List Experiences in Vietnam.

  1. Warm Hospitality
Interact with the Locals in Vietnam | Photo by Hưng Nguyễn Việt on Unsplash

Vietnamese people are renowned for their warmth and friendliness. Expect to be greeted with welcoming smiles and an open-hearted embrace, making your travel experience that much more special. On your trip to Vietnam, go beyond the conventional tours and activities, and sign up for those tours, which involve close interaction with the locals, which will give you time and opportunity to experience and appreciate the warm hospitality of the Vietnamese people.

  1. Adventure Awaits
Explore Son Doong Cave – The Largest Cave in the World | Photo by Andrew Svk on Unsplash

For thrill-seekers and nature lovers, Vietnam is an adventure paradise. Zoom through picturesque landscapes on a motorbike and tick off the famous Ha Giang Loop on the bike trip in North Vietnam, trek through remote highland regions in North East Vietnam or the Fansipan Mountains, or explore the unique caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, which is also home to the largest cave in the World – The Son Doong Cave.

  1. Value for Money

Vietnam is one of the cheapest travel destinations in South East Asia, making it a budget traveller’s paradise. Affordable accommodation, delicious street food, and reasonably priced activities mean your money goes a long way, allowing you to explore this incredible country to the fullest. Here are some more budget travel tips for Vietnam – 

  • Use GRAB/GoJek to book cheap cabs and motorbike taxis.
  • Bargain while shopping at the vibrant night markets in Hanoi, Hoi An and other cities.
  • Get a North to South / South to North hop – on – hop – off bus ticket, to experience the best of Vietnam in an economic way, and at your own pace.
  • Embrace the local culture and experiment with the local street food rather than dining at expensive cafes and restaurants.
  • Book the best Vietnam tours with fellow travellers, to get a good deal.
  • Book your Vietnam accommodation in advance to get the best deals, and to avoid last minute hassle.
  1. History and Heritage
Uncover the History and Heritage of Vietnam | Photo by Gian-Reto Tarnutzer on Unsplash

Uncover Vietnam’s rich history, from the regal grandeur of the Imperial City of Hue to the historic significance of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which provide a poignant reminder of the Vietnam War and the resilience of the Vietnamese people. Don’t forget to visit other top sights and attractions in Vietnam like the War Remnant Museum, The Saigon Post Office, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoa Lao Prison, the Temple of Literature, among others to immerse in the history of Vietnam.

  1. Tropical Paradise
The coastal paradise of Phu Quoc in Vietnam | Photo by Khiem Antony on Unsplash

Need some downtime or just some Vitamin SEA? Vietnam offers sun-soaked beaches and clear waters that rival any tropical paradise. Unwind on the pristine shores of Phu Quoc or go for a dip in the crystal-clear waters of Nha Trang – the perfect way to recharge during your journey. You can even go Scuba Diving in Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Con Dao Islands, Cham Island, and experience the pristine beauty of the blue waters, if you are looking at combining a bit of adventure with your leisure time in Vietnam.

With so many incredible places to visit and a multitude of things to do in Vietnam, your next adventure is waiting just around the corner. Don’t let this incredible journey pass you by; book your trip today and get ready for an unforgettable experience through the heart and soul of Southeast Asia. 

Vietnam is calling, and it’s time to answer.

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