Travel guide, what to know before traveling to Vietnam

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Traveling to Vietnam, enjoying its scenic views, and discovering the secrets of this beautiful country without looking at its past, will give you great excitement for tourism in Vietnam.

Vietnam is not a very popular tourist destination, but it is one of the emerging destinations that adventurers and lovers of new places will adore.

So before traveling to Vietnam, follow our travel guide to know more about this fascinating country.

As we used in our previous articles, we have to know about the climate of a country before heading to it; and here follows what you need to know before traveling to Vietnam.

1. Climate

Located in the monsoon zone, Vietnam enjoys a hot and humid climate, from north to south.

The climatic border, however, lies in the vicinity of Đà Nẵng. So, winter only exists in the north, beyond the famous Cloud Pass, while in the south, it is almost always hot.

2. Language

2.1 Vietnamese language

It is one of the few languages in Southeast Asia, along with Malay and Indonesian, to be written in Latin characters. It is a monosyllabic and tonal language. The whole difficulty of Vietnamese lies in pronunciation and accentuation. The same word can take on completely different meanings depending on whether you pronounce it in a high tone, a descending tone, a heavy tone, or an interrogative (light) tone.

2.2 English

English is widely used in hotels and in the tourism sector in general. It is spoken more easily in the South than in the North, due to the American presence during the Vietnam War. It is the most widely used foreign language today.

3. Traveling to Vietnam; what to know about transportation

The road network is improving, generally two-lane roads. However, this does not mean that you can drive fast; bikes, carts, motorcycles, vehicles of all kinds occupy the asphalt. So, it’s practically impossible to go 50 km / h. Besides, tourists are not allowed to drive; only residents can drive.

3.1 The pedicab

The slowest but also the most ecological means of transport; no engine, no smoke, no noise. However, it is seen less and less, and even more, it disappeared in some big cities like Saigon.

3.2 Taxi

There are many taxi companies in big cities. Price in “dồngs” displayed on the. It is the most reliable and safest means of transport in town, if not the fastest (because of traffic jams). The prices are very affordable.

3.3 The bus

It is the cheapest means of transport. A dense network of communications by minibus or bus, medium bus, or larger bus from 45 to 50 seats.

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4. Eating while traveling to Vietnam

Vietnam has abundant food supplies and detailed methods of food preparation. Food preparation has become an art of the Vietnamese people, and some Vietnamese dishes have even become famous all over the world. Visitors to Vietnam can find countless restaurants across the country.

While traveling to Vietnam, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some good and amazing dishes, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. On the traditional Vietnamese banquet table, you can find dozens of specialized and elaborately presented dishes. Some dishes are prepared from seafood such as lobsters, fish, crabs, and squid, and these dishes are relatively rare and very expensive in some western countries, but they are plentiful and cheap in Vietnam. Besides, you can enjoy traditional foods such as beef pasta soup, pork sausage, a variety of stuffed appetizers, fish balls, etc. The Vietnamese also borrow a number of dishes from countries that are well known for their food preparation methods and cooking techniques.

Furthermore, the experience of traveling to Vietnam, especially its capital, Hanoi, is not complete without eating street food. Although food preparation, serving and eating take place on the street, but you will not feel that you are sitting outside, because this is the normal pattern for the Vietnamese.

Now, we move to the other part of our article and discover together the most important and most visited places in Vietnam.

5. Tourism in Vietnam

Vietnam is the legend of Asia that speaks of beauty and magic, and one of the most beautiful tourist destinations. Tourists from all parts of the earth travel to enjoying its unique views of the China Sea, which gives Vietnam a distinctive taste, between its picturesque beaches, its fresh rivers, and its amazing islands surrounded by highlands covered with green plants.

Its archaeological monuments and museums that contain among its parts are evidence of its heritage and originality. On the other hand, Vietnam has tourism that blends legacy, modernity of skyscrapers, modern high-rise towers, high-end shopping malls, and famous entertainment places.

5.1 Tourism in Hanoi

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Hanoi, the glittering capital of Vietnam and the second largest city that attracts thousands of tourists annually. It is famous for its centuries-old architecture and culture rich in a blend of southeastern Asia, China, and France. It enjoys scenic landscapes and is the perfect choice for museum lovers, historical attractions, and archaeological temples, located in the heart of the city’s old quarter with narrow streets.

Hanoi also includes Imperial Chang Long Castle, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, French Quarter, Huan Kim Lake, which is the vibrant heart of Hanoi, the old university, and many other places to visit in Hanoi Vietnam that are worth a visit.

5.2 Tourism in Ho Chi Minh City

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It is the largest city in the country, and it extends along the Saigon River, which used to carry its name anciently. With wooden shops and museums. In addition to the latest design skyscrapers and major commercial centers. While Dong Khoi Street includes ancient buildings such as the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, the main post building, and the Petexco Financial Tower, which allows tourists a panoramic view across the city, and includes restaurants and cafes.

5.3 Tourism in Danang

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Some describe it as the tourist capital of the central region of Vietnam, as it is the center of Danang Province. Located in the heart of the Republic of Vietnam, as well as being a major port in central Vietnam, the city is the fourth largest city in Vietnam in terms of population, urbanization, and economy.

The importance of Danang city is concentrated in its large marine port and the northern and southern railways, which can be considered as a center for land and maritime transport. In addition, it is regarded as the focal point between the capital of Vietnam, the city of Hanoi in the north, and the city of Ho Chi Minh in the south. The main reason for its popularity is its proximity to MY KHE Beach and each of the beaches: Lang co, Hoi An, My Son.

6. The most important monuments to visit while traveling to Vietnam

6.1 Hoan Kiem Lake

It is also called the “Sword Return” lake. In addition to the strange story and legend of this name, which, when the Vietnamese emperor defeated the Chinese, a giant golden turtle appeared and took the sword and then disappeared in the lake to return it to its rightful owners.

6.2 Phung Nha-ke Bang

It is a national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is located in the limestone area, with a total area of 857.54 square kilometers. The main reason for its establishment is the protection of karst caves.

6.3 Covered Japanese Bridge

Also known as “Chao Chao Temple.” The name has been restricted to the “Japanese Bridge” because this bridge was built on the old Japanese style, unlike other temples that dominated the Chinese or Vietnamese style and the rule of its construction, which dates back to the seventeenth century.

6.4 Kuching Tunnel

It is correct to say “Kuching Tunnels” because it is a network of underground passages, its current length is more than 120 km, and it was used in the war, and was like a city under the earth.

Originally published on Live Positively.