Five reasons why you must visit Vietnam

If you guys are following us on Instagram, Facebook, and other social media, you all know from our recent updates that we sisters had been to Vietnam along with our Mom this summer. Vietnam is a mysterious land which is surrounded by mountains and sea with stunning landscapes. They also have a long history dating as back as 3rd century BC and has had several foreign invasions over the centuries which has shaped its current culture.

With so much history and an invigorating natural beauty, Vietnam was our ultimate destination for an all girls trip as it was packed with loads of adventure, fun and beautiful places to explore. Although Vietnam has been growing rapidly as a tourist destination, the best part of this country is that everything is so well maintained, there is so much wilderness and untouched beauty everywhere.

1. Vietnamese tradition & culture  

Since Vietnam was once occupied by Chinese, Japanese and by the French, this has resulted in a fascinating fusion of culture. However, you can notice the age-old customs and traditions are still deeply rooted in the Vietnamese society. Vietnam’s famous Silk painting is worth all the admiration where the artist creates the beautiful painting on a piece of Silk cloth using vibrant colors from either watercolor, ink or dye. Another art which is worth all the hype is the Water puppetry which dates back to 11th century where one not only gets entertained but also gets a peek into the everyday lives of the locals, ancient legends and stories.

Vietnamese embroidery paintings
Vietnamese embroidery paintings
Hanoi Water Puppet Show
Vietnam Water Puppet Show

2. Walk through the ancient ruins and colonial structures

A country which has been ruled by so many foreign and local dynasties plus colonized by the French has a lot to offer from its architectural point to its visitors. Visit the ancient ruins of My Son Cham temple complex, the ancient capital of Hoa Lư which are among the many structures which were damaged during the country’s turbulent past. As for the French, who had built numerous buildings across Vietnam exhibiting their rule in the country and cities like Hanoi still boasts French quarters where imposing buildings and stunning villas line up the broad lanes. Passing through the  French quarters definitely makes one feel that they are in some French old town.

Hoa Lu' vietnam
The old capital of Hoa Lu’

3. Get lost among the natural wonders

Vietnam has some of the most magical and dramatic landscapes on earth which is beautified further by the man-made rice terraces carved on the steep hills in Sapa Valley, rugged peaks and green valleys in Ha Giang Province. There are also numerous caves spread around the country which are unique in their formation and the inner chambers look as if nature played as its own architect.

Halong Bay Vietnam

Sung Sot Cave Halong Bay
One of the many natural caves in Halong Bay

4. Sail along the stunning limestone towers

One of the very unique landscapes of Vietnam and also one of its top tourist attraction, Halong Bay, and Ninh Binh province are too true to be beautiful. We couldn’t get enough of the captivating beauty of limestone towers peeking out of emerald green water at Halong Bay and the mesmerizing sight of karst peeks covered with verdant like a green blanket. Sailing through these scenic landscapes was like entering a completely different world, which for while made us believe that we were in some sort of wonderland.

Halong Bay Vietnam
Sailing across the limestone towers in Halong Bay
Tam Coc Ninh Binh
Tam Coc boat ride in Ninh Binh Province

5. Relish on the Phos and Spring rolls or Gỏi cuốn

The Vietnamese cuisine is a blend of different cultures coming together to form an utterly delicious and mouth-watering food. The beautiful colors of the fresh fruits and vegetables will definitely get your stomach growling. Being vegetarians we didn’t face even the slightest problem in Vietnam hence we could enjoy the various local dishes to our heart’s content. We will be sharing all the details on vegetarian food in Vietnam very soon.

Vietnamese Pho
Vietnamese Veg Pho
Vietnamese Rice paper rolls
Rice Paper Rolls

Also sharing a short video on Vietnam travel highlights, do watch and enjoy

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45 thoughts on “Five reasons why you must visit Vietnam”

  • I would love to go to Vietnam, it sounds like an amazing place to visit. Halong Bay looks beautiful! Hopefully someday soon I’ll get to see it for myself.

  • As a Vietnamese American, I am so proud to read your post! Vietnam has become a very popular tourist destination, which makes me so happy. I love how you captured the food, as well!

