Vietnam has no lack of beautiful natural landscapes to visit, many of which are near to major cities like Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, or Da Nang. Its biggest shortcoming though, is the lack of tourism infrastructure and information on these places. So before we start to see an influx of tourists coming in, which will commercialize everything in its path, here are some suggestions which are definitely worth checking out.
If one could measure or characterize the doggedness of the Vietnamese in one place; the Cu Chi region would be it. A suburban district of Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi is famous for its tunnels which were constructed during the dark days of the Vietnamese war. These in turn, are also connected to other tunnels trаvеrѕіng thе undеrgrоund of Vіеtnаm.
Chinatown in District 5 is home to most Chinese Vietnamese living in Saigon. These Chinese are very proud of their heritage and have even set up schools and markets to preserve their culture. This uniqueness is best demonstrated along Tran Hung Dao and Nguyen Trai street in which red lanterns are hung in front of literally every house as an indication that a Chinese family resides within these 4 walls.
With its dazzling skyscrapers set against the more traditional backdrop of Vietnamese pagodas, temples and colonial architecture, you and your family will get a taste of both modern and ancient when visiting Ho Chi Minh City. Also known as Saigon, the rich culture, aromatic foods and hustle and bustle of the city will make this a memorable stop you and the kids won’t soon forget.
“Banh xeo” is considered one of the most popular street snacks in Southern Vietnam. It is a pancake made from rice flour, water and turmeric powder or coconut milk topped with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts. The cake is then wrapped in a variety of leaves (such as mustard leaves, lettuce leaves, mint leaves, basil, fish leaves) and herbs, and dipped into a special Vietnamese fish sauce called “nuoc mam”. Many foreigners find it difficult to get used to the strong taste and smell of the...
Pho (pronounced as ‘fer’) is a popular Vietnamese beef and noodles soup, cooked with basil, lime, bean sprouts and peppers. Pho as we know it today, have evolved into the various types and styles, each representing a certain culture or period in time. You can enjoy Pho both at a normal street corner or in a gorgeous restaurant. It has become so synonymous with Vietnam that if you do not try the Pho here, you have not been to Vietnam.