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Vietnam: Visiting Asian Tigers– VIDEO

Published: 19.4.2016
Someone loves it. Someone swears to not to come again. There is nothing in between. I am with the first group. From the first day on in Saigon, a hectic city, and I turned into a side street. We are about to introduce you to a new series where we tell you about interesting places in the city and the country. First of all, let’s talk some important facts about the country.

Initially, I intended to stay about three weeks in January in the country. Eventually, however, I returned to spend there almost entire March. I travelled across the country from south to the north. There I rode a bike, met many locals and foreigners who live there and once again I saw the stark contrast between tourist resorts and non-tourist places, be it even side streets. And in small villages the difference was even bigger. You cannot expect anything different if you travel with a group of tourists to be nothing else than exploited for money. Well, it is hardly any different than in Europe.

Da Lat

There is also large contrast between the north and the south of Vietnam. It is technically same country but there is great rivalry between the south and the north and both are different from one another both culturally and economically. I don’t want to spill too much details about the Vietnam War but the south never did want to join the north. Similar situation was in August 1968 in Czechoslovakia. Only in Vietnam, the Russians and Americans played their role.

Da Nang Da Lat

Why travel to Vietnam?

There are countless reasons. In the first line are nature, mountains, beaches, world-famous food. Places like Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Da Lat or Nha Trang are on every the list of every traveller intending to visit the country. Who don’t know about the famous beef noodles soup Pho Bo, spring rolls, or Bahn Mi baguettes?

Mui Ne Hai Van Pass

However, Vietnam surprised us with rich, diverse culture. People are very friendly and true. Just get away from the main road and let your nose guide you. Smell of food brings you to many locals. Vietnamese easily compete with the French regarding their gourmet tastes.

 Hanoi at night

Where to go?

Be careful about this – many consider Vietnam another Thailand. However, it can snow in the north. Two thirds of the northern part of the country are really cold from November till March. So don’t travel to Vietnam in winter. Best part of the year is September till November.

Marble Mountain – Da Nang Da Nang

How to get into the country?

From Europe, you can take a flight only with one transfer with Emirates, Quatar Airways, or Etihad Airways. However, it is better to travel to Bangkok or Hong Kong with traditional airlines. Once there buy a ticket with a low costs to Ho Chi Min city or Hanoi.

Comfortable night trains or night buses can take you to the inland. There are regular flights to larger cities either with Jetstar Pacific or VietJet Air. Sometimes they are fabulously cheap.

Hanoj Saigon (Ho Chi Min City)

Where to live?

Vietnam offers a lot of hotels of all price strata. Even the cheapest hotels in the south are clean enough. For 10 dollars a night you can even get breakfast. Of course, you pay extra for comfort. The prices are still far lower than in Europe. Usually, before confirming a registration it is a habit in Vietnam to see the room and bargain the price. Therefore, it is better to arrange your accommodation after you arrive at your destination (apart from tourist places).

street food is common in Vietnam life in Vietnam

What about the food?

Many are afraid to eat on the street in Asia. They rather go to expensive restaurants. Don’t worry. Vietnamese “streetfood” is excellent. If locals eat at street food stands, the food is 100% safe. The usual causes of digestive problems– the food is usually not fresh.

 grilled frog Pho Bo

Be sure to try Pho Bo, any rolling – a type of spring rolls–Bahn Mi baguettes, Hanoi pork Bun Cha, Mi Quang shrimp noodles popular and, indeed” all types of seafood.

Go to Vietnam. Do not be influenced by stereotypes and let’s be surprised. We show you several places where to go. Yet it is up to everybody what they want experience in a particular party. In Vietnam as well!

GPS: (Hanoi) 21°01'34.1"N 105°50'14.5"E

Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš

Music: Alasdair Cooper



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