  • I would love to shoot some documentary in Vietnam if I get myself there with my camera. It is not the first time I hear and traditions and culture. They seem to be well preserved there.

    • Yea, the traditions and cultures are indeed very well preserved in Vietnam. Documentary on Vietnam sounds very interesting.

  • Despite the bad propaganda and Vietnam war movies, I am drawn towards Vietnam. Both so similar and so different from the Philippines, our home country. One of my very close friends is actually working there, and he has been bugging me to visit Vietnam. Definitely, I will!

  • The famous Vietnamese silk paintings look beautiful, very detailed and delicate. I’d love to visit Vietnam one day, because unfortunately I’ve not had the oportunity yet. Several of my friends have been though, and loved it – one friend even ended up moving over there! X

  • We went to Vietnam at the start of the year and we absolutely loved it. So much to see and do. The nature stuff is amazing and we went to that cave in Halong Bay too. Food was of course delicious. I coulnd’t handle the traffic and pollution though. Really struggled with that in Hanoi, especially in the Old Quarter.

  • Vietnam has been on my mind a lot lately because it really has everything. I’m a big nature lover and would love exploring the forests and caves, maybe do some climbing. I also love anything playful, so the water puppet show would be right up my alley.

  • It’s great to come across this post. We are in fact planning a trip to Vietnam this year and this post is so useful to us. I will be travelling with a kid and will be definitely including the water puppet show in our itinerary.

  • Such beautiful impressions. I love the diversity and the many opportunities that you have in Vietnam. I can imagine, that this culture mix due to the history of Vietnam must be something very exciting to see and feel. I am planning to visit Vietnam soon too and the thing I look most forward to is Vietnamese kitchen since I absolutely love it. When I see these delicious Rice Paper Rolls I get hungry immediately!

  • These are really good reasons to be somewhere. I always prefer places with a rich tradition of Art, Culture and of course Food. Naturally, Vietnam looks like a must go for me.

  • Vietnam is such a wonderful country and its been on my list since I cant even remember. The views looks so incredible and the culture seems so great as well! I had no idea that occupied by French in past. I would definitely enjoy the kitchen ! I love visiting local Vietnamese restaurants around. Those are fabulous tips! Thanks for sharing

  • Vietnam is surely a new and very interesting destination and one getting more and more popular. I have done most of south east Asia but not this country. Great post and visuals as well. Thanks for sharing a great post.

  • Vietnam is on my bucket list for a long time! And now you have given me more reasons to make a trip to this beautiful place. And it was so good to see you both again! 🙂

  • You have listed all convincing reasons to choose Vietnam as a travel Destination. I would love to explore Vietnamese traditions and learn art of silk Painting. Lost in natural wonders is my first choice. Sailing around natural limestone rocks would be very beautiful. Thanks for sharing details of Vietnam and you have taken lovely shots!

  • My top 2 reasons for wanting to visit Vietnam are the food (I love Vietnamese food or the version of it that we can find it in Dubai so I can only imagine how awesome the authentic food would be) and the natural wonders (goes without saying, Halong Bay). I would also love to learn more about their culture, especially because an eclectic mix of Japanese, French and Chinese sounds unimaginable yet exciting to me! Thanks for reiterating all the reasons why Vietnam is on my bucket list for 2019 🙂

  • I love Vietnam, and was lucky to visit many years ago. You’re so right about their culture and traditions; it’s very rich and unique too. Your photos of the land are just incredible and inspiring to others too. Halong Bay is really like something out of a dream!

  • Vietnam is really beautiful. We saw photos of our friend who recently acquired a job there. For us, the country is definitely worth visiting because there are amazing dive sites and great venues for rock climbing.

  • We’re going to be in Vietnam next week so this has got me super pumped! Can’t wait for all the delicious food and natural wonders. Thanks for sharing, it looks like you guys had an amazing trip.

  • Tradition, culture, and food! Would love to visit Vietnam for that. Vietnam seems to hold a lot of old traditions, which isn’t that common in the modern world. Would love to get there with my camera.

  • Vietnam is an awesome Tourism destination. All the images are very beautiful and eye-catching. I hope I would travel to this place once a day and turn my visuals into reality

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