I traveled one month around Vietnam, and I enjoyed this country so much. So far it is one of my favorite countries overall. Vietnam has so much to offer, the people are nice everything is super cheap, and the beaches are perfect for relaxing. Here are my five reasons why you should visit Vietnam.
1. The Natur
Of course, Vietnam has a lot of fantastic beaches (Read more on the last point), but it’s not just about beaches. All over Vietnam, there are beautiful mountains, and especially the north of Vietnam has the most beautiful mountains I saw. I did the Ha Giang motorbike tour, and I had four days packed with beautiful nature and mountain passes. Phong Nha has so many caves you can visit, and you can even go hiking in the jungle. In Hoi An you can find a mountain pass just next to the beach, and the rock formations in Halong Bay are something you have to see once in your life.
People in Vietnam are so friendly, and they try to help you where they can. Most of the people speak at least a little bit of English, and in most touristic places, people speak excellent English. Homestays have the most welcoming owners, they take you into their houses, cook for you and tell you the best insider tips. Of course, you pay for the service, but it’s a different experience than a Hostel. In Ninh Binh, I arrived at 4 am in the morning, but I only had a room booked for the other night. The owner of my Homestay opened me the door an gave me bed and breakfast for free. I asked him if I should pay one more night, but he said it’s ok. He was happy that I had the family dinner with them and that I enjoyed the stay there.
Vietnam is still an impoverished country, and therefore some people try to rip you off. I mean isn’t it like this everywhere? Even in Europe, people try to rip you off. So, I don’t judge them because they know that we have a lot of money and what is a small loss for us is a big win for them. On a good example are local buses, the other day I took a bus from Hoi An to Da Nang, and the driver asked me 30.000 VND, a minute later a saw a local who only paid 20.000 VND, and that’s also the price on the internet.
People in Vietnam are adorable and kind but if they see an opportunity to make a little bit more money out of tourists they will take the chance, but I guess that’s just a human attribute.
3. The very low prices
Despite getting ripped off sometimes, Vietnam is still one of the cheapest countries you can visit. I thought that China was cheap but when I came to Vietnam realized what is cheap. Especially the south of Vietnam is unbelievable cheap. My daily budget in the north was around 25 euros a day and in the south only approximately 15 to 20 euros. That’s all in, hostel, food, motorbike, and activities. It is even cheaper for me to travel here than to live in Germany. You can get a meal for 1 euro, and if you eat in a restaurant it won’t cost you more then 5 euros, and that’s for a starter, main and a drink. A beer is between 0,5 and 1 Euro. Street food is as so often the best and the cheapest. The cheapest Banh Mi (A kind of Sandwich) I got was for 12.000 VND which is 0,45 euro. Hostels usually cost you around 3 to 5 euros in a shared room, and in Cat Bah, I even got a Hotel room for 5,5 euros a night with breakfast. You can live like a King for cheap money.
4. The Food
What can I say? I’m a food lover, and there is not much I think more about then my next meal. If you feel alike, Vietnam is the place to be for you. The food is just the best. Banh Mi, Pho, Bun Cha, fried noodles, fried rice or spring rolls I had such a hard time to decide what delicious meal I should eat next. To be honest, I ate most of the time spring rolls and fried noodles. But I also tried the local specialties in every city. The food is affordable and not even that unhealthy. In Hoi An I went to a food market where I worked a frog, but that was the only exotic food I ate. As Vietnam has a lot of tourists, they serve western food in a lot of places. However, I would always stick to the local diet because western food is often not as good. An exception was my Hostel in Phong Nha, they had a big range of western food, and it was delicious.
5. Amazing beaches
The last point why you should visit Vietnam is the amazing beaches you can find among all of the country. If you look for a chilled vacation with a few good but cheap cocktails Hoi An or Da Nang are perfect destinations for you. The beach is beautiful, and it’s pretty hot there. Also, Cat Bah has a few beautiful beaches and I visited the island in November were the beaches are empty; thus I had the best weather.
If these are not enough reasons to visit Vietnam you can write me a private message and I’m sure I can find some more good reasons for you!
- Total countries I visited until now: 30
- Distance traveled: 17948
- Planes: 4
- Busses: 22
- Trains: 14
- Boats: 6
- Km running: