Markets bursting with lush green vegetables, motorbikes weaving past each other at lightning speed, rainbow colored lanterns, steaming bowls of pho: all these aspects add to the undeniable charm of Vietnam. Perhaps both a foodie’s paradise and a photographer’s playground, Vietnam never ceases to impress and inspire travelers with its awe-inspiring beauty. Vietnam is home to some of the best food in the world at rock-bottom prices. You won’t be able to stop taking pictures of this photogenic country and you won’t be able to stop eating. Be sure to sit back, soak in the sites and sounds, and maybe even loosen you belt buckle a few notches while in Vietnam.
Vietnam is a long, curved country neighbor to Cambodia and Laos to the west and China to the north. Influences other SE Asian countries, China and Vietnam’s former colonialists, the French, are evident throughout the country. Although the French colonialists are gone, the spectacular coffee and baguettes linger. There is a heavy Chinese influence all over the country, especially in the north, where Chinese shops and businesses are ubiquitous. Despite the outside influences, Vietnam is a super-power in its own right. The economy is booming, a fact that is obvious upon a visit to either of the major urban metropolises: Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south.
No Vietnam visit is complete without trying the coffee, wandering through the vegetable markets, observing a traditional fishing village, learning about the Vietnam War history and attempting to cross the street in one of the urban centers (harder than it sounds).
GDP Per Capita:$1,060
Popular Attractions/Things To Do: Phu Quoc Island, Mekong Delta tours, get tailored clothes in Hoi An, explore the imperial city of Hue, Halong Bay cruise, War Memorial Museum in HCMC, Cu Chi Tunnels, eat pho
Essential Vietnamese Foods: pho, Vietnamese coffee, pate/baguette sandwiches, bun bo
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